Back to the 90s **New Jack Swing & 90s hiphop**[SATURDAY – 03.06.2017]
Back to the 90s returns in June 2017… Classic jams for days with a few of our fav party starters Shan Frenzie, DJ SayWhut?!, New Jack Nicholas & Benny Hinn…
SHAN FRENZIE //
Frenzie has been around the block more than a few times. He’s got well over twenty years of experience behind him, a record collection that will make any deejay envious, and a concrete rep as one of Australia’s most trusted party rockers. Taking inspiration from when DJ’s used to play for no less than 6 hours straight and transition between styles: Original Soul & Funk 45′s – check. Deep House, Disco & Boogie – check. Hip Hop, R&B, Breaks & Beats – check. Party anthems and forgotten classics – check. Frenzie has got you covered.
His Groove Therapy radio show (now in it’s eleventh year) has been broadcasting weekly on 2SER FM every Friday lunchtime and has become an essential listen to all musically savvy Sydney-siders, while the podcast of the show has garnered a huge loyal fan base in all corners of the globe.
A veteran touring DJ of the Australian east coast, Frenzie also recently rocked dance floors in San Francisco and New York – and has had support billing alongside a who’s who of DJ royalty. Infact, pioneering deejay Grandmaster Flash requested Frenzie as his official support DJ for his most recent 2013 Sydney tour (four shows in total) – and only months earlier, Frenzie could be seen cutting it up on the turntables on stage with New Yorks Hip Hop legends The Ultramagnetic MC’s.
…and it’s no small wonder – Frenzie definitely has the skills to pay the bills. In 2012 he placed second in the New South Wales heats of the DMC, the most prestigious DJ competition in the world (He’s last foray into battle deejaying was almost twelve years earlier).
But can he rock a party? Frenzie has been dropping memorable sets for years. Whether it be a one hour power mix or an all night marathon set behind the turntables, Frenzie has plenty of experience reading the crowd and always drops an entertaining set – custom built from carefully considered quality jams and a dash of turntable trickery. Not only can Frenzie mix a record, he has definitely earned his stripes as the number one chief party rocker.
DJ SAYWHUT?! //
After surviving a collision with a tanker truck filled with milk and toxic waste (it was a special truck) when he was just a boy, DJ SayWhut?! was in a coma for 4 years where he dreamt of nothing but cheeseburgers. When he awoke he found that he had the ability to hear lower end frequencies very clearly and could foresee what the next song was going to be chosen (in shuffle mode) on a person’s iPod from 100 yards away. The iPod was then invented 15 years later. This brought on a revelation that he should play music in some form or another. When making fart noises with his armpits wasn’t enough he decided to pick up the headphones and become a DJ.
Cutting his teeth as a breakbeat DJ in Sydney in 2004, DJ SayWhut?! has always been known to play some of the funkiest basslines in breaks – keeping it hard and bouncy yet keeping the people dancing on the floor. With residencies at Broke’n'beats @ Kink and Chinese Laundry, SayWhut?! has played to a wide variety of crowds knocking them senseless to the floor with his barrage of bassline melodies and quick mixing ability. After the breakbeat phenomenon went out of fashion, SayWhut?! looked towards more organic sounds and started playing funk, soul, disco, boogie, hip hop and R&B still staying true to that funky bassline mentality.
NEW JACK NICHOLAS AKA VJ SPOOK //
VJ Spook (a.k.a Nick Palin), has been working as a VJ since before the turn of the century, providing innovative visual stimuli for audiences at clubs, events, tours and festivals all over Australia.
With a strong professional background in digital media, an honours degree in multimedia production and an amateur interest in motion graphics since childhood – Spook began dabbling in live performance video as soon as he could get into clubs, and a professional career as a VJ soon followed. Since then, his style has developed through work on a range of the largest productions in Australia, across a variety of musical genres, while supporting some of the most creative and greatest acts in the world today.
Since 2004, Spook has focused a majority of his energy into the Australian Hip Hop scene, holding long-term residencies at legendary Sydney club nights like Funktrust and 411. While at the same time providing visuals at concerts for international touring artists such as Public Enemy, Ice T, Kool Keith, Jazzy Jeff, KRS One and many, many more. As a VJ, he has toured Australia with hip hop heavyweights such as Mix Master Mike, De La Soul, DJ Format, as well as Swollen Members and DJ Q*Bert. In 2006 he joined Snob Scrilla to tour with the band until 2008, when he joined Bliss n Eso as their resident tour VJ – a title which he holds to this day.
With the release of the Pioneer DVJX-1 back in 2004, Spook began working more with audio as well as video. He became one of the Australian brand ambassadors for Pioneer, demonstrating the unit at various events and showcases. It wasn’t until the release of Serato Video and the Rane TTM57 that his passion for AVDJing was truly sparked however, as the live flexibility was exactly what he had been looking for. It was at this time he began teaching himself various production and DJing techniques, which he developed alongside his visual performance style.
In 2012 Spook began working with Sydney DJ Raine Supreme on their AV partnership known as NTSC. After a debut Australian tour supporting legendary oz hip hop originators Def Wish Cast, they went on to release their first full length video mixtape “Rappin to the Beat” to a fanfair of praise from the international AV elite. Since then they’ve supported artists such as Jurassic 5, Afrika Bambaataa, Pharoahe Monch, George Clinton and Parliament.
Spook’s commitment to live spontaneity and continual experimentation has seen him build a style comparable to none, while earning him commendations from many of the global music industry’s leaders.
BENNY HINN //
Benny Hinn (Daniel Robertson) began spinnin’ vinyl back in 01′ playing a range of phat funky house and some chunky big assed broken beats for the masses… Although now only 34, the Hinns has played at some of the finer establishments, parties and festivals around Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Spain, Wollongong and the South coast, gaining a rep az a bit of a party starter and one with some def skillz, finesse and sheer artistry on a pair of 1200s.
The Hinn has also toured with the MOS Label for an Annual release and has supported many artists such as, The Stanton Warriors, Freq Nasty, Krafty Kuts, A.Skillz, Jay Jay, Sneaky Sound System, The Resin Dogs, Katalyst, Sarah Love, Shortee Blitz, Frenzie, Total Eclipse, Mr. Doris, Cool Hand Luke, Normski, DJ Katch, DJ A.$.K, DJ KC, Edseven, Inkswel, Omegaman, Busta, Koolism, [love] Tattoo, Mark Dynamix, Ajax [RIP], Bang Gang, Goodwill, Alex Taylor, Funktrust, Purple Sneaker DJs + many many more…
Benny has also been dipping into a little production here and there with a few little mashes and beats all up on his soundcloud & mixcloud page & is host of the Radio Program Sydney Underground on Bondi Beach Radio.
His latest venture has been building and establishing PLAY BAR SYDNEY. After drawing inspiration from his last stint in Melbourne and meeting his partner & co-owner Sarah, the two worked hard to build what they hope to be for many years to come, an institution that brings decent music into Surry Hills Sydney. He has programmed every bit of music that has come through the venue and supported a huge range of hiphop, breakbeat DJs and just awesome beat-makers and producers both local and abroad…
WHAT: BACK TO THE 90s FEAT. FRENZIE, SAYWHUT?!, NEW JACK NICHOLAS & BENNY HINN
WHEN: SATURDAY 3 JUNE 2017
DOORS OPEN AT 6PM | MUSIC KICKS AT 6PM | HAPPY HOUR 6PM-8PM
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
FREE ENTRY ALL EVENING, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
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