(1) Wake up. (2) Be awesome. (3) LISTEN TO PRESERVATION.”
– Yasiin Bey
Preservation is a New York native currently working out of his New Jersey-based Cloud City Studios. His 20-plus year career as a DJ and producer spans an array of projects and releases – notably Mos Def’s The Ecstatic (2009) & True Magic (2006); Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture (2005), and Lord Jamar’s The 5% Album (2005).
The summer of 2013 will see two very impressive additions to Preservation’s resume: Yasiin Bey’s & Preservation’s The REcstatic (a re-envisioning of Bey’s 2009’s full-length The Ecstatic); and Preservation’s solo full-length debut, Old Numbers (Mon Dieu Music), which features Yasiin Bey, Jean Grae, Edo G and more.
As tour DJ and in-house producer for Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), Preservation has spent the past eight years traveling and performing with the lyricist in more than 25 countries. In 2008, he accompanied Bey at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall along with a 20-plus piece orchestra. He has shared the stage with such legends as Gil Scott-Heron, Gary Bartz & Shuggie Otis and has been an opening DJ for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Additional credits include music production for select Christie’s Auction House fine art videos.
In 2007, Preservation produced the music and served as DJ for Season number six of the HBO program Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. He was also a member of the experimental hip-hop group Sonic Sum from 1998 - 2004. And in addition to his production and DJing, he is a connoisseur of the rare and unique as a vinyl collector, also boasting a keen eye behind the lens as a photographer and cinematographer.
Preservation launched MonDieu Music in 2012 – a label presenting a variety of cross-genre projects.