About bace135

I know most people write their bios in third person, but I'm speaking to you directly so I'm going to drop the formality if it's alright with you all. Also, I know some say you should leave a little mystery about yourself to keep people interested, but I'm not good at keeping secrets. I'm the type of cat that wears my heart on my sleeve. So without further ado let me tell you a little about me.
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I'm a San Francisco MC and beat maker (you can call me a producer if you prefer). I was raised in The City from a young age, and have been heavily influenced by the West Coast urban experience where diversity is omnipresent and pride in ones roots is celebrated. Simply stated I'm a product of the Inner Sunset, San Francisco, and Bay Area. And I rep all of the above with joy.
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Shortly after graduating from UC Berkeley in 2000, I started experimenting with bleeps and bloops as I attempted to learn how to make music with my computer. At the same time, I started traversing the divide between hip hop fan and hip hop participator. I started writing rhymes as a way to occupy my mental space that was no longer filled with academia. After a couple years I put together a collection of music that I labelled "Just The Basics". That first album was an assortment of eager yet not quite sophisticated rapping, well intended singing, and interesting though sometimes odd instrumental pieces... all in lo fi! Looking back on that early music, the ideas were there, but the execution was still being worked out.
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In 2003 or so, I quit my so called 9 to 5 that was more like 9 to 8 thinking I could make a go of it as a music maker. Well at least I tried right? Anyhow I linked up with a couple other cats that were newly arrived to SF. We put toghether a little label called Paraphan, and started promoting some live, underground hip hop events. We even put out a compilation. We formed a group called Vox Machina and put out an EP. Then we ran out of motivation and cohesion it seems, and we all went our seperate ways. Going forward, I decided to put all my energy into my own solo material and in 2006 came out with a double EP called Monkey Vs. Robot, Man Vs. Machine.
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Monkey Vs. Robot, Man Vs. Machine was also my first release using the label Boss Monk Music. I put quite a bit of effort (though maybe not as much as I could have) into trying to get some press and college radio spins with varying degrees of success. I got a handful of spins in the Northwest and rural North Carolina of all places. I got a couple of internet write ups that were more or less positive. I got digital distribution and sold a few copies. And finally, I got burnt out on promoting myself.
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That didn't keep me from continuing to make music though. I linked up with some other artists and worked on numerous collaborations including the well received "Around The Bay" song/video with El Rasoul, Atari Logic, and Scarecrow. Also notably, I have cemented a working and personal relationship with the Town City crew, who you should all keep your eyes and ears open for. All along I kept writing rhymes and making beats. Eventually I had enough random material and in mid 2008 I put out the free full length CD Boomboxtica. I have been handing out free copies of Boomboxtica at various concerts and events ever since in an effort to reach peoples' ears in a more organic and personal way. Booomboxtica is also available for free download on www.bossmonk.com
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Currently I am (still) working on an album with producer El Rasoul that will be titled "Dreaming Out Of Control" and hopefully finished by the end of the summer. I am (slowly) working on another album with Madavhon, as well as working on my own solo material. My output has slowed recently though as I have returned to school to pursue an engineering degree. I just finished two years at City College of San Francisco and am transferring to UC Davis in the fall of 2010. The answer to your question is: Yes, I am a nerd. No, I do not do nerdcore!
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My musical influences come from all over the map. As a musical afficionado, I enjoy listening to everthing from bluegrass to downtempo to classic soul to 80s funk to old school blues to big band. But my main obsession is intelligent hip hop. A full list would be too long, but a quick list of key influences are Tupac, Outkast, The Coup, and E40. Within my own music, there are two qualities that I place high value on: melody and funk. In parallel, I strive to write meaningful lyrics, knowing that occasionally I will miss the mark on all counts. But that's what happens sometimes when you're doing your own thing.
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As a lone wolf artist, I have had to do everything by myself. That includes everything from recording, mixing and mastering the audio, all the way to my own graphic design and web design and any self promotion. Truly, I have had to be a jack of all trades, and master of ceremonies.
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If there is any further information you would like to know about me, send me an email, and I'll happily fill you in. Peace to you and yours!


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