Los Angeles resident Zach Sciacca always remembers to take listeners on a true journey — a real Z-Trip. And since so many DJs have forgotten (or never learned) how to mix, Z's local appearances should easily be highlights in a crowded party itinerary. As a teenager in Phoenix, he formed the Bombshelter crew with fellow DJs Emile and Radar. Since then, Z has evolved into one of the world's most respected mixmasters for his raw technical skills and imaginative, genre-bending combinations of rap, rock, and the kitchen sink. It's an early predilection that has led many to call him the "godfather of mashups."
Z has also confidently and craftily made an impression as a producer, first with his 2005 debut album, Shifting Gears, and most recently with the original soundtrack to the All-Pro Football 2K8 videogame. Aside from those projects, he has worked with two of hip-hop's greatest MCs of all time — Chuck D and Rakim — and now sets his sights on a new frontier: making completely live music. Until then, catch him behind the wheels of steel.
Z-Trip first performs Wednesday, March 26, at the Craze Bass Sessions party at Nocturnal, 50 NE 11th St, Miami. Others on the bill include DJ Craze, Krafty Kuts, DJ Assault, and Tittsworth. Doors open at 10 p.m., and tickets cost $25 in advance through www.wantickets.com. Those 18 and older are welcome with ID. Call 305-576-6996, or visit www.nocturnalmiami.com. Z-Trip then performs Thursday, March 27, at the Marine Parade in Miami party at B.E.D., 929 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. Others on the bill include Adam Freeland, Evil Nine, and Alex Metric. Doors open at 10 p.m., and tickets cost $20. Those 21 and older are welcome with ID. Call 305-532-9070, or visit www.bedmiami.com. Finally, he performs Friday, March 28, at the Global War*ing party at Laundry Bar, 721 N Lincoln Ln, Miami Beach. Others on the bill include Bassnectar, Drop the Lime, DJ Swamp, and Otto Von Schirach. Doors open at 10 p.m., and tickets are free. Call 305-531-7700, or visit www.laundrybarmiami.com.
1. Z-Trip meets the Bassbin Twins, "Shot Down" (white label)
2. Saigon, "Come On Baby" (Atlantic)
3. Glitch Mob, "Bubblin' in the Cut" (Glitch Mob Unlimited)
4. Atmosphere, "Shoulda Known" (Rhymesayers)
5. Team America OST, "America, F**k Yeah" (Atlantic)
6. Instinct DJs, "Instinct Shows Calabria Love" (white label)
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7. Radiohead, "15 Step (Goldenchyld Remix)" (white label)
8. Skream, "Make Me" (Tempa)
9. The Doors, "My Wild Love (Z-Trip Remix)" (white label)
10. Mesh, "Hipsters Are the New Jocks" (Mesh)