‘Godfather of mash-up’ DJ Z-Trip comes to Vail Ale House, March 4
If you go …
What: Z-Trip with opener DJ Jon Nedza.
When: Doors open at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 4.
Where: Vail Ale House, 2161 North Frontage Road W., Vail.
Cost: $40, plus a $3.19 transaction fee if purchased online.
More information: Tickets will be available online through http://www.eventbrite.com until 4 p.m.; additional tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event, cash only. Visit facebook.com/babyrhinoentertainment to learn more.
VAIL — The Vail Ale House will welcome Z-Trip, dubbed “the godfather of mash-up,” tonight with veteran DJ Jon Nedza opening.
“This is the most exciting night of music this winter and a great way to close out the Burton U.S. Open weekend,” promoter Ross Cohen said.
DJ Times magazine and Pioneer Pro DJ named Z-Trip America’s Best DJ in 2009, and he’s held a spot on top-10 lists year after year ever since. He’s opened for the Rolling Stones and also has collaborated with musicians and DJs including Nas, Bassnectar, Public Enemy, DJ Shadow, Rakim, Shepard Fairey, Talib Kweli and others.
Z-Trip’s roots are based in hip-hop, but he covers and loves all music styles, with a collection and sets so eclectic that you never know what you’re going to hear next. As a performer, Z-Trip is one of the few who plays traditional festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest (SXSW) and Australia’s Big Day Out, as well as the electronic dance music circuit — his Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo sets were both festival highlights.
Z-Trip’s debut album “Shifting Gears” received four stars in Rolling Stone. His subsequent releases were also given high praise. As a producer and composer, he’s worked on many video game soundtracks, including the EA Sports “Madden” series, 2K Sports “All Pro” and Activision’s “DJ Hero” series. He is also a featured avatar in the game alongside Daft Punk, Tiesto, Grandmaster Flash and Deadmau5.
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Z-Trip also remixed tracks for Nirvana, The Beastie Boys, Dead Weather and The Jackson 5, to name a few. He’s also collaborated with Lee Scratch Perry to rework Bob Marley’s classic “Punky Reggae Party” and with Brillz on Jay Z’s hit “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.”
No stranger to TV, Z-Trip performed alongside LL Cool J, Chuck D, Tom Morello and Travis Barker closing out the 2013 Grammy Awards. He has also appeared on talk shows with Jimmy Fallon, Carson Daly and Jimmy Kimmel.
Z-Trip’s work with film is equally diverse, having scored music for the documentaries “Infamy,” “Scratch All The Way Live” and “Bob Marley: Legend remixed.” His music and scoring have also been featured in the movies “Battle of the Year,” “Warrior” and “Small Soldiers.” Most recently, Z-Trip was the music supervisor and composer on the Documentary “La Bare,” directed by Joe Manganiello.
To learn more about Z-Trip, visit djztrip.com.