Daddy Kev

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Daddy Kev
Birth nameKevin Marques Moo
Born1974 (age 46–47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active1998–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.alphapuprecords.com

Kevin Marques Moo[1] (born 1974),[2] better known by his stage name Daddy Kev, is an American DJ,[3] audio engineer,[4] and record producer from Los Angeles, California.[5] He is the owner of Alpha Pup Records,[6] the founder of Low End Theory,[7] and one half of the duo Reefer.[8] He has also produced tracks for Busdriver, Awol One, and The Grouch.[9]

Early life[edit]

Daddy Kev was born and raised in the Harbor City neighborhood of Los Angeles.[10] As a child, he played piano and trumpet.[11] At the age of 13, he started playing turntables.[11] He graduated from Narbonne High School.[11] He earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from University of California, San Diego.[12]

Career[edit]

In 2001, Daddy Kev released an EP, Lost Angels, on Celestial Recordings. It featured guest appearances from the rappers Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E., Busdriver, Awol One, and Circus.[13][14] In that year, he also released Souldoubt, a collaborative album with Awol One, on Meanstreet Records.[15][16] Another collaborative album with Awol One, titled Slanguage, was released on Mush Records in 2003.[17] 2004 brought Busdriver's Cosmic Cleavage, which was produced entirely by Daddy Kev and released on Big Dada.[18]

In 2012, Daddy Kev founded the studio Cosmic Zoo in Los Angeles along with the rapper Nocando.[19]

At the 58th Annual Grammy Awards held in 2016, Daddy Kev was nominated for the Best Dance Recording award for mixing the Flying Lotus song "Never Catch Me" featuring Kendrick Lamar.[20]

Style and influences[edit]

Pitchfork called Daddy Kev "one of the Los Angeles underground's most visionary producers",[21] while Fact called him "one of underground hip-hop's most respected engineers".[22]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

Productions[edit]

  • Phoenix Orion – "Scanners", "Millennium Fever", "Dead Men Don't Download", and "Blade Runner" from Zimulated Experiencez (1998)
  • Supernatural – "Seven Minutes of Understanding" (1999)
  • Alien Nation – "Unicorn" (1999)
  • Sole – "Famous Last Words" from Bottle of Humans (2000)
  • Naptron – "Marvin Meets Seymour Frye Pt. I" (2000)
  • Mikah 9 – "First Things Last" from Timetable (2001)
  • Abstract Rude – "Frisbee" from P.A.I.N.T. (2001)
  • Busdriver – "Mindcrossings", "Suing Sony", and "Single Cell Ego" from Temporary Forever (2002)
  • Existereo – "Four Way Window Pain" from Dirty Deeds & Dead Flowers (2003)
  • Abstract Rude & Tribe Unique – "Flow and Tell" from Showtyme (2003)
  • Neila – "Vertical Trees with Eternal Leaves" from Vertical Trees with Eternal Leaves (2003)
  • Busdriver and Radioinactive – "Winthorp & Winthorp" (2003)
  • Existereo – "Same Breath" from Crush Groove (2004)
  • The Shape Shifters – "Rockin' These Mics", "Kreye Inn", and "Futuristic" from Was Here (2004)
  • Busdriver – Cosmic Cleavage (2004)
  • Sage Francis – "Dance Monkey" from A Healthy Distrust (2005)
  • Awol One – "Everything's Perfect" from The War of Art (2006)
  • Subtitle – "Restructure/Reroute" from Terrain to Roam (2006)
  • Acid Reign – "Too Kool for Skool" and "Here Comes Trouble" from Time & Change (2008)
  • The Grouch – "Shero" from Show You the World (2008)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year of ceremony Nominee / work Category Result Ref(s)
Grammy Awards 2016 Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – "Never Catch Me" Best Dance Recording Nominated [23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walker, Chris (August 29, 2014). "How Daddy Kev Uses Low End Theory as a Talent Incubator". LA Weekly. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Daddy Kev". Resident Advisor. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Bourgelle, Fabrice (April 2, 2014). "Slinking In LA: Daddy Kev Plays Tour Guide". Clash. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Khal (June 22, 2014). "Daddy Kev Dropped a Host of Mastering Gems on Twitter". Complex. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Rubin, Mike (May 28, 2010). "Lost, With Laptops, in Psychedelic Space". The New York Times. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
  6. ^ "Episode 100: Daddy Kev". Kinda Neat. 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Fintoni, Laurent (February 11, 2013). "Interview: Daddy Kev". Red Bull Music Academy Daily. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Van Buskirk, Eliot (October 9, 2008). "Drunken Conversation Leads to Band Called Reefer". Wired. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
  9. ^ Duelund, Theis (October 9, 2014). "The Rundown: L.A.'s Experimental Hip Hop Scene". Los Angeles. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  10. ^ Pirone, Kristy (February 3, 2015). "Sounds of LA: Daddy Kev". Daily Bruin. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Bell, Max (May 16, 2016). ""I'm Going To Make Records Until I'm Dead": An Interview with Daddy Kev". Passion of the Weiss. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Bell, Max (May 4, 2016). "When It Comes to L.A.'s World-Renowned Beat Scene, Daddy Kev Does It All". LA Weekly. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  13. ^ DiBella, M.F. "Lost Angels – Daddy Kev". AllMusic. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  14. ^ Juon, Steve (May 29, 2001). "Daddy Kev – Lost Angels E.P. – Celestial Recordings". RapReviews.com. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Van Groningen, Tony (September 1, 2003). "Daddy Kev & Awol One – Souldoubt – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  16. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (May 1, 2001). "Awol One & Daddy Kev – Souldoubt". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  17. ^ Heaton, Dave (June 1, 2003). "Awol One and Daddy Kev: Slanguage". PopMatters. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  18. ^ Dahlen, Chris (July 25, 2004). "Busdriver: Cosmic Cleavage". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  19. ^ Fintoni, Laurent (September 12, 2015). "Inside Cosmic Zoo, the studio at the heart of L.A.'s beat scene". Fact. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  20. ^ Medved, Matt (December 7, 2015). "Grammy Nominations 2016: Dance Nominees Are Deserving, But Can't Catch a Major Category Break". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  21. ^ Shepherd, Julianne (March 27, 2003). "Awol One / Daddy Kev: Slanguage". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  22. ^ "Daddy Kev drops essential mastering advice on Twitter". Fact. June 21, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  23. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. December 7, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  24. ^ "Grammy Awards 2016: See the Full Winners List". Billboard. February 15, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2019.

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