Hear the sound of an R&B flow floating over an electronic bed bouncing with a Caribbean / Afro rhythm, body-rolling to a hip-hop groove and you might find Benjamin Shaffer (aka Jāmin, pronounced jaymin) at the fader. A producer, songwriter, singer with roots as a DJ, he has made a career collaborating, connecting and sharing through music.
His songs bring artists and styles together from around the globe. The pulse is rooted in his perspective as a DJ – move the body. His tracks are made for movement and speak to both the shared human experience and issues of our times, calling for light, leadership, community, unity and beauty. A strong current of personal responsibility flows while he creates sonic space to also contemplate vulnerability, sacrifice, loss, pain and human dynamics.
After going on global tour at 18 as a DJ for Geffen Records’ Girls Against Boys, he built Brooklyn music studio Ishlab (a$ap Rocky, Jet, Jadakiss, MIA, Roberta Flack, Mac Miller (RIP)) and gained acceptance into NYU’s Steinhardt School—a first for a DJ who couldn’t read or write music. He then founded Project Rhythm, a non-profit that equips children with life skills through the collaborative process of producing their own original songs.
His newest track is called, “We All Bleed”, and it is an inspiration track that talks about how the world is in a trying time. The video for the track shows many diverse people symbolizing unity, and how important it is in today’s world.
More to Watch One September evening at the Birchmere Music Hall in 2015, thirty of DC’s finestmusicians gathered to celebrate their heroes and display the virtuosic, genre-blending music they proudly call their own. In the center of the stage stood a FenderTelecaster, which was Gatton’s signature instrument. As the undisputed master ofthis music, Gatton would […]
Phily Skeamz is an up and coming artist from the Washington DC area. He has recently been putting out a lot of great tracks, and is slowly making a huge name for himself.
A native of Alexandra Virginia, where Skeamz was born, he was surrounded by the culture of Washington DC, known for its go-go music, historical sites, and sneaker obsessed residents. The DC metropolitan area is heavily immersed in the hip hop culture, which played a part in the dialect used in Skeamz rhymes. This rhetoric is shared by his superstar counterparts who emerged from the same area. Phily Skeamz started to garner some local attention for his 2013 mixtape “Acception to the Rule” and 2014 mixtape “Catch Up.” These mixtapes were mainly recognized for its remixes to “Maad City,” “Sure Thing,” and “Wu-Tang Forever.” Proceeding these releases Skeamz followed up by releasing over a dozen songs on YouTube and SoundCloud. This lead to the unveiling of his debut independent album “Finago” in 2019. After the completion of his first LP, Phily Skeamz would end the year by providing two more singles to the public, “Neighborhood Recipe” and “All U See” in December of 2019.