1st Birthday ThrowdownSarah Love [uk] & Total Eclipse [usa] [SATURDAY – 08.02.2014]
So it’s our first birthday and we’re throwing a huge party & what better way to do it than with two special guests, the first lady of Hip Hop & one of the pioneers of turntablism…
DJ SARAH LOVE // UK’s First Lady of HIP HOP (BBC 1XTRA, MTV, LONDON UK) //
International Club DJ // MTV Europe Presenter // BBC Radio Broadcaster // Only Female Ever Nominated for MOBO Award Best DJ // First Lady of UK Hip Hop // Writer // Journalist // Musician // A & R
Sarah Love is a music scene veteran in the UK and worldwide.
Originally playing jazz & funk drums when she was nine years old, Sarah began singing, composing and producing from the age of 12, and in her late teens she studied for a degree in Popular Music and Recording at one of the UK’s most respected music schools.
With a genetic talent for music, over the last half-dozen years Sarah’s skills on the wheels of steel have been honed and recognized in live performances throughout five continents, and on urban music radio in the UK, USA, Australasia and Africa.
Sarah has emerged as an international club DJ in an essentially male-dominated game, an elegant strong young woman.
Well respected for innovation, Sarah has worked as an official MTV Soundsystem DJ helping to launch MTV Base Africa and performing live at numerous MTV events in Europe. As well as routinely playing alongside the legends of British hip-hop, Sarah has worked with American icons The Roots, KRS One, Grandmaster Flash, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan and many more.
Sarah is host of the Hip Hop Mix Show on BBC Radio 1Xtra and broadcasts every week to a worldwide audience. Her show is the only spot in the UK to supply fours hours of the freshest hip hop live in the mix. And from September 2008, Sarah is also presenting the Early Morning Weekend Breakfast Show for BBC Radio 1Xtra on Saturdays and Sundays.
Sarah is an official VJ for MTV Base presenting features on Trevor Nelson’s ‘The Lick’: ‘Spanking New Music’, her own monthly feature ‘Good Look’ as well as ‘DJ Takeover’ televised throughout the UK and to over 60 countries worldwide.
Sarah is MTV BASE’s only female face and embodies music depth, grace, and charisma in all her TV projects!
Biography courtesy of MTV UK.
SARAH LOVE’S LINKS
DJ TOTAL ECLIPSE (The X-ECUTIONERS) //
Total Eclipse got his 1st set of turntables in ’91 at the age of 14, and “learned how to cut by watching Scratch, from EPMD cut on their videos on Video Music Box.” He was also influenced by Barry B, an older DJ from the neighborhood who showed him cuts and tricks.
In November ‘94 Total Eclipse entered his first DJ battle live on the air on DJ Mayhem’s college radio show on WNYU in New York City; he got first place and caught the attention of Rob Swift. Rob and Eclipse started to practice together, and Rob taught Eclipse the history of Battling and showed him how to beat juggle. “He showed me stuff that I never thought was possible – he showed me a tape of the ’90 New Music Seminar Battle between Steve D (a founding member of the X-men) and Francesca (from Italy) – it was the 1st time I saw 2 totally different and raw styles going against each other like that”. Through Rob, he became friendly with the other members of The X-men crew and started practicing with them.
These influences inspired him to take it to a new level – and it showed in ensuing battles; in March 1996, Eclipse entered the Beat Street Records DJ Battle where he took first place and received a gold bronzed Technic 1200 turntable. He entered several more battles around New York that year culminating in the International Turntables Federation Battle (ITF), where he went up against the best national and international competition. Eclipse rose to the challenge and placed first. He was shortly thereafter, inducted into the X-Men.
In June of 1997, The X-ecutioners recorded their debut album “X-pressions” for Asphodel Records. One of Eclipse’s many standout moment includes his work on the track called “Turntable Exhibition” a self produced cut that displays the essence of true turntablism with Eclipse using only his two Technic 1200’s and his Vestax 05PRO mixer to create a sonic collage. The X-ecutioners have since signed a recording deal with Loud Records – the debut “Built From Scratch” will be released this fall.
Total Eclipse recorded cuts on “Equinox” for Organized Konfusion on Priority Records. This created a special bond between the group and Eclipse. Organized Konfusion’s rhymes complimented Total Eclipse’s cutting skills at such an advanced level that Organized Konfusion became his favorite rap group. He then went on to do cuts and tour with Pharoah Monch which culminated in his first TV performance on BETÕs Live in LA, which was shortly followed by a solo appearance by Total Eclipse on The Queen Latifah show where he battled a fellow New York turntablist and took live studio audience audience by storm.
Total Eclipse plans to continue his work with The X-ecutioners, as well as work on his solo album to be released on Tableturns.
DJ TOTAL ECLIPSE’S LINKS
WHEN AND WHERE
SATURDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2014 // SKRATCH SAT-DEE!!!
PLAY BAR SYDNEY
BASEMENT 72 Campbell Street,
Surry Hills NSW
DOORS OPEN AT 4PM
FREE ENTRY ALL EVENING
HAPPY HOUR 5-7PM
Check out some of the photos from the night