San Francisco resident and world-renowned DJ/producer J Boogie continues to challenge the boundaries of the music world across genres, styles, languages and borders throughout his 20-year career. This truly unique artist speaks to his listeners through a diverse musical language, integrating techniques and musical genres including downtempo, dub, hip–hop, soul, reggae, funk, African, Latin, bhangra, dancehall, disco, electro, tropical, dubstep and house. Constantly revolutionizing the game, creating new sounds, and always keeping fans on their feet, J-Boogie continues to lift music to its full potential through his distinct approach and one-of-a-kind style.
The Bay Area's got world-class music and killer indie record labels to match. But what does it take to run a tastemaking label? In this new series, we look at the movers & shakers who've been changing the music game here in the past decade.
Om Records, founded by Chris Smith in the Lower Haight in 1995, is one of the most robust electronic and dance music labels in the US of A. Known for its awesome catalogue of house, lounge, and soulful electro jams, the label is home to Bassnectar, Groove Armada, Dirty Vegas, Zion I & The Grouch and now even has a Grammy nomination under its belt. We caught up with Director of New Media Gunnar Hissam to hear about the Grammys and how Om smashes all perceptions about just how an indie label should be run.