HPMA Showcase Spotlight: DJ Sun, "Throw This Down Just After the BBQ..."
In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.
Photo courtesy of DJ Sun
What are you nominated for? I am nominated for Best DJ, but will be presenting my full band: DJ SUN & Resolution.
Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Tim Ruiz, bass & keyboards; Dominick Hawkins, drums; Leah Alvarez, vocals; Martin Perna, flute.
Describe yourself in four to seven words. "Throw this down just after the BBQ..." (Daryl Wright, review of One Hundred on PopMatters.com)
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Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? Massive Attack because with a combination of electronically produced, live instrumentation, pertinent voices, a nod to hip-hop and reggae, and visual art, they were able to be relevant from 1991-2004.
What recordings (if any) do you have readily available? I released One Hundred, which is internationally distributed through INGrooves. Physical copies are available at Cactus, Sound Exchange, Heights Vinyl, etc.
Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? Every year, since about 1997, winning it from 1999-2005, and again in 2009. For Best DJ.
Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? I play regularly at The Flat, Onion Creek, the MFAH, and on KPFT (Soular Grooves, Saturdays 9-midnight). As DJ SUN & Resolution, we perform mostly at festivals, having played SXSW and FPSF.
What is the next step for you? I am working on two projects: one to be released in the next few months and the other, a follow-up to One Hundred.
Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." ...diverse.
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