Channel Zero Audio Visual Night [SATURDAY – 08.11.2014]
AUDIO VISUAL HIP HOP MASHUPS TO MESS WITH YOUR SENSES…
Through exposure from visiting international heavy weights like DJ Yoda, Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Shadow and local artists like J-Red and Sampology to name just a few, there seemed to be a real buzz and momentum behind the emergence of the art form of AVDJ’ing. Then, it seems to have disappeared for a while…..until NOW.
Happening monthly from Saturday Nov 8th at Surry Hills’ Play Bar, CHANNEL ZERO will bring Hip-Hop fans a revival of the somewhat forgotten art form of AVDJ’ing that’s been absent from the Sydney scene in recent years, ready to reaffirm its rightful place in Sydney Hip-Hop culture.
Like a live DJ set is a culmination of hours of rehearsals and practice to get it perfect and dance floor ready, AVDJ’ing applies the same process, then runs the visuals through the same feed as the turntables, utilising faders, effects and animations to enhance and create symbiotic visuals which interact with the music while you watch.
AVDJ’ing is basically the art of mixing cut up visuals and effects on a big screen and combining them with real time DJ’ing to create new clips and visual accompaniment to the live show, or as VJ Spook puts it, “It’s sorta like hosting you’re own episode of Rage through an old TV that you drumming on the top of to mess with the picture.”
Not to be confused with the Belgian Metal band or Canadian TV station, CHANNEL ZERO is a reference to the Public Enemy track, “She Watch Channel Zero”, a song about the dangers of falling into the imaginary world of Soap Operas and mind clogging television.
Each month head on down to Play Bar, where VJ Spook will be joined by guest AVDJ’s, spinning video clips to keep you moving, with exclusive give aways from sponsors, Playbar’s drink specials, The Nighthawk Diner’s amazing $7 subs and a plethora of Hip-Hop audio visual mash-ups to mess with your senses !!!
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.
RAINE SUPREME //
A.K.A KOOL RAINE SKI… Photo courtesy of the extremely talented Cole Bennetts
REPRESENTING NTSC, CROWN STREET CUT COLLECTIVE AND HARDCORE CLASSIC RADIO…
Raised in the inner city of Sydney during the 80s, Raine couldn’t help but be infatuated with the Growing scene of chaos and fresh styles around him that he would come to know as Hip-Hop. After hearing crews like Boogie Down Productions and Public enemy on tape he couldn’t help but to find out how they were going about putting together these masterpieces…. Thinking back now he would have had no idea just how much these cassettes would effect his life. The search for the perfect beat began.
Becoming an avid collector of Hip-Hop and the breaks that built the scene he quickly realised this was gonna be his life long obsession, from wax to radio recordings and even reel to reels – no where is safe from the dusty fingers of this man. Since cutting his teeth in the dj scene of the late 90s and early 2000s Raine has supported some of the most legendary names in the scene, either as a solo artist or with his side project with VJ SPOOK, audio visual dj act NTSC. Artists such as – Jurassic 5, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Apollo Brown, Dj JS1, Boogie Blind, Total Eclipse, Def Wish Cast, Exile, Pharoahe Monch, Afrika Bambaataa, Parliament Funkadelic, Dj Suspect, Rahzel, Quik, Kurupt, De La Soul, Blak Twang, Dj MK, Delta and many, many more.
Raine also keeps his hands busy Co-hosting and djing for Hardcore Classic Radio on 2ser 107.3, running the NSW chapter of the DMC world dj championships, running local scratch jams, club nights, one off events and releasing a non-stop onslaught of mix tapes and fresh beats ….
A true lover of music with skills to match… this cat won’t sleep.
WITH SUPPORT FROM BENNY HINN
WHEN: SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014. DOORS OPEN AT 4PM & BEATS KICK FROM 6PM
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
FREE ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
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