With more than 20 years of experience in the Twin Cities music scene, Jake’s reputation as a versatile DJ has become his calling card. He’s known around town as a host on Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current and founder of locally lauded Transmission dance nights. Jake has won numerous awards, including:
- “Best Dance Night, Readers’ Choice” (City Pages, 2016)
- “Best DJ, Readers’ Choice” (City Pages, 2003-2012)
- “Best DJ” (Minnesota Music Academy, 2005)
- “Best DJ, Editor’s Pick” (City Pages, 2011)
- “Artist of the Year” (Star Tribune, 2012)
- “Best FM Radio Personality” (City Pages, 2012)
- “Best DJ” (Minnesota Monthly Magazine, 2012)
- “Best DJ” (Vita.mn, 2011, 2013).
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Hastings 3000 is a one person conceptual rock show with a gas mask, psychotic guitars (sometimes double-neck bass and guitar), a smoke machine, pounding tribal beats, lasers, 60’s sci-fi samples, and socially conscious political lyrics. While deconstructing the traditional rock n’ roll band, Hastings 3000 plays a stripped down partially homemade drum kit that he can play using both of his feet, playing guitar and bass with either his hands or a pencil, and singing through a distorted echo-plex with the high energy stylings of 70’s punk to retro 80’s electro.
Hastings 3000 plays approximately forty-seven different instruments and performs live typically playing seven at the same time. The debut album is entitled, A New Monster. The album was released on Bare Ass Records (Kailua, HI) and distributed in Japan by Chicken Katsu Records (Okinawa, Japan). On the album, he performed live in the studio to create the realistic live sound experience with many instruments (some overdubs). The list includes: Theremins, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, synthesizers, piano, Fender Rhodes, tambourines, marching snare drums, Ebow electro-magnetic bow, tympanis, bongos, congas, electric bass, hi-hats, 12-string guitar, environmental percussion such as telephone pole wires, detuned distorted electric 12-string guitars, kick drum, chimes, bells, voice processors, hand claps, Alesis Micro synth, Boss drum machine, Dr. Sample, African auxillary percussion, environmental recordings and natural voice.
In addition to producing his own music, (over four hundred hours of recordings) Hastings 3000 has performed with and tour supported: Gene Ween and Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Murder Junkees (G.G. ALLIN), (interviewed with Chuck Berry), Hubert Sumlin (Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters), Robert Gordon band featuring Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Chris Spedding (Roxy Music), Pinetop Perkins, Jonny Lang, Odd Jobs who toured in support with DJ Shadow (Caroline), R.L. Burnside (Fat Possum), Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü, Nova Mob ), Slim Dunlap (The Replacements), Levon Helm (The Band), James Cotton, Chris Valdala (Chuck Mangione) and Mike Vax (Tower of Power) and Retribution Gospel Choir (Alan Sparhawk). As a founding member of F*** Knights (Munster Records), Black Diamond Heavies, Black Time, Recorded an album with Gary Burger of The Monks, Brimstone Howl, Crusaders of Love, Fleshtones, Greenhornes, Human Eye, The Hussy, Hypstrz, Jacuzzi Boys, King Khan & BBQ Show, Lover!, Monotonix, Peelander-Z, The Points, Juke Joint Duo (Lightin’ Malcolm and Cedric Burnside), and with Minneapolis based Trim Reaper, C. J. Ramone (The Ramones).
Hastings 3000 has been featured or interviewed in documentaries (TPT/PBS), national and international newspapers, television shows (Nippon TV – Japan), cable broadcasts (CNN), radio broadcasts, film, video and guitar magazines.
Bruce’s comedy is based around his life experiences. Letting his audience know “You only face what other men have met”. He speak on experiences he had as a child, things he recently or is currently going through, as well as anticipated experiences that he might have or have to witness. Expect HIGH ENERGY, a lot of MOVEMENT, CHARACTERS and IMPERSONATIONS, and AUDIENCE INVOLVEMENT. An overall good time.
In these last few years, he’s had the opportunity to share stages with Rick Gutierrez, Tony Woods, Nick Lewis (Rap City’s The Mayor), Cocoa Brown, Henry Welch, Jeremiah Williamson (JJ From the Sip), Steve Brown and Ronnie Jordan to name a few.