Jazz Under the Bridge: Julian Soto Live (Brooklyn, NY)
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Jazz Under the Bridge: Julian Soto Live (Brooklyn, NY)

We're proud to announce the official Jazz Under The Bridge monthly residency at The Williamsburg Music Center in Brooklyn, New York. This monthly series kicks off September 21st 2017 with a DJ set from the Jazz Under The Bridge captain himself, MWIll. You will also enjoy performances from Julian Soto (Onyx Collective + JIL) and more. Keep these artists on your radar as MWill has been working with them for the last few years on their upcoming album. The monthly shows will be archived for rebroadcasting exclusively on The Soul Dojo Radio.

Join MWill and the Jazz Under The Bridge posse at WMC on September 21st. Limited free entry RSVP and ticket sales are available here. 

Julian Soto with JIL performing at Spike Lee's Loft, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks in Brooklyn, NY.

MWill poses with Julian and his crew JIL

MWill poses with Julian and his crew JIL

A big fan of Jazz Under The Bridge and The Soul Dojo poses with the flier for this event at New York Fashion Week.

A big fan of Jazz Under The Bridge and The Soul Dojo poses with the flier for this event at New York Fashion Week.

 
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The Soul Dojo x Today's Future Sound: BoomTrap Beat Battle (Oakland, CA)
Jun
22
to Jun 23

The Soul Dojo x Today's Future Sound: BoomTrap Beat Battle (Oakland, CA)

Bringing together the best live beatmakers in the Bay Area and special live guest performers, the West Coast Summer Conference and Boom Trap Beat Battle will be a must attend event for devoted members of the beatmaking scene and new comers alike.

To enter the Boom Trap beat battle, musicians can email info@todaysfuturesound.organd pay their $10 entry fee at the door (all attendees must be 21+.) Prizes include gear from Ableton, FL Studio/Image-Line, Lethal Audio, Sounbag, Purple Dialect, Damir Brand, Beats4Lunch, The Soul Dojo, Hercules Records and much more!

All proceeds from the event will benefit Oakland non-profit organization, Today’s Future Sound. Today’s Future Sound teaches music production to students in low income communities to provide both educational and therapeutic value to students through the hands-on learning approach & positive mentorship of musicians from their community. 

Using founder, Dr. Elliot Gann’s, extensive training and experience as a therapist and clinician provides a suitable background for the Hip Hop activity group mode of intervention. Dr. Gann (aka PhilipDrummond,) has embraced “the responsibility of the hip-hop community to grow the next generation of b-boys and b-girls by ensuring their education venues are supportive of their development and culturally relevant.

Click Here to view the archived live stream footage of the beat battle portion of the event.

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Some photos Masaki Omori took during Nef's beat set and a short clip of the party people showing love to Prodigy one time. 

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This event went down less than 2 weeks after the NBA finals (WARRIORRSS) and Kevin Durant made an appearance!

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Strictly Boom Bap: Beat Battle + Beat Showcase (Oakland, CA)
Apr
1
to Apr 2

Strictly Boom Bap: Beat Battle + Beat Showcase (Oakland, CA)

Winner of the beat battle takes home prizes from Lethal Audio, Umlaut Audio, Ableton, FL Studio/ Image-Line, Today's Future Sound/Beats4Lunch, iStandard Producers, Beatshop Labs/ Beatshop Labs Slicr - Beat Maker, Sampler, Slicer App

Rules for battle: Bring your hardware, computer, phone, etc. from which to play your boom bap beats which should be 1 minute in length each. If there are more than 16 contestants or a number of contestants not divisible by four, we will do first round, round-robin style with judges picking the top 16 or 8, then bracketing in single-elimination tournament/head to head style. Final round is two beats, although we advise contestants to anticiapte possible third round and always bring extra beats in case of tie (bring at least 7-9 beats in case of ties and overtime). $10 entry fee gets you into battle and venue. Audience is 5th judge in the case of tie amongst judges and judges will factor in audience response, so bring all your friends and homeys, but ONLY POSITIVE VIBES and no whining, dissing judges if you lose.

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The Finalists

[FLO]REZ (left), winner of the beat battle, and Sarah the !llstrumentalist who took second place in a very competitive battle! Congrats!

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The Soul Dojo Presents: The Brewery Lofts Beat Showcase (Los Angeles, CA)
Jun
18
2:00 PM14:00

The Soul Dojo Presents: The Brewery Lofts Beat Showcase (Los Angeles, CA)

The Brewery Lofts  Beat Showcase was an event we put together with The Forum of Music through the homie Trebles and Blues. Big shout out to him for making it happen and showing us hospitality and the best food K-Town has to offer while I visited LA from The Bay. We brought some talented producers and artists together for an afternoon of good music and relaxation. 

The photos below tell a unique tale. Before I cruised the streets in The Soul Dojo bimmer, I had a 1997 Camry that broke down exactly halfway from The Bay to LA. Coalinga, to be exact. We had two options: cut our losses and head back home, missing the event completely or attempt to hitch a ride with a greyhound bus stopping at a nearby Denny's for a rest stop. The show must go on...

You may recognize some artists we still build with today in 2017 rockin' with us way back in 2009. Click to enlarge.

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Grindtime Presents: Battle of The Bay Rap & Beat Battle (Oakland, CA)
Sep
4
to Sep 5

Grindtime Presents: Battle of The Bay Rap & Beat Battle (Oakland, CA)

This beat/rap battle went down in 2009, 1 year before I (Nefarious!) founded The Soul Dojo. I was fresh out of high school and making beat videos on youtube full time at the time and this was my first opportunity to meet a lot of the producers I was influenced by. Especially since I wasn't 21 yet and could rarely attend any beat scene events. 

I met the homie and fellow "Youtube producer" DJ Jehfree for the first time since he came up from LA. We ended up kicking it a few more times when either of us visited LA or the Bay. We were scheduled to battle, but it never went down due to "scheduling conflicts". Jehfree later battled Dibiase after the event ended outside the spot. You can see me in the video for a moment at 2:18. This was way before every producer became a DJ, none of us had any desire to be up in a club. Blasting beats out of a Cadillac Escalade in Oakland at 3-4 AM was one of my first introductions to the beat scene and I'd take that raw authentic gathering over some of these hyped up corporate sponsored events any day.

The rap battle portion of the events were the main attraction. These were arguably the best battle rappers around at the time, if you're into battle rap chances are you've seen footage from this event. Little do many people know, there was a gang of dope producers standing on stage 15 feet away watching the entire battle. 

This was the first time I saw Conceited, who is now probably more known for being a meme lol. He's actually a raw battle rapper. I thought he was weird because I saw him before I heard him. He's ill.

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Take a moment and check out that lineup. A lot of dope producers and battle MCs were in the house!

The very next day, Dibiase was back in LA doing a live set at Fat Beats when they were open.

Check out these freestyle's from Dumbfounded and P.E.A.C.E. of Freestyle Fellowship caught on tape below. 

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