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60 East / Bio

Not every artist has a happy beginning but sometimes it’s the effect of a dark event that can shape and mold us into what we need most. Artist 60 East is fully aware of the connection between a friend’s and father’s death and his prominent succession as an up-and-coming hip-hop artist of the Inland Empire.

It all started innocently enough, 60 East was a young sibling attached to his older brother’s musical ambitions which included friends working on a label. “I was always around listening and watching them rap, record, write, perform, etc. and at 9 years old that’s when I first decided that’s what I wanted to do with my life. This phase continued until around 2006 when the main artist on my brother’s label ‘Spaceghost’ was murdered in Ontario.”

60 East fell into limbo for a while, dropping out of high school and working construction to make ends meet but eventually he was reunited with a few of his brother’s old friends. It was the kick he needed to jump back onto his destined musical path was losing his father to cancer in 2010. “That’s when I decided was going to put all my effort, strength, time and resources into making it in the music industry,” says 60 East.2 Weeks after his fathers death, 60 East had his first solo show in Hollywood,CA. Ever since July of 2010, 60 East’s journey has taken him across the country on several tours, has opened for dozens of Major Artist, won various awards, received major press, and landed him a spot on the biggest Independent Hip-Hop Festival in the world in 2013, The Paid Dues Festival. After going on a college tour up and down California in 2013 and performing at several festivals nationwide, 60 East is looking forward to a promising and rewarding year in 2014. 60 East just released his latest mixtape in December 2013, which is receiving great press on the blogs worldwide. The mixtape will serve as a stepping stone leading into his Freshman Album due to release in the 2nd quarter of 2014. This Artist remains consistently climbing upward and is someone to keep an eye on.

MAJOR SHOWS/FESTIVALS:
Paid Dues Festival - (San Bernardino,CA) W/ Black Hippy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli, Tech N9ne
SXSW (Austin,TX) W/ Macklemore, Jon Connor, Logic
Indie Entertainment Summit (Hollywood,CA)
Speak Your Mind Festival - (Reno,NV) W/ Rappin 4tay, Living Legends
NWMF - (Portland,OR) W/ Grieves, Joey Badass
ASCAP I Am Music Expo (Los Angeles, CA)
VANS Warped Tour (Pomona/Ventura/San Diego,CA) W/ Linkin Park, Watsky, K.Flay
New Music Seminar (Hollywood,CA)
California State Fair (Sacramento,CA)
DIY Festival (Pomona,CA) W/ SPEAK, Curtiss King, Noa James
626 Festival (Monrovia,CA) W/ Bizzy Bone, Reverie
End Of Summer Festival (San Bernardino,CA)
Poetry in Motion Festival (Rancho Cucamonga,CA)
The Colonial (Sacramento,CA) W/ Immortal Technique & Chino XL
The Fat Cat (Modesto,CA) W/ Ghostface Killa & Killah Priest
Harlow's (Sacramento,CA) W/ Dead Prez, Camp Lo, Locksmith, Canibus & K-Solo
The Airliner (Los Angeles,CA) W/ Elzhi
Happy's (Chino,CA) W/ Chino XL, The Holocaust
The Vibe (Riverside,CA) W/ BLU & M.E.D
California State University of Northridge (Northridge,CA)
Chaffey College (Rancho Cucamonga,CA)
Fresno City College (Fresno,CA)
California State University of Fresno (Fresno,CA)
Sacramento City College (Sacramento,CA)
California State University of Sacramento (Sacramento,CA)
The Bullfrog (Detroit,MI)
The Camel (Richmond,VA)
The Graveyard Tavern (Atlanta,GA)
330 Rich (San Francisco,CA)
Church (Boston,MA)
The Lemon Grove (Youngstown,OH)
The HUB (Long Island,NY)
Velvet Jones (Santa Barbara,CA) W/ The Game, Don Trip, Compton Menace
The Regency Ballroom (San Francisco,CA) W/ The Game, Don Trip, Compton Menace

PRESS:
B-Real TV (LA)
Get Low Show (Sac)
Lifted Thursdays Radio Show (SF)
B-Side Show (LA)
Wake The Flok Up (OC)
The Crappy Awesome Show (LA)
Elev8ted Intelekts Radio (LA)
Wigging Out Radio Show (LA)
IES:Road to Hollywood Radio Show (LA)
IE Weekly Magazine (IE)
The Breeze Newspaper (IE)
Groundsounds.com Interview (LA)
1West Magazine (LA)
OK-Tho.Com
Unheard Voices Magazine
RawDrive.com
TheGrindDaily.com
TheNEHipHop.com
HipHopInRomania.com
MedellinHipHop.com

TOURS:
VANS Warped Tour
DOITour (West Coast) 2014
FDCA (College Tour) 2013
The Vintage Tour (North America) 2012
The RED Tour (The Game, Don Trip) 2011
Empire Strikes Back Tour (South West)
The Introduction Tour (West Coast) 2011

HAS PERFORMED WITH:
Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Tech Nine, Immortal Technique, Trinidad James, Talib Kweli, Hopsin, Juicy J, Nipsey Hussle, Scarface, Dom Kennedy, Mobb Deep, De La Soul, Souls of Mischief, Murs, Fashawn, Freddie Gibs, Madlib, Chino XL, Camp Lo, Luckyiam, WC, Killer Mike, Joey Badass, Swollen Members, Problem, Grieves, Badluck, Smoke Dza, Skeme, Binary Star, The Internet, Ugly Duckling, Chevy Woods, Elzhi, Prof, Vince Staples, Terrace Martin, BLU, M.E.D

General Info

Band Members
60 East
Artist Name
60 East
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/60east
Active Since
01/00
Genres
Hip Hop / Poetry / Hip Hop

Contact Info

Location
Ontario, CA
Manager
ELIAS "IKON" FONSECA

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