I be A to the L. I like tomato soup. I like Lord Finesse and other assorted Hiphop artists. I have very bad knees. Sometimes I write in the 3rd person. See below.
A native of Northern Ireland, A to the L caught the DJ bug around 1984, starting as a regular fan, before moving onto success behind the turntables. Starting with house parties and guest slots at small clubs, he quickly graduated to long residencies in several major Belfast nightclubs. This resulted in a rise in exposure, to the point where he was invited to become the resident mix show DJ on Northern Ireland’s number one-rated commercial radio station Cool FM. The station’s Hiphop show, ‘The Extended Weekend’ was, at the time, the only urban show in the country. The popularity of this show resulted in A to the L being selected as the opening DJ for many artists on the Irish dates of their tours, ranging from Run DMC, MC Lyte, the Beastie Boys and 50 Cent, to Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera amongst others.
In the summer of 2005, A to the L moved to Tallahassee, Florida, and over time has now become a fixture on both commercial and independent radio, and in the clubs. He can now be found behind the turntables at various radio stations across the United States – with regular ‘resident’ mixing appearances including:
New York, NY
Tuesday on BeatminerzRadio – The Ammo Dump with DJ A to the L
Saturday on WVFS – ‘The Underground Railroad’ Hiphop show
Sunday on WWLD Blazin’ 102.3 – ‘Diggin’ In The Crates’ show
New Bern, NC
Weeknights on WIKS 101.9 Kiss FM – ‘The 5 o’clock Traffic Jam’ on ‘The Jay Blaze Show’
In addition to spinning at practically every club in Tallahassee, as well as many in Florida’s other major cities and beyond, he has also held down the turntables at numerous special events and festivals, including Demp Week, A3C, and the legendary halftime show at Florida A&M University’s football game. He also regularly travels back across the Atlantic for club gigs in various locations across the UK and Europe.
In 2011 he released a project with Tallahassee native M.E.R.C. titled ‘Daylight Marauders’ to considerable acclaim. This tribute to A Tribe Called Quest’s classic ‘Midnight Marauders’ album featured contributions from several Florida artists and received glowing praise from Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi – 3 of the 4 members of A Tribe Called Quest.
He has also lectured several times at Florida State University on several Hiphop related courses.
Dubbed ‘The Deepest Crates in the 850’ (Tallahassee’s area code) he has an expansive library of music over multiple genres. Although Hiphop is his first love, he is equally comfortable spinning R’n’B, House, Reggae & Dancehall, Soul, Funk, Pop, and Latin music.
Radio mixes and commercially available mix CDs are available for free download at Altrap.com. Physical copies are available on request.
Catch me on radio:
Every Tuesday from 10pm-12am : The Ammo Dump with DJ A to the L on Beatminerz Radio. Worldwide on http://www.BeatminerzRadio.com
Every Saturday from 5pm-8pm : The Underground Railroad on WVFS 89.7fm in Tallahassee. Worldwide on http://www.wvfs.fsu.edu
Every Sunday from 8pm-10pm : Diggin’ In The Crates on Blazin’ 102.3 in Tallahassee. Worldwide on http://www.Blazin1023.com
Weeknights from 6pm-10pm: The Jay Blaze Show on 101.9 Kiss FM in North Carolina (BDS Market.) Worldwide on http://www.1019online.com
What is Altrap.com?
Altrap.com was born in 1999 (branching out from the alt.rap newsgroup) as a Hiphop news and reviews site that promised to pull no punches when it came to informing fans of REAL opinions on artists and albums from all areas of the culture. It rapidly grew, earning praise and coverage in editions of URB, Vibe, and Hip Hop Connection due to its brutally honest reviews and extensive interview archive. Over the years it has evolved both in looks and layout into the current blog-ish style you see now. (The alt.rap newsgroup meanwhile is sadly
dead not as vibrant as it once was, with many of the still-active posters now frequenting sister newsgroup rec.music.hip-hop instead.)