Wide Hive Recording Artist, DJ Zeph, has been a tenacious disciple of music since 1982, starting off as part of a breakdancing crew from his hometown of Santa Cruz, Ca. Soon after, the eminent Kut Masta Kurt took Zeph under his wing and often invited him into the studio. It is here that Zeph began to concentrate on his skills as a DJ. Later, with a degree in Audio Production from San Francisco State University, and a tenure at the University's radio station, KSFS, Zeph had become a prominent artist from the depths of the Bay Area talent pool.
Inspired by everyone from Public Enemy, Stevie Wonder, Jungle Brothers to Bill Laswell, Zeph's sound is musically daring and pleasingly unique. Equally celebrated as a producer, engineer and turntablist, DJ Zeph's career is on the steady rise. With a discography that spawns over several critically acclaimed albums (L*Roneous' Imaginarium and Zeph & Imperial's Breakbuilders), it was the May 2001 release of the DJ Zeph album (Wide Hive Records) that set him apart from many hip hop DJ's and exposed his deep musical roots. Hints of jazz, rock, funk and soul color this album that made a spectacular #1 debut on the CMJ hip-hop charts, beating out such artists at Mystic, Jay Z and Blackalicious.
In October 2002, DJ Zeph took the crown as "Best DJ / Turntablist" at the SF Weekly Music Awards and is a graduate of Urb Magazine's "Next 100" (2003). But perhaps the ultimate compliment came in 2001 when hip-hop heavyweights Biz Markie and DJ Premier sampled one track from his eponimous release for the single, "And I Rock."
Zeph's latest album, Sunset Scavenger, steps it up a notch by featuring guest artists Lyrics Born, Vursatyl of the Lifesavas, "Boots" of the Coup, and more. This album offers up a diverse range of hip hop including funk driven instrumental jams to disco-infused booty shakers, as well as smooth rocking emcee tracks that roll over Zeph's signature soundscapes.
With an aggressive touring schedule and the ability to please any hip hop and jam-funk crowd, Zeph continues to be one of the most successful and in demand Bay Area DJ's and producers.