May 10, 2017

Bio

The Level 7 Experience


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Biography:

Level 7 started off with Two Cosmic Brothers(SkribeDaGod & Dj 2way) Meeting and Building on Hip Hop and Spirituality at a Hip Hop Gathering that had all of the elements of Hip Hop represented. A recording session was arranged. Beats, Rhymes and a communion with the most high spawned several music releases culminating as a stage duo akin to Gangstar. Two Turntables and a Microphone, along with these beings acting as channels for a higher conscious connection and awareness, has built what is known as Level 7. Which represents a meditation that is performed on stage in order to share vibrations of Love and healing with all in attendance. It’s important for us to represent a time honored tradition of knowledge in Hip Hop. We represent all of this with raw beats and rhymes and movement of the crowd. We do this for the culture. We recently joined forces with friends and associates to create a band which is known as the Level 7 Experience. It was important to level up the conjure. It creates more movement and is an ever changing entity. The bands line up consist of Aaron Hughes on Drums, Ekwem(BeetJuice) on Keys, Dexter Redic on Bass, SkribeDaGod Vocals/Percussion and Dj 2way on Turntables and Science. Together we spread the love/healing vibrations through our craft. We play fusion that transverses realms of Funk, Soul, Jazz, Reggae and Psychedelia on a wave of our signature Hip Hop Groove. With all these elements we offer a truly unique experience. We rock a party in a holistic manner. Be on the look out for upcoming Events.

Meet the Band

These are the people behind the sounds of the Level 7 Experience.

 

Skribe Da God

Emcee, Vocals & Percussion

TEHUTI TAFARI

Skribe was born out of the ashes of a reckless, lost, yet brilliant youth from the dirty streets of Crochester N.Y.
In the late summer of 2003, during an “vacation” in the desert of Utah, the entity known as “Skribe DaGod” first took total control of this vessel. After a short transitional faze his name RAS TEHUTI TAFARI was realized. An entity of energy ancient in age, versed in the truths of Rastafari Teachings, The Kemmitic Mysteries, Street Pharmacists, GD Family, Vodoo Music, The Struggle, Long Welfare Lines, Ni**a Shit, Baby Making, and so on…

HIP-HOP IN IT’S PUREST FORM.

In order to address the diversity of self, the SKRIBE manifests in many forms with many egos, including the medicinally charged SKUNK MONK, the eternal TEHUTI TAFARI, & the witty, gritty, and grimy… BRIGHTON EARLY. His Influences include…life on planet Earth, Astro-projection, the Pyramids of Giza, & Intergalactic Planetary Connectivity. Givings Thanks to life lived as an eternal soul in the body and realities of the dense 3rd dimension.

SKRIBE was a full time member and remains a consistent contributor & collaborator of the GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD – a Rochester NY based roots/reggae band in which he serves as a percussionist, vocalist, & writer. Skribe is known for his persistent & commanding presence on stage and throughout the NY state music scene, working with countless bands and artist. He also works as an Educator, Lecturer, and Songwriter.

 

Aaron Hughes

Drums & Composition

THE RHYTHM GENERAL

Aaron Hughes is a world-class drum set player and composer. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences across the United States and abroad. Born in Rochester, NY Aaron began playing and performing at the young age of 7. He studied classical piano and drums as a child. In high school and first years of college he studied classical percussion and Jazz Drumming. While in Rochester, NY, Aaron studied with Rich Thompson His natural instinct for improvisation led Aaron to New York University. There he sought tutelage of the renowned drummers Dafnis Prieto (2011 MacAurthur Genius Award winner for Music), Billy Drummond, and Antonio Sanchez. Aaron has written many original compositions featuring trios and other small group configurations, as well as postmodern charts for jazz orchestras, which helped him win 2007’s Dreams Across America Award for composition. Aaron has had many commissions to write for large ensembles such as jazz orchestras, full orchestras and most recently, wind ensemble, choir and string quartet (commissioned by New York University). Several outstanding musical partnerships began in the 2000’s. Aaron has performed with many critically acclaimed musicians such as; Brian Lynch (2007 Latin Grammy Award Winner), Tony Malaby, Memo Acevado, Kenny Werner, John Scofield, Billy Drews, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Joe Lavano, Ralph Lallama, Lenny Pinckett,George Garzone, PeeWee Ellis, and Ron Mclure . Aaron has performed at esteemed venues such as; The Blue Note ( Manhattan), The Village Vanguard, Smalls Jazz Club, The Knitting Factory, and Sugar Hill Jazz Club. He has performed at various festivals including the Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Telluride international bluegrass festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Buffalo Jazz Festival, the Syracuse Blues Festival and the Finger Lakes Wine and Music Festival.


 

Ekwem AKA Beetjuice

Keys,Key Bass &Composition

BEETJU1C3

Ekwem has lent his skills to many bands in Upstate NY. Mosaic Foundation and Easy Star All Stars are just a couple of the dope bands he has been a part of. He has also played at home and abroad as Beet Ju1c3 which is his solo project which is described as tonic inter-phase dimensional travel via Ancient Africa. He harnesses his infinite swagger to provide cosmic stylings and provides the richest and most buttery tones imaginable. It’s Soothing, Smooth and Funky at the same time. Catch’em on the keys holding it down like a true G with The EXP.


 

Dj 2way

Turntables, Science & Composition

Senor Dose

Dj 2way has propagated real Hip Hop and provided beats and recorded tracks with Emcees for well over a decade. He created and worked as Diverse Mindz Productions with several other aspiring artists. DMP was a roster of talented and up and coming Emcees and Producers from the area that made up a nice collective. Under that banner Dj 2way hosted and put out several mixtapes. Skribe Da God was the standout artist and Emcee from the group. Subject matter was moving towards a more conscious and spiritual reflection. Diverse Mindz Productions would soon be known as Level 7 Hip Hop. As time went on he fully produced an album with SkribeDaGod and that pairing was known as Level 7. Dj 2way put focus on Dj’n for SkribeDaGod just as the Level 7 album came out and the stage duo would also be known as Level 7. They proceeded to tear up the stage all over the region. Dj 2way is known for his 90’s style Hip Hop beats, Holding it down behind the turntables, boards and being part of all things dope. Don’t sleep on Senor Dose.