N.A.S.A. (North America/South America) is an ongoing creative collaboration between Sam Spiegel aka Squeak E. Clean and Ze Gonzales aka DJ Zegon, and their friends, friends of friends and musical heroes.
Sam Spiegel is a composer, producer, DJ and remixer who launched his music career after heading west from his hometown of New York and began DJ’ing clubs and events around Los Angeles. Spiegel has produced and remixed tracks for Maroon 5, Iggy Pop, Kylie Minogue, The Eels, Ben Lee, The Cardigans and many more. 2006 marked the first Squeak E. Clean fully-produced album “Show Your Bones”, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sophomore record, which was named “Album of the Year” by the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, and Spin, and was nominated for a Grammy for best alternative album.
Most recently, Spiegel contributed songs to the highly-anticipated documentary film “Beautiful Losers”, which documents many of the artists who have contributed artwork to the N.A.S.A project, including Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee and Mark Gonzalez. He also scored “EA Skate 2” for Electronic Arts.
Ze Gonzales, a professional skateboarder who has evolved into one of the most sought after, cutting-edge DJs in South America, has carved out his own musical niche that marries traditional Brazilian beats with underground hip hop. By the late 80’s Zegon was making his name as a DJ in both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but it wasn’t until the early 90’s that Zegon committed himself fully to music.
In 1994, Zegon met Marcelo D2 from the up-and-coming rap-rock hybrid group Planet Hemp, and one week later, Ze was introduced to the rest of the band at his first show with them. In 1998, after being banned in several cities for their outspoken lyrics railing against corruption in the government and police force and the rules against marijuana, the group was arrested and imprisoned for inciting a riot in the capital city of Brasilia. After a week in jail, the band was freed to find their popularity skyrocketing. Within two months, more than one million Planet Hemp CDs had been sold in Brazil, leading to tours in Europe, Japan and the United States.
Recently, Ze spent two years in Los Angeles working with longtime friend and fellow Brazilian Mario C, producer and engineer extraordinaire behind such artists as Beastie Boys, Tone Loc, Young MC and Bjork.
N.A.S.A. project was born when Spiegel and Gonzales got together in a studio and created a track which later became the song “Hip Hop” with Fatlip, KRS One and Slim Kid Tre. Five years later N.A.S.A. landed at Anti Records, a label that is home to other likeminded visionaries such as One Day As A Lion, Nick Cave and Tom Waits.
The debut album from N.A.S.A. “The Spirit of Apollo” features beats crafted by the duo plus contributions from Kool Keith, E-40, Gift of Gab, Chali 2na, KRS-One, George Clinton, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Z-Trip, Kanye West, Chuck D, Ghostface Killah, Cool Kids, Scarface, M.I.A., Lykke Li and Santogold. The album hits stores 17th February 2009 via Anti Records.
Their first single from the album “Money” was officially released on December 16th along with the amazing remix by The Count of Monte Cristal (aka Herve) and music video featuring the art of Shepard Fairey.
Mp3: N.A.S.A. – Money (The Count Of Monte Cristal ‘Dungeon’ Remix) (Mediafire)
Album: N.A.S.A. – The Spirit Of Apollo (Rapidshare)
Further you can watch videos on “Money” and “Hip-Hop“.
N.A.S.A. – Money (Feat David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip)
N.A.S.A. – Hip Hop (Feat KRS-One, Fatlip & Slim Kid Tre)