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Z-Trip performing live, December 9, 2009
Z-Trip performing live, December 9, 2009
Background information
OriginPhoenix, Arizona, U.S.
GenresHip hop, rock, house
Occupation(s)Producer, DJ, musician
InstrumentsTurntables, drums, sampler, 808 programming
Years active1989–present
LabelsQuannum Projects
Hollywood Records
Hard Left
Associated actsLL Cool J
Talib Kweli
Shepard Fairey
Public Enemy
DJ Emile
Linkin Park
DJ Shadow
Jurassic 5
Lyrics Born
Chester Bennington
Prince Whipper Whip
Stanton Moore
Chali 2na
Mr. Lif
Gift of Gab
DJ Q-bert

Zach Sciacca, better known as DJ Z-Trip, is an American DJ and producer. He is a pioneer of the mashup movement.[1]

He was the 2009 recipient of the "America's Best DJ Award".[2] As a producer he has worked with artists across different genres including LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Kasabian and Dan the Automator. As of 2012, he has also been featured as LL Cool J's touring DJ.[3] He collaborated with Talib Kweli on the mixtape Attack the Block. In 2012, Z-Trip launched a new mixer with Rane and Serato called the 62-Z.

Life and career[edit]

Z-Trip was born in Queens, New York, then moved to Phoenix, Arizona,[4] as a teen. He was known early in his career for performing with the Bombshelter DJs (along with Bombshelter's founder Emile Ananian and DJ Radar). He became widely known when his collaboration with DJ P, "Uneasy Listening, Vol. 1", was released in 2001. Only 1000 copies were made, but the album was soon distributed over the Internet in MP3 format. Uneasy Listening topped many critics' best album of year lists, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, URB, the Los Angeles Times and New York Times. Since then, he has become well known worldwide for his sold-out shows and eclectic style, including headlining slots at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and an opening slot for the Rolling Stones, where he performed in front of a 450,000-person audience.[5] He was also a part of Operation MySpace, a concert scheduled for American troops stationed in Kuwait; this show was simulcast on MySpace and the FX cable channel.

His album Shifting Gears marked his major-label debut. Released on Hollywood Records in 2005, the album features guest artists Supernatural, Murs, Lyrics Born, Luke Sick, Aceyalone, Mystic, Prince Whipper Whip, Busdriver, Chester Bennington (from Linkin Park), Chuck D (from Public Enemy) and Soup and Chali 2na (from Jurassic 5). Shifting Gears received both critical and commercial acclaim. Rolling Stone gave the album four stars.[6] It also charted 3 Top Ten Singles,[7] in the U.S. As of August 2006, Z-Trip has left Hollywood Records.

Z-Trip also composed an original score for EA Games' release Skate. With his remix of "Lounge Act", he became the first and (as of July 2010) the only DJ to have a remix approved by Nirvana and Kurt Cobain's estate.

Z-Trip is featured in the 2001 documentary Scratch. His educational segment "How To Rock A Party" was placed in prominent rotation on MTV and placed as an extra on the Scratch DVD. He is also featured in 2005's Scratch, All The Way Live concert film alongside Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys.

In 2007, Z-Trip released an EP with MSTRKRFT entitled Soundclash of the Titans, which featured artwork by longtime Z-Trip friend and collaborator Shepard Fairey, of Obey Giant fame. In 2008, Z-Trip became politically motivated and did an album encouraging people to vote for Barack Obama entitled Party For Change, which was hailed as "great".[8] After Obama's win, he created an album entitled Victory Lap that served as the soundtrack for the inauguration night parties around the world. Both albums were licensed under Creative Commons, made available for free download on the artist's website with cover art created by Fairey.

He performs with Serato Live as well as traditional vinyl, preferring to edit with Pro Tools.[9] In 2013, Z-Trip collaborated with reggae artist Lee "Scratch" Perry on a remix of the Bob Marley track "Punky Reggae Party", which was made into a limited-edition pressing by Serato.

Z-Trip was voted as America's Best DJ in 2009 by DJ Times Magazine and has placed in the competition's Top 10 every year since. Shortly after, he was named the #1 DJ in Club District's yearly "Top 10 DJ's in America" poll. In October 2009, Z-Trip became the headlining resident DJ of Rain Nightclub on Friday nights, located at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. As a part of this ongoing residency, entitled "Z-Trip's Revolution", he had multiple guests perform alongside him, including Too Short, De La Soul, Three Six Mafia, and Xzibit.[10][11][12] The night was put on hiatus in late 2010 as Z-Trip began to work on his follow-up to Shifting Gears.

2011 marked the beginning of Z-Trip's collaboration with hip-hop icon LL Cool J with performances at the South by Southwest Festival and a special guest appearance by the rapper during Z-Trip's headlining set at the Hollywood Palladium, among others. The duo then embarked upon a multiple date tour entitled "Kings of the Mic," which saw them criss-cross the United States, joined by hip-hop artists including Public Enemy, Ice Cube and De La Soul, which was heralded as "in-your-face and unfettered".[13]

In 2012, Z-Trip collaborated with dubstep artist Datsik to produce the track 'Double Trouble,' featured on Datsik's first studio album, Vitamin D.

Production discography[edit]

  • Z-Trip & Talib Kweli: "Attack The Block" (2012)
  • Z-Trip: "Victory Lap" (Hard Left Records) (2009)
  • Z-Trip: "Party For Change" (Hard Left Records) (2008)
  • Z-Trip & Lateef: Ahead of the Curve Quannum Projects (2007)
  • Z-Trip: Shifting Gears Hollywood Records (2005)
  • Z-Trip: Uneasy Listening, Vol. 1 (Independent release in collaboration with DJ P) (1999)
  • Z-Trip & MSTRKRFT: Soundclash of the Titans (2007)[16] Album Art by Shepard Fairey
  • Z-Trip: Listen to the DJ 12-inch (feat. Soup of Jurassic 5) (2005, Hollywood Records)
  • Z-Trip: Shock And Awe 12-inch (feat. Chuck D of Public Enemy) (2005, Hollywood Records)
  • Z-Trip: Breakfast Club 10-inch (feat. Murs and Supernatural) (2005, Hard Left Records)
  • Z-Trip & Space Travelers: Black Hole / Further Explorations Into the Black Hole 12-inch (2000, Future Primitive Sound)
  • Z-Trip: Rhythmic Metaphor 12-inch (release year unknown, Ubiquity Records)

Video game projects[edit]


  1. ^ Wolk, D: "Make Your Own Mash-Up", Rolling Stone Magazine, 2002.
  2. ^ M, Harold. "Z-Trip Voted 2009 Americas Best DJ by DJ Times and Pioneer Pro DJ". 124 Beats Per Minute. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  3. ^ Freedman, Pete. "140-Character SXSW 2011 Show Reviews: Mind Spiders, Bad Sports, Strange Boys, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Odd Future (Yes, Again) and Z-Trip with LL Cool J". Dallas Observer. Village Voice. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  4. ^ "Best DJ - 2009: DJ Z-Trip". Phoenix New Times. Archived from the original on August 4, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  5. ^ DJ Eleven. Set Trippin, Tablist magazine, p. 56, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2005.
  6. ^ [1] Archived November 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Hits Magazine, April 2005, http://www.djztrip.com/press/images/Hits_article.jpg
  8. ^ Shapiro, Craig. "Z-Trip Goes Blue". GOOD Magazine. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  9. ^ O'Connor, B.: Digging Deep, page 50. DJ Times, 2005.
  10. ^ Las Vegas Sun
  11. ^ Added by Jeremy Womack View Events. "Z-Trip & Too Short @ RAIN Nightclub". Las Vegas Nightlife Network. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  12. ^ "Z-Trip and Three Six Mafia in Las Vegas on January 22, 2010 :: GenArt". 944.com. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  13. ^ Daly, Sean. "Review: Public Enemy, Ice Cube and LL Cool J rattle the Mahaffey with rap's boisterous past". Tampa Bay Times. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  14. ^ a b Maher, Dave. "Kanye, Ghostface, Chuck D Join Insane N.A.S.A. LP". Kanye, Ghostface, Chuck D Join Insane N.A.S.A. LP. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  15. ^ Murphy, Bill. "Wax On, Wax Off". Remix Magazine. EMusician. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  16. ^ [2] Archived January 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Reynolds, Rachel. "KCRW Exclusive: Z-Trip Soundtrack for Shepard Fairey's Sound + Vision Exhibit".
  18. ^ "Movies Planet: Infamy (2005) Movie Soundtrack". Movies Planet: Infamy (2005) Movie Soundtrack.
  19. ^ "The Thirteen Soundtrack". Faust & Shortee XIII. Retrieved April 6, 2011.

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