Apr 30, 2012


Let me start off by saying that I didn’t go to this event as a ‘reporter’. I went as an art and music lover, but I had such a great time that I wanted to share my experience with all of you. Thus the PPLA ‘reporter’ mode kicked in!

Mike D of the Beastie Boys makes his curatorial debut in Transmission LA: AV Club at MOCA.The festival features the work of 16 contemporary artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, and chefs, including Peter Coffin, Jim Drain, Will Fowler, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Takeshi Murata, and Tom Sachs. The presentation includes the international debut of the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé and an evening concert and DJ series.

The 17-day festival which ends this week, May 6th, illustrated how audio and visual art forms complement and influence each other, through various exhibitions, concerts, DJ nights, performances, and installations. Mike D was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside his Beastie Boys band mates this past April.

I had the chance to attend this eclectic exhibition on Saturday night, not by mistake have you…I of course had to check out the works at the MOCA, but made my decision to attend on this night specifically to hear the sounds of DJ Z-Trip.

Let’s not be fooled either by the ‘DJ’ in front of his name! He did not get the 2009 title of America’s Best DJ by hitting a few buttons. Z-Trip is no push & play DJ, all of his sets are 100% LIVE. He is the pioneer of the mash-ups but as his fans know, this is NOT a box he should only be put in. Z-Trip surpasses any definition of a DJ; he is most definitely a true musician.

The atmosphere of the night was stunning art & amazing music. People of all kinds/ages were under the LA stars to unite and have great time. I took to Facebook to see what my fellow Z-Trip fans thought of Saturday night’s performance and one fan took the thoughts right out of my head and said it perfectly “I loved the mixed crowd, kids, teens, older people, rockers, stoners, hip hoppers, dance music lovers, people who went just for the tacos and discovered the world’s best DJ.”

My first Z-Trip experience was in 2009 when I was living back in Boston and attended the most influential street artist exhibition around – Shepard Fairey at the ICA Boston. (If you don’t know who he- Shepard Fairey- is, honestly you should be ashamed of yourself and not allowed to read the rest of this article!!! Just Kidding) Z-Trip kicked off the closing event of the Obey Experiment REDUX along with Shepard Fairey and Chuck D. Ever since hearing  Z-Trip’s music that night I’ve been hooked.

Now living in LA for less than a year, I’ve seen Z-Trip 4 times between LA & Vegas. Yes I know what you’re thinking, I am one concert away from being a groupie! But what can I say, I know good music when I hear it.

If you’re in LA, definitely go check out Transmission LA: AV CLUB before it ends this weekend!

For more information, visit Transmission LA: AV CLUB.

Also check out Z-Trip’s website for more upcoming events.