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IZ Avila

United States

IZ Avila traveled the world as the live DJ for Usher, even performing for Bill Clinton’s Charity event at the Hollywood Bowl with Bono (U2) & Stevie Wonder. IZ says: “I’m all about the freshness of my creativity. I enjoy fusing my lifestyle as a creator with the way it parallels with companies for which I have a passion.”

In addition to his chops as an accomplished drummer, percussionist, and bassist, IZ Avila is perhaps best known for his mastery of his MPC3000, his turntables, and world-renowned DJ skills with superstar artists. He also captured a Grammy with Usher for his Confessions album in the Best R&B album category.

IZ Avila started performing at a very young age, at 6 years old IZ had his very first drum set. The youngster was constantly disassembling the kit in an attempt to mimic the sounds of his father’s James Brown records. IZ adds: "I was always into the pulse of what the beat was doing… and started developing my own feel which at that time the Masters called ‘the Pocket." Early on, IZ’s father began sneaking his brother Bobby and him into the various clubs where his band was performing. Not shy about putting their talents on display, he would have Bobby and IZ play during the band’s breaks. The boys were hooked.

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