Dan The Automator Brings Mixtape To 2k Sports Tour
Posted on December 3, 2006 by Jamie Slaughter
2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., announced today that Dan The Automator will headline the second leg of the 2nd Annual 2K Sports Bounce Tour with an all-new presentation approach. This unique event will mirror a live mix tape-inspired format with creative non-stop segues while featuring
Dan The Automator with a full backing band and guest vocalists’ Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Casual of Hieroglyphics, A.G. of D.I.T.C. and Gavin Hayes from Dredg.
The tour is in support of 2K Sports' next-gen videogame titles and has 14 confirmed West Coast dates spanning the holiday season with additional shows pending.
After reuniting A Tribe Called Quest for the first part of the 2nd Annual 2K Sports Bounce Tour, 2K Sports enlisted Dan The Automator to helm the second leg of the tour inspired by the Decon Records-released soundtrack, entitled Dan The Automator Presents 2K7. The soundtrack features rappers' Chali 2na, Casual and A.G. who are performing with him on the tour, alongside a live band. Adding a unique rock element to the alternating vocalists is Gavin Hayes from Dredg, a band Dan The Automator had recently remixed a song for. In order to create an experience that reflects Dan The Automator's primary profession of mixing and producing, he has turned the show into a live mix tape with each song blending into the next. He also showcases his versatility by alternating between working the turntables, mixing, drum machine manipulation, and even playing a Theremin, among other elements.
Producer Dan The Automator is known internationally as one of the most groundbreaking and inventive creators of hip-hop music. He first achieved critical and commercial success in 1996 with the esoteric Dr. Octagon album, and followed suit with a slew of landmark recordings and remixes that established him as not only
a producer to be reckoned with, but as a remixer and songwriter as well. His collaborations with hip-hop legends Prince Paul (Handsome Boy Modeling School) and Del tha Funkee Homosapien (Deltron 3030) resulted in success on a larger scale, and he went platinum as the producer of the debut Gorillaz album in 2001. His most recent endeavor was producing the soundtrack to NBA 2K7, which involved sculpting the beats to mirror the tempo of a basketball game and enlisting rappers from across the nation for a diverse sound. Beyond the music connection, Dan The Automator appears in NBA 2K7 as a playable character.
The 2nd Annual 2K Bounce Tour is the latest tour from the 2K Sports series of annual live events that bridge hip-hop, sports and video game culture by featuring renowned music artists, sports gaming kiosks, and projection vignettes. The tour will take place in more than a dozen top markets from the end of November throughout the month of December.
Nov 29 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Company
Nov 30 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
Dec 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
Dec 2 - Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
Dec 4 - Portland, OR - Berbatti's Pan
Dec 5 - Bellingham, WA - The Nightlight
Dec 6 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
Dec 8 - Park City, UT - Suede
Dec 9 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
Dec 10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre & Cafe
Dec 12 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Dec 13 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
Dec 14 - San Diego, CA - Canes Bar & Grill
Dec 15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
More information about the tour can be found at www.2ksports.com/2k7
In addition to the tour, 2K Sports is proud to announce the release of The Official 2K7 Mixtape, mixed by the world famous DJ Clinton Sparks. This free download is a mix of non-stop hip hop encompassing more than 40 minutes of exclusive tracks. The mixtape also highlights songs from the NBA 2K7 game soundtrack, including tracks with Fabolous, Ghostface, Slim Thug, Lupe Fiasco, A Tribe Called Quest, E-40, Mos Def, Rhymefest, Dilated Peoples, Aceyalone and more. Check out www.2ksports.com/mixtape for this free download.