Returning to the stage: Rock the Bells.
Man I don’t think I could leave the stage if I tried. It keeps calling me back. I really wasn’t even expecting to be a performer at Rock the Bells but everything happens for a reason. About a month prior I was approached by my homie, rapper EC Cat to help him out with his performance in the Battle of the Bells contest. The winner of ten different Bay Area artist would get an oppurtunity to perform on stage at the rap festival. About two weeks later another homie, rapper Shark Sinatra approached me to dj his set for the same contest. Unfortunately I had to decline due to already being asked by EC Cat. After the night of the Battle of the Bells the winner was announced & Shark Sinatra was the winner but due to whatever issues his dj was unable to perform at Rock the Bells so he asked me to dj for him. You can make this kind if story line up. I really feel like it’s meant to be through out all the drama, ups & downs. I’m really meant for this life. So thank you to Shark for allowing me to return to the Rock the Bells stage. God bless until next time.
- dj jAck
Locksmith live at The Fillmore San Francisco
Sharing the same bill as Goodie Mob, watch back stage and performance footage of Locksmith performing at California’s legendary Fillmore theater.
Download The Green Box here http://bit.ly/12dDkMi
Shot & edited by Brian Storm
#Shoutout to @dalocksmith! here’s done footage from our show at the @FillmoreSF.
Arm & Hammer
I’ve always love art & fashion growing up. I love the fabrics, textures, color & mostly the fit of clothing. It’s not about how much it cost it’s about how you put it together from everything from hats to footwear & everything in between. My style has always been to watch trends early & add my own twist to it before it hits the mainstream.
As far back as elementary to high school I’ve been voted best dressed by my peers. After graduating high school & a few semesters at a local community college I attended Academy of Art University as a fashion major. Fashion school is very expensive though & even with grants & student loans it was very difficult to last longer then a semester. Needless to say that didn’t pan out for me.
As a dj keeping a strong buzz going for myself being on stage & backstage at sold out events I was lucky enough to gain sponsorship from the now very popular Pink Dolphin clothing brand from 2009-2011. I helped promote the brand when it was still very young & relatively unknown. After parting ways I achieved a life long dream of sponsorship from Adidas Originals. Today almost ten years after dropping out of college I was approached by a friend who would now become my business partner. Phi Phan had been toying with a brand he created called “SelfMade” & asked me to join him as a partner on the venture. Now as partners we are about launch our brand very soon.
Selfmade is more than just fresh clothing it is a statement to the masses that you can empower your self. Its a brand for every person that has come from nothing to something. Its this hard work, dedication & never quit attitude that will eventually bring success. The number thirteen is synonymous with being bad & unlucky. Most buildings across the world don’t have a thirteenth floor because of this very popularized urban myth. Friday the thirteenth is an “unlucky” day where everything goes wrong & so on. For this reason we chose this number to totally flip the script. So to reinforce our mantra of being SelfMade we chose the number thirteen because to be SelfMade in our eyes there is no luck needed just hard work. This idea is something everyone can relate to apply to their own lives & aspire to do great things with. We hope to empower everyone this way as well as be a leader in fashion & style around the world.
- dj jAck
A few weeks ago I took a trip to Saint Lucia the island where my parents were born. I’ve been before like three or four times but this time was just different. My older sister had never been to the island before & wanted me to join in on the experience of her first trip. After our arrival stepping off the airplane I could smell the humid air. It was sweet. Luckily for me I have family on my mother’s side & my father’s side so it was more a family reunion for me. The people of St. Lucia are a very simple people meaning they aren’t into materialistic things as much as Americans thrive on “stuff”. Don’t get me wrong there are a few who can afford the nicer things such as name brand clothes, luxury cars & big houses but it’s not as intense for a few reasons. One: name brands & other high end items are just not available on the island. Two: If you can actually find the items online or on the island & purchase them the island attaches a 15% tax on everything bought on the island or shipped to the island. Three: although the island has modernized a lot in the last fifteen years there are still some areas where people want to live how they’ve always lived on the island. Living off the land by farming crops, animals & fishing. They have no desire to change or modernize their lifestyles.
Now coming from America this is actually shocking for some people to see a family of three generations all in a one room eight by eight foot shack for a house but if that’s what makes them happy why change that right? I was on the island for about nine days & coming from an “I want” society it was very refreshing to come to the realization that I don’t need to buy everything I see & I can be happy & find some sort of medium to these extremes. All the opportunity that America offers us & we are still unsatisfied & clawing for more. It really made me think that if I died today I really have done a lot of cool things as a dj. The sold out concerts, appearing in music videos on MTV & sponsorship from Adidas. I really appreciate every opportunity, every artist I’ve worked with, every hand I’ve shook & everyone who has supported me.
With that being said that brings me to this picture of my Uncle Raul & myself. To understand me you have to understand where I’ve come from. The saying it takes a village to raise a child couldn’t be more true. When my grand parents decided to uproot their whole family from the island and move to the United States they really had a vision of a greater future. Raul, being a long time family friend was already in California attending college. He reassured my grand parents that my mother would be safe and taken care of in California. With that my mother moved to California and enrolled in college. She lived in a small community of Saint Lucians in Berkeley, California coincidently called “The Village”. Looking at it from the street it appears like just a driveway located on Shattuck but it was/is set of about five one bedroom apartments right next door to Flint’s BBQ near Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley/North Oakland area. My Uncle Raul had one rule upon moving in to the one bedroom apartments he was the landlord of, and that rule was you must attend a school & enroll in college. The whole reason California was a better fit for the young immigrants is because coming from a small third world island New York has a lot of dangerous temptations an unaware young person could fall into. The big lights, partying and drinking were a very real distraction that could take a naive person down the wrong path. Raul was the rock that held everything together when everyone moved far from home. Surprisingly this small community and not the island of Saint Lucia is where my parents met and had me. I owe my Uncle Raul my life and even though I could see he was proud and hear it in his voice I still don’t want to disappoint him or anyone in my family.
More work to do.
- dj jAck aka Jason Donnelly