Thavius Beck

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Thavius Beck, like many of Los Angeles' independent MCs, cut his teeth at the Project Blowed open mic workshop in LA's Leimert Park. But even in the 1990s, when Beck was a member of Global Phlowtations (along with Mikah-9, Sach, and a handful of others) and went by the handle Adlib, his sights were fixed on the future of music. His debut release, 'Vs.', showcased his ability to both conjure maximal sonic impact with limited means, and his ability to write intricate rhymes and deliver them with an effortless flow.

Since the late 1990s, however, Beck has focused much more on the production side of his skillset, releasing full-lengths under the monicker Adlib including 'Save Us', 'Experience Experiments' and 'Manipulator', as well as two full-lengths as Thavius Beck on Mush Records, 2004's 'Decomposition' and 2006's 'Thru'. Beck spent 2007 contributing production work on Saul Williams' 'Niggy Tardust' full-length with Trent Reznor, and in 2008, he entered the studio with new LA resident K-The-I???, producing K's entire full-length 'Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow'.

Between studio sessions, Beck was taking to the road, traveling Europe and the United States as both artist and DJ. His superb live hip-hop beat construction has earned him much recognition among the electronic music community, eventually leading to sponsorships from M-Audio and Ableton, the creators of ubiquitous beat software, Live. Beck's relationship with Live has grown to the point that his tours often include him booking Ableton Live instructional workshops in many of the cities he stops in.

In 2009, Mush and Big Dada released 'Dialogue'. Unlike previous efforts, which have featured appearances from Saul Williams, Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta), Subtitle, and many more, the only voice on 'Dialogue' is Beck's own. He released a new, instrumental album, "The Most Beautiful Ugly" on Plug Research in 2012.

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  • "RT @CHES1493: Thank you @Dubspot @ThaviusBeck @penthouseLA @RebornNYC and @DJEndoLive for one of the best summers of my life!"

    Fri Sep 12 06:56:17 2014
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    Wed Sep 10 20:00:58 2014
  • "RT @iZotopeInc: #Live #electronic #music has never been so seamless, #interactive & #awesome! @ThaviusBeck @Ableton #StutterEdit http://t.c…"

    Wed Sep 10 10:17:21 2014
  • "Found out to make Push display a realtime 8 band EQ on its buttons, which inspired this video:... http://t.co/Ubi5fE8ruY"

    Tue Sep 09 19:27:58 2014
  • "New music... I'll be posting more stuff soon (as I'm figuring out what the hell this next record is going to... http://t.co/3Itvug4iT7"

    Sun Sep 07 06:27:13 2014

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