Nobody (producer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Birth name Elvin Estela
Also known as DJ Nobody
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ
Instruments Sampler
Years active 1998–present
Labels Ubiquity Records, Plug Research, Mush Records, Alpha Pup Records, Hellfyre Club
Associated acts Project Blowed, Blank Blue, Bomb Zombies

Elvin Estela, better known by his stage name Nobody, is an American hip hop producer based in Los Angeles, California.[1] He is a resident DJ at Low End Theory.[2] He has collaborated with 2Mex, Abstract Rude, Freestyle Fellowship,[3] Busdriver, and Mystic Chords of Memory.[4] He also formed a duo as Blank Blue along with Niki Randa.[5] He is also one half of Bomb Zombies along with Nocando.[6]

Better Propaganda listed him as number 73 on "Top 100 Artists of the Decade."[7]

Life and career[edit]

Nobody's solo debut album, Soulmates, was released on Ubiquity Records in 2000.[8] The second solo album, Pacific Drift: Western Water Music Vol. 1, was released in 2003.[9] He released the third solo album, And Everything Else..., on Plug Research in 2005.[10] It features guest appearances from Mia Doi Todd, Prefuse 73 and Xololanxinxo, among others.[11]

Nobody wrote the article about 1960s psychedelic rock for XLR8R in 2006.[12]

In 2008, Estela released the album, Western Water Music Vol. II,[13] on Ubiquity Records under the Blank Blue moniker, a collaboration with Niki Randa.[14] It is the official follow-up to his 2003 album, Pacific Draft: Western Water Music Vol. 1.[15][16] The duo's sound has been compared to The Monkees, DJ Shadow, and J Dilla.[17] Live the pair have been assisted by drummer Andres Renteria and bassist Brian Akio Martinez.[18]

The fourth solo album, One for All Without Hesitation, was released on Alpha Pup Records in 2010.[19]

He returned with Vivid Green, an album featuring Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Nocando and Baths, in 2013.[20]


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Revisions Revisions: The Remixes 2000-2005 (2006)
  • Puzzles (2015)



  • "Fiend and the Fix" (2000)
  • "Afternoon Focus" (2000)
  • "Shades of Orange" (2001)
  • "Ballorettes" (2002)
  • "Fancy" (2005)
  • "Broaden a New Sound" (2005) (with Mystic Chords of Memory)
  • "Rex" (2012)
  • "Our Last Dance" (2013)



  1. ^ Leeuwis, Jeremy (November 10, 2006). "Nobody to release Revisions Revisions". Music Remedy. 
  2. ^ Martins, Chris (June 21, 2013). "DJ Nobody Teams With Cedric Bixler-Zavala for Sunny Psych-Hop 'Our Last Dance'". Spin. 
  3. ^ Book, John (January 16, 2001). "Nobody — Soulmates — Ubiquity Records". Rap Reviews. 
  4. ^ Martins, Chris (October 6, 2010). "Nocando and DJ Nobody are 'Bomb Zombies'". LA Weekly. 
  5. ^ "Blank Blue – Nobody Presents Blank Blue: Western Water Music Vol. II (Review)". URB. May 6, 2008. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ Fallon, Patric (October 20, 2010). "Nocando and Nobody Collaborate on Bomb Zombies". XLR8R. 
  7. ^ "Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #73 Nobody". Better Propaganda. 
  8. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (November 2000). "Nobody — Soulmates". Exclaim!. 
  9. ^ Battaglia, Andy (September 16, 2003). "Nobody: Pacific Drift: Western Water Music Vol. 1". The A.V. Club. 
  10. ^ Dombal, Ryan (June 7, 2005). "Nobody: And Everything Else...". Pitchfork Media. 
  11. ^ Dameron, Emerson (June 9, 2005). "...And Everything Else". Dusted Magazine. 
  12. ^ Estela, Elvin (May 8, 2006). "Nobody: Trip Fantastic". XLR8R. 
  13. ^ "Blank Blue: How We Listen Is How We Live". L.A. Record. June 14, 2007. 
  14. ^ Nishimoto, Dan (April 27, 2008). "Album Review: Blank Blue - Western Water Music Vol. 2". Prefix. 
  15. ^ "Blank Blue – Nobody Presents Blank Blue: Western Water Music Vol. II". URB. May 6, 2008. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. 
  16. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Western Water Music, Vol. II - Blank Blue". Allmusic. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ Turner, Gustavo (June 3, 2008). "Blank Blue: Western Water Music Vol. II". The Phoenix. 
  18. ^ Feuer, Daiana (September 24, 2010). "Blank Blue @ The Airliner". L.A. Record. 
  19. ^ Martins, Chris (June 10, 2010). "Q&A: DJ Nobody on Love, Auto-Tune and Low End Theory". LA Weekly. 
  20. ^ Patrin, Nate (July 25, 2013). "Nobody: Vivid Green". Pitchfork Media. 

External links[edit]