2011 ~ DJ Kev Sakoda


Welcome to the new destination for the latest playlists (and download links) for my weekly radio show, "The Downlow" (every Saturday, 5-7PM on the west-coast). If you're in the Los Angeles area, you can catch me at 88.7FM. Online, you can listen at kspc.org (look for the "Listen Live!" links on the right).

If you have a song request for a future episode of the radio show, or if you'd just like to let me know what's on your mind...click the link below, enter your name and phone number, and you'll be connected with directly with my voicemail. Try to make it entertaining!

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Kev Sakoda - 3 Fonzies, Vol 1

Press play. Be cool.

Kev Sakoda - Preem Clientele

A definitive DJ Premier production retrospective.

Kev Sakoda - The Quarantine Cookbook

Come on in and check out what's on the menu!

Kev Sakoda - Old Head Energy Mixtape

A little something for your 2019 summertime vibe.

Kev Sakoda - The Downlow Mixtape v.10

The official return of The Downlow Mixtape!

Kev Sakoda - Bad Haircut Reminiscence Mix

Your 2018 grown-folks sure shot BBQ mix...

Into The Morning Mix

The perfect way to end your evening or start tomorrow...

Too Much HipHop...The Mixtape

The soundtrack to your "grown-folks" spring/summer season!!!

A Day In Brooklyn - Video Beat Tape, Vol 1

First installment in the "Video Beat Tape" series, along with FREE Soundtrack download.

Another Night Out With Kev Sakoda MixCD

The brand new club-mix hot off the presses...guaranteed party starter!!!

Downlow Mixtape 2011

New volume in the classic Downlow Mixtape series...showcasing some of 2010's best Underground HipHop.

Updated "Production" Area

Cool out for a minute and listen to some of my original creations.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

WRAPUP - Empire Room

Got to rock last night with Ivy League NYC at The Empire Room (at the base of the Empire State Building). Hopefully we do it again soon!

Monday, October 17, 2011

WRAPUP - Metropolitan Museum Of Art

It's been a solid month of weddings, corporate events, and club gigs so I've been pretty quiet here on the blog, but I wanted to post a quick look back at my night at The Met. In Mid-Sept, the good people at Scratch Events booked me to play Rodman & Renshaw's Gala at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art. I was set up in the Temple of Dendur room. I remember it being pretty breathtaking when I saw it for the first time as a high school student years ago, so it was cool to be able to DJ in there. Also, Mary J Blige was the headliner, and she had the investment community and their guests rockin...word.

Monday, September 12, 2011

WRAPUP - Fashion's Night Out NYC 2011

I'm just about to head back into the city to DJ a special event this evening at one of New York's cultural cornerstones, the Metropolitan Museum of Art...but before I leave the house, I wanted to post these images from my Fashion's Night Out gigs last week in the big city. Fun was had by all...word.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fashion's Night Out NYC!

What says high-fashion in New York City more than "DJ Kev Sakoda"? Well, ummm...before you answer that, recognize that I'll be spinning not one but TWO events (at Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdale's) today in connection with Fashion's Night (and Day) Out here in my adopted home...

  1. 12PM-5PM: Lord & Taylor (424 5th Ave @W38th St) Main Floor.

  2. 7PM-11PM: Bloomingdale's (1000 3rd Ave btwn 59th/60th Sts) 1st Floor Cosmetics (yes, that's right).

Stop by and say hi if you're in Manhattan. Shout to Devon at Scratch Events for hooking it all up!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Check Out "A Day In Brooklyn" (The Video Beat Tape, Vol 1)

I shot and edited this "Video Beat Tape" to shine a light on some of my most recent beat production (some of which you may have heard as a remix here before). I'm making the "Soundtrack" (a compilation of the 8 full-length beats you hear in this video), available FREE via PayWithATweet, so you can help me spread the word and download the tunes in one shot (kill 2 birds with one Tweet...if you will).

Get the Soundtrack for FREE!!! Click this button to Pay With A Tweet (or Facebook post).

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Clean Version of "Another Night Out..." MixCD

I had a compelling reason to go back and create a "clean" edited version of my latest club mixtape, so now you can fully involve your mature children or otherwise morally conservative club-music fans in the party that is YOU...

Stream/Download .mp3...
Get the clean version here.

Here's a late-pass link to the original post for info, tracklist, etc..

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Radio Freq Remix

Got home from the gym and put this together. Kinda hyped about it. Let me know what you think please!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Moke & Tone Remix Contest

Last weekend I knocked out a remix to enter in Moke & Tone's "Destiny" Remix Challenge.

The winner was announced yesterday. DiaDiesel out of CT took top honors, but your boy Kev got some recognition as well...so I wanted to share...

"On behalf of Diamond Music Group, !LLMIND & Classic Material NY, we are pleased to announce DiaDiesel (reppin CT) as the official winner of The "Destiny" Remix Challenge. The judging panel consisted of Moke & Tone, !llmind as well as myself. Out of several competitive submissions in a contest that yielded over 800 DOWNLOADS, it was DiaDiesel's use of menacing horns and spellbinding keys that created a sinister reinterpretation of the original, edging his remix over the top for him to be crowned the winner...

...We would also like to extend an honorable mention to the bicoastal DJ Kev Sakoda who came through with a very impressive remix, where he'll be awarded with a limited edition "I Run NY" tee-shirt as well, so shouts to Kev!

Matt Diamond
Diamond Music Group/Coalmine Records"

Here's my entry ("We're #2, We're #2")...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Those Chosen Remix

A couple weeks ago the fellas from Those Chosen stopped by the club to say whaddup and blessed me (and the folks at the spot) with some of their music. I flipped a remix of their song "Just When I Say" and wanted to post it here so everyone can check it out.

Shout to Bo and Those Chosen...check them out at Bandcamp and IAmManuteBol.com!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sega's "Sonic Generations" E3 Party at Club Nokia

Just went back home to spin for Sega's E3 party celebrating Sonic's 20th Anniversary. Check out the flicks...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

DJing for Skotch Davis Tonight!!!

I'll be spinning backup for Skotch Davis tonight at THE COMPOUND, inside Public Assembly in Williamsburg (70 N 6th St, BK, 11211)!

I'm not exactly sure what "Free Drinks Courtesy of Pool Vodka" means, but I'm gonna go ahead and attempt to find out...

Shout to GlobalMixtapes.com

Many thanks to DJ G-Spot and the homie Marlo for posting my club mixtape ("Another Night Out With...") on GlobalMixtapes.com. Check it out!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Nod Factor Remix

"...got your head noddin 'cause your neck knows it's fat..."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thick Remix

How I spent my Sunday. Shout to wifey on the hook!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Top Billin' Remix

Knocked this remix out earlier tonight...my new take on a classic...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kid Cudi Remix

Getting the hang of rockin' on this Beatmaker program (iPod Touch). Here's a new one I finished this weekend...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jay-Z Remix

Another joint constructed on the iPod/iPhone app Beatmaker...check it out...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Kilahertz - I'm A King VIDEO

I've been waiting for this one...

Fresh new video from THE KILAHERTZ (The 626-O.G. Trek Life alongside Jason Yang, Speeshbeats, and DJ Buddy)..."I'm A King". Like/Tweet/Speak amongst yourselves!

*Self-adhesive Kilahertz heart-accessories will be available for purchase at TrekLifeMusic.com soon (lol)!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

WRAPUP - Red Bull Thre3style (BK)

Took a night off from spinning at the club last night and ventured out to Williamsburg (the other Brooklyn) to cheer on my buddies competing in Red Bull's Thre3style DJ competition.

Big shout to the homies Equal, Synapse, Stimulus, and the evening's big winner DJ GETLIVE, who rocked first and set the bar high for the rest of the evening. Photos below, along with a quick video snippet of the post-contest set by Rob Swift and Total Eclipse (whaddup Rob!)...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fat Joe Remix

Just finished this up with the help of Propellerhead's Reason...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

WRAPUP - The Beginning and the End: Fundraiser & Party

This past Friday night I was lucky enough to be part of the festivities as Brooklyn director Kristin Wheeler threw a jumpoff at SOUTHPAW to raise funds for the production of her independent film, "The Beginning And The End." Great people and great times. Many thanks to Kristin, the homie Michelle McDevitt (Audible Treats stand UP!), Dan Sterling (my turntable cohort), and Isaac Betancourt with the dope camera work.

Next steps:
1) DJ wrap party
2) DJ premiere party
3) DJ Oscar party!!!

Even if you weren't there, Isaac captured the moment(s) fantastically...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Biggie Smalls Remix

Just did this the other day. Beat courtesy of the iPod Touch, acapella courtesy of the interwebs...

THIS FRIDAY - The Beginning and the End: Fundraiser & Party

Bringing it back to Brooklyn this Friday night...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sega's "Yakuza 4" VIP Preview Party at Hiro Ballroom

Last night I had the pleasure of DJing for a private VIP preview of Sega's "Yakuza 4" (in stores next Tuesday). Open sushi bar, open biru bar, on-site tattoo artist, and a bunch of happy gamers getting the chance to check out "Yakuza 4" EARLY.

Here are a few flicks...

Shout to the homie Scott D (Soundmen POSSE) for hooking it up!


Just a heads up...I updated the "Production" and "Photos" sections of the blog (accessible here or through the top-nav). Check out the beats and flicks when you have the chance.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Bi-Weekly at Happy Ending Lounge

Starting next Wednesday (3/2), join The Soundmen (DJ Scott Durday and I) to jump off our bi-weekly party upstairs at Happy Ending Lounge in New York's Lower East Side!

Happy Ending Lounge
302 Broome St
btwn Eldridge & Forsyth St
(look for the pink awning that says "Xie He Health Club")

Big respect to the Subdrive crew, who will be holding down the basement level.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another Night Out With Kev Sakoda MixCD

The 2011 club resume...hope you enjoy it!



Download .zip, includes artwork w/tracklist...
LINK - http://www.mediafire.com/?dt83wv3sij4b7tp


Monday, February 7, 2011

RapAttackLives.com Mixtape Review

Big respect to the homies Nasty Nes and DJ Nesto for their review of the new Downlow Mixtape (with the crazy 127 Hours-inspired cover). Check out the review here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Downlow (1/22/2011) [FINAL SHOW!!!]

The Downlow (1/22/2011)
Download/Listen Here: http://fblz.in/FskM

So...irony of ironies...

I sent out that diatribe last week about how long I've been on the air, and then literally a couple days later I got word from the station that I won't have a slot this semester (which starts officially next week). Hopefully I'll get back on the air in the summer, but until then I'll be taking a little holiday. For my last show, which will air live this coming Saturday, I've put together a special send-off including some of the exclusive joints I've produced/recorded though the years (including freestyles by Dead Prez, Afu-Ra, Casual, Little Brother, Beatnuts, and more), pieces of the new mixtape, along with some new music from the homies...see playlist below.

If you're not in the LA-area, you can catch the show live via iTunes this Saturday (5PM west-coast time). You can also stream/download the show HERE.

Check back for new mixtapes, as well as news on when we may be back on the air. Thanks!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Downlow (1/15/2011) [RE-AIRING]

Note: This afternoon's show was a repeat airing of the episode that originally aired 12/4/2010.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Downlow Mixtape 2011


2011 begins what I believe is my 20TH YEAR on the air at KSPC 88.7FM in Claremont, Cali. I say, "I believe" because ever since my boy Fuzz brought me to the station to assist with "The Downlow" way back when, I've stopped saying the year (remember what Tip said...yeah, the real Tip). From that point on, I've been lucky enough to help introduce some of the world's best HipHop artists, working with the homies Phyz.Ed, J-Free, and DJ Hyphen along the way.

In the mid-late 90's, Phyz.Ed and I started making mixtapes (when they were really still cassettes). We sold them hand-to-hand at the legendary club UNITY all around Los Angeles (maximum respect to Bigga B & Orlando). The principle always remained the same...good music actually blended together with some skill...not just disposable amateur compilations.

The intervening years have brought many changes to HipHop culture and the art of mixtape DJing (or lack thereof). Rather than complain about what I don't dig, I'd prefer to keep playing the type of music I like, for the type of people who still like to hear it. This mix isn't really a "Best of 2010" (who the hell am I to tell you what's best to you?), but it definitely represents a small slice of the joints I enjoyed rocking during the year. I hope you can pop it in your virtual-deck and make that hour of your life a little more enjoyable.


P.S. Big thanks to TREK LIFE (and family) for the shouts. "Everything Changed Nothing," "New Money," "Price I've Paid" and more available for heads to purchase and suckas to steal.


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Download .zip, includes artwork w/tracklist...
LINK - http://www.mediafire.com/?8alrat8acu8p35p


Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Downlow (1/8/2011) [RE-AIRING]

Note: This afternoon's show was a repeat airing of the episode that originally aired 11/27/2010.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Downlow (1/1/2011) [RE-AIRING]

Note: This afternoon's show was a repeat airing of the episode that originally aired 11/20/2010.

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