OBaH turned a family legacy into a profession, becoming a rising industry music producer and highly sought after NYC DJ. OBaH stands for Oldskool Beats and Harmonies for an excellent reason: he’s the son of veteran NYC DJ/Musician/Professor and activist, Baba Chico. Growing up, OBaH had the world’s best funk, jazz & soul records at his fingertips. Armed with his father’s epic library of music, OBaH quickly made his mark on the NYC club scene, becoming the resident D.J. at several nightclubs in his native Brooklyn.
His first big break came courtesy of world-renowned DJ, Rich Medina, who invited OBaH to spin at his weekly party at the legendary (now defunct) APT nightclub in the Meatpacking district of NYC. Since then, OBaH has played in well over 100 venues in NYC, across the U.S. and abroad, has D.J.’d private parties for Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, JAY-Z, Donna Karan and many other A-list celebrities. He has received commissions by brands including Louis Vuitton, Vogue magazine, Diesel clothing, Puma. Cultural institutions, the Brooklyn Museum, The Kennedy Center, L.A.’s Grammy Museum, Tribeca Film Festival, Fall for Dance festival. Live performances by hip hop legends KRS-ONE, and Brand Nubian, among a long and deep list of international bands and acclaimed D.J.’s. In 2008, Dubspot records released the highly acclaimed “Funk Aid for Africa” charitable compilation which he compiled, mixed and co-executive produced.
In 2010 and 2011 OBaH represented N.Y. as the resident D.J. for the “New York Stage” of Czech Republic’s largest music festival “Colours of Ostrava”. He played live sets with a host of International artists, including Roy Ayers, Tortured Soul, Don Blackman, Electric Wire Hustle, and many others.
While OBaH continues to spin weekly in NYC, he is also fast at work producing remixes and original compositions for television and film. Several of his tracks feature on popular shows spanning networks such as MTV, Bravo, HBO, NBC and A&E. His remix for ESL recording artist Ocote Soul Sounds landed him a full-page feature article in D.J. Times magazine (March 2010). In March 2014 OBaH released his debut solo E.P. “Cross Fade” which garnered positive feedback from tastemakers and press (Vibe.com, OkayFuture, DMConline). Later that year he made his theatrical off-Broadway debut, as associate music director, starring and performing as a D.J. in “A Sucker Emcee” at the famed Labyrinth Theater, performing alongside acclaimed poet & actor Craig “Mums” Grant (HBO “Oz”).
Brooklynradio.com is currently hosting OBaH’s highly rated mix show “Recycled Funk”. And when he isn’t DJ’ing or producing, he’s educating the next generation of aspiring D.J.’s and producers. OBaH spent eight years as a senior staff instructor at Dubspot, NYC’s now-defunct, once preeminent electronic music production and D.J. school. His work at Dubspot has been featured in several press outlets locally & internationally. Since 2017 he has worked for Building Beats, a Brooklyn based music education non-profit that teaches music production and DJ’ing to youth across NYC. He takes his “formative education” with him wherever he goes (thanks, Dad).
You can catch OBaH every Wednesday from 7pm EST on Crate Digs. (Thursday 12am GMT)