Friday, March 20, 2009

GUGD: NEIL ARMSTRONG - NYC (5th Platoon / Roc Boyz / Jay-Z's DJ)

GET UP GET DOWN presents

First Time In Vancity!!

(NYC / 5th Platoon / Roc Boyz / Jay-Z's DJ)

Friday April 17th
Shine - 364 Water St



2008 has been an amazing year for DJ Neil Armstrong. After being tapped by Jay-Z to be his official World Tour DJ, Neil was catapulted into the highest-regarded Hip-Hop tour on the planet. And he held it down. From rocking in front of over 100,000 fans at the Glastonbury Festival, to anchoring a performance on the Letterman Show, to pumping with ice-cold veins at Madison Square Garden (three consecutive shows no less), DJ Neil Armstrong is now in the highest strata of DJ existence. And even though he can now been seen in a Jay-Z video with Mary J. Blige - You're Welcome, has spun for adidas at the Olympic Games in Beijing, has shared the stage with Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Swiss Beats, Puff Daddy, Timbaland, Bun B, Memphis Bleek, EPMD, and Method Man, or performed alongside Slayer, Interpol, The Cool Kids, Common, Neil Young, Mark Ronson, Coldplay, NERD, and Linkin Park, Neil is as humble and focused as ever.

Acknowledged as the founding father of the DJ Collective the “5th Platoon”, Neil was born and breed in NYC, cutting his teeth in the early 90’s during the era of backpack Hip-Hop and the art of Turntablism. His time spent in the trenches battling and mastering the art of spinning allowed him to rock shows alongside artists across the Hip-Hop spectrum - from De La Soul, The Roots, Company Flow andBiz Markie, to Kanye West, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Wyclef Jean; he was also a member of the critically acclaimed 2 time Grammy -Nominated jazz band - Russell Gunn and Ethnomusicology, playing alongside iconic musicians Kenny Garrett (a member of Miles Davis' band) and Brandford Marsalis.

Over the last 8 years, he has made an indelible mark in the subgenre of Hip-Hop known as “Mixtape Culture.” Neil’s highly-regarded mixtapes represent his eclectic music taste and have generated considerable press, most-notably in Rolling Stone, Vibe,, Theme, URB and Complex. He has been featured in advertising campaigns for adidas and Under-crwn, produced a limited-edition shoe with adidas, was featured in the book Bedroom Rockers, and had a documentary series shot on him by Japanese TV show “NY Streets.” He is also a Rane-sponsored DJ.

Outside of his touring with Jay-Z, Neil has traveled the globe for an array of club appearances and corporate events. He has been the NBA’s DJ of choice for their Rookie Shootout since 2006, and has been hired by a multitude of companies for his services, most notably: Sony Playstation, Kangol, Lotus, adidas, LRG, Stussy, Courvosier, Sapporo, and The Sneaker Pimps World Tour. He has performed in Stockholm, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Holland, Poland, Belgium, Iceland, Nigeria, Germany, Vancouver, Toronto, the Phillipines, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Tokyo, and many more.

Can't wait for this one Vancity. Madness!! First time ever in Vancouver. He's been steady killing the game for over a decade and he's ready to destroy Shine. This is gonna be awesome.

*** Below - Neil Armstrong receives word his life is about turn upside down by becoming Jay-Z's official DJ ***


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