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Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice / Bio

:: mc : dj : producer : artist ::

A wordsmith with the heart of a poet and the head of a broadcast journalist. A DJ who is not afraid to venture outside of the norm. A producer with a different vocabulary of influences, and no fear whatsoever about embracing them. An artist searching for the link between the palette and the pixel.

Founding member of The Word Association, Electric Mayhem and Binary Audio Misfits. Former member of .::liquidstereoproject and the DKC.

A product of the true golden era of hip-hop (88-92), Chief began his career as a DJ for Hip-Hop Mecca shows at legendary venues like Steamboat, The Electric Lounge and The Mercury on Austin’s legendary 6th Street in the late 1990s. As a student at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University), Chief explored other avenues of expression within the hip-hop culture.

A 4 year stint as the host of KTSW 89.9′s “Underground Sounds” hip-hop show led to a meeting with members of what would become the wildly succesful .::liquidstereoproject, and the offshoot DJ project Electric Mayhem (8 years of packing Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar every Wednesday). In the fallout of the .::liquidstereoproject breakup, the creative think-tank The Word Association was formed.

The Word Association opened many doors for Chief. Aside from learning how to book shows, promote shows, make promotional material, record and perform on a higher level, the crew traveled throughout the southern, eastern and midwestern sections of the United States. A MySpace encounter led to the forming of Binary Audio Misfits (a Texas / France collaboration with Tolouse, France rock band Experience). After an international recording contract, tours of the US, Canada and Europe, and several SXSW appearances, the project was dissolved.

Chief continues as a solo artist, and continues to find new areas of exploration.

De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, GZA/The Genius, RZA, El-P, Digital Underground, Aesop Rock, Shabazz Palaces, Killer Mike, Phife Dawg, Common, Heiroglyphics, Saul Williams, Rob Sonic, Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, Cool Calm Pete, Black Milk, 9th Wonder, Killah Priest, Kool A.D., Cannibal Ox, Busdriver, Abstract Rude, Blueprint, One Be Lo, Kenny Muhammad (The Human Orchestra), Illogic, Ceschi, Qwel, Hangar 18, 2Mex, Insight, Sol.illaquists of Sound, DJ Drez, The Go Team, Japanther, Cerebral Ballzy, Computer Jay, This Will Destroy You, Alejandro Escavedo, Mr. Muthafuckin’ Esquire, Despot, Moodie Black, Grupo Fantasma, Suzanna Choffel, Bird Peterson, Table Manners Crew, Henry + The Invisibles and many more…

SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Fun Fun Fun Fest!, A3c, Exploded Drawing, Foodstock (resident DJ), Canadian MusicFest, Rockomotives (France), Vendredi 30 (France), SA IndieFest, Mr. Fest (KTSW-TX State), and more…

General Info

Band Members
Chief (MC) and TheDoomsdayDevice (DJ)
Artist Name
Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice
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Hip Hop / Folk / Jazz

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Austin, TX