For more than 15 years, duo The Mekanix have served as the Bay Area’s one-stop for production, replays with live instrumentation, mixing, and mastering. 4rAx and Kenny Tweed’s The Garage Studios has become a meeting place for West Coast veterans and new sensations alike, and their vaults are a marketplace for a culture driven by collaboration and cosigns.
Like Beats By The Pound were to 1990s New Orleans, The Mekanix are able to constantly create, supplying all acts differently. They have more than 1,000 placements ranging from E-40 and Mac Dre to J.Stalin and Tha Jacka. Accomplished musicians, DJs, and producers, 4rAx and Kenny Tweed steadfastly fix and fine-tune the musical engines coming out of the Bay. Along the way, they have mentored J.Stalin, Beeda Weeda, Philthy Rich, and many more. “You always hear that the Bay doesn’t work together,” says 4rAx, “From day one, we’ve been doing albums full of different artists. We’ve been that unified front for the Bay.” From Dru Down to Lil Debbie, Iamsu to C-Bo, The Mekanix bridge the cities, the generations, and the styles of Northern California, one creation at a time.
The Mekanix formed in 2000, taking their name from 4rAx’s family trade, and Kenny Tweed’s love of exotic cars. Both solo producers, each honed his abilities on hardware and later, software. Beginning with the Yamaha QY7 keyboard, Kenny Tweed became an encyclopedia of sounds, drum machines, and ways to manipulate computers in the interest of innovation. 4rAx cut his teeth on the road with Digital Underground and Tha Luniz, DJ’ing large crowds and applying those experiences towards his own music.
Together the dynamic duo have taken the Bay Area on their back and are not showing any signs of stopping any time soon.