Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.
Who? Tory "DJ AudiTory" Bryant is a DJ of many different varieties. Currently he doesn't have a signature club night at any popular Houston haunt, but that will come. He also lacks the co-sign of any big-name local artist, but that will come as well.
Who AudiTory is, rather, is a DJ who -- along with tastemaker Los Cosby -- took it upon himself to bring back the freewheeling and associative screw tapes of Houston rap a generation ago. He's DJed parties from Sam Houston State to the University of Houston in between his roles as lead DJ for area rap group 2-Twenty Music and main man on the turntables for Kickback Sundays.
Nationally, he might be known for being quick to to chop and screw some of music's more notable releases the moment they find their way onto the Web. His initial touch-up of Kanye West's Yeezus album earned him mentions in the Los Angeles Times and noted Chicago rap blog Fake Shore Drive.
"At first I was kind of confused, well, insecure about it," AudiTory says of his and Cosby's LuvItMane series. "To do something that Screw did is kind of a big thing. I didn't wanna put no bullshit together to say I was making a screw tape, so I spent three months studying the art form before we put it together."
The duo is now three tapes in with a fourth on the way, likely sandwiched between the next 2-Twenty Music project.
Home Base: "Nawfside by the way of Acreage Homes," he says. However, most of AudiTory's creation process for any tape occurs inside the large townhouse he shares with his 2-Twenty bandmates near the west side of town. There, Bryant is clearly in his element and constantly peruses Twitter for jokes, back-and-forth banter on Sundays about the Texans and the occasional promotion of his latest tape.
Why Do You Stay In Houston? Quite simply, Tory loves the city down to his bones from the culture to its sense of personal identity. It has, he offers, "everything I want is in one city, and there's a multitude of opportunity for people who live here. Houston has always been fun to me. Plus there's so much about the city to learn and experience still and I've been here for 23 years.
"I love Houstonians," he adds. "Plus living in Houston is hella affordable."
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Good War Story: "There's plenty," AudiTory begins. "One happens to be the fact that people are already trying to dub me as 'The New Screw' when I haven't really done anything yet."
"I still trip off of how when I was in my third month of DJing that I had to DJ this big Kappa party and my equipment was bullshitting and I couldn't use my computer," he continues. "So I had to DJ an entire party with like 1500-plus people while using some equipment I've never used, and I could only transfer my music from a 2GB flash drive. And I did it."
Music Scene Pet Peeve: Ever had a conversation on Twitter and a complete stranger tries to drop a music link or something to you? Along with artists covering new songs, it's the worst thing in Tory's eyes.
"I hate it," he laments. "Album/mixtape presentation is another big one to me. If you want me to listen to your music, make sure it's appealing to me as a consumer."
His eyes roll before finishing off, "Or people just tweeting me to chop and screw their mixtapes. Like... no, I don't know you."
Albums You Can't Live Without:
- Mary J. Blige, Share My World
- Kanye West, Late Registraiton
- Kirk Franklin, Whatchu Lookin' 4
- Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
- Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Best Show Ever: Red Bull Thre3style, SXSW 2011 -- "Watching DJ Jazzy Jeff & Erykah Badu perform," he says. "Most inspirational and enjoyable performance I've ever been to."
See the rest of the Rocks Off 200, and the Rocks Off 100's 2013 alumni, on the next page.
THE ROCKS OFF 200
The Nephilim Terror's Death-Metal Growler Danny Carroll Tommy Grindle, Guitarist of Square and Compass The Bailout Bureau's Mysterious "Bob Bovary" DJ Twinkle-Toes, Won a "Dick-Measuring Vinyl Orgy" With Two iPods Beanz N Kornbread, Gmail-Loving Production Duo You(genious), Party Crasher Turned Musical Auteur Daniel Alexander, Klein's Backyard MC
THE ROCKS OFF 100 2013 ALUMNI
Crystal Toliver, Source of That Yello Echo You Hear Mr. Castillo, Song-Sniping DJ DJ Big Reeks, The Chief Waxaholic Melane Gutierrez, The Coffin Queen Folk Descendent Kevin Taylor Kendrick Eloy Contreras, Deathrazor's Sharp Thrash Vocals Robert McCarthy, Guitarist From Beyond Justice Tirapelli-Jamail, The Manichean's "Quiet One" Charlie Horshack, LP4's Guitar Warrior Kathryn Hallberg, Little Girl Gone Tessa Kole, PuraPharm's Voice and Vice Richard Griesser, Vintage Camera Hound With Enviable Archive Downfall 2012, Sci-Fi Metal Storytellers Kevin Choate, Drum Like You're Screaming DJ Rockwell, Booth Pimp and Party-Rocker Ash Kay, the Freakouts' Punk Vocal Head-Butt Pat Kelly, The Godfather of the Suffers Michelle Miears of BLSHS, Siren In the Machine DJ Remix, Genre-Hopping Mix Maniac Kahna, Brutal Nation's Metal Booking Queen DJ Ill Set, Enemy of Wack Tracks Shane Tuttle, Updog Owner and Album-Cover Designer Electric Attitude, Renegades of Funk Sama'an Ashrawi, Trill Gladiator Recon Naissance, A Rap While Matt's Guitar Gently Weeps DJ Klinch Asks, "Can You Dig It?" Jose "Chapy" Luna, Percussionist Con Corazón Love Dominique, Wicked Heart R&B Chanteuse Chris Gerhardt, Mastermind of Giant Battle Monster The Jobe Wilson Band, the Boys From Chambers County Kimberly M'Carver, Missouri City's Nightingale DJ Panchitron, Stirring the Cumbia/Moombahton Melting Pot D.R.I's Kurt Brecht, Thrash Zone Supervisor Sloan Robley, The Last Houstonian Banshee Jack Saunders, Dealer of Grit & Jangle Richard Ramirez, Noise God and Black Leather Jesus Mike Meegz, Scoremore's Houston Lieutenant Jacqui Sutton, Houston's "Jazzgrass Lady" Robin Kirby, Silk and Sandpaper Songwriter Billy Dorsey, Grammy-Winning MARATHON Runner David DeLaGarza, Don of Tejano Stars La Mafia Jason Puffer, Your Psychedelic Sex Panther Tobin Harvell, Fitzgerald's Unflappable Floor Manager Walter Suhr, the Straw That Stirs Mango Punch! Tony Garza, La Orquesta Salmerum Founder OG Ron C, Chopstar King of the Purple Dome Football, etc., Giving Emo Back Its Good Name Angela Jae, Renaissance Artist Shellee Coley, Voice of the Northern Woods Blaggards, Houston's St. Paddy's Day House Band DJ Meshak, Hongree Records' Sound Selecter K-Rino, South Park Coalition's Southside Maven DJ Candlestick, One Niceguy and a Very Busy DJ Danielle Renee, Only Beast's Destroyer of Walls Felipe Galvan of Los Skarnales Kristine Mills, Houston's Brassiest Voice Brian Davis, Punk Drummer, Horror Composer Elroy Boogie, Top-Notch Turntablist Sean Ozz, Wizard of The Abyss Alyssa Rubich, Angel of Instability Alphonso "Fonz" Lovelace, Righteous Drummer Frank Zweback, Funkmaster General OG Bobby Trill, Bombon Beatmaker Beau Beasley, Organist for the End of Time Rapid Ric, Mixtape Mechanic Dwight Taylor Lee, the Wandering Bufalero Coline Creuzot, Soulful Pop/R&B Singer Cristina Acuna, Cactus Music's Twitter Fingers Clint Broussard, Blues In Hi-Fi Man Now Back On FM Nortnii Rose, Houston Ska's Greatest Hope Ramblin' Chase Hamblin, the Man Who Will Be Paid Chris Alonzo, Bringing Night Flight to Facebook
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