Chris Karns with Eliot Lipp (Vinyl Set) and Robbie Dude
Heartwood presents a very special night of music where the old-school meets the new-school. World Champion Turntable DJ and member of Pretty Lights Live, Chris Karns, brings his world-famous skill and style to Aisle 5 with support from Eliot Lipp (all vinyl set) and Robbie Dude!
Doors / 9PM
Few artists who identify as a producer and DJ have as impressive a resume as Chris Karns. Trusted by some of the biggest names in music to set the stage on fire with his blazing turntable skills, Karns is following up a World DMC Championship title with a starring role on VH1’s “Master of the Mix” and a packed schedule of party rocking. Karns has enjoyed an undeniable reputation long-sealed by his on stage and in studio work with some industry heavyweights like Yelawolf, Bun B., Kid Rock, Paul Wall, Bassnectar and Travis Barker. This is not a man who gets on iTunes, downloads a few hits and calls it a day, but rather an accomplished master of his craft.
At a time when the word “DJ” no longer carries with it the weight of a once vibrant vinyl culture, it’s a relief there are passionate and talented artists like Chris. Since his early days inspired by his musician father and learning to scratch on a $20 belt-drive turntable, he’s rocked countless overseas and American tours, and has played everywhere from Los Angeles to New York, London to Tokyo, and everywhere in between. Since being honored with the highest possible battle title and becoming DMC World Champion, Karns is now known as one of the fastest scratchers and beat jugglers in the game, incorporating drum machines and other components into sets stacked with raw energy. When he’s in front of insatiable crowds weaving together a versatile set of hip-hop, house, trap and more, Karns obviously a natural entertainer who’s set the bar high for himself and his contemporaries.
“I’m proud that I am able to achieve the goals I set for myself, whether it be shining in the biggest DJ competitions in the world, or rocking at huge festivals,” Karns surmises. “I know good things will continue to happen if I keep working hard for the love of this art form we call music”.
Eliot Lipp is a producer, DJ and sound designer. After more than a decade living in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York (but equally home on the road), the intrepid producer has landed in beautiful Austin Texas. He’s been spending most of his time collaborating with musicians, DJing, performing and grinding in the studio. Theres no particular style of electronic music that takes the focus but theres always a good amount of hip-hop and funk influences. Over the years Lipp has developed a palette of electronic beats & soulful samples while crafting a unique style.
With years of work behind the decks live mixing for all kinds of crowds, Robbie Dude takes you on a journey through musical time and space in which genre has no reign. From old school hip-hop mash-ups with new age soul beats, to classic rock hits underlined with bass heavy bangers, Robbie Dude has the vibes to get the party started and take it all the way to the break of dawn. In addition to capturing the modern DJ crowd, Robbie is an accomplished vinyl turntablist and adds live scratching to his performances, paying homage to the hip-hop greats that preceded the modern scene and drawing in a continually diverse fan base.
Building on his foundation as a DJ, Robbie Dude’s debut EP “Finding My Way” takes his live performance style and molds it into original production all his own. Pulling inspiration from modern Motown, Hip-hop, and producers such as Pretty Lights and Michael Menert, the Dude brings a futuristic, funky electro sound to the mix. His love for every genre results in an original sound and a live show that will thrill every crowd.