The name might be a punch line waiting to happen, but Tittsworth (yes, that is his last name) is nothing to laugh at. This DC native has been rising the ranks with unbelievable speed, going from local opener to global headliner within a couple short years with his infectious blend of Bmore, hip-hop, 80s and mash-ups. Fresh off touring with the likes of Kanye and Kid Sister, Tittsworth is now focusing on upcoming album 12 Steps which he hopes will be a chance for him to spread his wings beyond the world of blog-friendly remixes. URB sat down with the party jam savant about finally being on the radar, 12 Steps and his strange addiction to adventure eating.
Hey! How’s Asia treating you?
I’m freezing my ass off at the Jia hotel in Hong Kong. I have my Hong Kong debut tomorrow …
Not new to the whole contest craze, Radiohead is giving fans an opportunity to remix their latest single “Nude” off of In Rainbows — with a slight catch that’ll cost about $5.94. Separated as five stems, each at 99 cents a pop, fans can purchase the isolated tracks from “Nude” and create a nifty mix of their own, which can then be uploaded to Radioheadremix.com for folks to vote on. No prizes have officially been announced, but the band will “listen to the best remixes.” Hot off the heals of their 2008 Juno nomination and a pretty sweet remix of MIA’s “Paper Planes,” Holy Fuck is currently resting comfortably on top of the competition. All the info on the contest can be found here.
As if he wasn’t busy enough building his Fool’s Gold Label, making beats for Kid Sister and Amanda Blank and backing Kanye on tour, A-Trak’s found time to prep what he’s calling his debut album and help Jay-Z put together his next show.
In a blog on his MySpace, the Canadian DJ is letting loose with the news that his debut album will be his contribution to the Nike Original Run Series. His 45-minute contribution will follow in the footsteps of LCD Soundsystem and Aesop Rock. As for him and Jigga, well A-Trak turned down an offer to back him on tour, but couldn’t pass up the chance to help out as a musical director.
He really explains it all best himself:
OK so the 2 sentences in the title aren’t exactly related but they’re both pretty exciting. …
Standing off to the side at Chicago’s Berlin bar in his blazing tattooed glory, DJ Klever is uncomfortable—a weird feeling for the seasoned party DJ who’s seen pretty much every possible shade of debauchery. Is he uneasy because a drag queen in a pink powdered wig just sauntered by, angrily muttering something about the bar not having Zima? Or because all the bartenders look like mischief-hungry dudes straight off one of those late-night Live-Links ads? Nope, Klever is made uncomfortable this winter night by the wide open space on the dancefloor—an unfamiliar notion for a DJ who is used to his own drag-em-out-by-their-hair kind of parties in his hometown of Atlanta (“Sloppy Seconds,” it’s called). Plus, he’s never played a gay bar and wasn’t prepped beforehand—Berlin is a total surprise.
“Does stuff normally get poppin’ late in Chicago?” he asks, nervously, …