I've been studying music for more than twenty-five years. I have played piano since I was eight, vibraphone since thirteen, and I started collecting records when I was fifteen.
I grew up in Milwaukee, where I met a lot of my early influences, and played in several bands (doing everything from Fishbone and Meters covers, to Tom Waits-inspired originals!). I studied jazz at Rosevelt Middle School and West Division High. There, I had the great fortune of meeting and playing with many of my heroes, including Barry Harris, Yusef Lateef, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Palmieri, Josh Redman, T.S. Monk, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Carter, and many more. A huge influence on my musical taste was the large library of records and videos that one of my teachers lent out freely (on the low, he also let me borrow the school's music equipment over the summers).
In 1996, I moved to Minneapolis. Within a year, I met up with Aaron Money (a fellow Milwaukeen) and co-founded the city's first underground hip hop radio show, The Beatbox. Through The Beatbox, I met and formed friendships with many performers, including the Rhymesayers crew, Del tha Funky Homosapien, All Natural, the Living Legends, Aceyalone, and most significantly, Brother Ali.
Ali and I began performing together in 2000.
Since I started DJing in 1995, I have shared stages with De La Soul, Brand Nubian, Ghostface Killah, Rakim, Hieroglyphics, The Coup, MF Doom, Big Daddy Kane, The Rocksteady Crew, J-Live, Freeway, Ice-T, Chuck D, Melle Mel, Aceyalone, The GZA, Devin the Dude, Lupe Fiasco, Umar Bin Hassan (of The Last Poets), Kid Capri, Dillinger Four, El-P, Mos Def, UTFO, Little Brother, Dilated Peoples, The Lox, Biz Markie, Murs, Aesop Rock, The RZA, Lyrics Born, Jurrasic 5, David Cross, Mr. Lif, Blueprint, Abstract Rude, Vast Aire, The Holdsteady, Immortal Technique, and many, many more...
In 2006, I helped throw The Rhymesayers 10th Anniversary Celebration. I co-created, organized, and DJ'ed the entire two hour long collective performance featuring Atmosphere, Brother Ali, MF Doom, P.O.S., Felt (Slug & Murs), I Self Devine, Eyedea & Abilities, Los Nativos, Musab, Greyskul, Boom Bap Project, Mac Lethal, and Psalm One.
In 2009, I released my first official album, Rádio Do Canibal. With music inspired by the records I collected in Brazil, it features guest artists like Scarface, Slug, Black Thought, Brother Ali, Raekwon, Murs, Phonte (Little Brother), Haiku D' Etat (Aceyalone, Myka 9 & Abstract Rude), Blueprint, P.O.S., The Grouch (Living Legends), The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and more.
In 2010, I stopped touring with Ali in order to stay home and raise my baby daughter, did co-production work on French cowgirl Marianne Dissard's album "L'Abandon", and began work on my next solo project.