Daddy Kev

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Biography

  • Daddy Kev (born 1974 in Los Angeles) is a prolific underground hip-hop and electronic music producer, recording engineer and record label owner. His recording studio is known as The Echo Chamber, currently located in Downtown Los Angeles. Together w..
    Daddy Kev (born 1974 in Los Angeles) is a prolific underground hip-hop and electronic music producer, recording engineer and record label owner. His recording studio is known as The Echo Chamber, currently located in Downtown Los Angeles. Together with Hive and Shaggy, he founded the Celestial Recordings record label in 1998. Their early records included Phoenix Orion's Zimulated Experiencez album and the Celestial Squadron compilation. Kev also produced records by Naptron and Alien Nation, most of the songs characterized by fusing rap with sci-fi samples. His work with AWOL One on Souldoubt (2001) saw Daddy Kev return to a more conventional underground rap context. During this era, Daddy Kev would contribute to a number of genre-defining records, including Sole Bottle of Humans (2000), Mikah 9 Timetable (2001), Abstract Rude P.A.I.N.T. (2001), Prefuse 73 Vocal Studies & Uprock Narratives (2001) and Nobody Soulmates (2001). Although Celestial Recordings folded in early 2002, Kev stayed in Los Angeles to produce and engineer a series of albums including: Busdriver Temporary Forever (2002), D-Styles Phantazmagorea (2002), AWOL One Slanguage (2003), The Grouch Sound Advice (2003), and Existereo Dirty Deeds & Dead Flowers (2003). April 2004 brought Busdriver's Cosmic Cleavage album, released by Big Dada, and produced entirely by Daddy Kev. In July 2004, Kev begins work on Mix Master Mike's Bangzilla album. Upon the conclusion of work on the Mix Master Mike album, Kev hatches a plan with business manager Danyell Jariel to start a new record label, Alpha Pup Records. By the end of 2004, the label is formed, and Kev begins mixing the label's first release, Paris Zax Unpath'd Waters (2005). In 2005, Alpha Pup quickly hit its stride, releasing the Paris Zax album to critical acclaim, as well as offerings from Mike Boo, Ricci Rucker, Blackbird, and longtime Kev-collaborator AWOL One. In 2006, Daddy Kev executive produced albums for Subtitle, Daedelus, Scream Club and Acid Reign, all released on Alpha Pup. He also returned to the studio with Busdriver, mixing and recording tracks for RoadKillOvercoat, released by Epitaph in February 2007. Reefer, a collaborative group with Islands frontman Nick Thorburn, was announced on the Alpha Pup website in April 2007. A flyer depicting coral reefs was displayed on Daddy Kev's MySpace page with the roman numerals for 2008 underneath.
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    Selected discography

    Lost Angels (EP) ? (4 versions) Celestial Recordings ... 2001 Rhythm (12") Mean Street 2001 Souldoubt (Album) ? (3 versions) Mean Street ... 2001 Number 3 On The Phone (EP) ? (3 versions) Records Broken ... 2002 Cell:Three - Penchant For Buggery (DVD-A, 5.1) Myutopia Recordings 2003 Droppin' The Kids Off (CDr, Promo) Not On Label 2003 Slanguage (Album) ? (2 versions) Mush 2003 Sound Advice (EP) ? (3 versions) Legendary Music (US) ... 2003 Classick Instrumentals Vol. 1 (File, MP3) Alpha Pup Records 2005 Killafornia (CD, EP) Alpha Pup Records 2005 Japan Limited Edition 40+ Minutes Of Pure Heat (CDr) Not On Label (Daddy Kev Self-released) 2008 The Phillip Arnold Paul Soundtrack (CD, Mixed, Promo, Ltd) disques corde 2009