Sound + Artistry

Emery is a battle tested DJ, turntablist, and crate digger. He gained his foundation between 1999 and 2001 under DJ Groove (of Chicago by way of Montego Bay, JA), and spun over 100 battles between 2002 and 2020 in U.S. and international┬ábreaking (i.e., breakdancing) scenes. He cofounded Lovers’ Rock, “The Flyest Jam on the Planet,” which took place annually between 2002 and 2013 in San Diego, Philadelphia, New York City, and Helsinki. Between 2007 and 2011, he was a resident DJ for the Philly Gathering, one of the longest running community hip-hop events in the United States.

Emery has given DJing and music production workshops at the Detroit Institute of Music Education, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Motor City Street Dance Academy, Dilla Youth Day, Detroit Electronic Music Conference, and many public schools. With partnerships by Ableton and Koala Sampler, he regularly organizes hip-hop and electronic music producers, sound designers, and DJs for intergenerational collaboration in public settings. His attunement to material sound practice and aurality come from this background, as do his technical skills behind two Technics 1200s and digital samplers.

Emery uses these aural sensibilities and skills for experimental sense making in scholarship and teaching:

Kairos 26.1 Special Issue
Breakbeat Lit: Hip-Hop Generation Sounds and Stories
English 413 Sonic Composition Exhibit

He is credited for turntablist cuts/scratches on hip-hop albums:

He makes sample based beat music:

Tracks you can dance to:

Long form mixes from records in his collection:

Especially 45s:

And archival recordings of live events he has DJed:

Pictured: I want you to Know and Remember Keturah Ceasar.