Justin DeHart

Justin DeHart

Justin DeHart is an avid performer and dedicated teacher of a wide range of musical styles – from classical to pop, and from world to electronic.  DeHart’s musical resume includes performances with the San Diego symphony, pipa master Wu Man, and various pop legends, including Cheap Trick.  In addition to his activities with LAPQ, he is a founding member of the DC8 Contemporary Music Ensemble and is in demand as a freelancer in Southern California.  His debut solo percussion CD entitled Strange Paths on Innova Recordings featuring works by Brian Ferneyhough, Iannis Xenakis, Michael Gordon and Stuart Saunders Smith was lauded as “mesmerizing” by Percussive Notes for his “palette of sounds and intricate weaving of lines.” DeHart was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for percussion studies in India (2001-2002) and his talents have been featured at concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Asia.  As a California native, he holds a B.M. from CSU Sacramento, a M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts, and a D.M.A. from UC San Diego.  DeHart currently teaches music at Chapman University Conservatory of Music and UC Riverside. 

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From Sacramento, California, Justin DeHart, a.k.a. Doctor Echo began mixing dub music in 1992, while playing drums in Sacramento’s live dub band, The Defendants. The Defendants included guitar guru Tyler Pope, Justin Vandervolgen on live mixing/guitar/misc, Jason Dudley on bass, and many other special guests. Initially recording on a Tascam 4-track that he received as a gift, he eventually acquired more gear to build a 1/2” 8-track studio. 

Soundlab Studio was born in 1996 when frequent noise complaints from neighbors forced him to relocate from his flat at 1406 F Street downtown to a commercial building across town at 1821 17th Street. Sacramento’s reggae/rocksteady group Steady Ups, as well as roommate and artist Craig “Lab Assistant” Oliveira, collaborated in building the new studio. The space was outfitted with rehearsal rooms as well as full recording facilities. Living and working at this studio, the doctor laid the foundation for many future mixes.

After the 17th Street Studio, doctor echo moved further downtown into an 3000 sq. ft. old abandon clothing store called “Joe’s Style Shop.”  He left the front marquee and set up a recording studio once again with rehearsal rooms. The place was spacious enough and conveniently located to warrant building a stage and hosting art as well as music shows regularly. 

The next few years found the doctor busy recording with and producing many projects, such as The StorytellersBlackaliciousFilibuster, Frank Jordan, and The Original Heads. With the advent of an ADAT multi-track recorder, doctor echo began playing live shows mixing previously recorded dub rhythms, sometimes adding live instruments. In 2000, Doctor echo traveled to South India to spend nine months studying the traditional drumming and collaborate with various artists.  

Joe’s Style Shop, Sacramento, CA

In 2002, the doctor moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music degree at CalArts while continuing to mix dub music live and in the studio. The doctor launched his own record label in 2004 to release original dub music. Dubbed Anicca Records, the label continues to support new dub music in the 21st century. In 2010, the doctor completed a doctoral degree in music from UC San Diego and now resides in Los Angeles, where he can be found collaborating with various artists from around the world. For quotes on mixing and/or recording your next project, you should absolutely contact Justin to produce and record your record, you can do no wrong with this “chairman” of the mixing-board.