McKenzie Eddy is a South Carolina native who spent six years in NYC as a professional musician and President of Bluroc Records. The label was most touted for 2009’s Blakroc album with the Black Keys, Mos Def, The RZA, and many more. Her music has been featured in films such as “The Good Lie,” starring Reese Witherspoon, and she has toured nationally and internationally with many of today’s most well known hip hop artists.
She moved back to Charleston in 2012 and opened King Dusko on upper King Street- a music/art/coffee/beer haven where the patrons were as eclectic as the space. The space became a creative hub for some of Charleston’s most notable up and coming original art and music. During Dusko’s 3 year stint on Upper King Street, she met Elliott A. Smith and the two began collaborating on a variety of creative projects.
She sits on the board of BACE League of Charleston and has had a hand in planning and executing most of the events that the non-profit puts together. She and Smith frequently play music around town as a duo, but put together larger bands that perform at private events and festivals. She also is co- owner of Promotional Team 78-B alongside Smith, a boutique agency that among other things, strives to help make events the most “rad” they can be.
Elliott A. Smith is an attorney, musician, singer, songwriter/M.D., illustrator, designer, and community activist. Having spent much of his childhood around Walterboro and Edisto Island, Smith moved to Charleston after college in 2006 to live with his brother Madison. He worked as an illustrator and designer until 2009, when Smith threw himself a curveball and enrolled in law school. Although initially motivated by academic and intellectual pursuits, in school he thrived in oral advocacy and writing. He has now been practicing law since 2012, with experience including the Public Defender’s Office, the Florida House of Representatives Criminal and Civil Justice Subcommittees, Charleston municipal law and policy, and criminal appeals.
Smith is also the chief spokesperson and legal counsel for BACE League of Charleston (“Business | Art | Culture | Entertainment”), a non-profit organization devoted to promoting civic engagement among millennials and creatives in order to cultivate a more inclusive, engaged, and transparent city government. Smith works with partner McKenzie Eddy and friend Parker Hastings in the organization, and often writes and speaks publicly regarding local policy topics. He recently spoke as a panelist for Lowcountry Local First’s Good Business Summit, and will serve as the moderator for the upcoming F&B Mayoral Forum.
In his daily professional life, Smith balances his interests in art, music, law, and activism, and works frequently with Eddy. The two spend most of their time performing music, as well as organizing arts and community events like the Voter Registration Rally at the Brave Baby Album Release, and the Hi Harmony Community Concert. In his spare time, Smith enjoys film, swimming, and freedive spearfishing. Ultimately, Smith is driven and fulfilled by the sense of community, creativity, and positive change that he has found in Charleston.