Sunday, September 12, 2010

“Master Your Machine” Tour

Qwel & Maker + DJ SPS ‘Master Your Machine’ US Tour 2010

Fri 9/10/2010 Chicago, IL @ Reggies (with Typical Cats, Maxilla Blue, Meaty Ogre)
Sun 9/12/2010 Evansville, IN @ The Jungle
Mon 9/13/2010 Columbia, MO @ Mojos
Wed 9/15/2010 San Marcos, TX @ Triple Crown Live
Thu 9/16/2010 Austin, TX @ Ruta Maya
Fri 9/17/2010 Dallas, TX @ The Green Elephant
Sat 9/18/2010 San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
Sun 9/19/2010 Corpus Christi, TX (venue tba)
Wed 9/22/2010 Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
Thu 9/23/2010 Albuquerque (in store/blackbook session) @ LA Underground
Fri 9/24/2010 Las Cruces @ Mikey’s Place
Sat 9/25/2010 Colorado Springs, CO @ Bella’s Lounge
Sun 9/26/2010 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mon 9/27/2010 Pueblo, CO @ The Senate
Wed 9/29/2010 Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Lounge
Thu 9/30/2010 Boise, ID @ The Reef
Fri 10/1/2010 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Sun 10/3/2010 San Francisco, CA @ The Farmer’s Block
Wed 10/6/2010 Santa Cruz , CA @ Blue Lagoon
Thu 10/7/2010 Palm Springs, CA @ Space 120
Fri 10/8/2010 Los Angeles, CA @ Airliner
Sat 10/9/2010 Pomona, CA @ Friar Tucks
Mon 10/11/2010 San Diego, CA @ Queen Bees
Thu 10/14/2010 Merced, CA @ Urban Illustrators
Sat 10/16/2010 Yuma, AZ @ The Dunes Bar
Sun 10/17/2010 Phoneix, AZ @ Hidden House
Mon 10/18/2010 Tucson, AZ @ The Congress
Thu 10/21/2010 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Fri 10/22/2010 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Sat 10/23/2010 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Wed 10/27/2010 Cincinatti, OH (venue tba)
Fri 10/29/2010 Boston/Cambridge @ The Western Front
Sat 10/30/2010 Buffalo, NY (venue tba)
Tue 11/2/2010 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
Wed 11/3/2010 Portsmouth. NH (venue tba)
Thu 11/4/2010 Washington DC @ Asylum
Sat 11/6/2010 Atlanta, GA @ The 529
+ more in Florida, the Carolinas, Tennessee. Champaign IL tba pending confirmation…

New Single - The Game Ft. Wes Restless

<a href="">The Game (feat. Wes Restless) by Qwel &amp; Maker</a>

Immediate download of The Game (feat. Wes Restless) in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

New Single El Camino - Owl comes out the 14th of September!

<a href="">El Camino by Qwel &amp; Maker</a>

Immediate download of El Camino in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Album w/ Qwel "OWL"

Qwel & Maker 'Owl'

Drops September 14, 2010

For their 3rd full-length album titled Owl (Galapagos4, 2010), Qwel & Maker’s creative partnership has gone from ‘occcasional collaboration’ to a full-fledged endeavor and the results are loud, clear, and undeniable.

Once described by Rolling Stone as having “stark, biographical songs that occupy the same bleak terrain as Francis Bacon paintings or The Dark Knight,” the Chicagobased duo has matured substantially since the release of their 2009 sophomore LP and continually raise the bar with their brand of raw, unadulterated, underground Hip-Hop.

“The Owl watches and grows wiser,” explains Maker. “As we became more aware of our environment, we gained new perspectives. This album is our way of reconnecting with everything that surrounds us.”

The duo is most at home on tracks like “El Camino” where Qwel’s lyrics scrape vibrant, and often harsh, realities across Maker’s soundscape of hard hitting drums and deft arrangements. “Name looking strange in the limelight / Chamber what you trying to change / Sitting here soaking in hindsight / It’s the road / Its the life I chose” concludes Qwel on “El Camino.”

Newly commited to the ‘life they chose’ and resolved to defeat stagnation in an industry in transition, Qwel & Maker have only just begun...

Check out the 'Owl' preview mix by DJ Bizkid here:

Qwel & Maker 'Owl' Preview Mix by DJ Bizkid Download


<a href="">Owl (Album Preview Mix by DJ Bizkid) by Qwel &amp; Maker</a>

Track List:
1. Owl
2. The Game
3. The Down Dumbing
4. Holler
5. El Camino
6. Gin River
7. Voice of Reason
8. Silver Mountain Remix
9. Cookie Cutter
10. Gambling Man
11. Letting Life Pass By
12. Word To The Wise
13. Pitching Pennies

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Just did a remix for the new Freddie Gibbs 12' , here is some info!

Playa 12"
Freddie Gibbs

Vinyl: $7.99
MP3: $3.96

12-inch Innovative Leisure IL1005

Description: A 12" single from brand new imprint Innovative Leisure Records, acclaimed emcee Freddie Gibbs out of Gary, Indiana. Features edits and remixes from LA's Capski, Bay Area's Trackademicks, San Antonio's Mexicans With Guns, and Chicago's Maker. An eclectic set of tracks which create a futuristic, fresh, & new canvas for the emcee's witty and sharp street lyricism.

From :

Freddie Gibbs: Slammin (Maker Remix) by RubyHornet

Friday, May 14, 2010

Maker vs Now-Again

* May 12, 2010


Chicago-area beatsmith Maker marks his Now-Again Records debut with Maker Vs. Now Again an entry in the same “music-library” series that saw the release of limited edition (and often not-for-sale) albums like Oh No Vs. Now-Again and Koushik Vs. Now-Again. A boom-bap era hip hop exercise in dusty drum breaks and two bar loops, this accessible series of tracks was clearly made for easy synchronization. Outside of Japan, this CD is only available at, and comes packaged in a “mini-LP” thick cardboard “tip-on” sleeve. Only 1000 copies of this CD were manufactured.

Download: Maker - Come Home With Me (MP3)

1. Walk Away Son
2. Shout
3. The Love We Have
4. Everyone Else
5. Realization
6. Happenings
7. Everything Is Beautiful
8. The Fire That Burns
9. Hold'em
10. Organ Prelude Dub
11. Colors
12. Summer Times
13. Free
14. Southside Phantom
15. Forge Your Own Chains
16. Come home With Me
17. Sneak Into My Bedroom
18. Snake Bite
19. Summer Times prt2
20. Ashtray

Music from 'The Buried Life': Maker

When "The Buried Life" boys head down to South Central for a Krump competition, a piece of Aurora, IL, accompanies them: a track by Maker (a.k.a Marco Jacobo). Maker made his name in the late-'90s Chicago underground hip-hop scene by finding hard, natural drum breaks and splicing them together into funky, laid-back tracks, the type that would later serve as the backdrop for rhymes by MC Qwel and Grayskul.

On "The Buried Life," however, you hear Maker matching his wits with samples from Now-Again's catalog of rare dark soul, psych-rock and funk reissues. The resulting tune, appropriately named "Maker vs. Now Again," will have even the most learned crate-digger stumped. Maker is thrilled to be a part of "The Buried Life" soundtrack: "I think the concept is really interesting. It's a thought everyone has at some point in their life -- What do I want to do before I die? -- I know I have."

What's on this Aurora DJ's bucket list? A few interesting possibilities: 1. Learn how to sail and go get lost for a while. 2. See the pyramids in Egypt. 3. Play poker with Michael Jordan. (Number three is probably on the bucket list of many guys from Chi-town.)

Having just finished up a tour with Grayskul to support the collaboration "Graymaker," Maker is focused on a new album with MC Qwel and another solo project. If you can't get enough of him, you can also track down his beats on the second season of "This American Life" and the horror movie, "Trick 'r Treat." (How can you go wrong with a tagline like: "Poison, Drowning, Claw, Or Knife. So Many Ways To Take A Life"?)