An art and music collective founded in Baltimore, MD, Gourmetbeats.com was formed in July of 2003 by DJ's Tyler Schmith and Joe Nice. In September of 2003, Gourmetbeats Radio premiered, a weekly internet radio show hosted by Joe Nice, and a large following of loyal listeners grew over the next few years. During this time, Gourmetbeats has been very active in the underground art and music scene, with mentions in magazines such as XLR8R and URB.
As founder and editor of Gourmetbeats.com, Tyler has been an integral figure in the mid-Atlantic electronic music scene now for over a decade. Having held residencies at many of Baltimore's premier clubs and lounges, Tyler has graced the decks with everyone from Mark Farina to Afrika Bambaata, and is known for innovative sets mixed with technical precision and floor-filling skill. A "DJ's DJ", Tyler's sound hovers around Deep House, extending into realms of Classic Soul, Disco, Techno, Indie Dance and any number of pioneering fringe genres. Regardless of the style of music, you can expect to see many in the crowd listening closely whenever this DJ opens his record bag.
Joe Nice is a Baltimore Dubstep DJ. The most famous American DJ playing Dubstep, Nice founded New York's irregular Dub War club night, which has hosted performances by British Dubstep artists such as Hatcha, Youngsta, Kode9, Mala, and Loefah. He performs regularly in New York, London (including at scene pillar DMZ), and elsewhere. He first heard Dubstep in 2002, at the Baltimore venue Starscape, and began playing it that same year. He has been praised for his charisma and stage presence. In 2005 music journalist Martin Clark also praised him for his access to new dubplates (in contrast to other American Dubstep DJs) and willingness to play tracks by lesser-known producers. In 2007, Nice was selected as one of URB magazine's "Next 100"