ESP WOODY MCBRIDE

ESP WOODY MCBRIDE

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"WOODY MCBRIDE OF MINNESOTA, AKA "DJ ESP" HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE, ENTHUSIAST AND ORGANIZER OF ARTS & MUSIC ACTIVITIES SINCE HIS HUNGRY EARLY-80'S JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS IN ... read more
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WOODY MCBRIDE OF MINNESOTA, AKA “DJ ESPHAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE, ENTHUSIAST AND ORGANIZER OF ARTS & MUSIC ACTIVITIES SINCE HIS HUNGRY EARLY-80’S JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS IN AN ARTISTICALLY UNDER-RATED BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA WHERE HE ENJOYED HIS ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE CINEMA 100 FILM GROUP, THE NORTH DAKOTA PEACE COALITION, THE BISMARCK STATE STUDIO ARTS DEPARTMENT, THE BISMARCK STATE COLLEGE NEWSPAPER AND HIS FIRST INTRODUCTION TO THE POWER OF CHEMICAL-FREE STRAIGHT-EDGE ARTISTRY AND MUSICIANSHIP.

THIS EXPERIENCE AND FUTURE DEDICATION LEAD HIM TO BE THE 2000 RECIPIENT OF THE RESPECTEDMINNESOTA MUSIC AWARDFORBEST ELECTRONICA ARTISTSTANDING ALONGSIDE OTHER WINNERS SUCH AS PRINCE, SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS, AND KID JOHNNY LANG….HIS ALBUMSTRANGELY ARRANGED” (FEATURING DOZENS OF TWIN CITIES AND NOTED INTERNATONAL ARTISTS WAS VOTED AS ONE OF THE DECADESTEN BEST” BY THE AWARD WINNING WEEKLY MinneapolisCITY PAGES” IN 2000.

AFTER MOVING TO MINNEAPOLIS IN 1988, THE VOLUME GOT TURNED UP TAKING HIS FINE ARTS AND WRITING BACKGROUND TO A NEW LEVEL, ONE OF PERFORMANCE ART, “CHEMICAL-FREE LIVINGADVOCACY IN THE ART AND MUSIC COMMUNITY, JOURNALISM, GRAPHIC DESIGN, TRIBAL AND CELTIC STYLE DANCE, COMMUNITY SERVICE, COACHING BASKETBALL AND DJING SPIRITUALLY ORIENTED ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC.

HAVING MENTORED WITH TWIN CITIES OMNI-GENRE MUSIC PIONEER DJ KEVIN COLE (NOW CREATIVE DIRECTOR FOR AMAZON.COM) ESP BRANCHED OUT TO BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD’S PRIMIER ELECTRONIC MUSIC DJ’S, PRODUCERS AND PROMOTERS, NOW OVERSEEING THE FAMILY OF COMMUNIQUE’S TEN RESPECTED ELECTRONIC MUSIC (TECHNO, HOUSE, FUNK, AMBIENT) RECORD LABELS AND GLOBETROTTING WITH HIS EVER CHANGING COLLECTIVE OF ARTISTS PERFORMING TODAY’S MOST AVANT-GUARD MUSIC.

SINCE 1991, ESP HAS COMPOSED HUNDREDS OF CLASSIC ELECTRONIC MUSIC TRACKS ON HIS LABEL COMMUNIQUE SUCH AS “BASKETBALL HEROES, COMEDY TRAGEDY, PSICK AND TIRED, SOUNDBURNT AND ELECTRIS” AS WELL AS “HIDDEN” (LABWORKS), “RATTLESNAKE” (MAGNETIC NORTH) “THE EARTHWORM SINGS” (EX), “SLO MO” (DEFINITIVE) AND MANY OTHER GREAT RECORDS AND REMIXES ON BUSH, TLC, MISSILE, ANALOG, FOODCHAIN, TRANSATLANTICEXPRESS, BLUE LINE, 611, SWELL, OVUM, SYNEWAVE AND URBANGROUND.

FROM THE EVENT PROMOTION PERSPECTIVE, FOR YEARS HE HAS ORGANIZED SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST WELL-RESPECTED EVENTS SUCH AS “TURNED ON, MENTAL, APOCALYPSE WOW!, FURTHER, ELECTRIC DISCO, DEPTH PROBE, CLOSER, I LIKE TO GET DOWN, SUGAR” & THE MEMORABLE "STAIRWAY TO HEADPHONES. “TURNED ON 2” HELD IN NOVEMBER 2000 PROVED TO BE THE LARGEST AND MOST EXCITING EVENT IN MIDWEST AMERICA HISTORY WITH OVER 7000 PEOPLE IN ATTENDENCE AND WAS THE FIRST TRULY OUTSPOKENDRUG FREE RAVE EVENT” IN US HISTORY"! THE EVENT FEATURED Q-BERT, SANDRA COLLINS, HENRIK B, DERRICK CARTER, FRANKIE BONES, CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE AND DOZENS MORE

HIS EVENTS HAVE FEATURED AMAZING ARENA SIZED SOUND SYSTEMS STACKED IN HIS TRADEMARKWALL OF BASSFORM SOMETIMES MEASURING 20 FEET HIGH AND 150 FEET LONG, PUSHING AS MUCH AS 1,000,000 WATTS OF GOOD CLEAN FUN. HE’S SET THE AMERICAN LIVE-SONIC STANDARDS FOR A NEW ERA OF A BRAND NEW GENRE OF MUSIC.

ESP IS A CHAMPION OF FUN AND A REVOLUTIONARY NEW DRUG-FREE ELECTRONICA CONCERT PROMOTER TAKING A SOUND BY POPULAR DEMAND TO A FORUM IT DESERVES. “NOTHING AGAINST WAREHOUSE AND OUTDOOR EVENTSAND THE MYSTIQUE OF THEM IS HUGE.. BUT THOSE DAYS ARE GONEKIDS COULDN’T BEHAVE THEMSELVES AND OUR SOUNDSYSTEMS COULD BE HEARD FOR TEN MILES… SO WE NOW TAKE OUR MASSIVE TO THE ARENA, THE CLUB AND THE SANCTIONED UNDERGROUND AND ENJOY THE MUSIC IN A SAFE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT THAT EVERYONE CAN ENJOY”.

THAT STANDARD HAS ALSO TAKEN HIM INTO THE UPPER REALMS OF “TODAY’S” SOUND AS HE WAS RECRUITED TO THE SOUNDTRACK FOR 2000 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RALPH NADER (A DRUM & BASS ROCKER), A SCORE FOR HAZELDEN DRUG TREATMENT FACILITY PREVENTION VIDEO, MUSIC FOR A BMW AUTOMOBILE COMMERCIAL, SEVERAL SCORES FOR THE AWARDED MINNESOTA FILMAKER STEVEN SMITH, AND WAS HIRED TO ANCHOR THE A & R AT K-TEL RECORDSTHE LABEL THAT WAS THEBACKBONE” OF THE THE 70’S AND 80’S DISCO ERA.

THIS COMBINED HE’S LAID A FOUNDATION FOR A NEW WORLD OF MIDWEST AMERICAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC THAT NOW FEATURES DOZENS OF LOCAL DJS AND WORLD-FAMOUS PRODUCERS. HE HAS ALSO RECORDED FOR DOZENS OF LABELS INCLUDING TRESOR, BUSH, TLC, LABWORKS, SYNEWAVE, MISSILE, MAGNETIC NORTH, EX RECORDS, CONTACT AND DROP BASS NETWORK RECORDS. THE CLUBS HE HAS ROCKED INCLUDE ULTRASCHALL, REX CLUB, STAMMHEIM, CROBAR CHICAGO (RESIDENCY), FIRST AVENUE MINNEAPOLIS (RESIDENCY), QUEST MINNEAPOLIS (RESIDENCY), CHAOS MINNEAPOLIS (RESIDENCY) LIQUID ROOM, BOOM, MINISTRY OF SOUND, ORBIT, EUROBEAT 2000, TERRIAKIANARKISAKI, BLUE MOON, ESSO 36 AND MANY MANY MORE. ESP IS PROUD TO SAY HE HAS HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH SUCH RESPECTED ARTISTS AS DERRICK CARTER, DJ T1000, THE REVEREND ELVIS NIXXON, FREDDY FRESH, IFFY AND KIRK JOHNSON, TIM TAYLOR, JACK TRASH, JOE MANU, TERRY MULLAN, PAUL BIRKEN, FRANKIE BONES, JEFF MILLS, MAN AT ARMS, DIEGO ROCA, DJ HELL, DJ DAN, JOSH WINK, HOSCHI, ROLAND CASPER, CHRIS LIBERATOR, DAVE CLARKE, DAMON WILD AND MANY MANY MORE

NOW, AFTER RACKING UP OVER A MILLION FREQUENT FLYER MILES AND HAVING PERFORMED ALL OVER EUROPE, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA, AUSTRALIA AND NORTH AMERICA DJ ESP IS CURRENTLY SUBMERGED IN PRODUCING TRACKS IN THE POST-RAVE ERA OF SOPHISTICATED HYBRID ELECTRONIC MUSIC FOR THE MORE INTIMATE AND HOME SETTINGS AS WELL AS THE SMALL DARK TECHNO CLUBWHERE HE IS AT HIS BEST.

AS THE ELECTRONIC AGE BECOMES MORE AND MORE ACCESSIBLE AND RELEVANT TO US ALL MCBRIDE’S “COMMUNIQUE MULTIMEDIAAIMS TO REMAIN IN STEP PROVIDING AMUSEMENT, WIT, HUMAN ASSISTANCE, A POSITIVE EXAMPLE IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS’S VOLATILE REALM OF SELF-DISCOVERY AND TO OFFER ENGAGING INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC- VISION.

“WE ARE CONSTANTLY RETURNING TO THE SOURCE, TO THE ENERGY OF OUR PEERS, TO OUR PRINCIPLES OF CLEAN LIVINGRETRACING THE STEPS THAT CONNECT US TO ONE ANOTHER… IN STEREO”, HE SAYS. “DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND ABUSIVE,ADDICTIVE BEHAVOIR DESTROY LIVES, FUTURES AND FAMILIESBUT WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS HEALTH, FULFILLMENT AND THE POWER TO STOP THESE PATTERNS IS POSSIBLEFIND THE TOOLS AND USE THEM IN ORDER THAT YOU CAN HAVE FUN AND FULFILLMENT IN YOUR LIFE”.