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H.E.A.R. Benefit Concert

Space Travelers is an alternate group for DJ Quest with DJ Eddie Def and DJ CUE.

Live Human is a three member experimental hip-hop ensemble comprised of members from the world-renowned DJ crew, Space Travelers (formerly Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters), and the free-jazz trio, Thread, in the two short years they have been rehearsing and performing as a unit, this critically acclaimed "pocket orchestra," with its unique instrumentation -- turntables, double bass, and trap drums -- have been assiduously recording and touring their music for audiences both internationally and in the U.S.

At the beginning of 1997, Live Human self-produced their highly-successful debut LIP, "Live Human featuring DJ Quest", on their own label, Cosmic Records The recording consisted of live improvisations compiled from a single studio session, and was released as a vinyl-only, limited edition of 1000. Later that same year, London-based outfit, Fat Cat Records picked up four of the tracks and released them in the UK and Europe as "Live Human: Live Improvised Sessions". The UK 12" received widespread critical reviews and, as a release by Fat Cat In January of 1999.

In addition to performing extensively in professional venues in the United States, and Britain, Live Human have played and recorded numerous live radio sessions, including recent features for BBC Radio One and the now defunct XFM.

The music of Live Human occupies a unique niche In the genres of both free-improvised music and hip-hop. All three musicians bring to the ensemble a strong sense of tradition from their own experiences playing and performing in diverse musical situations Their live performances consist not of prefigured, Invariant sets of written "songs," but rather they make use of what they like to call "live sampling" in which they freely draw from their original compositions in order to recreate and perpetually "recontextualize" their own music. Visually, this combination of instruments provides for a striking image on stage.

Live Human in their name, attempt to reflect the honesty of their musical intentions. Subverting the old, impersonal sample, this trio takes Improvisational hip-hop to Its next stage: reinstating the human element - the voice in the machine.


Live Human featuring DJ Quest (Cosmic Records), 1997

Live Human: Live Improvised Sessions (Fat Cat Records), 1997

Monostereosis: The New Victrola Method (Fat Cat Records), 1998


DJ Quest
2959 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Live Human: livehuman@yahoo.com


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