Born in 1962 in Tokyo. Gifted producer & DJ with a superb sense in Mixing and composing his sound who's been well-received in the International club scene.

It was the movie "WILD STYLE" that got him into Hiphop in the early 80's, and in1987, he formed KRUSH POSSSE which made Numerous appearances in various media as the best hiphop act in japan. KRUSH began pursueing his solo career after the break-up of the group in Late 1992, and soon grabbed people's attention as the first DJ to use Turntables as live instruments such as doing free sessions with live Musicians on stage.

His long-awaited 1st solo album "KRUSH" got released in January '94, and since then, he released countless records in Japan, Europe, US and around the world. His solo works have ranked high in various charts in & out of Japan. His 6th album "Zen" won Best Dance Album in AFIM Awards 2001.

He is now placed Internationally as one of the top-notch producer, remixer, DJ and recording artist, involved in projects from film, TV dramas to TV commercial jingles. His 7th album "The Message At The Depth" released in September 2002 in Japan is already grabbing the attentions throughout the globe. In'98 Spring, he also formed a production unit called RYU with DJ HIDE & DJ SAK, Collaborating with Nigerian percussionists and releasing a single & album As RYU from polydor Japan.

From the end of the year 2000, he also got Involved in project which evolves around a group of musicians aside From KRUSH including DJ SPOOKY THAT SUBLIMINAL KID, DJ DISK, DJ HIDE, DJ SAK And Jun Sawada, which will launch various projects to question worldwide Issues in the 21st Century
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Born Jared Bridgeman,
Akrobatik grew up in Dorchester, MA. A staple of the Boston Hip-Hop scene since the early 1990's, Akrobatik first broke in to the national spotlight in 1998 with the release of his debut single "Ruff Enough." His next single, "Internet MC's," dropped the following year on Rawkus Records/ Eastern Conference and earned Akrobatik worldwide acclaim as the rapper who put "chat room MC's" firmly in their place.” Internet MC's" sold 12,000 units worldwide and set up his debut EP Akrobatik: The EP in 1999. Several singles were released from the EP and Akrobatik topped the college charts around the country and cracked into the commercial mixshow market with the release of his following single "SayYesSayWord," a party anthem/ hip-hop tribute that received airplay from Boston to Australia.

Akrobatik is a hip-hop legend in the making, a true school rapper and performer who commands the stage with his powerful voice. As a rapper, a producer and occasionally even as a DJ (check for the cuts on both "The Fugitive," and "Here and Now"), Akrobatik represents what is best about hip-hop music; creative, thoughtful content, thundering beats, an energetic live performance, and a deep respect for the artists that paved the way for rap music. Think KRS On meets Chuck D!

Akrobatik has toured the world, performing alongside the very best in Hip-Hop and beyond, including; Eminem, The Roots, Company Flow, Busta Rhymes, Souls of Mischief, Cannibal Ox, KRS-One, Mos Def & Talib Kweli, Mr. Lif and many, many others. Akrobatik has also worked with some of the best names in rap music in the studio, including Guru, Afu Ra, Mr. Lif, EDO.G and KRS One.

Akrobatik is currently hard at work on his debut album Balance, due for a Spring 2003 release on Coup d'Etat Entertainment. The album features contributions from Da Beatminerz, Fakts One, Mr. Lif, KRS One, J-Live and more. Following the release of Balance, Akrobatik and long-time partner Mr. Lif will collaborate on the highly anticipated debut project from their group The Perceptionists. Look for The Perceptionists album to hit shelves in Fall of 2003.






Hype started his career in the golden age of hip hop around '88. Since then he was completley focused on the art of djing, especially scratching and trickmixing. He formed his first DJ-Crew in '89 together with Kut Kreator Dan. Over the Years he released several 12"s and a full length album with his rap group "Cheeba Garden", which no longer exists, plus, he did many Dj-Tracks for Compilations and wrote the soundtrack for the movie "Kardesler" by Thomas Arslan. In '97 he formed the Turntablist Crew PHADERHEADZ with six other DJs from his hometown Berlin. He won the ITF German Championships in '98 and in '99. With the PHADERHEADZ he went second at the '98 Eastern Hemisphere Championships Team Category after the Scratch Perverts. He toured and performed at the ITF Worldchampionships '98 (Amsterdam) & '99 (Hawaii), and also at the Vestax Extravaganza '98 & '99 (Tokyo). He has toured, showcased and judged worldwide with people like Souls of Mischief, Swollen Members, Masta Ace, DJ Static & DJ Shine, Plus One, Killa Kela, Cash Money, Spinbad, Andy Smith, Z-Trip, X-Ecutioners and the Invisbl Scratch Piklz. He produced two Battle Tool Records : "The Nasty Breaks" and "Bag of Brayqz", and did cuts for Terranova, Torch and Anti Pop Consortium. As if that wasn't enough, he constantly releases Mixtapes, does collaborations with the likes of Z-Trip or DJ Static, plus he runs PHADERHEADZ.com, his own website, which is shurely the finest resource for turntablism in Germany. His latest works can be heard on the Battle of the Year 2001 Soundtrack, Juice Master Blaster Compilation and on the brand new 12" "Metro Attitudes" featuring Masta Ace & Killa Kela. Forthcoming releases on Killa Kela's debut album "The Permanent Marker"(Jazz Fudge) and on Mr. Lif's next LP "Emergency Rations"(Definitive Jux) are just the next step. Hype's new 12" features Oaklands finest ,Souls Of Mischief "Ubiquitous", b/w Mr. Lif "Pull Out Your Cut", and on his full length album to be released on Masters On Broadway at the beginning of 2003 you will find an artist range from the World Famous Beat Junkies, Mr. Thing, Akrobatik, Zion I, Freestyle, Virtuoso, Akanni, Rise’n’Shine to the Phaderheadz... "1973 * Recon“ available on Doublevinyl & DVD plus

Contact:
DJ Hype c/o Gärtner
Schönhauser Allee 110
10439 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49-30-3236274
Mobile: +49-177-3305629
Fax: +49-30-44717375
Email: djhype@phaderheadz.com
Web: www.phaderheadz.com, www.djhype.de








Charlie Dark is from the era of history, raised on a heavy diet of sound system culture. Heęs been behind the decks since he was just sixteen years old. Over fourteen years deep in the game his sets showcase a vast spectrum of music both new and old, from Funk to nu Jazz, to Hip Hop to House and beyond. His style marries the party vibe of old, alongside the most cutting edge music of today. I try to play music I like in an enthusiastic manner that people can get into. When people see the Dj getting into the music they feed off that energy and let loose.

Over the past ten years Charlie has played at various clubs across the globe in every continent. Highlights include the "Summer Fest" Tour of Australia with Beck and the Beastie Boys, Giant Steps in New York and WMF with Jazzanova in Berlin. "Have Dj box will travel" is the motto and 2001 promises to be no different. For the first time since the legendary Mo Wax "Dusted" nights at Londonęs Blue note Club, Charlie will be co- hosting his latest residency "The Blue print Sessions" at Plastic People. "Itęs a chance to play my favourite tunes from the old days along with all the excellent new stuff coming out now." All forms of music in one room played on one of Londonęs heaviest sound systems.

Besides the London residency thereęs also the forthcoming release of the first Attica Blues Dj mix album "Drum Major Instinct" (Xtreme Records), a compilation of fourteen tracks from the Attica vaults and the launch of their label "Surplus" records, a forum for unreleased material from the Attic studios. Charlie has also just completed a track under his new moniker "Hearts of Oak" for the Zurich based Straight Ahead Record label with an album in the pipeline. Remix and production wise itęs business as usual with several releases to look out for. Check the forthcoming remix of "Telaviv" for Composts Fauna Flash and the "Love Variation" remix for Soul patrol soon out on Infracom. Have record box will travel. Charlie Dark, Dj, producer and remixer coming to a turntable near you.








Jamie Odell is a musician/producer/dj based in East London. He is co-founder of the Freerange Records label which was established as an outlet for his own Jimpster and Audiomontage productions in 1996. Rapidly forging a name for himself as a leading producer in the burgeoning nu-jazz, downtempo and jazzy breaks scenes, he soon found himself remixing and producing for the likes of Lamb, Airto Moriera and Coldcut.

His "Initial" and "Martian Arts" EP’s brought acclaim from such luminaries as Mixmaster Morris, Tom Middleton and Kirk Degiorgio and with the props came opportunities for collaborations and DJ gigs which further helped to establish the Jimpster moniker. His debut album, "Messages From The Hub" successfully crossed many boundaries with radio support coming from Patrick Forge and Gilles Peterson as well as Mike Chadwick’s Cutting Edge show on Jazz FM. His follow up LP "Domestic Science" has recently been released through Kudos Records and the singles "Deep Down" and "State Of Mind" have already had heavy rotation from Robert Elms on his BBC London Live morning show.

Being a keyboard player himself, Jamie has always insisted on taking out a live band to perform his tracks with more of an improvised vibe. Jimpster live gigs have included the Berlin Jazz festival, Big Chill events, Ronnie Scott’s and have taken the outfit to cities such as Lisbon, Tokyo, Dublin and Munich. Jamie is also a member of highly acclaimed live outfit The Bays, who’s recent performance on a John Peel session has confirmed them as the band to be watching on this summers festival circuit. Their spontaneous and totally improvised gigs have been building up a buzz with recent gigs including many of the years biggest festivals such as The Drum Rhythm and Lowlands festivals in Holland, Ministry Of Sound festival at Knebworth and PukklePop in Belgium. For more info on The Bays visit: www.thebays.com

Jamie has been regularly djing for the past 10 years, both in the UK and abroad. With a freestyle approach inspired by the likes of Francois K, Harvey and Jazzanova, he’s been booked for gigs as diverse as Fabric, Perverted Science, Plastic People and the Jazz Cafe. He is a resident at Freerange’s own night at the Charterhouse Bar and regularly guests on Kiss FM’s Breakbeat show, Coldcut’s Solid Steel show on BBC London Live as well as contributing mixes for internet radio stations such as Groovetech, Gaia Live and Interactive DJ. Recent gigs have included Propaganda in Moscow and a tour of Americas west coast. Forthcoming gigs are confirmed for the Naked party @ the WMC in Miami and a Nine to Five night in Helsinki.








The Prague’s foursome PHANTOMS ON FIRE belongs without any doubt to the most significiant newcomer’s acts of czech hc/punk scene for the last months. The band has been around since the end of 2001 and it was founded by Robert Robovski, a guitar player of czech premier hardcore combo KEVORKIAN. He put together a large amount of musical stuff which was something different that he used to compose for Kevorkian, so he decided to cooperate with the excellent drummer Jan Vagner (he’s the current member of the famous ska band The Chancers as well) for making up a kind of new band that would kick all asses around their neighborhood. Later they took on Petr Hemerka on the bass and singer David Holy (known from the bands No Reason, Stenmark, 2 Many Days Off and Evil Punk Crew). After some time Petr was replaced by Vikk Rehak from Suffer. PHANTOMS ON FIRE succesfully played several gigs, for example with the U.S. dirty rock’n’roll legend ANTISEEN or with “rebel punks from New York” TURBO A.C.’S. All of the PHANTOMS ON FIRE shows left the visitors amazed at band’s uncompromising energy, instrumental skill and real rock’n’roll party atmosphere. The band has recently finished their first record produced by Robert Robovski that is going to be released on Badman records in autumn. It is filled with killing guitar riffs, monster bass and full-of-drive rhythm parts combined with catchy mellodies. By listening to the record you can see the aura of the great bands from the 1960’s and 1970’s like Stooges, MC5, Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, Grand Funk Railroad or AC/DC mixed with punkrock in-your-face attitude represented by Misfits, Black Flag, Motorhead or Ramones. But even the fans of today’s popular garage and stoner rock Scandinavian heroes Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, The Bones or Turbonegro shouldn’t be disappointed. PHANTOMS ON FIRE arrange the recording of full-length album in the near future and the tour will follow. If you notice that PHANTOMS ON FIRE are playing close to your home, don’t hesitate to rock the night together with the band...you’ll have a great time!

e-mail: phantomsonfire@czechcore.cz
website:
http://phantomsonfire.czechcore.cz








We (Míra, Roman, Honza) started to play together in 1996. Since that time we have had to change 4 bass players to find Vikk who joined the band in winter 2000. Our first material named "
SHUT UP AND SUFFER" (Samuel 001) was recorded and released on Samuel Recs. as 9-track CD-R in 1998. Then we started to play more and more shows over all the Czech Republic and that was the reason why we were becoming known and popular. In the end of 1999 we went in the Prodigy studio (České Budějovice) to do another 8-track record. It came out in spring 2000 as "WHEN THE WHALES DIE…" (Samuel 004). Some months later 5 songs were recorded which have never been released as one record. 3 of them were used for some punk rock compilations on various labels and the other 2 have never been released at all. During 2000 and 2001 we played many shows - no recording these years. Time for recording came out in fall 2001. There was a need to change the studio to get a new sound for the new record. We were recommended to record our new stuff at Exponent studio (Bratislava - SK). Well, 13 brand new songs + 1 cover song were done in less than a week and released 6 months later as our first full-legth album "4 HAPPY GUYS & BEAUTIFUL GIRLS" (Samuel 006). The cover song "Rent" (originally by Pet Shop Boys) is available only at our web site. One year later we were back in the same studio again for 3 new songs. 2 of them were specially recorded for FINAL SK8 comp. and the 3rd one for TRIBUTE to KRITICKÁ SITUACE (not released yet). During last year we played many many shows with bands like …. AVAIL (USA), ENSIGN (USA), LET IT BURN (USA), BAMBIX (NL), OF NO AVAIL (NL), UPSIDE DOWN (PL), G.A.S. DRUMMERS (Spain), THE BABOONZ (Ger), ANTISMART (A), etc… and this spring we have been touring Germany & Poland. Now we are gonna do our new songs for the new record which is planned for the next year. Find out more info at http://www.suffer.czechcore.cz/







Based in Prague, Czech Republic, Clou was formed in the summer of 2000 as the Un-sized Up Kids; Clou’s final lineup has been recording and performing live since the fall of 2001. Bringing together a wide range of influences and ideas, Clou’s music is an amalgamation of powerful and energetic sounds that may bring to mind bands like; The Get-Up Kids, Weezer, The Promise Ring or Foo Fighters.

Clou avidly support and participate in skateboarding and snowboarding. Clou also support vegetarianism, free thought and political awareness/action.

Discography:

7 Song demo produced by Ed Zawadski, guitarist of the Ivan Kral Band (Patty Smith, Iggy Pop, etc) (2001)

“FIRST” 3 Song EP produced by Lumir Hrma, released 10/16/02

“Skate All Hazards” Final Skateboards Compilation CD (2002)

“Beat Infusion” Compilation CD (2002)

More info
www.clou.czechcore.cz