DJ Premier and The Badder Band Present: The Catalogue Bash Tour – Tickets – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO – June 15th, 2017

DJ Premier and The Badder Band Present: The Catalogue Bash Tour

DJ Premier and The Badder Band Present: The Catalogue Bash Tour

DJ Spinstyles, Mike Scott, Brady Watt

Thu, June 15, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Riot Room

Kansas City, MO


This event is 21 and over

DJ Premier
DJ Premier
DJ Premier and The Badder Band Present The “Catalogue Bash” Tour:

At the outset of 2015, DJ Premier made a huge announcement. The iconic producer, DJ, and one half of Gang Starr had formed a new five-piece band. “When we put the band together, the key to any relationship is that you vibe together in a way that you can make magic happen,” explains Premier. “That’s what happened with me and Guru, that’s what must continue with anybody I connect with.”
In 2015, Premier & BADDER; Brady Watt (Bass), Lenny “The Ox” Reece (Drums), Takuya Kuroda (Horns/Keys), and Mark Williams (Trombone/Keys) hit Japan for a national tour and premiered their first studio track and video with Rolling Stone.
With DJ Premier behind the turntables, mixer, and laptop, the band jammed out grooves, ranging from more obscure Preemo productions (Ill Bill, Skyzoo & Torae) to rarely performed relics (Jeru The Damaja, Lord Finesse), to hip-hop influencers (Curtis Mayfield). Now, that same energy, chemistry, and historic extension of DJ Premier’s career will be on full display for 18-new cities.
The five-piece band improvises, often providing some nuances that varies sets from night to night. Having the band not only affords Premier the ability to honor cult-championed songs, but he showcases the musicality of Rap. “My addiction is turntables, drum machines, guitars, amps, and a lot of speakers,” Preem admits. “I have fun doing a whole bunch of different styles with the band, because they fall into place so well, with everything that we’ve brought into the picture, no matter what it is.”
Gang Starr is a backbone of the show. Honoring his longtime partner Guru, DJ Premier continues to wave the flag. “I miss that dude so much, and we have a long and undeniable track record,” says Premier. The new tour and expanded tour dates will enable Premier and BADDER to play deeper cuts from the legendary duo, including the poignant Hard To Earn gem “Mostly The Voice.” While the fan favorites and hits are woven in, the sets allow deeper consideration. “I get to do rare Gang Starr records, not just ‘Mass Appeal,’ and it works.”
Approaching 30 years crafting hip-hop’s soundtrack, DJ Premier is invigorated through his band-mates. “I have to still preserve the sound of the city. Especially coming from Texas, that was my goal to gain acceptance in New York City, and I did that before money or tours.”
A quarter century since his debut album, one of hip-hop’s unanimously heralded “nice guys” remains as fierce as ever with his craft. With his expansive listening tastes, Preemo has been a critical bridge in Rap’s generation gap. He curates and provides the yearly BET Awards Cyphers, which have included Premier supporters ranging from Eminem and Kendrick Lamar to Joey Bada$$ and A$AP Mob and he also oversees and curates the music for the wildly successful NBA2K video game. In addition, Premier currently directs the score and serves as executive music producer for VH1’s original hip-hop series, The Breaks, which received rave reviews and tremendous ratings.
In addition to ongoing rumors of a potential full album with Nas and his own blockbuster debut album Preemo will be deeply active in upcoming projects from some of his closest associates and longtime collaborators; including Compton O.G. MC Eiht (Premier produced 4 tracks and executive produced Eiht’s forthcoming Which Way Iz West) and is also finalizing the debut project, Flow Riiot, from the latest addition to his roster—Torii Wolf—and the second installment for his collaborative group effort with Royce Da 5’9” (otherwise known as PRhyme).
DJ Premier and BADDER will depart for a 16-city tour starting May 31st in Victoria, BC and concluding June 23rd in Philadelphia. “This tour with the BADDER band is a different approach to what my live DJ set brings to the stage” Premier exclaims. “It brings my fans a new outlook into a lot of songs that are not usually performed and it is a fun new ride witnessing how I blend turntable skill with live instruments; by adding a drummer, bass player, trumpet and trombone to the stage.  You'll never forget what a great high energy show you saw after the curtain closes. We get busy!”
DJ Spinstyles
DJ Spinstyles
Kansas City > SAVAGE
Brady Watt
Brady Watt
“It’s our duty to carry the culture: the culture of Jazz, bass culture, the culture of Hip-Hop,” professes producer, bassist, multi-instrumentalist Brady Watt. “I feel like I’m part of a legendary scenario. It’s my job to do right by the people I work with. Since I've been put in the position do this, I’m gonna do it right.”
Having collaborated with Joey Bada$$, Styles P & Talib Kweli, Curren$y, Melanie Fiona, and Statik Selektah, Brady has amassed an esteemed resumé in the last decade. However, that work has not always come easy. Even through literal hunger pains, winters without heat, and a lot train rides to $50 gigs, the Nashua, New Hampshire native declares, “This shit is easy compared to what I was doing when I was a kid. This is nothing. Hard work is waking up at 6 am and carrying rocks all day.” Growing up, Watt was consumed by music when he wasn’t earning money doing landscaping and masonry. Listening to and playing music was his escape after the separation of his parents. “Hip-Hop lyrics empowered me to just get by as a young, solo dude navigating the world,” he recalls. A lover of Punk and groups like Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest, Watt’s father bought him a cheap guitar and changed his life. Playing the guitar led the infatuated musician to bass, a key component of the genres
his loved, which also included Jazz. As a teenager, Brady left New Hampshire for Berklee College of Music in Boston. “That’s when I got way better, over those four years. It opened my eyes to a lot. At my age, I was one of the baddest bass players in New Hampshire, I’m sure. But Berklee really showed me I needed to step up a lot if I was gonna make it in this game.” Influenced by the likes of Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report), James Jamerson (Motown’s Funk Brothers), and Pino Palladino among others, Brady honed his own style, and learned to transcribe, compose, and produce music.
Upon graduation, the musician-producer traveled further away from New Hampshire, to Brooklyn, New York. He had nothing waiting for him but the next step in a dream. “I never really had a plan B. This was always what I was doing,” he notes. “I’ve always been semi delusional, I think. I was just rolling the dice and knowing that each gig would lead to the next one. As a result, it was just years and years of poverty.” From playing at Nigerian restaurants for a few dollars and a meal included to gigging at Baptist churches nearly two hours away (where he remains actively playing today), Brady Watt seized any opportunity he was afforded—the old school way. In the more extreme times, the supremely talented bass
player used those fingers to pass cell phone carrier flyers hours away from home as a temp in the Bronx.
However, the circumstances changed drastically one night when Brady Watt and a friend decided to attend a party. Invited to Dame Dash’s DD172 compound in Tribeca, the night promised a free drink, some girls to talk to, and networking at best. With his bass on his back, between gigs, the musician encountered Ski Beatz. The hit-maker for Jay Z, Camp Lo, and Fat Joe saw the instrument and invited Brady to plug into his MPC sampler. Around the party, Jean Grae was penning a verse, Ski was tapping out beats, and Brady was going in on the bass. Along with partygoers, Ski was impressed. Soon after, Brady, Ski, and BluRoc Records began a string of celebrated releases including Curren$y’s Pilot Talk 1 & II, 24 Hour Karate School, and Murs’ Love & Rockets with a promotional tour soon after. “Ski loves explaining what he’s doing as he’s doing it, and I was just taking notes. That’s how I’m able to do what I’m doing now. All of a sudden I was Dame Dash’s musical director. Then people started coming out of the woodwork, because, ‘Oh, he plays with Mos Def and Jay Electronica.’ Then things opened up.” Suddenly, the kid from out of town was running with the it-crowd.
As Dame would ultimately close DD172, Brady’s
philosophy of living in the moment would be achieved. The producer occupied a friend’s partially renovated Harlem brownstone. Living cheaply (sometimes frigidly) in a Manhattan mansion, Brady brought the party to him this time. There, there were backyard bonfires, smoky gatherings, and lots of jamming. Melanie Fiona cut vocals in a closet, while Talib, DZA, and others made their Lifetronics contributions there. That album, released in 2015, would be a time capsule of Watt’s two years Uptown.
Following that, Brady would trade his heatless New York to the sunny cliffs of Malibu, California. To Get Back Home was birthed when Brady got an offer to rent a room in a crowded house full of women, pool parties, and musicians passing through. After cross-country road-tripping, Brady honed a sound to match this moment too, including video single “Youth and Revolt” with Michael Christmas.
Ro James, Topaz Jones, and Michael Blume are other guests on Brady’s first album for DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint. The two producers met years ago, discussing their favorite bassists and musical styles. When Preemo was offered a booking gig with a band, the only bass that came to his mind was Watt. “It’s a cool set up with nobody crowding the track, Lenny and I play the music very much how it is supposed to be played in my opinion” he says of the group’s
chemistry. “The horns can dance on top.” Following tours through Europe and Asia (US dates begin in June) with the resulting Badder Band, Watt feels deeply encouraged by his upcoming album’s fusion of Hip-Hop, Jazz, and World Music. Watt also plays in Kweli’s band, having co-produced two tracks on The Seven EP with Styles.
Like his band-mate (and one of his leading inspirations) DJ Premier, Brady Watt left home at a young age with blind faith and laser focus on music. For the last decade, in the era of online networking, Watt did it the old fashioned way. With his bass strapped to his back, a quick ear and dynamic fingers he played his way into a career. Although he plays bass, keys, as well as drum programming, Brady helps others into the fold. “As a session player in New York, I have access to tons of people. We’re constantly giving each other jobs and income, hooking each other up with opportunity.” He believes that while many producers learn instruments after making beats, his understanding of composition and theory is enhanced by the fact that that he was a player first. This allows his music a different level of quality.
Brady Watt’s tenacity in music matches his journey. To Get Back Home infuses Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, and World Music into a cohesive listen. It pulls from many places, takes many turns, but it all flows together with notes and keys. That
sound reflects the life of the artist who makes it, and an experience that is resonant to something bigger.
Venue Information:
The Riot Room
4048 Broadway
Kansas City, MO, 64111
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