Monthly Archives: February 2016

Fingersnaps Media Arts | Bay Area: Learn to DJ


Deep House, Disco, NuJazz & Soul music are the genres that inspire DJ Lamont to inspire you to move on the dance floor or create good vibes and energy at your event.

DJ Lamont has the passion, experience, and talent to play almost any social event from clubs, ecstatic dances, music festivals, art galleries, and corporate and marketing events.

Rate are based on time, travel, and duration.

Book DJ Lamont today.

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Fingersnaps DJ Lessons

Start now and learn to DJ at Fingersnaps Media Art.  Fingersnaps is a DJ media service where music enthusiast can learn the art of beat mixing, scratching, looping, sampling, and editing your favorite songs.

Learn how to express yourself using Vinyl, DJ Controllers, DJ Apps, and DJ Software. DJ Lessons are offered as private, in-home, small groups, work place team building, after school programs, and community organizations. 

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DJ Lamont has been playing with records for 45 years since he was given his first Close N’ Play record player by his mother in 1970. DJ Lamont is now celebration his 33 1/3 years as a professional DJ spinning at clubs, restaurants, and social events of all occasions. Lamont has also worked in radio broadcasting, event management, and music retail and distribution.

DJ Lamont founded Fingersnaps Media Arts in June 2004 as a means to develop and promote educational and entertaining opportunities to individuals and organizations by providing high quality media such as DJ Lessons, DJ Services, DJ Studio Rental, Narration Services, and Artist Development, all based on Mr. Bransford-Young’s talents and experiences while expressing his entrepreneurship and creative spirit.

Fingersnaps Media Arts is a means of creating community with music being the center of self-expression. He has taught over 200 DJ’s in his home music studio and hundreds of youths and adults in after school enrichment programs and community centers.

DJ Lamont produces a weekly radio show called The Fingersnaps Music Salon on community radio KPOO 89.5 San Francisco Wednesdays 12 Midnight to 5:00 am featuring disco, classic dance, The San Francisco Street Inspired House Mix, NuJazz & soul music along with commentary and special live in studio guest.

Fingersnaps Media Arts is an African-American owned micro-business in San Francisco.

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Karina Nistal album release “Living Proof”


Karina Nistal and friends hosted her album release “Living Proof” at Karma Lounge in LA. This place is called “The Gem :) “ for a reason – great food menu, cheap drinks, and an intimate, loungy setting that can really compliment a show. In this case, Devi Genuone from Oakland opened up with a blazing solo set that really got the crowd pumped up for Karina.

She performed tracks off her “Come Correct” LP that made made you want to get familiar with her if you weren’t already. By the time she got to her track “Believe It”, which sounded like a total nuage Drum n’ bass hit, she had folks dancing and singing the hook “Believe that you do it well…”. There was a pause between both sets that was filled by DJ Comp1, a newcomer to LA but definitely not a newcomer to the turntables. Karina’s act came on and you really didn’t know what to expect. She had three musicians including the DJ, a drummer that doubled into a bassist, and a guitar.

The scaled down arrangement really worked for her tracks! Karina’s vocals over the tight rhythm section, lead guitar, and scratches on top was like a formula you didn’t know you needed. She worked her set with a Spanish Reggaeton-flow, positive uplifting reggae lyrics, a house song longing for her “Muse”, and the last song which really had the whole room loving her groove, “Wiser”.

If you haven’t heard this lady you really should check her out! –Marla Styles “Living Proof” is now available on

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Goldie to host the inaugural Electronic Music Awards & Foundation




Electronic pioneer and global icon Goldie will host the inaugural Electronic Music Awards & Foundation show on April 14th at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles before airing Saturday, April 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Over his 30-year career, Goldie has released a number of multi award-winning albums and made a name for himself as an innovator in the Jungle and Drum & Bass spaces. As an actor, Goldie’s first film role was in David Bowie’s gritty northern gangland flick ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine,’ which led to him playing Bad Boy Lincoln in Guy Ritchie’s largely successful and critically acclaimed ‘Snatch’ and then a villainous role in the James Bond classic ‘The World Is Not Enough.’ Following Goldie’s success on the big screen, he landed a role on the small screen as Angel in the ever popular BBC1 EastEnders.

In late 2015, Goldie was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to music and young people.   “It’s an honor to be the first host of these new awards. I want to make sure that the night is exciting and true to the electronic music community,” Goldie says.   The first-ever Electronic Music Awards & Foundation (EMAF) show will feature electronic music’s leading artists, creatives, executives and visionaries (to be announced). Among those being honored are the early trailblazers and legends of electronic music, as well as the top-trending acts of today. The show will feature awards presentations and live performances from electronic music’s biggest artists.

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LITTLE BIG SHOTS, premiering March 13 at 8/7c only on NBC


Steve Harvey hosts LITTLE BIG SHOTS, a new series showcasing America’s most extraordinary kids. From pint-sized super-athletes to five-year-old musical miracles, these young talents will amaze us with their skills, slay us with their cuteness and wow us with their accomplishments.

Catch the premiere on Sunday March 13th at 8/7c – only on NBC.  

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VIDEO: “California Love – A Triptych” – Zo!, Carmen Rodgers & Sy Smith

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In the spring of 2015, Zo!, Carmen Rodgers and Sy Smith came together as an underground soul power trio, playing live shows on the west coast for a stint they called the “California Love Tour“. Director Shawn Carter Peterson filmed the Los Angeles performance and created a beautiful long play video/short film, capturing the trio’s musical mastery and camaraderie in this presentation of three captivating singles from the show. Sy playfully flaunts her quick-paced scatting chops on “Personal Paradise”, Carmen drips with honey-coated cooing on “It’s Me”, and Zo! shows off his piano virtuosity with “Flight Of The Blackbyrd”. The acoustic set exhibits a beautiful simplicity of instrumentation; just piano (Zo!), upright bass (Maurice Ellis) and drums (Stacey Lamont Sydnor) which makes plenty of sonic room to experience the tunes stripped all the way down. And just like the human form, these tunes are even better naked.

Director: Shawn Carter Peterson
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New Release: Louie Vega Starring … XXVIII


What Happens When a House Music Legend Makes an Album With All His Friends?

Tasteful recombination in art requires one to understand what art is available and what individual pieces of art are appropriate to recombine. Bricolage is the process in which an artist removes an object from its environment, strips it of its meaning and places it alongside other objects in a completely new environment.

Louie Vega’s latest album, Louie Vega Starring… XXVIII is a dual-disc conceptual record featuring over 25 artists on 28 different songs. Yes, you read that right! The record is Louie Vega’s first solo album ever and a contender for his magnum opus, “This body of work is a masterpiece that will be party of my legacy. I see it up there on the same high shelf with albums like Nuyorican Soul, Elements of Life, and Masters at Work,” adds Louie.

Describing his artistic process, “The album came together naturally, it was a growing process. It was like planting a tree, each branch represented an artist, a sound, a groove. The entire process happened within a few years. It started with a few songs and then this past year, I was in a creative state and the music happened back to back. As I travelled and toured, I met artists on the road and would record with them a few weeks later. The experience with the artists on the album was magical; they are all so talented and very unique and have their own special quality.”

There are only a few times in an artist’s career when their sonic pallet and relationships with other artists reach a level where true magic can happen. After 30 years in music, Vega has reached a special and unmatched point in his career.

He knows where all of the world’s sounds live and hide. He has relationships with the owners of those sounds and understands what they represent. This album is the latest testament to Louie’s growing legacy as a master bricoleur. By bringing together the diverse genres of house, funk, latin soul and gospel, Louie Vega created a record filled with positive vibes.

Like a fine bottle of wine, the album’s ingredients and their interactions with each other come to the light upon pressing play. Listeners can expect notes of Afro & Latin and pure house infused with funk, gospel, Caribbean, jazz, r&b, soul. All the ingredients for an amazing global party. Each song is uniquely crafted to represent a different emotion, energy or experience. Their melange with Louie Vega’s timeless music production is the album’s true treat, “Today’s listener wants to feel good and that’s exactly what our songs and tracks do. We celebrate the gift of love, art and music,” adds Vega.

Followers of his illustrious career will find the album unveils a completely new side of the legendary artist; that of a sound chemist. Louie explains, “My inspirations came from various visits around the world and experiences in life. As far as the album’s sounds, I revisited lots of R&B, soul, gospel, nu jazz, even some disco, all within the backdrop of house music, took it back to the artist and song tailoring”.

Here’s a complete list of the chemist’s preferred elements for this album:

The group Funkadelic & the Iconic George Clinton, The 3 Winans Brothers and The Clark Sisters, Jocelyn Brown, Nick Monaco & Soul Clap, N’Dea Davenport, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle, Anane Vega, Monique Bingham, Caron Wheeler, Josh Milan, Bucie, Tony Momrelle, Kaylow, Vikter Duplaix, Cassio Ware, Adeva, Covertion & Leroy Burgess, Kenny Bobien, Zara McFarlane, Luis Salinas, Roberto Roena, Diviniti and Byron Stingily.

The delivered sampling of featured artists on Louie Vega Starring… is one for the record books and a must for any music aficionado. Be sure to pick up the album at all digital outlets, and a special cd & vinyl package at participating distributors.


J DILLA’S Long Lost 2002 Vocal LP “The Diary” to be released 4/15/2016





The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla‘s longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary on April 15th, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002The Diary is the final batch of unissued material that Dilla had assembled for release during his lifetime, lending crucial insight into the producer’s prowess and thought process in the period leading up to his break with the major label system and the extremely fertile period that followed (which encompassed the making of the canonical classics Ruff DraftJaylib, and Donuts). The Diary features vocal performances by J Dilla, Snoop DoggBilalKokaneFrank and DankNottz and Boogie, over production by Dilla,MadlibPete RockHi-tekNottzHouse ShoesSupa Dave WestBink! and Karriem Riggins. The album was announced today in an interview with Nas on Zane Lowe‘s show on Beats1 with the never-before-heard song “The Introduction,” now streaming via Rolling Stone.

The Diary was Dilla’s attempt to take advantage of the attention afforded him after his brightest period as a behind-the-scenes hit-maker and influencer. However, the project stalled and the album was literally shelved, the reels languishing in storage in Detroit as a relocated Dilla began a creative renaissance in Los Angeles. The Diary in this, its final form, was painstakingly assembled over a ten year period from two-track mixdowns and multi-track masters found in J Dilla’s archives after his death in 2006. The completion of The Diary was overseen by The Estate of James Yancey’s Creative Director Eothen Alapatt, long term general manager of Stones Throw Records and A&R for Donuts and Jaylib, whose previous archival Dilla work includes the expanded Ruff Draft reissue from 2008. The Estate of James Yancey is overseen by California’s Probate Court on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yanceyand his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.

The musical landscape has shifted mightily in the wake of J Dilla’s final album. Donuts‘ release and Dilla’s subsequent death forced a critical and fan-level reexamination of his work and importance on the global stage. J Dilla was marginalized in the years leading up to his death, as he, battling the rare blood disorder that would eventually take his life, eschewed the major label-led music industry where he created or aided some of the music industry’s brightest - D’AngeloErykah Badu,Common - in the late 90s and early 00s, moved to California from his native Detroit and dug deep into the deepest recesses of his creative spirit to offer a new take on hip hop’s decades old art form of sampling. After Donuts, the likes of Kanye West and Pharrel Williams could be heard echoing words read on a fan’s shirt from one of J Dilla’s last European tours in 2005: J Dilla Changed My Life. They were not the only ones: Justin Timberlake opines openly that the world needs more Dilla. J Dilla became a critical signpost for these stars, and others: the archetype figure that birthed everything they loved and cared for in hip-hop.

1. The Introduction
2. The Anthem feat. Frank & Dank
3. Fight Club feat. Nottz & Boogie
4. The Shining Pt. 1 (Diamonds) feat. Kenny Wray
5. The Shining Pt. 2 (Ice)
6. Trucks
7. Gangsta Boogie feat. Snoop Dogg & Kokane
8. Drive Me Wild
9. Give Them What They Want
10. The Creep (The O)
11. The Ex feat. Bilal
12. So Far
13. Fuck The Police
14. The Diary