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Meet the Artists

DJ Rec

With over 15 years of DJ experience DJ REC ran a weekly radio show for a decade entitled TRGGR RADIO on 91.1 WMUA with co-creator and co-host DR. Chris Tinson the co-founder of TRGGR (Teach. Respct. Growth. Greatness. Responsibility.) exploring politics, art, education, prison reform, media justice and music.
He is a Doctoral Candidate in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies at UMass Amherst and holds an M.A. in Social Justice in Education also from UMass Amherst. McBride received his B.A. in film and video from Hampshire College.  DJ REC has extensive teaching experience, both at the high school and college levels incorportating music and video.  Most recently, he’s served as adjunct faculty at several local colleges including Smith, Hampshire and Holyoke Community Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

DJ REC is a heavy community organzier and is currently the Director of New Enlgand Public Media's,  Media Lab, an internship program that is offered to high school students that teaches all facets of audio journalism and podcasting.   You can hear the students' work at nepr.net or on Apple Itunes
When not on rockin a party, or producing podcasts, DJ REC trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Team Link in Northampton, Massachusetts.DJ REC is a resident DJ with Genuine Culture LLC, Humble Monarch Sound Platoon (Humble Monarch Records) Burntberry and The Peace & Rhythm DJ collective.

Mtali Banda

Currently based in Massachusetts, Mtali Banda grew up in the midwest and south. The son of a Malawian refugee father and an African-American mother, all the sounds he was exposed to can now be heard in his music. He has shared the stage with Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli, The Soul Rebels, Anik Khan, and The.Wav. He toured as the saxophonist for the Jeremy Turgeon Quintet, and was the composer and saxophonist for Mixed-Race Mixtape—a hip-hop theater piece which toured nationally. His musical versatility has brought him all around the world. Just this past year he recorded in Southern Africa and performed with several well-known African artists, including Faith Musa and LAWI. As a first generation Malawian-American, he is a part of the growing Southern African music scene that has embraced jazz and soul music as a means for social change.

Zack Cross (ZX)

Zack Cross (aka ZX) is a songwriter/producer/keyboardist based in Western Massachusetts. He began playing piano at the age of 6, studied and performed piano concerts frequently all through his childhood, and in 2010 graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Zack performs frequently throughout the northeast with a number of prominent artists, including Mtali Banda, Wurliday, and Peter Miles. Zack also has several music production credits to his name, working with such diverse artists as the rapper/singer Makadi and pop songwriter Grayson Ty. Zack is also an active piano teacher at the Prindle School in Easthampton.

DJ Krefting

Matt Krefting is a writer, musician, and DJ based in Holyoke, Massachusetts. As a DJ, Krefting harnesses his eclectic enthusiasm to celebrate the music he adores and explore what these sounds might have to say to one another. He spins regularly in Western Massachusetts, including Genuine Culture events honoring J. Dilla, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, and Notorious B.I.G., with more to come. Classic hip hop, experimental underground, funk, electronica, soul, modern composition, rock n roll, and much in between find their way into the mix. All styles have a seat at the table. Ears are always open and the work is never done. Go forth and delight, am I right?

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