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DJ Wardove is an electronic underground artist, music producer, and private IT consultant from Coal Hill, AR. He is an original member of the Wardove Family, an underground music collective/hip-hop crew that was founded in the general interest of creating free recordings with other members of the Oregon underground. He is co-founder of the netlabel smell sign discs which he founded with Oxygen Elmo in 2010. In 2017, DJ Wardove joined the underground collective New Cocoon founded by Wormhole and Slew in 2005.

DJ Wardove retains the "Wardove" in his name as a reference to his experiences as a former member of "The Wardove Family" (the underground music collective/hip-hop crew mentioned above), the hip-hop/punk DIY aestheticism he intends to evoke, the heavy use of 'discs' as his favorite medium, his roots as a veteran of the United States Army, and the fact that he closely identifies himself as a member of the 'hip-hop' generation despite whatever genre or sub-genre barriers he may be producing in, the color of his skin, or his ethnic background.

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"The Wardove Family" (from which DJ Wardove's name is derived) was a loosely aligned underground music collective/hip-hop crew that was founded in the general interest of creating free recordings with the artists CydeCovert (of The Earwigs & the PHORX), Savage Systems, and Oxygen Elmo (of the Mediocre Masters of Ceremony AKA Mediocre MCs, the PHORX, & Hatecrime) as well as other members of the Portland/Gresham, Oregon underground in 2005. They never released any official recordings as a collective but many of their materials were folded into later projects. Although many of the group's members still maintain contact and occasionally work on projects together the collective's nature began to change with time and gradually dissolved in or around 2008. In 2010, DJ Wardove co-founded the net label 'smell sign discs' in Portland, Oregon and went on to produce several albums with his friend and frequent collaborator Oxygen Elmo who eventually left the management of the label in his hands while he is concurrently engaged in the creation of a new underground cassette label as well as the further pursuit of his own paintings.

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