“Met her at Coachella, I went to see Jigga, she went to see Z-Trip… Perfect”
– Frank Ocean “ Novacane”
Few DJs have had as big an impact on music and culture as Z-Trip.
He is an award-winning global DJ and Producer, and is often referred to as the pioneer of the mashup movement.
Z-Trip’s roots are in Hip-Hop but there’s no style of music he doesn’t touch. This allows him to collaborate with just about anybody. The List of artists he’s worked with reads like the best Spotify playlist ever. Linkin Park, LSDREAM, Nile Rodgers, Public Enemy, Lee Scratch Perry, Tom Morello, Nas, Galactic, Travis Barker, Shepard Fairey, Run The Jewels, Talib Kweli, Karl Denson, Busta Rhymes and many more. For almost a decade he’s been performing alongside Hip-Hop legend LL Cool J. Their shows have been described as so exemplary that the “crowd can barely handle the greatness.” The two have been continuing that momentum with the launch of LL Cool J’s new channel on Sirius XM, “Rock The Bells Radio”.
As a performer, Z-Trip not only plays traditional festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, but he’s also a staple in the EDM world. His Electric Daisy Carnival, Holy Ship and Shambhala sets are always festival highlights.
“Shifting Gears”, Z-Trip’s artist debut album, received 4 stars in Rolling Stone. His subsequent releases also given high praise. He has remixed tracks for Nirvana, The Beastie Boys, Rush, Jay-Z, Motown and The Bob Marley estate. As a composer, Z-Trip has done numerous work for video games such as EA Sports “Madden”, “SSX” and “Skate” as well as Activision’s “DJ Hero” series. He’s featured as an avatar in the game alongside Daft Punk, Tiesto, DJ AM, Deadmau5 and other icons.
Z-Trip’s presence in TV & film is equally impressive. He curated, performed and led the tribute to friend LL Cool J for The Kennedy Center Honors. He was one of the 5 members of the musical super group that closed out the 55th Grammys with what Vulture called “ The Best Rap Rock collaboration ever”. He’s worked on movies “The Boss”, ”Battle of the Year,” and “Drum Battle”. Z-Trip also scored music for the documentaries “Infamy,” “Scratch: All The Way Live” and was the special music supervisor and composer on “La Bare” directed by good friend Joe Manganiello. His latest project, live-scoring Harold Lloyd’s silent film classics via turntables, premiered at both Tribeca and AFI Film Festivals to rave reviews.
Whether in the studio, behind the decks or behind the scenes, Z -Trip continues to push the boundaries beyond what we’re expecting and wow us with his innate sense of what it takes to make us dance, think & discover.