DJ Z-Trip's long-delayed debut album, "Shifting Gears," finally hits stores this week via Hard Left/Hollywood. The set features collaborations with Public Enemy's Chuck D ("Shock and Awe") and underground rappers Aceyalone and Mystic ("Everything Changes"), while Murs and Supernatural rap on the unabashedly silly "Breakfast Club."
First single "Walking Dead" featuring Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has notched Z-Trip his first hit on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, where it jumped 22-20 last week.
Z-Trip's live shows are best known for his wildly inventive mash-ups, but the artist says he is looking forward to incorporating material from "Shifting Gears" into his sets. The artist will appear May 1 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, reprising a near-legendary 2002 set that featured a surprise appearance by Beck.
"It's really a weird process, because I've never been in this position as a DJ," he admits of blending these two musical sides. "I'll make show vinyl and press the songs up in different configurations, which will allow me to remix them on the fly. I'm also hoping some of the MCs can come out and do the songs live."