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Derek "DJA" Allen
Birth name Derek James Allen
Also known as DJA
Born Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Genres Hip Hop, Dubstep, Electronic music
Occupation(s) producer, sound designer, DJ
Labels Mad Decent
Associated acts Diplo, Three Loco, RiFF RAFF, System D-128
Website derekallen.net

Derek 'DJA' Allen (born Derek James Allen) is an American Los Angeles-based American music producer, sound designer, and DJ. Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, he started making music as a teenager.[1][2][3] In Kentucky, Allen produced hip hop and dubstep, and contributed his vocals to a few DIY punk bands.[4][5]

Allen met Thomas Wesley Pentz (a.k.a. Diplo) around the release of the Hollertronix "Never Scared" mixtape in 2003 and stayed in contact with him.[6] Eventually, Allen relocated to Philadelphia to join Diplo and his label, Mad Decent, as an in-house engineer and collaborating producer.[7][8][9]

Career[edit]

At Mad Decent, Allen provided engineering and additional production on M.I.A's albums Kala and Maya, Robyn’s Body Talk, and Major Lazer’s Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do.[10]

His first released EP was Toadally Krossed Out EP (MAD-126) in May 2011, which was soon followed by his self-titled EP, DJA EP (MAD-142) in July of the same year. DJA EP features Allen providing vocals on "Shoulda Listened" and "It Gets Better."[11]

In June 2011, Allen helped infuse southern rap into the blues and funk music of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on their "Livin' in the Jungle" mixtape.[12] On August 20, 2011, Allen was a headlining act at the Mad Decent Block Party at Premiere Events' Lot 613 in Los Angeles.[13]

In July 2012, Allen produced a record by Shannell featuring Too Short titled "These Hoes is Winnin".[14] In November 2012, Allen released the unofficial "Covers EP" with his versions of records by Tina Turner, Phil Collins, and The Smashing Pumpkins.[15]

In April 2013, The Fader reported that Allen would possibly be one of the artists involved with Mad Decent's and Prescription Songs joint publishing deal that would provide oversight from Diplo and Dr. Luke.[16] Also in 2013, Allen provided additional production on "One On One Fun" for Tamar Braxton[17] and "Netflix" for 2 Chainz[18].

Collaborations[edit]

Blood Bros[edit]

Since 2010, Allen has collaborated with Dirty South Joe to create three mixtapes derived from the best of 80's action movie soundtracks, under the moniker Blood Bros.[19][20][21]

Releases:

  • Blood Bros: First Blood[22]
  • Blood Bros: Heaven2Hell[23]
  • Blood Bros III: Back In America[24]

Toadally Krossed Out[edit]

Allen also collaborated with longtime Mad Decent label mate Paul Devro to release tracks and remixes under the moniker Toadally Krossed Out.

Releases:

Remixes[27][28]:

  • Diplo & Don Diablo - "Make You Pop (Toadally Krossed Out Remix)"
  • Chain Gang of 1974 - "Hold On (Todally Krossed Out Remix)"
  • Passion Pit - "Little Secrets (Todally Krossed Out Remix)"
  • Rusko - "Woo Boost (Todally Krossed Out Remix)"
  • Amanda Blank - "Shame On Me (Todally Krossed Out Remix)"
  • Major Lazer - "Hold The Line (Todally Krossed Out Remix)"
  • Fool's Gold - "Surprise Hotel (Todally Krossed Out Remix)"
  • Maluca - "Tigeraso (Todally Krossed Out Remix)"
  • Buraka Son Sistema - "IC19 (Todally Krossed Out Remix)"
  • Tiesto feat. Diplo - "C'mon (Toadally Krossed Out Remix)"

Other Work[edit]

In addition to his production efforts for artists linked to the Mad Decent Label, Allen contributes music to commercials. In the past he has provided original music for General Motors, EA Sports, and Forum Snowboards.[29] His remixes and collaborations have ended up on several compilations including Luvstep 2 by Dirty South Joe & Flufftronix[30], and has been featured on websites like RCRD LBL[31][32][33][34], Hypetrak[35][36], and The Smoking Section[37].

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Remixes[edit]

Songs that DJA has remixed include[39]:

  • Beataucue - "Cha Cha Cha (DJA Remix)"
  • Jay-Z & Kanye West - "I Can't Stop (Benji & DJA Edit)"
  • LCMDF - "Take Me To The Mountains (Derek Allen Mad Decent Remix)"
  • Rich Kidz - "Patna Dem (Mad Decent Patna's Remix)"
  • Sinden - "G Like Me (Derek Allen Remix)"
  • Yelawolf – "Daddy's Lambo (Derek Allen "Mad Decent" Remix)"

Productions[edit]

Songs that DJA has produced include[40]:

  • DJA feat. Travis Porter - "The One Eye Kitten Song" (Co-produced with Diplo)
  • Fki feat. Iggy Azalea- "I Think She Ready" (Co-produced with Diplo, HxV, and Fki)
  • Lil' Wayne - "Two Shots" (Co-produced with Diplo)
  • Lil' Twist feat. Lil’ Wayne & Chris Brown - "Flowerz" (Co-produced with Diplo)
  • Pheo - "California Sex"
  • RiFF RaFF - "Terror Wrist"
  • RiFF RaFF - "ROOKiE OF THE YEAR 2013"
  • Rittz – “3 Shots” (Co-produced with Diplo)
  • Skizzy Mars - "Sideways"
  • Three Loco feat. Diplo - "We Are Llamas"
  • Three Loco - "Morphine Popsicles"[41]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derek Allen | Mad Decent". Mad Decent. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Derek 'DJA' Allen". Derek 'DJA' Allen. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Derek Allen (3) Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Derek Allen | Mad Decent". Mad Decent. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "DJA EP | Mad Decent". Mad Decent. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Artist Spotlight: Derek Allen". Daylight Curfew. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Derek Allen | Mad Decent". Mad Decent. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Derek 'DJA' Allen". Derek 'DJA' Allen. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Derek Allen (3) Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Derek Allen | Mad Decent". Mad Decent. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "songs I sing on". Soundcloud. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Huynh, Davis. "Black Joe Lewis & Derek ‘DJA’ Allen (Mad Decent) – Livin’ in the Jungle (Mixtape)". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  13. ^ Scarano, Ross. "Mad Decent Block Party 2011 Featuring Curren$y Coming to Your City This Summer". Complex. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Zeichner, Naomi. "Shanell f. Too Short, “These Hoes is Winnin” MP3". The Fader. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  15. ^ Fenner, Brandon. "Covers EP – Derek DJA Allen [FREE DL]". The Dankles. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Zeichner, Naomi. "Diplowatch 2013 #3: Diplo Signs Publishing Deal with Dr. Luke". The Fader. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Tamar Braxton* ‎– Love And War". Discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "2 Chainz ‎– B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME (Deluxe Edition)". Discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  19. ^ Huynh, Davis. "Blood Bros – First Blood". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  20. ^ Huynh, Davis. "Blood Bros – Heaven 2 Hell". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  21. ^ Sawyer, Jonathan. "Blood Bros – Back In America". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  22. ^ Huynh, Davis. "Blood Bros – First Blood". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  23. ^ Huynh, Davis. "Blood Bros – Heaven 2 Hell". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  24. ^ Sawyer, Jonathan. "Blood Bros – Back In America". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  25. ^ "Toadally Krossed Out ‎– Toadally Krossed Out EP". Discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  26. ^ "Toadally Krossed Out ‎– Two Song, Arizona". Discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  27. ^ "Toadally Krossed Out". Soundcloud. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  28. ^ "Toadally Krossed Out". Discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  29. ^ "Derek Allen | Mad Decent". Mad Decent. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  30. ^ "Luvstep 2 Out Now!! + Derek Allen Single Suspiria!". Mad Decent. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  31. ^ Maness, Carter. "DOWNLOAD: Derek Allen - Spirits In The Material World". RCRD LBL. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  32. ^ Kaylor, Hillary. "DOWNLOAD: Hesta Prynn - Turn It Gold (Derek Allen Remix)". RCRD LBL. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  33. ^ Kharas, Kev. "DOWNLOAD: LCMDF - Take Me To The Mountains (Derek Allen Mad Decent Remix)". RCRD LBL. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  34. ^ Young, Faith-Ann. "EXCLUSIVE NEW DOWNLOAD: Black Kids Vs. Mates of State - DJA of Mad Decent Mash-Up". RCRD LBL. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  35. ^ Kujundzic, Petar. "Hypetrak Premiere: Derek Allen – Spirits in the Material World (The Police Cover)". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  36. ^ Ahmed, Aymen. "FKi featuring Iggy Azalea – I Think She Ready (Produced by Diplo)". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  37. ^ "Rittz – “3 Shots” (Prod. By Diplo & DJA)". The Smoking Section. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  38. ^ "Derek Allen (3) ‎– DJA EP". Discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  39. ^ "Derek Allen (3) Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  40. ^ "Derek Allen (3) Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  41. ^ Fenner, Brandon. "Morphine Popsicles – Three Loco [FREE DL]". The Dankles. Retrieved 23 September 2013.