Z-Trip and AC Slater at CONTROL
Z-Trip is not just a DJ. He is more than a producer. He is a musical pioneer. And sits at the helm of the highest echelon of DJ royalty.
As a performer, Z-Trip is revered as one of the best live performance DJs in history, by both fans and peers. It’s no surprise fans voted him “America’s Best D” in 2009, beating out over 100 other DJ’s in DJ Times highly acclaimed annual readers poll. His worldwide sold out shows continue to set attendance records while drawing critical praise. “One of the great musical moments from Coachella (2002) was the frenzied set by turntable wizard Z-Trip. He had fans howling and bobbing, closing his set with a surprise appearance by Beck,” wrote the Los Angles Times. It’s a fact that many call him the “godfather of mash-ups”, as he is one of the originators of the genre.
Mixtapes. It always starts with a mixtape somewhere. And in a small town in West Virginia, a 14 year-old AC Slater started rummaging through his dad’s music collection and laying down his own sweet mixtapes on a TDK D-C60. AC (real name Aaron Clevenger) upped the ante and threw in some big hip-hop and rap beats to his mixes, mastered the art of DJing and BOOM – he became the king of the decks at high-school block parties for miles around.
Now AC commands the party crowds from underground dens in New York, the grimy warehouse raves of east London to the throbbing super-clubs in Tokyo with his high-octane mix of twisted electro and dance-driven beats. Can we call him a musical hijacker? We’d like to think so, as his relentless tour schedule sees him in a world-wide whirlwind, touching down in the heart of the party scenes across the globe. Here, he cherry-picks the tracks from the centre of the hardest, fastest and freshest clubland vistas and remixes and reloads them to fire back out at his ever-growing audience.
Drake – HYFR (AC Slater Remix) by acslater
AC Slater – Let’s Get Hot by acslater