Unleash inhibitions, relish in the unparalleled views and indulge with paramount service in ghostbar, the sultry and sophisticated indoor-outdoor lounge sky deck on the 55th floor of Palms’ Ivory Tower. Sounds by Presto One with Benny Black.
You've heard it all before, no doubt--DJ So-and-So is the best in his city, the man, the most talented, the biggest, the illest, the craziest. But while everybody is out there talking a good game, DJ Presto One is simply showing and proving. For a decade and a half, he's been putting in work in the Vegas scene and around the world, rocking shows from his home turf of Vegas to Europe and Japan with his unique skills and musical presentation. His talents have led to working with artists like The Roots, Q-Bert, Jazzy Jeff, Funkmaster Flex, and the Beat Junkies as well as spinning parties for celebs like Britney Spears, Roasrio Dawson, and TJ Lavin.
Don't get it twisted, though: It's not all about the glitz and glamour. Presto is firmly rooted in hip-hop, as his proud membership in the legendary and world-famous Rock Steady Crew can attest, and his turntablist abilities landed him a spot in Q-Bert's Scratchlopedia DVD. But it's Presto's knack for taking that hip-hop sensibility and presenting it to all kinds of different crowds that makes him stand out.
The Vegas club scene is a competitive one, but Presto has made himself a fixture in it, rocking clubs like PURE, TAO, Studio 54, Jet, VANITY, and Body English inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. His latest venture, a collaboration with drummer Dustin J called 51Fifty, has garnered plenty of critical acclaim in just a few months.
Aside from clubs, Presto's work has been featured on videos, magazines, and record compilations like Okay Player: True Notes Vol. 1, Uncle Howie Records, The TJ Lavin Story DVD, Tribal Street Wear: Beyond the Four vol. 1 & 2, and for the ESPN Action Sports Awards in 2002. Plus, he has countless mixtapes under his belt covering underground hip-hop, B-boy breaks, exclusive material, and mainstream hits, and plenty more material on the way as both a solo artist and a member of 51Fifty.
For 2010 and beyond, Presto plans to do some touring to re-establish himself with his roots and reach out to new areas. If he comes to your town, do yourself a favor and check out the skills that have taken Las Vegas by storm.
Benny Black is a multi-dimensional artist with a serious focus on the creative and business oriented aspects of today's music industry. Not only is he an emcee, a producer, and an accomplished DJ, he is also the C.E.O. and co-owner of an indie label, Conspiracy Theory Entertainment Group (CTEG). In his role as the C.E.O. of a small label, he has had the opportunity to work hands on with his artists and assist them with their individual development as an artist. Years of experience in various facets of the music industry, including college and commercial radio, have given Benny Black a wealth of knowledge to better assist his artists with.
From a very young age, Benny Black had a strong interest in creating music. As hip hop began to spread throughout the tri-state area, he was exposed early to the new culture by hearing songs like "Rapper's Delight" and "Planet Rock" on the radio and on tapes when his half sister would visit from Queens. A new concept in television would cause his interest to peak. When MTV launched and music videos became more and more common, a trio from Queens, NY would not only hold his attention but change his perspective on music. Run DMC's "King of Rock" video influenced him for years to come. He was fascinated by the art of MCing and DJing. The straight forward yet witty lyrics combined with hard, gritty beats and aggressive attitude was adopted and imitated by a young Benny Black.
By the time he was a sophomore in high school, he had already started DJing (with paid gigs, even) making beats and writing rhymes. For Christmas, he got a four track cassette recorder and started recording rudimentary tracks. Eventually he met a keyboard player from a reggae band (Cool Runnings) named Jay Williams (Thang Duece/JasWho). Jay took an interest in Benny's music and offered to record him in his home studio. Benny enlisted the help of his friend Hakim (Ak The Brother Grimm/Ak-Z) and began recording with and learning from Jay and from Hakim's father (accomplished jazz musician Kalem Zarif aka William Gault). In addition to recording his own tracks, he also started what he calls a "side hustle" creating and selling mixtapes. He didn't make a ton of money, but he did gain experience working with stores and selling tapes directly to consumers. Part time jobs and "side hustles" helped him save up enough money to buy a new drum machine, the Boss DR-5. Before long he had mastered the machine and was recording tracks in his own home studio on an almost daily basis, with his friend who went by the name of Dome Piece. The two would explore various topics in their music, including the impending downfall of hip hop as an art.