DJ A.S.K. feat. BASKIAT. EP Launch [FRIDAY – 27.02.2014]
One of the best in the game will be down to drop his brand new EP & no doubt a little showcase of what he can do on the 1200s…
DJ A$K (2 X Aust DMC DJ Champ) //
DJ A.$.K has over 20 years experience as a OJ and has worked professionally since 1988,And was rated as Australia’s number one hip-hop DJ from 88-97 and had entered and won practically every major Australian dj mixing competition up to 97 as well as representing Australia at the World DMC Mixing Championships in 90 and 96. He was one of the early pioneers of hip hop in Australia and appeared on the first Australian hip-hop commercial release “down under by law” on virgin records in 1988 (with “westside posse”) and co-produced the first E.P from iconic Australian hiphop group “def wish cast” and as founding member of the DJ crew “CrossFader Raiders” he produced Australia’s first Dj battle record (CFR Battle Utensiles Vol-1 & 2) on his label “MUSICAL HI-JACKER RECORDINGS” as well as many underground Lp’s/mix tape’s! c.d’s,also playing support to many of hip-hop’s finest including: Y.B.T, RUN DMC, NAUGHTY BY NATURE, ICE T, PUBLIC ENEMY and HOUSE OF PAIN,plus being involved with Australia’s first and longest running dj school “DJ’S UNITED” and working with many community projects.
Nominated for a Aria award as part of the band renegade funk train in 97 which had commercial success in Australia and abroad seen him tour the country and perform on many of Australia’s top television show’s. In 98 he relocated to the U.K. to concentrate on music production & recording which has seen him play & record with various top London bands as well as produce his solo material along with his mix CDs, remix work & club gigs.
In January 2008 he returned home to Australia and has produced tracks and featured on many local releases as well as releasing a compilation Cd along side the “mashup” project “the a-team” and HYJAK .. straight jak .. album. FALLING RAIN is his most recent solo material featuring international artist’s from around the world as He continues to push the boundaries and remains to play a significant role in Australian hip-hop culture.
Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, 22 y/o concept rapper Baskiat (who also plays sax and produces his own beats) combines elements of Future Electronica with jazz orchestration to create the Hip-Hop Opera, or “Hip-Hopera” of his debut album “Sophisticated Fiending.” Replacing the materialistic content of New School Hip-Hop with introspective reflection, yet preserving the stylistic power of the form of Hip-Hop; “Fiending” is a fantastical and psychedelic, yet philosophical and intellectual snapshot from the perspective of a young person pivoting between the two worlds of “9-5″, conformist, academic society and a passionate, promiscuous, substance driven lifestyle.
Released on the 16th of June, 2014, “Sophisticated Fiending” is a concept album that is raw, sincere and honest in it’s portrayal of the state of mind and environment in which it was created. Evading genre, Baskiat is an artist both sonically and contextually relatable for school leavers in an increasingly isolated digital culture; “cutting the bullshit” with poignant and candid accuracy.
Baskiat has been rapping for about 3 years, and producing for 2, playing sax since he was a kid. In 2012 he released his first single “Wisdom,” co-produced by Flume, to a great reception online and a brief rotation on Triple J. Since then he has matured as an artist, working with more local talents such as Decypher Us, Nonne MC, Jason Matts and Ranford Bigsby; this local clique from the Beaches holds down residency once a month at BRKLYN bar in Manly. 2013 saw Baskiat and the clique opening for several more established Australian acts including Spit Syndicate, Kerser, Diafrix and Pez.
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 page.
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…
WHEN: FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2015 – DJ A.S.K. feat. BASKIAT. EP Launch
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
FREE ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
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