tell me what it look like
aka XXXchange. Dude was the drummer for Zero Zero's AM Gold
, a spacey indie rock project that has the retrospective distinction of being one of the first DFA productions (you're right up there with BS 2000!) After the band sorta went straight nowhere, Alex hung out in NYC, sitting in on the early lcd soundsystem singles sessions and getting Tim Sweeney to play some of his baltimore club songs on Beats in Space
. Then Mr. Epton moved back to Phila, met up with childhood friend Naeem Juawn. The two staged casio cage matches between bmore club and backpack hip hop. In those battles betwenXXXchange's booty beats versus Super Disco MC Spankro' s tongue-drum, Spank Rock was born. They passed some songs along to an employee at the local record spot who DJ'd as Low Budget. As in half-of-Hollertronix Low Budget. Other half (weirder half?) Diplo heard the songs, passed them on to his British alternarap record label. Suddenly, Alex and Naeem had a record deal, and then they toured with super-hip-star M.I.A. So Alex Epton went from indie-drummer to dancepunk intern to rap style war producer. If he ever met Pitchforkmedia dot com in real life, I think he would tell em to touch it bring it pay it watch it turn it leave it stop format it. Watch for 2007, when he'll have free-folk on lockdown (i kid, kids).
Zero Zero- AM GoldSpank Rock- Rick Rubin