#EthnoDigital Sonics no. 2: Beatmaker Scott Ohtoro
As part of the 2015 Department of Ethnic Studies Conference the Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative continues its #EthnoDigitalSonics events with beatmaker Scott Ohtoro. With the goal of inspiring students to leverage aspects of the contemporary culture they take for granted, David Goldberg will be interviewing Ohtoro about the intersections of culture and technology, and exploring the ways that electronic music production can work with and through various discourses of ethnic studies. In addition, Scott will play music, drop relevant autobiographical tunes, and offer a basic production workshop that will give passers-by a chance to understand the mechanics of making beats.
This event will be amplified live in the Campus Center courtyard.
J Dilla, Flying Lotus and other LA Beat Scene artists have been inspiring Ohtoro as a beat crafter for over a decade. Ohtoro’s eclectic music taste and ability to play multiple instruments lets him create soundscapes for any mood. He started making beats under the guidance of DJ Cheapshot, Exile and Aloe Blacc and has performed over 100 shows in the last year Djing around town and playing live beats with local Hip Hop artist Super Groupers. When The Right Time is his latest release on special edition hand-designed vinyl (by Ohtoro himself with a little help from some art friends) available at his Bandcamp site. It’s a spacey journey through electronic and Hip Hop beats featuring LA’s top emcee Blu, singer-songwriter Montclaire and Na Hoku Hanohano winners Navid Najafi and Illis It.