DJ Statik aka Mr. Sonny James is a writer, DJ, producer, videographer, and actor. He is also co-founder of Philadelphia’s most prolific and well-respected DJ/Production crew, Illvibe Collective. Sonny is the official tour DJ for the legendary MC Bahamadia and other prominent international hip-hop artists. Famously noted as “your DJ’s favorite DJ,” His sets regularly hit popular venues across the world: Insert Coins (Las Vegas), Santos Party House, SOBs and LPR in New York City; Philly’s Voyeur Nightclub, Silk City, and Morgan’s Pier; Tube Station (Berlin), Djoon (Paris), and DUSK Complex in Atlantic City. He is an annual staple at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX and at Miami’s Winter Music Conference in South Beach. Statik’s full and diverse roster includes a DJ residency for Heineken Green Room; events affiliated with two.one.five magazine; the legendary Beat Society producer showcase; and Illvibe Collective’s highly anticipated traveling dance party series, BODYROCK—now in it’s 14th year. in 2014, he was personally invited to the White House to DJ the African Summit dinner for President Obama, The First Lady and over 50 more world leaders. His musicality as a producer is evident on the Illvibe Collective’s debut album, All Together Now, released in 2011. Currently Sonny James serves as Chief Operations Manager of the Illvibe Media record label where his numerous duties include artist development, marketing and music distribution.
Mr. Sonny James – Pressure
Mr. Sonny James brings together Philadelphia’s freshest emcees on his recent release, “Pressure.” Kicking off with chopped vocals paired with smooth scratching, the track starts with a heavy street vibe then- sych- a sweet, sultry piano transforms this joint into a Dilla-esque soulful classic. The song maintains a gritty yet melodic vibe, with deep, piercing raps juxtaposed by an airy, singing chorus courtesy of Hezekiah. Rappers Dave Ghet, Marv Mack, and Matt Ford deliver unfiltered verses covering street crime, drugs, work struggles and everything in between; each equipped with fierce flow and a plethora of punchlines and wordplay, such as Marv Mack’s, “He ain’t got on Nike Air’s he got on Air Swishers/ He ain’t got on Timberlands, he got on land-timbers,” and plenty more. As a world-traveling DJ under the moniker DJ Statik and co-founder of highly-recognized and respected illvibe Collective, Mr. Sonny James is no novice to Hip-Hop culture and music. His “Pressure” release adds to his growing production catalogue, and even more so to his talent as a true tastemaker and music expert, having curated an undeniable posse-cut.