Lauren J Reed was born in Norman, OK. She is a proud Choctaw/
Cherokee tribal member. Lauren has been involved in the arts since she was very
young. She moved to Austin, TX at the age of 19 to pursue her career in
the arts getting her bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with an
emphasis on painting at Texas State. She graduated with a 3.33 GPA in May
Lauren has been in more than 30 art shows and her work has been
featured in The Austin Chronicle, Parent Wise Magazine, Boy-Cott
Magazine, and on Fox News. Her most recent shows include Gallery
Lombardi in Austin, TX and the Rockport Art Center in Rockport, TX.
Currently you may find her paintings displayed at Billy Cannon's Smoke
and Ink Shop in Austin, TX as well as PAIYH Dance Studios and Boutique
in Bee Cave, TX. There are many works available for purchase online at
www.laurenart.com. In addition she has created her own line of Hip-Hop
inspired hats which you can find online and at PAIYH Dance Boutique.
Lauren is also a teacher. She has been an instructor of violin, viola,
cello, bass, music, art, cheerleading, pom-pon, Hip-Hop, drillteam,
tap, ballet, kindermusic, tumbling, yoga, musical theater, sassy
stiletto, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Aqua Zumba, musical theater and pre-k. She
has taught consistently since before she was out of high school from
ages 2-adult including mentally and emotionally, challenged.
Most of Lauren's private string students are first chair in their
orchestras. Under her instruction an art class had their own show at
Austin's Davis Gallery. She has played the cello since age 9 and danced
and painted since she was 2. At age 6 Lauren went into competitive
cheer and later dance. One of her performances includes a solo cello
performance at UT's Hogg Auditorium at maximum capacity. She has been a
part of numerous musical albums playing her cello, violin, singing and
rapping. One of her musical/dance performances was Dennis Quaid's
Lights, Camera, Fashion in 2007 with an estimated 3000 people in
attendance. Currently she is playing live around Austin.
Lauren is a music instructor under Mobile Music Academy and has worked
at Magic Music, Kids in a New Groove and Calusio school of music. For
three years, Lauren led the orchestra department at Calusio. Mainly,
she teaches for her own company Lauren J. Music. Under that company she
holds two music recitals per year for her students to perform in.
Coming from a city with a music culture such as Austin, Tx it wasn't hard for
Junior to find music in any and every form. As he ventured into music for himself,
he fell deeply in love with rap. "I was captivated at how there were so many facets
and individual styles to rap, as well as rappers" says Junior. As a love for words
grew deep inside of him, he began to create his own music, as well as release
projects for the local public.
With some of the most talented local artists at his disposal, Junior had a
great backdrop for his first mix tape "Fresh Produce". Which was received very well
by his peers and listeners alike. His second project "Sumthin Serious" rounded
up more of the cities talent to support his efforts. It was a great success, and
immediately opened performance opportunities for Junior to partake in.
In deed this is just the beginning, as his third mix tape is currently in the works,
he has no doubt it will be a monumental project.
Dorian has wanted to become a DJ ever since he first saw the HBO series Def Comedy Jam and Kid Capri was mixing it up on the 1's and 2's. He was certain that he wanted to be a disc jockey when the film Juice came out. To him the DJ battle culture is hip hop in its purest form. Around the age of 12 he found himself messing around with his mother's stereo system and used to switch between vinyl and CD to teach himself how to scratch. Within a few years after that, on his birthday, his parents bought him a DJ starter kit -- since then its been a wrap. D-Best has DJ'd for schools, "mad house parties", and numerous clubs and bars downtown. Most recently he competed in DJ Abe the Assassin's "Last DJ Standing" competition.
His style of music includes hip hop, R&B, reggae and soca. D-Best has lived all over the world, which he feels give him a good understanding of different types and styles of music that party people like to hear. D-Best hails from east New York and considers his style "East Coast". He currently resides in Austin, Texas and has also incorporated the "down south" style of music into his shows. His reggae and soca background comes from his Trinidadian heritage.
A direct quote from DJ D-Best : "I am not like your ordinary DJ you see in the clubs nowadays. I consider myself an endangered DJ. I am like your old school DJ that cuts during a track on time and with skill. My belief is that you have to use wax to be a real good DJ, so my motto is REAL DJ's USE VINYL!!!" - DJ D-Best