Youngblood Brass Band
Youngblood Brass Band flouts convention in an ecstatic, raucous, incendiary fashion, taking the form of a New Orleans brass band and morphing it into a punked-out hip-hop behemoth of groove and purpose. The ten-member ensemble, born in Madison, Wisconsin, now hails from all over the US (Madison, Brooklyn, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago) and has been unleashing their crash course in genre-bending on stages worldwide since 2000. What other band can claim the honor of having their music spun by DJs like Questlove (of The Roots), working with hip-hop luminaries like Talib Kweli, having their original compositions performed by student marching bands and jazz ensembles around the globe, and still not be out of place at a punk festival? What other band brings together the ostensibly disparate worlds of the trombone geek and the backpack b-boy? Youngblood has headlined countless tours in the States and abroad, selling out dates in over 20 countries. Their festival re?sume? reads like a list of the heaviest music events in the world: Roskilde, Glastonbury, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, SXSW, CMJ, North Sea Jazz, WOMAD...ad infinitum. Whitehot live shows secured the band’s status as an incredible group to witness, whether in an intimate club setting or in front of thousands on a festival stage.
He has been a fixture in the true DJ culture for coming up on two decades. Synapse is known as a “culture purveyor”, as he schools his audiences on way more than just music. His connection to the founders of DJ culture is undeniable, becoming respected by the originators and the new guard. Synapse has been DJing in New York City, the city that invented DJ culture, since 1999. Through that time he has led a charmed DJ life, playing with the founders of DJing as we know it, and some of the most legendary DJs and producers of all time (Kool Herc, Jazzy Jay, Grand Wizard Theodore (The Inventor Of The Scratch), Red Alert, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, Todd Terry, Stretch Armstrong).
He has provided music and inspiration for clients like Frank151 Magazine, Ad Week, Royal Caribbean, Cornerstone Agency, Converse, Jive/Sony Records, Hotel Chantelle, Red Bull, STK Steakhouse, Beautiful/Decay Magazine The Box NYC, Elemental Magazine, Palm Pictures, Samson Audio, Capitale, Mass Appeal Magazine, Canal Room, Santos Party House, Le Poisson Rouge, Hanky Panky intimate apparel, Shine Nightclub (Vancouver), Adidas, LRG, Karmaloop, Miller High Life, Red Bull, C3 Agency, Mountain Dew and more.
He’s played alongside:
KOOL HERC, QUESTLOVE, TODD TERRY, WIZ KHALIFA, DJ MUGGS, JUNIOR SANCHEZ, CLINTON SPARKS, RED ALERT, NEIL ARMSTRONG (EX JAY-Z DJ), VIKTER DUPLAIX, PETE ROCK, GOLDIE, DE LA SOUL, PRINCE PAUL, ROC RAIDA, MOS DEF, DJ PREMIER, ROB SWIFT, JAZZY JAY, DISCO D, STRETCH ARMSTRONG, URSULA 1000, MILLION $ MANO (DJ FOR KANYE WEST), LORD SEAR, J PERIOD, AARON LACRATE, EVIL DEE, SCOTTIE B & BOBBITO and more.
In addition to his musical journey, Synapse has also worked in branding, marketing, publishing and journalism for the past 10 years. Working with Beautiful/Decay art and lifestyle Magazine, he created multi-media events that were used to brand the company, as well as writing articles for the publication. Following that, he spent four years as the brand manager at Frank151 Media Group, a magazine, website, apparel brand and growing world-wide icon. There he wore various hats, including writer/blogger, distribution, marketing, promotions and international network builder.