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Staxx Brothers: Our Hip Hop & Soul IS Always Rock & Roll
The Staxx Brothers were founded by two young men, who have deep love for that old old school R&B & Soul they once discovered in the heart of Staxx records.
They were inspired by Hip Hop, being the music of their generation, and Jimi Hendrix their patron saint. They fought against conforming to pop culture, rules would never apply to them. Immersing themselves in the African-American and Classic Rock songbook, like a DJ diggin through crates for gold. Hip Hop was always there.
After Staxx Brothers lead singer and harmonica player DP Staxx, gave a hand to JD Staxx, the former transformed from high school drop out to a nationally recognized academic scholar. In the competitive and creative atmosphere of a college town, his command of the guitar only grew stronger. In those days, dues were paid and promises were made. The Brothers finally struck a chord two years later, when they put together a band that included one of their best friends, a blind black rapper with roots in Detroit, and known as Decurrian. A gentleman and a scholar himself, Decurrian (AKA DC) hailed most recently from the hilltops of Tacoma, where he cut his teeth on the experiences of the Street, and triumphed over his disability by writing 100s of verses solely on the canvas of his razor sharp intellect. He brought a story to tell and a stage presence that was truly a sight to be seen.
Armed with Decurrians authentic flows, DP Staxx’s bottomless bag of tricks, and JD Staxx’s stone cold musta, the boys went on a 10 month run. A hair raising California tour, founding the infamous MILFstock Festival, all while inspiring the locals papers to write them up at least a dozen times.
Still ID card carrying students at WSU in pursuit of diplomas – and a promise of a better life, they soldiered on. Experimenting with increasingly stronger line ups, The Staxx Brothers finally moved back to Seattle for a period of wood shedding and personal growth that would yield between the three, at least 1000 original compositions. Decurrian, whose struggle to save the remainder of his vision, that to this day is being robbed of him by the same strain of glaucoma that afflicted Ray Charles, symbolizes the strength, the suffering, and the triumph, that has only deepened a sound that stunned audiences from the groups inception. And all this time, in the vaults, lays the buried treasure.
Recorded in May of 2004, The Staxx Brothers unreleased studio debut, Sho Nuff: The Post Ill-Modern Sounds of Black Garage, has been proclaimed the makings of a masterpiece by those few outside musicians that have heard it. Like the group, the record signifies that within them, and in this collection of songs, the promise has been kept; the best has yet to come. Currently backed by Seattles finest funk-rock trio, the ubiquitous Cracker Factory, as well as a revolving assortment of celebrated characters such as B-Shorty and Joel Ricci, The Staxx Brothers continue on their journey. This is not your average flash in the pan college band, or blues heavy bar combo This is an American music group on a glory road that is destined to shake the walls of The Apollo Theatre on May 12th 2012 and thankfully, is finally ready to touch down in Seattle. Amen. -Dylan Van Keef
Members of The Staxx Brothers Band have played alongside and/or recorded with Flowmotion, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Tone Loc, Bubba Sparxxx, Special T, and La Push.
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