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HPMA Showcase Spotlight: DJ Ipodammo, "Progressive, Weird, Contemporary, Sound Archeology"

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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.

What are you nominated for? Hi, DJ Ipodammo here. Best Rap DJ.

Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Sound Selector/DJ/Controller: Ipodammo.

Describe yourself or your band in four to seven words. Progressive, Weird, Contemporary, Sound Archeology.

Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? That I know of so far; Pharrell Williams. This individual worked with a few of my potential contemporary names; Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. As well as artists who have influenced, innovated and cultivated current sounds; Sade and Madonna.

Even across different areas of life: fashion, film, music, publishing. He still ain't got sh!t on Ghostface Killah.

What recordings do you have readily available? All recordings (75+) at ipodammo.com.

Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? Two years preceding, for Best Rap DJ.

Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? At very minimum of five to six times a month. Performances range from events, corporate retail issues, onstage with other HPMA Nominees (Fat Tony, Doughbeezy, Killa Kyleon, Uzoy, Roosh Williams), maybe even Surfing a Sriracha Tsunami on a Gucci X10 Deep Surf Deck.

What is the next step for you? Stage show. Expansion into media, colleges and furthering in the Retail DJ. Oh, and production.

Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." Historic. I'm excited to contribute, serve and cultivate this wave of our era and those to come.

DJ Ipodammo's HPMA showcase spot is 5 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room, 1204 Caroline. See more about him at ipodammo.com or Twitter @ipodammo.

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