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? Trent Icaza is a DJ and tastemaker known around town as Dayta of the Almighty Krackernuttz. He's been active on the scene for about ten years.
Home Base: Dayta spins at The Flat every Friday with one of his crewmates, DJ Klinch, playing the best of "That Good Good." He also hosts and plays Top Notch, a monthly party at Boondocks with DJ Sober from Dallas. That particular event, held on the last Saturday of each month, has been going strong for four years. He has also been DJing at the H-town Sneaker Summit since it kicked off in 2004.
Why Do You Stay In Houston? "Rent's cheap and there's so much damn good food in this town!" he says.
"I feel that Houston's got a lot of potential because of its economic benefits," Dayta adds. "It's even grown culturally. Lately there's so many dope food spots -- you can get anything from traditional BBQ at Gatlin's to delicious ramen from Tiger Den in Bellaire!" #fatboy
Good War Story:"This one time, OG Bobby Trill and I were getting ready for our first gig at The Proletariat," he recalls. "It might have been in 2005. We ran across town to pick up DJ gear and we were already running late. Man, we were so excited to perform that night! The Houston Press even ran an ad for us that night.
"When it came down to it," he goes on, "we didn't even need all the gear we brought with us, and we only ended up playing for two people -- not including the bartender!"
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Music Scene Pet Peeve: "Requests," Dayta says. "And this:"
Five Desert Island Discs:
- DJ Day, Land of 1000 Chances
- Toro Y Moi, Anything In Return
- Dabrye, One Three
- El Michaels Affair, Sounding Out the City
- Jonti, Twirligig
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Best Show Ever? "I don't have just one," he says. "Here are a few of my favorite shows: MIA and Spank Rock at Engine Room in 2005; Red Bull Thre3Style Battle in 2011; and the Do-Over [Houston] during All-Star Weekend in 2013."
See the rest of the Rocks Off 200, and the Rocks Off 100's 2013 alumni, on the next page.
THE ROCKS OFF 200
Matthew Davis Buehrer, Runaway Sun's Globally Thinking Bassist Fat Tony, Third Ward to "BKNY" Noon, Rapper With a Lot on His Mind Matt Cash, Clear Lake's Cassette Tape Wailer Jason Smith, Alkari's Space City Rocker DJ Penetrate, All Lit Up in "Neon Lights" Catch Fever Is Catching On Renée Jonard, Princess of Noise Pollution Junior Gordon, Big Man With a Big Sound Chad Smalley, Blaggards' Barse Player Damien Randle, K-OTIX Man of Action Kevin Anthony, 45 Southbound Man DJ Good Grief Knows How to Have Fun Robert Kuhn, the Well-Traveled Islander Gunnar Cushway, Insko's Feel-Good Utilityman Mario Rodriguez, Tax the Wolf/Bang Bangz's Wonky Power Monger John Smith, Goodtime Continental Club Manager Dwayne Cathey, A Good Man to Scare People With Walter Carlos, Guitar-Punisher of Funeral Horse Ryan James, Putting Up a Good Fight John Cramer, Guitar Apostle of Project Grimm Big Gerb, Houston's Hongree-est MC Steven Higginbotham, Hard-Working Wheel Worker Alisha Pattillo & Her Swaggering, Soulful Sax Brandon Ray, Punk Rocker Turned Filmmaker/Animator The Excitable Boys of Another Run Flash Gordon Parks, DJ as Funky Professor DJ Main Event, Kratez Crew JumpOff Man Odd Hours and Back to Back's Hank Doyle Legendary K-OTIX Producer Russel "The ARE" Gonzalez Dylan Bryson Sings the Blues (Rock) DJ Damon Allen, R.O.C.O. Fellow Tom Lynch, New Kid On the Block Ashley Worhol, Goth-Metal Queen of Katy Joe Ortiz, Clockpole's Master of Nonsense Marzi Montazeri, the Man Dimebag Darrell Called a Bad Motherfucker John Salinas, the Beat Beast of Only Beast Homegrown Cowboy Crooner Charles Peters Adam Bricks, NYC Expat Metal Journeyman and Blasé Bassist Alan Hilton Kyra Noons, Houston's Reggae Sunsplash DJ AudiTory, the Maestro of LuvItMane 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
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