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The Observatory & MDA Present WAVS: Z-TRIP with DJ MELO-D and WET HAND DAN

Mar 9th - Mar 10th • 7:00 pm - 12:30 am • The Observatory – Santa Ana

$ 20.00 / Age All Ages

Z-Trip is often referred to as a young Rick Rubin. His roots are based in Hip Hop, but he covers and loves all music styles. Considered by many as the godfather of mash-ups, his style of mixing and producing reaches way beyond that. Z-Trip received the award for America’s Best DJ and still remains on the top 10 lists year after year. He has collaborated with some of the very best to ever do it: Nas, Bassnectar, Public Enemy, DJ Shadow, Rakim, Shepard Fairey, Talib Kweli and many others.

As a performer, Z-Trip is one of the very few able to play traditional festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, SXSW and Australia’s Big Day Out, as well as the EDM circuit. His Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo sets were both festival highlights.

Z-Trip’s artist debut album “Shifting Gears” received 4 stars in Rolling Stone. His subsequent releases were also given high praise. As a producer & composer, he’s worked on many video game soundtracks including the EA Sports “Madden” series, 2K Sports “All Pro” and Activision’s “DJ Hero” series. He is also a featured avatar in the game alongside Daft Punk, Tiesto, Grandmaster Flash and Deadmau5.

Z-Trip also remixed tracks for Nirvana, The Beastie Boys, Dead Weather and The Jackson 5 to name a few. Most recently, he collaborated with Lee Scratch Perry to rework Bob Marley’s classic “Punky Reggae Party” and with Brillz for Jay Z’s hit “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”.

No stranger to TV, Z-Trip performed alongside LL Cool J, Chuck D, Tom Morello and Travis Barker closing out the 2013 Grammy Awards. He has also appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Carson Daly and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Z-Trip’s work with film is equally diverse, having scored music for the documentaries “Infamy”, “Scratch All The Way Live” and “Bob Marley: Legend remixed”. His music and scoring have also been featured in the movies “Battle of the Year”, “Warrior” and “Small Soldiers”. Most recently Z-Trip was the music supervisor and composer on the Documentary “La Bare” directed by Joe Manganiello.

With 20 + years of professional dj’ing to his name, including 12 years of prime-time mixshow at LA’s top radio stations, multiple World Championship dj competition titles, and television deals with Quincy Jones and Jimmy Iovine, Melo D has a wealth of experience and is a bona fide professional when it comes to his craft. He has traveled the globe showcasing various styles of dj sets and has performed alongside a substantial list of artists including: No Doubt, James Brown, Eminem, N.W.A., Aaliyah, Cypress Hill, and Beyonce to name a few. Melo D has been and remains a student of music and dj culture, is truly dedicated to the art of dj’ing, and is committed to quality and innovation. He is known to be absolutely relentless when it comes to practicing and preparing for live dj sets and is always guaranteed to deliver a world-class performance.

Orange County native Dan Torres, better known to his fans as Wet Hand Dan, emerged onto the music scene in 2005. Although self-taught, Wet Hand Dan, tributes a bulk of his knowledge to carrying crates of records and shadowing other local DJs and musicians—before the days of Serato and Rekordbox. Trailblazing his way through local OC, San Diego, and LA hot spots Wet Hand Dan has become a household name not only for providing the funkiest beats but also creating the ultimate party environment where all are welcome. Having a versatile ear for music, Wet Hand Dan spins G-house, tech-house, future beats, and hip-hop. Along with manipulating the dance floor one record at a time it’s hard to miss when Wet Hand Dan steps up to the decks—dressed in Moroccan threads, a wide-brim hat, and rings on every other finger party goers can’t fail to notice him. Wet Hand Dan has provided support for acts such as Trippy Turtle, Duke Dumont, The GasLamp Killer, Z-trip, Troyboi, Wave Racer, Kill Frenzy, JOYRYDE, Redlight, Sirus Hood, Craze, and DJ Sneak, AC Slater, and A-Trak.

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Additional Info:
PREMIUM PARKING & EARLY ENTRY WITH RESTAURANT RESERVATION. Enjoy our menu featuring variations of poutines, sliders and more while enjoying a show at The Observatory. Food can be ordered from our restaurant area in the lobby or from any bar in the venue. Early entry to most shows is available with reservations, and also include Premium parking. A minimum spend of $15 on food per person is required as part of the parking and early entry program. More info at: is available at the Premium Lot ($15) in front of the venue and at the General Lot ($10) just a block away. Parking lots open at 6 pm each night.Please pay close attention to all parking signage as towing is heavily enforced by our neighbors. Fans are encouraged to purchase their parking passes in advance.Street parking available on W. Moore Street, W. Alpine Street, and S. Yale St, all within a short walk (5-10 minutes) of the venue.

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