Parker was born the son of lead guitarist of a well-known country band from Virginia. He grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. as the hip-hop culture was emerging in the early 80's. A fan from day one, he would make pause button mix tapes from songs on the radio and practice break dancing, along with hobbies including skateboarding and bmx. Not being such a great graffiti artist, Parker leaned towards the music side of hip-hop as most DJs at the time decided to do so; when they heard Her...Read more
Not being such a great graffiti artist, Parker leaned towards the music side of hip-hop as most DJs at the time decided to do so; when they heard Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" for the first time.
He continued to make mix tapes well into college as he studied photography and music production in the mid 90's. This, of course, still being in the analog age as his obsession with the 4-track recorder yielded his first blended mix tape "Hieroglyphmix", using one turntable, a cd player, and a 4-track.
His love for the bay area hip-hop, along with a California dream led him to San Francisco where he pursued photography, DJing, and a short career in professional bmx cycling.
After collecting a few crates of vinyl from Amoeba and Open Mind record shops, Parker played mixes of hip-hop, soul, and reggae at small venues, such as 26Mix, Tongue & Groove, and Vertigo while saving up for a pair of Technics 1200s and a mixer.
Being a fan of the "turntablist" movement, he practiced scratching for hours on end in his bedroom studio between gigs, attempting to create a sound of his own amongst the masters.
After the disappointment of buying countless records without the modern luxury of previewing tracks, he decided to enroll at City College of San Francisco to continue studies in electronic music production.
Having an inspirational teacher, being a quick study of software programs, and having lab time in a music studio, Parker began producing his own hip-hop instrumental tracks. This new-found knowledge lent itself to producing remixes and mash-ups, using acapellas from records already acquired.
He made a few connections with musicians he looked up to and began submitting tracks for remix contests and collaborating with local recording artists as DJ and recording consultant.
After a few trips to Hawaii on vacation, Parker fell in love with the surroundings, the food, the rich reggae music culture, and overall vibe of Honolulu. He reluctantly returned to San Francisco every year and started recording his series of mix tapes entitled "808 Mind State".
As the rent increased and job opportunities decreased, Parker decided to buy a one way ticket back to Honolulu, continuing to pursue music production and DJing at music venues, bars, and private parties.