Production

Daddy Kev is a seasoned music producer and engineer, with studio credits that read like a who's who of underground hip-hop. Kev has produced or engineered for the likes of Freestyle Fellowship, Abstract Rude, Busdriver, Mix Master Mike, AWOL One, D-Styles, Sage Francis, Daedelus, Thavius Beck, Supernatural, The Shape Shifters, Atmosphere, Living Legends, 2Mex, Tre Hardson, and countless others. Daddy Kev's famed Echo Chamber recording studio (now located in Downtown L.A.) has been responsible for an incredible string of underground albums over the years, and continues to buzz with new musical directions being explored on a daily basis. Daddy Kev's production or engineering work has been released on labels such as Alpha Pup, Celestial, Warp, Rhino/Warner, Big Dada/Ninja Tune, Ubiquity, Immortal, Rhymesayers, Anticon, Mush, Legendary Music, Project Blowed, Beat Junkie Sound, Mary Joy, Puma Strut, Thud Rumble, ArtistDirect, VinylKingz, Basement, Cornerstone RAS and more.

Record Labels

Daddy Kev's newest label venture is Alpha Pup Records. Founded in late 2004 with business manager Danyell Jariel, Alpha Pup was conceived as a licensing entity for Kev's catalog material, as well as a mechanism for releasing new material by close friend and allies. Since the label's founding, Alpha Pup has quickly gained momentum, and has released projects by underground luminaries such as Daedelus, AWOL One, Subtitle, Mike Boo, Ricci Rucker, Scream Club and more. Kev was also a founding father of Celestial Recordings, the highly influential underground hip-hop and drum-and-bass label. Celestial was launched in June of 1998 with the release of Phoenix Orion's Zimulated Experiencez LP. Celestial inked a distribution deal with Caroline by January 1999, and began their massive assault of releases. Although Celestial never assigned official titles to its employees, Daddy Kev acted as CEO and creative director during Celestial's entire existence, guiding the A&R direction of the label as well as designing nearly all of Celestial's record covers, advertisements and press releases. Suffice to say, Daddy Kev's music production would become synonymous with the "Celestial sound." Overall, more than 40 titles were released by Celestial Recordings and its subsidiaries (which included Vortex Recordings, Celestial's drum-and-bass imprint). Prior to Celestial, Daddy Kev was employed as an art director and product manager for the Thrive Records subsidiary of Sire Music Group in 1997. From 2003 through 2004, Kev worked the daylight hours as Label Manager for the Sony Corporation of America. While at Sony, Kev oversaw corporate label relations between Sony Corporation and various major record label groups, specifically Sony BMG and it's affiliated labels (including Arista, Columbia, Epic, Jive, RCA, and J Records). During his tenure, Kev delivered exclusive content deals with artists such as Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne.

Promotion

Event promotion has been a part of Daddy Kev's repertoire for some time. Kev was first introduced to club culture in early 1992 while a senior in high school. Fascinated with the early L.A. rave scene, he started out rocking street promotions (read: flyer kid) for Double Hit Mickey. Then Kev got hip to the magic of bolt cutters, and started organizing his own break-in warehouse parties in South Los Angeles. Kev would take things further in college after he was elected Director of Programming for on-campus entertainment at UC San Diego. During his tenure he transformed the social climate of the University by booking acts such as Ben Harper, Bootsy Collins, and Rocket From The Crypt. He also negotiated an unusual deal with UCSD's administration to serve free beer to students at concerts. Upon graduation in 1997, Kev returned to Los Angeles and took a break from event promotion. It wasn't too long, though, before Kev began promoting a weekly club called Konkrete Jungle LA. After launching in March of 1999, the club quickly became L.A.'s premiere venue for drum-and-bass and underground hip-hop, booking international talent on a weekly basis. Rolling Stone gave it's nod of approval in 1999 by calling Konkrete Jungle the "Best Dance Club in L.A." The club continued for over three years, but was closed due to sound level disputes with venue management. Daddy Kev has also promoted two other weekly events in the Los Angeles area: Bassline (located at The Echo); and Kush (located at The Short Stop).

Art Direction

Daddy Kev began dabbling in graphic design while still in elementary school, taking advantage of his father's home office and laser printer. While still in high school, Kev began interning for URB Magazine in early 1992. Kev would remain a part of the URB family for the next five years, contributing to the magazine as both art director and writer. Several URB issues with graphic design by Daddy Kev were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 1996 as a part of the "Mixing Messages: Graphic Design In Contemporary Culture" exhibition -- these particular issues of URB have since become a part of the the Smithsonian's permanent collection. After leaving URB in 1997, Kev worked as a freelance art director, designing record covers and websites for clients like London/FFRR, Island, Polygram and Priority Records. When Celestial was born, Daddy Kev took on the role of art director, and was responsible for designing more than 40 record covers, as well as countless posters and flyers. He was also involved with the birth of Hive's Violence Recordings, designing the Violence logo as well as album covers for some of the label's best selling releases (Hive's "Neo" and Keaton & Hive's "Bring It On"). These days, Kev's graphic design is primarily focused on the Alpha Pup network of websites and MySpace profiles.

Press

Kev has received coverage in the largest music publications in the world, garnering reviews and/or features in Rolling Stone, Mojo, Spin, URB, XLR8R, BPM, LA Weekly and countless others. Pitchfork Media describes Kev as "one of the Los Angeles underground's most visionary producers... His style exemplifies the steady bleeding of hip-hop culture into the more highbrow aspects of art." A search on Google will reveal thousands of reviews and articles from webzines and bloggers around the world. Two of his albums have received "Album Of The Year" nods in Vice Magazine (Phoenix Orion's Zimulated Experiencez in 1998 and AWOL One's Souldoubt in 2001), while his "Rhythm" single with AWOL One was nominated for Single Of The Year in the prestigious Village Voice "Pazz & Jop 2001" Awards. Kev also received nods from the LA Weekly Music Awards ("Best DJ" in 2001), and the California Music Awards ("Best Hip-Hop Album" in 2002 for AWOL One's Number 3 On The Phone).