Thursday, July 22, 2010
New "Friday Feature" 7.23.10 ***** Franco de Leon - Live and Drunk at S Bar *****
Link to mix:
(Just a heads up.. this is not a clean mix.. there are some Explicit Lyrics)
00.00 Mos Def – New Danger
02.44 Gang Starr – Skills
04.19 Kanye West – Get Em High
05.29 Kanye West – Get Em High Remix (heartbeats)
07.56 Chingy – Tipsy
09.19 The Roots – Datskat
11.20 Jon Legend – She Don’t Have To Know
13.42 50 Cent – 21 Questions
16.27 The Cure – Close To Me (Closet Remix)
18.10 Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
19.23 ? – Get Ready
20.50 Pharcyde – Runnin’
22.13 Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like Its Hot
24.07 Lilly Allen – Smile
25.50 Talib Kweli – The Blast
27.12 Wale – Pretty Girls
28.44 Shabba Ranks – Ting A Ling
30.28 Pliers – Murder She Wrote
32.23 Atmosphere – Liquor Lyles Cool July
33.55 Kelis – Bossy
36.23 R. Kelly – Step In The Name of Love
38.16 Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
39.35 Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
40.56 Talib Kweli – Get By
42.06 A Tribe Called Quest – Find A Way
42.56 Ludacris – Throw Dem Bows
45.16 Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
46.26 A Tribe Called Quest – Da Booty
48.45 Camp Lo – Luchini
50.14 R. Kelly – Ladies’ Night (Treat Her Like Heaven)
51.38 Kings of Convenience – Gold for the Price of Silver (Erot Collaboration)
53.37 Kanye West – Flashing Lights (feat. Dwele)
55.56 The Game – Hate It Or Love It (feat. 50 Cent)
58.13 Zero 7 – Today (feat. Jose Gonzales)
60.00 Snoop Dogg – Ain’t No Fun
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Franco de Leon is probably best known as a break dance (bboy) DJ, and is often referred to as the “b-boy equivalent of Girl Talk.” By introducing Chicago-style quick-mixing, mash-up, and live PA techniques to the music played during break dance competitions, and combining it with his thorough understanding of fundamental funk-breaks mixing, dj set building, and crowd reading, Franco de Leon’s reputation as a premiere name in B-boy Breaks Music quickly grew. He now regularly performs as the music headliner at major break dancing competitions throughout North America, at events like Montreal’s JFL-Battle-JPR, where the world’s greatest break dancers travel from around the globe to compete to his music selections. Franco de Leon has released five mixed CD compilations (including the amazingly popular Hot Butter Breaks Series) that continue to sell steadily to fans around the world, as well as creating choreography mixes for some of the breakdance culture’s most well known groups, such as Supercr3w, the winners of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 2.
In Chicago, Franco de Leon is a regular feature of the nightclub scene, with several select shows a month. He can be found at some of the highest profile venues, and/or simply the hippest places to be: from parties in the uber-hip Wicker Park Area, to Chicago nightlife staples like Wrigleyville’s Smart Bar, to the new, super posh, live venues, like The Shrine in the burgeoning South Loop. Having garnered reputations as a the “DJ’s DJ”, its also common to see de Leon playing live guitar over his mixes, remixing music on the fly, and breaking the barriers of genre. He has opened for international stars like DJ Qbert (the pioneer of turntablism, who has twice requested to play tag team sets with de Leon in the last year), Derrick Carter (Chicago house legend), and Rhymefest (Grammy Award Winner).
While de Leon loves to perform as a DJ, most of his new fans first learn of him as music producer. Taking his years of studio experience as a record engineer, where he worked for the likes of John Popper (Blues Traveler, Grammy Award Winner), Rhymefest (Grammy Award Winner), Just Blaze (Grammy Award Winner, Hip Hop Producer for Jay-Z), and Malik Yusef (Grammy Award Winner), he is cultivating a growing following in several different genres, including Electronic, Dance, and Hip Hop/Rap. This can be heard on 2009’s CD release, From Here to There, an EP that showcases different studio work created over the last four years.
Franco de Leon also performs Live PA by combining turntablism, guitar, keyboard, MPC drum pads, a laptop, and his ability to remix music live. He creates non-stop dj-style sets where he recreates his original music, live on stage – much like RJD2 meets Girl Talk meets J.U.S.T.I.C.E. meets Santana.
Franco de Leon has extensive experience as a composer and sound designer, with credited work for film, television, live theater, fashion shows and web productions, as well as session-musician work for various artists. His client list is extensive, and includes entities such as NBC Television’s Taste Television Program, to Merrel Clothing’s Spring Fashion Show, to multiple productions at The Steppenwolf Theater (home of ensemble members Jon Malkovich and Gary Sinise).
Beyond his live performance and music production, Franco de Leon still enjoys competition. He has placed highly, either as a finalist or semi-finalist, in a slew of music remix and production competitions, including events such as Red Bull’s International Beat Battle and Lollapalooza’s Last Band Standing Contest.
Finally, Franco de Leon hosts and mixes live on his own internet radio show, Franco de Leon’s Thursday Lunch Live Mix, which can be heard every Thursday, Central Standard Time, from 1 PM to 3 PM, at http://www.ChiTownRecordBangers.com.