Born: 24 October 1978 in Aurora, Illinois, USA.
MAKER: Hailing from a city just 40 miles outside of Chicago named Aurora –known mostly for its advances in streetlight technology – Maker has spent the past 20 years honing his production talent, releasing a barrage of albums/45s/remixes, and spending a lion’s share of his non-studio time on the road.
But despite all this, you may not have heard his name mentioned until recently. Emerging from the vital Chicago underground Hip-Hop community of the late 90s, his role as producer naturally kept him behind the scenes, tweaking levels and digging for ‘breaks,’ yet fans quickly began to associate hard, organic drums and deftly chopped/arranged dusty samples with ‘The Sound of Maker.’
After collaborating on a short series of underground releases with local artists, his beat-making prowess brought upon the attention of Chicago indie Hip-Hop record labels Birthwrite, and Galapagos4. Beginning with his critically acclaimed debut Honestly (Birthwrite, 2003. “the music leaves an indelible imprint” – rapreviews.com) and immediately segueing into his sophomore solo project Shooting The Breeze (Galapagos4, 2005), the mid-aught’s found Maker establishing a substantial following both within and outside of the Hip-Hop/Downtempo industries. Quality met quantity in a perfect balance as listeners were bombarded with various non-album projects like the limited press 7”s on Bully & Heardrums as well as the 7” series entitled The Maker Files (Shake It, 2007) and his collaborations with Now Again Records Maker vs. Now Again vol1 & Vol 2 (Now Again 2010/2012)
Rewind to 2003. Soon after establishing himself as a Downtempo/Instrumental Hip-Hop powerhouse, Maker strived to incorporate live vocals and turntablism into his creations. The resulting endeavors include his long-running partnership with Qwel on the producer albums The Harvest (Galapagos4, 2004) So Be It (Galapagos4, 2009) Owl (Galapagos4,2010) and Beautiful Raw (Galapagos4,2013)as well as his lead producer role in the Hip Hop group Glue. Consisting of Adeem (two-time Scribble Jam Champion) and DJ DQ (Animal Crackers), Glue released a trio of full-lengths including Seconds Away (Ramona 2003), Sunset Lodge (Shake It, 2005), & Catch As Catch Can (Fat Beats, 2007).
These projects afforded Maker the opportunity to perform alongside such notable, internationally-known artists like Pharcyde, DeLaSoul, Masta Ace, Prince Paul, Little Brother, Mike Relm, Mos Def, MF Doom, Cage, Killah Priest,Raekwon The Chef, Sadat X, Dj Premier,El Da Sensei and many others with tour routes spanning the US,Canada, Europe, and Japan. And specifically, Glue was a featured artist on MTV2 &Fuse.tv and showcased on Van’s Warped Tour.
From a licensing perspective, Maker beats have found their way onto various TV shows, movies, programs etc… like This Silicon Valley(HBO), Hand of God(Amazon), Good Behavior(TNT), White Famous(Showtime), Multiple episodes of CSI, Entourage, motion picture’s such as 21 and Over(2013) The Big Sick(2017), The Last Word (2017),
But being a producer is only one result of Maker being a self-described ‘crate digger.’ After spending countless hours amongst piles and piles of dusty 45s, 12inch singles, and LPs, it became a natural evolution for Maker to begin DJing.A typical Maker DJ set spans Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Disco, House, Latin, Downtempo, & Breaks, and Maker’s DJ residencies have found him performing alongside artists like Pete Rock, Afrika Bambaataa, Steinski, Andy Smith of Portishead, Greyboy, DJ Day, D-Styles, Z-Trip, Baauer, Peanut Butter Wolf, & Chairman Mao at nearly every trendy, low-fi, and/or large-scale concert venue from Chicago to the West Coast.
Maker Discography Tracks
- 15 Remix
- 2 Instruments & Performance
- 9 Writing & Arrangement
- 2 Featuring & Presenting
- 105 Production
- 7 Technical