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• Bay Area DJ Profile #004: DJ Shortkut
• Roots, Rock, Reggae, Yay Area Style
• French DJ Report by Bachir
Return of the DJ Vol. 5 Preview by Dave Paul (Bomb Hip Hop)
In Dublin plus Irish Hip Hop Report by Tall Paul Lowe
from Glastonbury, England by DJ Trinity
• Random Record Reviews by
• New Stuff at the Hip Hop
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BAY AREA DJ PROFILE #004:
DJ Name: DJ Shortkut
Trademark saying: "Without influence, there
is no change."
Hometown: Daly City
DJ crews: Triple Threat, Beat Junkies, ISP
(joined in '95), Just2Hype! (mobile crew that included
Derrick D from 1989-1995)
What music do you spin? A little bit of everything...whatever
the event calls for. My foundation is hiphop, funk, soul, and
DJ battle history: (solo&team): '94
West Coast DMC, '98 West Coast DMC, '94 NMS Superman
The first record you ever bought: "The
Most influential record(s) in your life? "Rockit"
because of the scratching. It's the first taste of scratching.
After hearing it all the time I would try to copy it on my dad's
stereo. The whole vibe of it...just what they were doing back
then...what were you guys thinking...and now what it is today...it's
incredible...cats can listen to that...and now cats are making
money off that...making a living off of doing that.
When did you first DJ? The first time I DJ'ed
in public was probably a garage party in '87. They just hired
me to DJ. I brought all my home stuff.
What made you want to DJ? Just the whole Bay
Area...the way it was back then...at one point everyone was a
DJ...everyone was part of a DJ group/mobile crew. I had gone to
a house party before and saw the DJ and the impact he had on the
crowd. This girl [Bernadette] taught me how to scratch. The first
time she introduced me to that, I was hooked. We used to go to
her brother's room and mess with the equipment. Her brother [DJ
GML-SE) found us and said, 'Hey man, before you mess around with
this stuff; you got to learn how to use it.'
What is the most memorable performance of your DJ career?
The '94 KMEL Def Jam battle at City Nights.
I had previously put in a tape to audition for it. I didn't get
picked. I was disappointed. When the battle finally came, I was
with QBert. He told me to bring my records just in case
somebody didn't show up. And sure enough someone didn't, and I
took that guys place and ended up winning the whole battle. It
was a slap in the face to the person who chose the tapes at the
time. I had Mike, Q, Apollo, Disk, all these cats in my
corner. Just that whole feeling to be able to prove some cats
wrong because when I first started DJing a lot of cats said, 'Aw,
you can't DJ...you can't be like QBert...' That was fresh out
of high school. Just a couple months before that, I had just gone
to New York for the first time to battle at the NMS that
8-Ball won. I was 17 years old when I started battling.
Back then it was pretty young for me to leave home...I was definitely
the youngest...I was the small fry in the crew. I was the young
one that couldn't even get into clubs yet. Mike, Q, and Disk would
be like my older brothers because they would always pick on me.
How do you transport records and/or gear to gigs?
I drive my trusty Honda Civic.
Do you play CDs ever at gigs? I'll be honest
with you...I still feel uncomfortable using those things in public.
The reason why we used those [at the Triple Threat record
release party] was we didn't have access to get test pressings
for the vinyl. Apollo set it up where we have our own separate
break records strictly for us. To do that on vinyl, it would just
be impossible for us to coordinate that. It would just be such
a hassle. [Besides that] I don't play CDs.
In your opinion, who is the best DJ of all time?
I won't say the best. I never like to think anyone is the best.
We all are struggling to be the best in some way. I'd give it
up to Kool Herc just because if it weren't for him we wouldn't
all be here. We would all never got the idea. That's why I love
dancehall so much now. Kool Herc brought that whole dancehall
sound system style into hiphop. I just think he was a genius to
bring that to us and make it possible for a lot of people to live
off of it.
Best websites or way for folks to find out more about
Roots, Rock, Reggae,
Yay Area Style
The Bay Area has long had a strong reggae audience and wealth
of DJs with killer reggae collections from roots to dancehall
and all points in between. These days two noteworthy reggae DJs
are DJ Riddim (photo 1) and Jah Yzer (photo 2) who among other
spots DJ weekly at Lion Rock at the Oasis in downtown Oakland
each Weds. For more info on these DJs: www.royalfyahfamily.com/id20.htm
by Bachir / translated by Slug
Over the past three years French DJs have become a landmark
on the competition circuit, taking everybody by surprise as they
gained more and more titles. For those who never heard of these
DJs from France here is a list of the most influential:
DJ Kodh (rouen):
Coming from Rouen, Kodh was the first french turntablist to get
a world title in London in 2000 at the first DMC Battle For World
Supremacy. This year he added an Advancement ITF title. Ranked
among the experimental DJs, Kodh is always looking for new sound,
coming out of the vinyl (he releases his own breakbeats with his
Audiomicid crew or by himself), or coming straight out of the
gear (feedback, use of the tone arm etc ). Despise his futuristic
approach of the turntable, he also knows the hiphop classics,
judging from his mixtape and his radio show ("Edutainment").
Kodh is one of the best beat jugglers in France and his originality
helped to forge the new school of French DJs.
DJ Crazy B (Paris):
Another famous beat-juggler, Crazy B is one of the French pioneers.
He did many competitions, team and solo, and while he was often
placed, he never had the supreme title. But Crazy B now use his
battling experience with a new crew Birdy Nam Nam (ex-Skratch
Action Heroes) which got him two world titles : ITF
Team in 2000, and DMC in 2002. He was the first to record
scratchtapes in France ("Frankenscratch" and
"Scratchattack") and made the famous "Genious
touch" Breakbeat (with Faster Jay). He's also
known to many as the DJ for Alliance Ethnik, a rap group
who was very successful in the mid-90's.
DJ Pone (Paris):
A beatjuggler as well, and another member of Birdy Nam Nam, Pone
is a key player in the French and international battle circuit.
Despite his young age, he's seen as an old timer since he started
the competition very young (alongside DJ Damage), that's
where he got experience and an undeniable charisma on stage. His
style is classic, but he's not afraid to experiment new techniques,
as seen in his juggle with the tone arm weights. Pone is a multi
talented DJ as most
of the other featured DJs here : he also does radio, production,
mixtapes, and tours with various groups.
DJ Trouble (Poitiers):
One of the Djs to look up to, he just got two titles this year.
He beat the defending champion DJ Dopey at the All Star
Beat Down, and won the ITF Beat-Juggling category. Just like
Kodh, Trouble is seeking for different sounds, hence his Prefuse
73 routine is now considered classic, his tricks are precise,
and he's as comfortable in scratching as he is in juggling. He's
responsible for one of the best mixed CD released this year, in
which soul, funk and jazz-rock are given a new life. DJ Trouble
is a member of the UK crew The Mixologists.
DJ Netik (Rennes):
Coming from Rennes, Netik was the winner of the battle for world
supremacy for two years in a row (2001-2002), he also won the
2002 All Star Beatdown European finals in London. Netik is a great
scratcher and his routines are efficient. His style is classic
and funky, and it works judging from his two world titles. Besides
that he's working with a live band, which is probably what helps
him when it comes to feeling, and how to set up a routine.
Coup de cross (nantes):
We finish the roll call with a crew from Nantes made up of DJ
Greem, Pfel, Atom and 20syl. They don't have any title (yet)
but their influence in the French turntablist movement is obvious
: new attitude, and a funky style, close to Netik. As a team or
as individuals they are feared and respected by their competitors,
Pfel for example just won a ITF European competition in Frankfurt.
This crew is a breath of fresh air in French deejaying. France
is a harbour a some very talented beatjuggler, however the scratch
djs are not far behind, with DJs such as Mouss, Ahmet, Khalid
and Need just to name a few who contribute to the evolution
of scratch music.
The question one may be tempted to ask is : why such an improvement
with the French DJs lately? It is actually hard to understand,
but you can notice that most of them are coming from outside of
Paris, they manage to get rid of the influence of their idols
and are experimenting more. The fact that they compete with each
other help them to progress every year. More and more competitions
are put together all around France, outside of the regular ITF/DMC
circuit : for example Coup De Cross posse just organised their
own competition, TKO in Nantes on may 24th, and in april
DJ Ahmet put together the Polymix battle in Besançon
(DJ Xcuz won both of them). These facts must help to explain
the good level of the new French DJs, let's hope it will last.
The DMC on june 8th will be a good way to judge the general level.
To conclude this presentation, we could regret the lack of records
made by DJs. The DJ tracks are rare and it's a shame. We can mention
the Audiomicid EP in 2000 (a 3-track 12" will drop soon),
the Double H DJ Crew album, "Le Diamant
est Eternel" a compilation made by the legendary DJ
Dee Nasty (the French Grandmaster Flash), and more
recently "Hypercut" project by Logilo,
a double CD with unreleased tracks by Trouble, Coup De Cross,
RETURN OF THE DJ VOL 5
by Dave Paul (BOMB Hip Hop)
Response to the fifth volume in the Return of the DJ series
has been overwhelming. There were so many tracks submitted that
it was very difficult to decide which ones would make the album
and which ones would not. It took me many days of listening to
pick out the tracks for the album. The decisions were based mainly
on scratching and music but I also had to consider how tracks
would sound in relation to the other tracks on the album. The
album will feature tracks by DJ Shortfuse (Canada), 89
Skratch Gangstas (USA), DJ JS1 (USA), DJ Hype
& the Phaderheadz (Germany), The Fingerbangerz
(USA), Azzurro feat. Hashim B. (Japan), Mista
Ed (UK), Alien Army (Italy), DJ X-Rated (UK),
DJ Astro (USA), DJ T-Rock (USA), Noisy Stylus
(Germany), DJ Boom & DJ Ragz (USA), DJ Timestretch
(UK), H.O.P. (USA), DJ Marvel (UK), Ales One
& DJ Teeko (USA). Due to the fact that so many good turntablist
tracks were received that we could not fit onto the album we also
doing a special "Return of the DJ Companion CD". This
cd will only be available by mail order via websites and not available
in record stores. Both the Return of the DJ #5 and the Companion
CD will be released in late September/early October.
SPEARHEAD IMPRESS DUBLIN AUDIENCE & IRISH
HIP HOP REPORT
by Tall Paul Lowe
Spearhead at The Village in Dublin June 2003: I am not
really familiar with the Spearhead sound but I was a big
fan of Disposable Heroes of Hipopcrisy and this show was
truly amazing. I have been two shows where the likes of J5,
P.E and Breakestra have played for two and half hours.
Spearhead went one better they played for 3 hours!
When Spearhead hit the stage you could see that Michael Franti
was all hyped up and ready to roll so the show kicked of not
with drums or guitars but with a beat box. Radio Active
is the beat box for Spearhead, Razhel, Scratch and Killer
Kela better watch out there is a new kid on the block who
is really good. A native of the bay area as well. Michael Franti
then kicked of and asked did anyone want to be free.
Radio Active is a very talented beat box and demonstrated to
the crowd his skills as he imitated the sound of the turntables.
To the delight of the crowd he also did Push IT by Salt
n Pepa by beat boxing and rapping.
Michael Franti is also a very talented guy as well as been able
to sing, rap he also plays the guitar. Through out the show there
was a call and response for the crowd to make some noise by asking
people to make noise. Wave the hands from side to side.
The mic stand on stage was decorated with red and white petals
cascading loosely around the mic stand. Franti introduced the
band and was very proud to introduce Robert on the piano
who is an Irish native and had not been home in 13 years. Franti
also brought up one of his children and danced on stage with them
as well. Then Radio Active got busy broke it down by doing a sax
break and a renendtion of the Black and White Minstrels. All of
a sudden he launches into It is all because of you, you left me
sad and blue. And then started to Beat Box "What's Goin
On" with Michael singing it. The crowd joined in and
sang acapella. After this Franti called on everyone to take a
MC Dãlek was also in the house and he made a comparison
between his set and the Spearhead set. He said that this set was
like the love show and his was like your worst nightmare. He compared
the two of them to Yin and Yang.
Then the political speech came and Franti asked the question
who would like to have their house blown up? The track
that followed this was Bomb the World. They also performed
Everyone deserves music even your enemy. One song that
went down very well with the crowd is Radio Taxi. Franti
explained the concept of this song saying that they knew this
guy in France who could speak a few different languages, but was
having difficulty in English. So they decided that they were going
to do a song together. So the idea of this song was to use the
most frequent words in all languages so they came up with Radio
and Taxi hence the song Radio Taxi.
At the end of show the whole band was introduced and everyone
was thanked for coming out to support Spearhead and independent
records. Peace, love and unity were the last words been issued
to everyone in the venue and throughout the world.
IN OTHER HIP HOP NEWS FROM IRELAND: The much anticipated Common
show was cancelled. At Eamonn Doran's Temple Bar was the Jam
on the night with DJ Cypher and DJ Ads an MC
Battle. Last month Eminen came to town and made a big impression
even on the moms and dads of Ireland. Voodoo Arran Quay
saw the official Emimen after party. DJ's scheduled were DJ
Mek and DJ Laze.
DJ Supreme opened his recent show in Dublin with a UK
set and boy was it good to hear tunes like Hijack, Katch 22,
Taskforce, Blak Twang etc been played. As this represented
some of the best of the UK both from today and yesterday as well.Also
on the bill was Ireland's own Cool C who played the breaks
plus some hard to find tracks. His mixing and scratching very
smooth and his set was very well put together. The one thing that
did disappoint me about his set was that the played the current
Hip Hop/ Rap music as the last part of his set.
Greetings from Glastonbury, England
by DJ Trinity (Rucker Park, KFJC)
I'm just back from Glastonbury....whoa. I'd encourage
anyone to go if they ever have the chance. i'm going to start
off with a caveat...i don't presume to know any accurate details
or facts. so whatever i say may not be right, but i don't want
to hear that it's incorrect. thanks.
I guess Glastonbury started off 33 years ago as sort of a free
hippie music festival. David Bowie played the first one.
Michael Eavis clears out his dairy farm and allows this
to take place every year. all the proceeds go to charity...and
all the alcohol sales go to some non profit organization that
struggles for workers' rights. nice. so as you're on your 9th
or 10th pint, you can feel like you're really making a difference!
so this year, the 125,000 tickets sold out in 18 hours. and this
is months before the line up is even announced.
Minneapolis' own Har Mar Superstar kicked off the festival
on friday and he did not disappoint but brought out some Manumission
(gentlemen's club in manchester) girls to provide a little eye
candy on stage. i love har mar. he's just so hilarious. swarthy,
short, and decidedly unattractive, but stripping down to his little
undies still is a sight to see. "give it up for me...i'm
fucking awesome!" -har mar superstar
De La Soul killed it on the main stage. I managed to push
my way up to the front and discovered that i love the scottish
security company hired to run the festival. They're not out to
ruin your good time, but they even pass out waters to the crowd.
It's incredible! But back to De La...I think they were a little
overwhelmed to see tens of thousands of people in the middle of
the day jumping around and singing along to every word. Holy cow...the
energy was great!
Krafty Kuts (finger lickin) did a very fun set that got
the crowd jumping around. it was a treat to hear Skee-Lo's "I
Wish" song as well as other club hits like 50 cent
and House of Pain. Poo poo it all you want, but these kids
wanted to dance and these djs certainly got them moving..
The headliner in the dance tent on the first night was Fatboy
Slim. This is the largest tent in europe...holds about 10,000
people. I gotta give it up for old Norman since he had everyone
dancing and didn't even play rockafella skank once. But
opened his set with Derrick May's Strings of Life.
Apparently I've experienced a typical British summer thus far...just
have to have a hail storm and it'll be complete. it went from
scorching sunshine to muddy rains to humid overcast days. Jimmy
Cliff's set was amazing and he managed to bring the sun out.
For someone his age, he's got incredible energy and presence.
Boom Bip was part of Warp's take over of the Glade
stage, and though he had some technical difficulties he did a
great live set incorporating one turntable, mixer, laptop, and
a host of other gizmos and doodads. Don't ask me what they do,
but he managed to create an excellent live recreation of his record
Seed to Sun (one of my favourites).
But the real highlights of the second day of the festival were
the Flaming Lips and Radiohead. Man: playing to
a crowd of at least 50,000 the Flaming Lips had their requisite
furry animals on stage as well as two inflatable sun and they
led the crowd in a chorus of happy birthday. I love them.
Thom Yorke and co. had the entire crowd singing along
to every song. and managed not to play creep. Against my
better judgement, i'm just a little bit in love with old Thom.
He was even smiling. Their performance was so great that I forgot
about my aching legs and feet and hangover.
And now on to the last day of the magical Glastonbury festival...Asian
Dub Foundation did a great set in the afternoon. They're Rage
Against The Machine meets Public Enemy meets Bollywood
meets...who knows! They were great! Two mcs, a dj, guitars, drums,
bass, percussion...all great! Plus it was great to hear from the
crowd "big up, fateh!" when they paid tribute to Nusrat
Fateh Ali Khan. classic.
Bay Area favourites, Blackalicious rocked the dance tent
in one of my most memorable performances by them ever. Sadly though
the mighty Chief Xcel was not there but dj d sharp
filled in admirably. The Gift of Gab was backed up by two
singers...the lovely Omega and another fellow whose name
i didn't catch. all great except for gab calling out the wrong
city name for the first half of the set. (ever need to get away?...)
DJs Krust and Die performed with about 6 or 7 mcs
and singers as i-kamanchi. a great drum n bass set with ragga
vocals and nice harmonies. i was very excited to see the roots
and the scratch perverts later that night, but they both turned
in disappointing sets. only black thought made it to the show
and they launched into these long drum and guitar solos. i'll
admit i was at a loss as the rest of the crowd seemed to be enjoying
it immensely...i'll blame the drugs. even the covers of songs
they do were disappointing. this time it was a medley of nas,
50 cent, n.o.r.e., and more. but by the time you started to get
into one tune...they were off to the next song.
The Scratch Perverts were basically a jukebox on speed.
they were playing club hits for a couple bars and then switching
to the next one. it wasn't too exciting. and it all seemed so
promising when they started off with mop's ante up. oh well. then
i had to get out of there before The Streets came on. if
someone can explain the phenomenom that is Mike Skinner's
success, the next drink is on me.
And it was off to watch Moby close the festival. Man,
i don't own any Moby records, but Moby rocks! He did a nice mixture
of new and old hits. His dj (whose name escapes me at the moment)
was apparently the #1 dj in the world at some point in the 80's
or early 90's. moby even battled him on stage. pretty hilarious.
plus, he covered radiohead's creep as his encore. Fucking great!
If you ever get the chance, please do try and come to experience
the magic of Glastonbury. otherwise you'll never get to exeperience
the wonder of Burrow Hill Cider Bus. And even if you don't like
music that much, there's plenty of art, comedy, and weird hippies
to make it well worth it!
be safe. be kind. be responsible. DJ Trinity
Random Record Reviews
TTC Ceci N'est Pas Un Disque (Big Dada Disques)
Now for some international type shit. From France, courtesy of
Reiko Underwater, comes TTC - by far is the dopest French
hip-hop group that I've heard. And even though I dont have the
slightest clue what the fuck they're saying it sounds dope as
fuck...I have never heard any french hip-hop before and was I
pleased with what I heard. The beats on this album are fresh and
emcees flow real nice and I guess that what their saying is also
dope. Go check out their current album "Ceci N'est
Pas Un Disque" and if you dont I'll find out where
you live and take your fuckin' turntablez BEYOCH!!! 7 outta 10.
(go learn french BEYOCH!) DnZ
Edd Dee Pee and Cone, two Oakland, CA based songwriters
and visionaries are Blaktroniks.
They sent us a little summin' summin' to check out and it's
pretty fuckin' dope! They do music that ranges from hip-hop to
dance music and have been around the San Francisco music scene
since like 96'. They have some dope soulfull, jazzy, and hard
hittin' beats to bring you into a trance. I like the song Fois
"Moi Femir (Remix)". It has this sexy
soundin' lady droppin' the vocals for it and it's a good song
to make babyz with!!! Also "From the First"
has some powerfull words to put in your head's. N-E wayz, ya'll
should take a listen to them. 7 outta 10. DnZ
DR.FINK EP3 (email@example.com)
From the UK Dr.Fink collaberate's with DJ's Marvel
and Haste for his Ep3 album. Dr.Fink
sent us 4 tracks and wanted feed back and since i'm da man who
does the reviews around here I think i'll be doing the feed back...Bitches!
Now I thought that this was more ambient than hip-hop but in a
way you have to just stop and think about the art form that is
scratching... Now usually you think hip-hop with scratching but
with Marvel and Haste on the track they can still rip shit up
and show you that it's not what kind of music but what you can
do with it. I think that if you have an open mind about music
then check some of this shit out, although I think there could
of been more scratching it is still an ok listining. 5 outta 10.
HIP HOP SHOP
DJ CRAZE "Crazee
Musick" CD (BOMB Hip Hop)
This often forgotten 1999 classic from one of the world's most
acclaimed DJs, DJ Craze. Now available for only $8.98. What makes
DJ Craze different from other turntablists is that he rocks
a party for two hours, not just a routine of ten minutes. His
dj sets feature hip-hop, breakbeat and jungle with some mesmerizing
body tricks, lightning quick mixes and beat juggles that have
set him apart from any other DJ. Craze is continuously traveling
the world performing in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Japan and
various other countries. Craze is the 3-time dj champion of DMC!
He has been featured on DJ Faust's "Man or Myth"
album, the "Fathomless" EP (with DJ's Faust and Shortee)
and was featured in Time Magazine! "Crazee Musick",
his debut album, was a hit with his intricate style of hip-hop,
jungle, drum n bass and abstract music."
The Shiggar Fraggar
Show! Vol. 4 CD (Hip Hop Slam)
Now available on this site is the fourth volume in the legendary
Shiggar Fraggar series, the shows that were recorded live at Hip
Hop Slam in the mid-nineties. This chapter features DJs Flare,
QBert, Disk, Shortkut, and the bag headed Shiggar Fraggar on the
mic as well as on the booze.