Foundation has made a name for himself in the US as well as much of Europe over the last few years as a talented hip-hop producer, drummer and touring live DJ. The soundscapes he produces in his personal studio are clean and precise and are not only the musical accompaniment for his up and coming group The Insects, but also for the California hip-hop duo Afro Classics as well as independent hip-hop icon Murs.
Thanks to innovations in technology, the numbers of people that are taking a whack at becoming desktop producers and laptop deejays have surged leaving these arenas somewhat saturated. That being said, Foundation is the genuine article.
His talents were being manufactured at a really young age starting with his exploits in percussion. He was given bongos at age 9 (which he stabbed with a knife as a nod to his desire for experimental sound), a snare drum at age 11 (which he played relentlessly until it disintegrated), and his first full CB 700 International kit at age 13. In 1995 he began his journey with turntablism. His humble belt drive Numark phonograph and Gemini mixer inspired him to go out and buy all the vinyl that he could get his hands on.
Since those humble beginnings Foundation has kept his focus on music. When he was 19 he moved to Los Angeles, CA to work in some studios while taking in some of it’s underground hip-hop scene at nights like The Breaks and Chocolate Bar. At age 20 he attended the Recording Workshop in Ohio. Two years later he then headed to Arizona and auditioned for (and got accepted to) the Drunken Immortals sparking a career in hip-hop with heavy touring and nationwide interaction with up-and-comers who became influential in the underground hip-hop world.
Amongst the 8 members of the Drunken Immortals was a raspy and very talented emcee named Brad B, who was also Foundation’s best friend. They began work on solo projects in Foundation’s home studio and launched a project called The Insects that is very much on the rise today. After heavy European touring with The Insects, Foundation came back to the states and was hired by Scarub (Living Legends) to be the DJ for Scarub’s side west coast / party vibe project Afro Classics featuring another emcee named Very G. In 2010 Foundation was tapped by underground icon Murs to produce an entire album and become his official touring DJ.