For the past couple of months Pioneer DJ (a division of Pioneer Electronics) has been traveling the East and West coasts with the DJ Art Mix Tour, raising funds for VH1's Save the Music Foundation, to restore music education programs in public schools.
The event enlisted some of the top DJs, urban artists, and designers to create original works of art using a unique canvas: the Pioneer CDJ-2000 digital music player.
August 2 through August 23, everyone will have the opportunity to bid on one of the 12 original art pieces created by Steve Aoki, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero, BT, The Crystal Method, Jesse "Dean" Graves, Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, Bob Haro, Man One, Victor "Marka27" Quinonez, Ritzy Periwinkle, Rost Arr, and George Thompson.
Bidding will begin at $400, with final bids being accepted until noon ET, on August 23. All the information you'll need about each individual work of art and the artist(s) can be found on the Pioneer DJ Art Mix page on charitybuzz. To boot, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
We had the opportunity to check out the Pioneer DJ Art Mix show held at Twelve21 in New York on June 23.
After seeing all the pieces, it was evident that this project was a labor of love; a lot of creative effort went into each piece. We thought the award for the most elaborate piece should go to the keyboard/guitar infused theme designed by The Crystal Method, but the honors for the most creative had to go to the Lego-inspired theme designed by Jesse 'Dean' Graves.
On July 1, Pioneer packed up their turntables and headed west to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in LA. A public viewing of the designs were introduced to a handful of kids, who had the opportunity to test out the equipment, play DJ for a while, and meet some of the artists in person.