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? Reko Trill of the Almighty Trill Brothers is a party and club MC who was born and raised in Houston by way of Third Ward. ("Stay Hard!" he proclaims). Reko tells us that his preference is to be on the mike hyping up a crowd rather than actually spinning records. "Every club needs a good MC!" says Trill. "So instead of bitching about it, I'll just be it."
He started MC'ing and hosting pretty organically.
"I went out with my man DJ Cipher damn near every night," he recalls. "Sometimes I'd grab the mike at whatever party we were at and just clowned around. After a while I started getting paid for it."
Home Base? The great city of Houston, TX.
Why Do You Stay In Houston?: "Houston is my jam!" he says with a smile. "There are few places more diverse as far as music, art, food and culture." He is unapologetic if your stance differs from his. "Those people and cities suck, so that doesn't bother me!"
"Houston is a hell of a city," Reko adds. "Pick a night, any night, and there's always something awesome going on...Houston is the America of Texas, Texas is the America of the United States."
Good War Story: Nothing he felt comfortable enough to share, but they usually start with "Hey Reko, wanna grab the mike real quick?"
"Good Lord, man!", he explains. "Even if I shared the cleanest of my war stories, my Mum would kill me!"
Music Scene Pet Peeve: A PSA from Mr. Trill:
I guess my pet peeve would be aimed more at the "customers" of bars and clubs. There is always that one person, usually a chick, that requests a song that has absolutely nothing to do with the venue she's attending.
Then they become very impatient and sometimes a bit hostile when they don't get to hear freaking Marc Anthony at a hip-hop event. Or the ass that asks if there's going to be anything played from 2014 at an "Old School" party. DJs should be able to use pepper spray at will.
Five Desert Island Discs:
- Outkast, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
- Stone Temple Pilots, Plush
- Dr. Dre, The Chronic
- Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire
- UGK , Super Tight
Best Show Ever: Reko's pick is a 1997 Dungeon Family showcase in Atlanta featuring Goodie MOB, Society of Soul, Witchdoctor, Eric "Sleepy" Brown and Outkast.
You can find Reko Trill moving the crowd as featured MC with The Kracker Nuttz on Saturday nights at Capitol Bar on Main Street.
See the rest of the Rocks Off 200, and the Rocks Off 100's 2013 alumni, on the next page.
THE ROCKS OFF 200
Jo Bird, Bow-Caster of Fiddle Witch & the Demons of Doom DJ Nando1, Who Fights to Keep the Party Poppin' Randall Hopkins, Featherface Drummer and Brilliant Video Director Roby Deaton, Open-Mike Pocket of Cool Nosaprise, Hurrah! for the Blushing Bridegroom Tony Vega, the Big Easy's Barnburner Leslie Krafka, Onward Through the Fog Michael Anthony Shanks, Houston's Merry Shankster DJ Baby Roo, Vegetarian Hip-Hop Veteran Rachel Bays, Filming Them Softly Punk-Rock "Newcomers" Screech of Death Erin Rodgers, the Keys to Glass the Sky Alex LaRotta, Crate-Digging Fistful of Soul Brother Alycia Miles, Triumphant Soul Singer DJ Piam, Poison Girl's Bacon-Fat Funk Specialist Mister Insane, Host of The Insane Show Jake Rawls -- Kemo For Emo Is Back Santos Pastrana, Sound Engineer and DJ Ninja Heading Upstream with RIVERS' Chris Tamez DJ Dayta, Keeper of That Good Good 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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