DJ, Radio Host, Beat Maker, Rare Vinyl Enthusiast & Music Lover
Questlove once announced to the crowd at a show in Portland, “Rev Shines built my record collection.” Shines has performed in over 15 countries, released mixtapes on his own label Shine Language, is 1/3 of the hip hop group Lifesavas whom Rolling Stone Magazine touted as a Top Band to Watch in '07, and DJs the most popular hip-hop dance party in PDX "Live and Direct". His mixtape series, “Today’s Good News” has a cult following and sells out immediately online and at record stores like Turntable Lab.
While working at the Portland landmark record store, Jump Jump, Shines met and sold records to music legends like Questlove, J.Dilla, and Easy Mo Bee. Most importantly, he met the proverbial King of House music production Kenny Dope, whom invited him on a world tour, DJing and digging in countries like Japan and Australia.
What does Rev Shines sound like? A decade crossing beat visionary, inspired by golden era hip hop, Southern gospel singers, and funky Brasilians from the 1970’s. His dynamic live sets simultaneously put smiles on faces, get heads nodding, and suggest feelings of an ever-present coolness.
There are a variety of times throughout the week to get a Shines fix. Each Tuesday evening at The Liquor Store, Shines hosts the “Supper Set”, featuring an all-vinyl set of the rarest Soul, Funk, and Jazz that Portland could offer. Thursday nights he plays rare grooves at Produce Row, and coming soon, he'll be live on 89.1 KMHD with "Today's Good News" with an all-vinyl radio set. Music lovers flock to his nights for a chance to hear songs and records that can’t be heard anywhere else on the West Coast.