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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
DJ Hype c/o Gärtner
Schönhauser Allee 110
10439 Berlin, Germany
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
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!
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
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.
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
“Beat Infusion” Compilation CD (2002)
More info www.clou.czechcore.cz