DJ Neil Armstrong
Friday, Mar 05, 2010 10:30 PM EST (10:30 PM Doors)
– Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 4:00 AM EST
in Brooklyn, NY
Acknowledged as the founding father of the DJ Collective .5th Platoon., Neil Armstrong is known as a purveyor of good music, dropping gourmet goods for mixtape aficionados, music connoisseurs and party people throughout the world. Born and Breed in NYC, He cut his teeth in the early 90.s honing his skills in the realm of turntablism, the sect of DJing where proficiency in kutting, scratchin, and beatjuggling define status. His time spent in the trenches battling and mastering the art form allowed him to rock shows alongside artists across the Hip Hop Spectrum – from De La Soul, The Roots, Company Flow and Biz Markie, to Kanye West, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Wyclef Jean. As a member of the critically acclaimed 2 time Grammy award nominated jazz band – “Russell Gunn and Ethnomusicology”, he further explored the idea of using a turntable as an instrument. His stint with the band brought him around the globe to places like the North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Hague, Netherlands . one of the largest music gatherings in the world, and gave him the opportunity to play alongside true musicians like Kenny Garrett (a member of Miles Davis’ band) and Branford Marsalis. Over the last 7 years, he has made a mark in the subgenre of Hip Hop known as the Mixtape Culture. Everyone from the hipster set to the industry heavyweights have taken notice. He made Rolling Stone’s “Top 10” Mixtape DJ’s of 2005 list, was recognized by Vibe Magazine as one of the next DJ’s “on deck” to watch out for, had his cd’s featured on MTV.com’s Holiday Essentials Feature, and gained honorable mentions in Mixunit.com’s Power 30 List of “The most influential players players in the mixtape game”. In 2007, he received a SEA Mixtape Award for the .best Old School R&B. Category. Almost 10 years later, the mixtape projects that he created are still sought after and revered.