What is FiveFourths?
It is Chris Dixon and Neil Parrish – a production duo whose magnificent obsession for music embraces the relationships between hip hop, jazz, soul, folk, alternative, rock, pop and turntablism. Collectively, Chris and Neil performed at events throughout San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, have nearly 10,000 podcast subscribers and raised thousands of dollars for charities around the world.
Their unique, and sometimes obscure, union of sound promotes an unconventional usage of melody – everyday music for everyday situations (driving, exercising, relaxing, etc.). FiveFourths is also a state of mind; a state of being. Whether you interpret the name as the fifth quarter, 1.25 or 125%, FiveFourths represents giving just a little bit more than what’s expected.
About Chris Dixon
What are you into?
I'm a sports fanatic who likes to listen to good music.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Southern California and lived in Carson for 20 some-odd years.
What'd you listen to as a kid?
I grew up listening to hip hop and saw it emerge and evolve into what it is today.
What is your musical inspiration?
My passion is underground hip hop but I also enjoy jazz, funk and neo-soul. To me, real hip hop is where the skills are displayed lyrically, as well as producing. The originators of hip hop deserve credit for my love for the music, but RUN DMC was the group that really got my hooked. When I heard Sucker MCs, I went bananas. Whodini was another group that I must give props to as well. Thanks to the fore-fathers of true hip hop music, I'm an addict.
About Neil Parrish
What are your hobbies?
Eating, sleeping, snowboarding, surfing, taking naps, writing, reading and bringing people together
What did music mean to you growing up?
Saturday mornings were spent waking up to songs like Bohemian Rhapsody and Strawberry Fields. For the longest time, I thought those works were all current artists from the ‘80s. My dad also used to be in a band back in the Philippines; however I didn’t carry on his hobby of playing guitar until I finished college. Though I started playing guitar in 2000, I was always involved with music one way or another. I started DJ'ing house parties at the age of 14 and later spinning at clubs throughout southern California. DJ'ing has been a great vehicle in exposing me to a variety of music.
Deserted island albums?
Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde (Pharcyde), Revolver (Beatles), De La Soul is Dead (De La Soul), In Search of...(N.E.R.D.), Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour (Astrud Gilberto), Off the Wall (Michael Jackson) and Urban Hang Suite (Maxwell)
Pete Rock, Kanye, DJ Premier, Neptunes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Will.I.Am and Rick Rubin
Jay-Z, Common and Biggie