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Crate Diggers

Crate Diggers is a music / interview podcast created and hosted by Portland DJ and multimedia artist Verbz and engineered by his brother, producer Mark Steez. Crate Diggers uses vinyl records as a jumping off point for conversations between artists. Inspired by comedy interview podcasts, Crate Diggers brings that lighthearted approach to getting to know artists, collectors, and other cool people. Guests bring some of their favorite records to play and share their connections to the music. DJs, producers, MCs, singers, musicians, bloggers, writers, all share their stories on Crate Diggers.


An 80’s baby with a penchant for kicks, snares, kicks, and hi-hats, Verbz is a DJ and multimedia artist based out of Portland, Oregon. With over a decade of experience in the Portland hip hop scene as well as a massive collection of records dug over the years, Verbz decided to create his own podcast after falling in love with many of the comedy interview format. Crate Diggers is a combination of a way to better get to know artists most people have yet to discover as well as an outlet for a passion for vinyl. Verbz has performed on stages with some of music’s biggest names including Wu-Tang Clan, Macklemore, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., Ty Dolla $ign, Pharoahe Monch, Dead Prez, El-P, Mobb Deep, Latyrx, Gift of Gab, Blu, Exile, and many more. Find out more about Verbz, his art, music, and shows over at


Mark Steez or Steez is a hip hop producer and engineer from Vancouver, Washington. Steez started making beats in the early 2000’s while starting to collect records. After many years of making beats for friends like Tope, (check out “Come True” off of Tope’s album Until The Next Time We Meet ) Steez released a beat tape called This Is It to release a small portion of his growing stockpile. In early 2014, Steez released his first fully realized instrumental hip hop album entitled Bless which was received with overwhelmingly positive review from sites like,,, and Steez provides engineering and post production work on Crate Diggers and frequently appears as a commentator. Together, Verbz and Mark Steez make up the Space Gods.