Tuesday, January 06, 2015

DJ Destroyer: Life In Music

Aaron Paar a.k.a. Destroyer was born in Nottingham, England and emigrated to Los Angeles in 1980. Aaron has been an active figure in the Los Angeles DJ, underground club and recording scene since the early ‘90s. With a family music background as well as strong underground club roots in the LA community, Aaron continues to stay at the forefront of cutting edge music cultures across many styles within the Soul spectrum. 

Aaron fell in love with hip-hop and the art of DJing in 1984 and never looked back. He got his start spinning during the early ‘90s rave/loft scene in LA while also hosting a house music show on KXLU radio called Stomping Grounds. While working at Beat Non Stop records he also was able to sell his personal mix tapes to people around the world via the store. Fueled by the records and sounds of a very potent House Music sound, Aaron decided to take his own adventure into production and created his imprint Worldship Music in 1995 and in 1996 formed the Teflon Dons along with Dave Fogg and Greg "Ski" Royal, producing seven 12" singles along with various remixes and tracks for other labels. 

Around 2002 Aaron decided to come up with an alias, which ended up taking a life of its own as "DJ Destroyer." The focus was on spinning sets that were based heavily in hip-hop mixed with other genres. Aaron joined mash-up pioneers the Inhumanz and took blending sounds and genres seamlessly in clubs and bars around the globe. 

Destroyer is founder and chief resident of Strictly Social, one of LA's longest running and premier eclectic soul nights. Strictly Social has bought independent artists such as Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Lisa Shaw, Sy Smith, Zo!, Joi, and Sango to name a few while taking it to other cities such as NY, Atlanta and SF. 

Residencies over the years such as Bounce Rock Skate, Fast Fwd, Blazing 45's, LA's JumpNFunk as well as nights at countless clubs and bars across the city has cemented Destroyer'ss solid footing in the LA DJ community expressing his unique perspective of music to a new generation of party people. Destroyer has DJed alongside the likes of DJ Scratch, Kenny Dope, Rich Medina, J Rocc, Dam Funk, Lefto and Shinehead, to name a few, as well as collaborating with many in the Los Angeles underground DJ scene. 

Aaron is also a member of the highly respected DJ collective Umoja Hi-Fi Soundsystem who continues to spread the sound of unity throughout the LA landscape hosting and guesting at various functions. 

Aaron is Co Founder of Ximeno Records along with Danny Holloway who have recently made an impression via their all 7-inch 45 label. 

Whether its production or DJing expect to hear many different flavors in his Soul driven sets geared for dance floors worldwide. 



Monday, December 01, 2014

Umoja Invades Little Tokyo!

For 3 Sundays in December at Tokyo Beat, in the heart of Little Tokyo, the Umoja Hi-Fi Soundsystem collective of DJ's based in Los Angeles bring you their trademark seamless blend of music spanning the spectrum of soul and beyond. 

Be prepared to nod your head and move your feet to the rhythms of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Disco, Boogie & Classic House while enjoying tasty libations from the bar. 

Resident Deejays Culture D, Daz, Destroyer, Jun and Monalisa hold down the grooves all night. 
W/Occasional Special Guests TBA

Hosted By Ryo Vibes 

Dec 7th,14th & 21st






@TOKYO BEAT (Little Tokyo, Downtown LA)
319 e 2ND ST 
2ND FL
8-2am
21W/ID 
No Cover 

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Umoja in Images

Some images from recent Umoja Hi-Fi sessions and gigs in Los Angeles. Thanks to Boss Harmony and other photographers for the images. 
Culture D & Cokni O Dire at Dub Club LA

King Cokni & Rootsman at Dub Club LA

Culture D in the mix at Dub Club LA

Culture D & King Cokni O Dire in the mix at Dub Club LA
Shadow DJs: Culture D & King Cokni at Dub Club LA

Original selecta: King Cokni O Dire

Umoja Hi-Fi crew in Venice, CA


Monday, February 24, 2014

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Umoja Present: Selectors Choice!

Umoja Hi-Fi is back in session at a brand new bar spot in Koreatown, Los Angeles on Friday February 28. 

This special event features special guest from Texas, Umoja member, King Cokni O' Dire + the LA Umoja Sound System DJs: Daz, Jun, Destroyer, Monalisa and Culture D. The event also celebrates birthdays for both Daz & Cokni!

Cokni O' Dire's DJ and music pedigree includes music projects with Scheme Team with Divine Styler, House of Pain, and The Angel. He's hosted radio shows on KXLU and currently runs the popular weekly live mix show Decent Something on Ustream.  Don't miss this special night!

Friday Feb 28!
Umoja Hi-Fi Soundsystem presents:
Selectors Choice!
Feat. Special Guest King Cokni O'Dire (Decent Something, Dallas, TX)
Plus the Umoja Hi-Fi Crew:
Daz, Jun, Culture D, Monalisa and Destroyer

Playing the choice cuts as only Umoja can:
Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Jazz & Classics
Brand new bar spot!  3453 W. 6th St. (at S. Kenmore) LA 90020
10PM No Cover 21 w/ID 




Cokni O Dire will also be appearing at the following gigs:
Wednesday Feb 26: The Dub Club (with Umoja Hi-Fi's Culture D)

Thursday Feb 27: The Graves Brothers (live!) + Umoja Hi-Fi DJs at the Townhouse
Umoja Hi-Fi Soundsystem - 9:00pm 
Ft. DJs Cokni O'Dire, Jun, Daz, Destroyer, and Mona Lisa
Spinning Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, Reggae, House, Future Beats and more on two floors, in Townhouse and The Del Monte!

$5.00 before 10:00pm, $8.00 after 21+
The Del Monte 
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, California 90291

Monalisa's Gigs in the Spotlight

DJ Monalisa is one of Umoja Hi-Fi's busiest selectors. She holds it down at Amoeba Records in Hollywood during the day but is active almost every night in clubs around the LA area spinning soul, funk, R&B, hip-hop, house, dance classics and anything else that catches her eclectic fancy.

Maybe you've seen her at Motown on Mondays, Sugar Hill Live, Soul Slam or Wonderful events, or her plethora of other regular gigs. She's also an integral member of Umoja Hi-Fi sound, playing all of our core key gigs.

Hear a fantastic, funky Monalisa mix right here. See her upcoming events and latest runnings below!






Thursday, January 09, 2014

1/15/14: DJ Daz & Coleman play The Takeover

Wed. Jan 15 10 p.m. in Los Angeles. Coleman, Tonearm, Daz (UmojaHi-Fi) & Computer Jay!


Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Umoja: Live At Strictly Roots

Images from Umoja Presents: Pop No Style, We Strictly Roots club night (Jan 2, 2014)
DJ Daz
Culture D

Destroyer
DJ Jun



Jun in the mix

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thrs Jan 2: Umoja presents: Strictly Roots!

THURSDAY JAN 2:
UMOJA HI-FI PRESENTS A NIGHT CALLED...

Nah Pop No Style – We Strictly Roots!

Exploring the Roots of Reggae & Hip-Hop with: jazz*soul*funk*rare groove*rocksteady*dub*club classics*electro & more!


Featuring Umoja Hi-Fi Soundsystem DJs: Daz * Jun * Tomas (SF) * Destroyer * Culture D * Monalisa

Early start: 7PM!  2124 W Temple LA CA 90026 near Alvarado.
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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Oct 4: Umoja Presents The Art of Wax

Friday October 4 2013 Umoja Sound System returns with another special Stereo Hi-Fi event. It's an all-vinyl edition of our monthly club night, featuring strictly Umoja Hi-Fi residents DJs digging deep in to their crates and record shelves to play a once--in-a-lifetime selection of vinyl treats. 

Co-titled The Art of Wax, DJs Daz, Jun, Monalisa, Destroyer and Culture D will present some of the finest songs committed to plastic with an eye on variety, soul and expert mixing. 

The crew will leave their laptops at home and take it back to their roots with bags of LP's, 12" singles, 45's and 10-inch dubplates to keep you moving all night long. 

Just a few selections the crew will play:
  • Culture D: Beres Hammond – "One Dance Won't Do"
  • Monalisa: Shaun Escoffery – "Days Like This (Spinna Remix)", Pete Rock & CL Smooth - "The Creator"
  • Destroyer: Donald Byrd – "Places & Spaces," Main Source – "Looking At The Front Door"
  • Jun: Cameo – "I Just Want To Be,"  Lil Louis – "I Called You"

Stereo Hi-Fi is a gathering that takes place first Friday's monthly at NOLAs in downtown Los Angeles, located at 734 East 3rd St. in the downtown artist district. Free before 10:30 p.m.! 

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Special bonus! Umoja Soundsystem slipmats will be available for sale for $10 at this event, each slipmat includes a free Serato vinyl center sticker!

Protect your vinyl and don't miss these limited collectors items!

Monday, September 09, 2013

Positive Vibes at Sept JUJUMOJA

Members of Umoja Hi-FI and Soul Children
The Umoja Hi-Fi and Soul Children DJ crews met for the third time at Umoja’s monthly Friday event Stereo Hi-Fi. Owing to both group’s longevity and friendship within the LA music scene, this meet up has now been solidified as a quarterly event re-dubbed JUJUMOJA.

The September session saw the respective DJ collectives showcasing their deep record crates to full effect. Here’s a run down of the tunes and crowd reaction.

The Soul Children’s Alex a.k.a. MCDJ1ONE was first up to bat on the turntables. His all vinyl set the mood with some soulful crackle and pops of Quiet Storm soul classics and reggae gold.

Next was Umoja Hi-Fi's very own Monalisa who dropped a delicious neo-soul set with tunes from Musiq Soulchild, Zhane and Koffee Brown. JUJU resident DJ Sacred was up next and displayed his eclectic tastes in fine fashion jumping from soul to banging instrumentals and otherworldly sounds.

Destroyer came on after Sacred with some classic Gang Starr to kick of his set. Also in his mix was some potent Afrobeat and Latin dance track; the set then morphed into some modern funk, disco and deep house. The room started to get a lil’ busy and a dance floor was beginning to form.

Soul Children's Al Jackson slowed it down to some banging head nodding hip-hop and soul. Slowing the rhtyhm didn't distract the floor but instead made it more active, with some crowd-pleasing classics and new joints.

Umoja heavyweight Deejay Daz scanned his righteous laptop and put down a set of dance classics like Roy Ayers’ "Running Away" and NY SOho’s “Hot Music,” which set the floor off into a blissful state. Rounded it out with some deep sounds that had the floor bubbling nicely.

The Soul Children’s DJ Rome always comes thru with his trademark luggage bag of vinyl and he didn't disappoint. Hip-hop bangers and dancehall vibes crushing the sound and setting the stage up nicely for Culture D who this time left the Serato at home and brought out a box of 12"'s that was nothing but pure fire raga that kept people bouncing and jumping.

DJ Jun quietly got his record bag in order and like a true stealth warrior he appeared out of nowhere to basically channel the spirit of Ron Hardy, Larry Levan and Walter Gibbons Jr. with long ride mixes and morphing blends that had both crews nodding their heads in appreciation.

With about 15 minutes to spare both crews teamed up on a “dub fi dub” or 1-for-1 tune selection to close out the night. As the last song closed out both crews were met with a rapturous applause and was thanked by the remaining dancers.


JUJUMOJA takes place quarterly at Stereo Hi-Fi, and you can catch Stereo Hi-Fi’s eclectic guests and riddims from the Umoja crew every first Friday of the month.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

JUJUMOJA: The Third Session – FRI 9/6/13!

Friday, September 6, 2013 from 10:00 PM–2:00 AM join us as Umoja Hi Fi joins forces with The Soul Children to bring you JUJUMOJA: Session III

This event bring you the musical spirit of The Soul Children's legendary JuJu club nights, alongside Umoja Hi-Fi's Stereo HiFi vibe as the 2 crews form like Voltron to bring you soul, hip-hop, reggae, classics and more sounds to blow your mind and move your feet!  

Featuring The Soul Children's DJs Al Jackson, Rome, Sacred and MCDJ1One & Umoja Hi-Fi's Daz, Jun, Destroyer, Monalisa and Culture D!

Free before 10:30 – $5 after. At NOLA's (A Taste of New Orleans) 734 E 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90013. 

Umoja's Stereo Hi-Fi happens every first Friday at NOLAS. This is LA true underground soul 'n' reggae party! Don't miss it!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Unity Returns With Umoja's DJ Daz

Legendary Hip-Hop Club Unity Returns With Umoja's DJ Daz

In the early '90s in Los Angeles, anyone who was anyone, and legends by the score called week club night Unity their home for original hip-hop music.

Peep these original flier for the night.

The club night ran for several successful years and featured dozens of announced and unannounced live performances and ciphers. It was a catalyst for the developing West Coast hip-hop scene.

Tuesday August 27 Club Unity will return, bring it's original hip-hop vibes to a new generation. Umoja Hi-Fi's DJ Daz, one of the night's original resident DJs will again be one of it's rotating guests. The Beat Junkies Rhettmmatic and Mr. Choc will do their thing along with many other talented and experienced turntable technicians.

If you know hip-hop, love hip-hop and live hip-hop, you will be there for the Unity rebirth.

Peep this special tribute blog to Unity and it's esteemed resident and promoter, Bigga B (R.I.P.).

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