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Having entertained legions of fans for years, the Beastie Boys are household names and living legends.

Yet, many of the people they have interacted with are not nearly as recognizable. Beastiemania.com feels that the more one knows about band, the more one can truly appreciate all that went into the creation of their music. From the various DJs to various percussionists, the Beastiemania.com Who's Who is an attempt to include everyone who has in one way or another contributed to the Beastie Boys creative spirit.


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Jane Scarpantoni

Jane Scarpantoni is a classically trained cello player whom the Beastie Boys enlisted to play on the song "I Don't Know" on Hello Nasty ... more

Scha Dara Parr

Scha Dara Parr, or SDP for short, is a Japanese rap group with whom Adam Horovitz has collaborated. Comprised of two MCs, Bose and Ani, and one DJ, Shinco, Scha Dara Parr has been compared to rap groups like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Beastie Boys ... more

Kate Schellenbach

Kate Schellenbach is a musician who was an original member of the Beastie Boys (from 1981 to 1984) and two Beastie Boys side projects, the Young Aborigines and Triple Sly Crew. Schellenbach has been in a number of her own bands as well, the most notable one being Luscious Jackson ... more

Dave Scilken

David Scilken (1969-1991) was the vocalist for the Young and the Useless, the band in which Adam Horovitz was a member before joining Beastie Boys. Scilken and Horovitz attended school together at PS41 in Greenwich Village and were best friends. Scilken is credited for coming up with the title of the Young and the Useless' EP Real Men Don't Floss. At the time, he was obsessed with Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, a popular 1982 book that satirized stereotypes of masculinity. ... more

Sam Sever

Sam Sever portrayed the Beastie Boys DJ in the 1988 film Tougher Than Leather, which was directed by Rick Rubin. In the film, Sever is seen on the turntables during the Beastie Boys' live performance of "Desperado." Sever was needed for the role because the Beastie Boys real DJ, DJ Hurricane, portrayed another character in the film ... more

Jeremy Shatan

Jeremy Shatan was a member of the Young Aborigines, the band in which Michael Diamond, Kate Schellenbach, and John Berry were members before Beastie Boys. When Shatan, who was the Young Aborigines bassist, left New York for the summer of 1981, he discovered upon his return that his bandmates had formed a new band called Beastie Boys. Not interested in hardcore music, Shatan did not become involved with Beastie Boys ... more

Russell Simins

Russel Simins is the drummer for the band Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, who opened for the Beastie Boys during their 1995 North American tour. Simins is friends with Mike Diamond ... more

Russell Simmons

Russell "Rush" Simmons is the Beastie Boys first manager and the person responsible for signing them to Def Jam Records ... more

Ione Skye

Ione Skye is an actress who was married to Adam Horovitz from 1991 to 1998. She is best known for her role in the 1989 film Say Anything ... more

Amery Smith

Amery Smith is a musician who has performed on tour with Beastie Boys since the early 1990s. Smith, whose nickname is AWOL, is best known for his work with Suicidal Tendencies, DFL, BS 2000, and AgainST. He has been a long-time friend of Beastie Boys, and is pictured on the back of the Aglio E Olio album ... more

Hillary Snyder

Hillary Snyder has worked with the Beastie Boys on a number of their music videos. He was a production designer for the "Alive," "Intergalactic," "Body Movin'," and "Ch-Check It Out" videos ... more

Tim Sommer

Tim Sommer is a former WNYU radio DJ who supported the Beastie Boys in the band's early years by playing their songs for the first time on his weekly hardcore/punk program "Noise the Show." The 30-minute radio program began in 1981 as "Oi the Show" in a Tuesday evening time slot on WNYU and then switched over to Wednesday nights ... more

Bill Spitzer and Brian Lehrman

Staying within the theme of the Beastiemania.com Who's Who, we try to include anyone and everyone within one or two degrees of separation of the Beastie Boys. The reason is that we believe everything happens for a reason, and you can't truly appreciate the finished product unless you know the history behind how it all came together and happened ... more

Brenda Starr

Although one might think that mention of Brenda K. Starr is more apt to appear within the boundaries of a Mariah Carey website, she gets more than just a mention here at Beastiemania.com. Why? Well, we're glad you asked. ... more


Sweepy has been a part of the breakdance scene for many years as a member of the Rock Steady Crew. In 1998, he took his robotic movements to the next level, playing the role of the Intergalactic Robot in the Beastie Boys "Intergalactic" video ... more