Thavius Beck

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Thavius Beck
Thavius Beck - Low End Theory 2009.jpg
Thavius Beck performing live at Low End Theory in 2009
Background information
Also known as Adlib
Born 1979 (age 36–37)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, electronic
Occupation(s) Producer, rapper
Instruments Sampler, saxophone, bass guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels Mush Records, Big Dada, Plug Research
Associated acts Global Phlowtations, Lab Waste, Subtitle, Saul Williams, Nocando, K-the-I???

Thavius Beck (born 1979) is an electronic musician, producer and rapper based in Los Angeles, California. He was a member of the Global Phlowtations collective.[1] He has also put out solo releases under the moniker Adlib.[2] He is a certified trainer of Ableton Live.[3] He has collaborated with a number of artists such as Saul Williams, Nine Inch Nails, Nas, Subtitle, K-the-I???, Busdriver and Nocando.[4]


Thavius Beck is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 16.[5]

In 2004, Thavius Beck released the solo album, Decomposition, on Mush Records.[6] The track "To Make Manifest" from Decomposition appeared on the SuicideGirls: The First Tour video.[7] In 2005, he released an album, Zwarte Achtegrond (which means "black background" in the Dutch language), in collaboration with fellow Los Angeles rapper Subtitle under the group name Lab Waste.[8]

In 2006, Thavius Beck released the solo album, Thru, on Mush Records.[9] In 2007, he contributed a remix of "Survivalism" for Nine Inch Nails, as well as producing several tracks for Saul Williams on The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!.[10]

In 2008, Thavius Beck entirely produced an album, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, for fellow Mush Records rapper K-the-I???.[11]

Thavius Beck's third solo album, Dialogue, was released in 2009.[12][13] He released The Most Beautiful Ugly on Plug Research in 2012.[14]


Thavius Beck[edit]

  • Give Us Free (2007)
  • Symphony of the Spheres (2012)
  • Urban Subsonic (2009)
  • The Heavens Bleed Sunshine (2012)
  • "Go!" b/w "Away" (2009)


  • Vs. (1998)
  • Tune In (1999)
  • Save Us (2000)
  • Experience Experiments (2000)
  • Operating the Generator (2000)
  • Advanced Sound Unit (2002)
  • Manipulator (2003)
  • International Beats (2005)
  • Two Eleven (2008)


  • Sach - "Suckas Play My Back" and "Triangle" from Suckas Hate Me (2002)
  • Subtitle - "Hard Light (That's Not It)" and "A Textbook Remix" from I'm Always Recovering from Tomorrow (2003)
  • Saul Williams - "Act III Scene 2 (Shakespeare)" from Saul Williams (2004)
  • Subtitle - "Cray Crazy" from Young Dangerous Heart (2005)
  • Busdriver - "Happiness ('s Unit of Measurement)" and "Low Flying Winged Books" from Fear of a Black Tangent (2005)
  • Subtitle - "Restructure / Reroute" and "Wait for It" from Terrain to Roam (2006)
  • Modwheelmood - "As I Stand Here (Thavius Beck Remix)" from Things Will Change (Remixes) (2007)
  • Saul Williams - "Black History Month" and "DNA" from The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! (2007)
  • Busdriver - "Less Yes's, More No's (Thavius Beck Remix)" from Sun Shower (2007)
  • Andy Rosenberg/Greg Harris/Jeremy Averit - "The Art of Fish Magic" from Rosenberg/Harris/Averitt (2007)
  • Nine Inch Nails - "Survivalism_Tardusted" from Survivalism (2007)
  • Nine Inch Nails - "Survivalism" from Year Zero Remixed (2007)
  • Mestizo - Black Square EP (2007)
  • Busdriver - "Ellen Disingenuous" from Ellen Disingenuous (2008)
  • K-the-I??? - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (2008)
  • K-the-I??? - "Finger Painting (Thavius Beck Remix)" from Finger Painting (2008)
  • Daedelus - "Touchtone (Thavius Beck Remix)" from Touchtone & FWF Remixes (2008)
  • Sole and the Skyrider Band - "The Bridges Let Us Down (Thavius Beck Remix)" from Sole and the Skyrider Band Remix LP (2009)
  • Bike for Three! - "Lazarus Phenomenon (Thavius Beck Remix)" (2009)
  • BC - "Pop World (Thavius Beck Remix)" from Time Capsule Remixes (2009)
  • Nocando - "Two Track Mind", "I'm On" and "Front Left Pocket" from Jimmy the Lock (2010)
  • Bushwac - "We're Doing This for Your Own Good (Thavius Beck Remix)" from Fight! If You Can't Fight, Kick! If You Can't Kick, Bite! (2010)
  • Oicho - "I Could Be (Thavius Beck Remix)" from Scent (2011)
  • Kaigen - "Rust Belt Fellows" and "Spear & Shield" from Re: Bloomer (2011)
  • Bigg Jus - "Black Roses (Thavius Beck's Los Angeles Beautiful Weather Mix)" from Black Roses (2012)
  • Ira Lee - "Better Version of Now", "The Photographer", "The Black Guy Always Dies" and "Dragonheart" from Growl (2012)
  • Nocando - "All Over a Bitch" from Tits & Explosions (2013)

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Thavius Beck – The Heavens Bleed Sunshine". URB. February 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Martin, Andrew (January 7, 2010). "Album Review: Thavius Beck (Adlib) - Dialogue". Prefix. 
  3. ^ Kirn, Peter (June 22, 2012). "30 Tips for Ableton Live Everyone Should Know, with Live Master Thavius Beck". Create Digital Music. 
  4. ^ "Thavius Beck: That Was Completely Accidental". L.A. Record. September 6, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Trainspotting: DJ Q & A And Podcast With Thavius Beck". L.A. Record. May 19, 2008. 
  6. ^ Braidwood, Stefan (May 13, 2004). "Thavius Beck: Decomposition". PopMatters. 
  7. ^ Thurston, Jason. "Thavius Beck". AllMusic. 
  8. ^ Zachrich, Sarah (January 19, 2005). "Lab Waste: Zwarte Achtegrond". Splendid Magazine. 
  9. ^ Gurney, Dave. "Thavius Beck - Thru". Tiny Mix Tapes. 
  10. ^ Gieben, Bram (October 2, 2009). "Thavius Beck – Hip-Hop: Louder, Faster". The Skinny. 
  11. ^ Ross, Daniel (December 11, 2008). "K-the-I??? - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow". Drowned in Sound. 
  12. ^ Gabriele, Timothy (June 4, 2010). "Thavius Beck: Dialogue". PopMatters. 
  13. ^ Cochrane, Greg (October 8, 2009). "Thavius Beck - Dialogue". BBC. 
  14. ^ Bratburd, Rebecca (August 30, 2012). "Thavius Beck "Imma Get So"". XLR8R. 

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