Mr. Kees
As a hip-hop, reggae and rock drummer and as an MC and a club DJ with his sound crew Big Time Tune Sound, the multi-talented Mr. Kees is a musician's musician. Hailing from KankaKEE, IL, Mr.Kees got his start as a musician drumming for the Baptist Church at age 10. Soon he was playing in every band Jr. High and High School had to offer. In 1996 he began djing playing house parties and eventually graduated to weekly spots in OC and Long Beach. Mr.Kees had played at many venues such as The Galaxy Theater, San Diego Sports Arena, The House of Blues, The Vault 350, The Prospector, Que Sera, J King Neptunes, The Blue Cafe, Wasabi's, The Hollywood Cantina, The Hollywood Highlands, The Temple Bar, Little Temple, Kettle & Keg, The Francisco all the way to Japan! Kees has played alongside Abassinians, Don Carlos, Mickey Dread, Pato Banton, Eek-A Mouse, & The Mighty Diamonds, Elliot Nes, Lucky I Am, Defari, Tash, 2Mex, The Crown City Rockers, The Shapeshifters & Giant Panda just to name a few. While hip hop is what originally brought him into djing, Kees soon discovered that Reggae music had a special style and message that people could enjoy AND learn from. Mr.Kees style is diverse with influences such as RECworm, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Wu-Tang Clan, Shinehead, Dillinger, Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear & Beethoven.