DJ DAMEZA [TAS]
In a world filled with disposable music and dime-a-dozen DJ’s playing web rips off a USB stick, scratch DJ’s still using vinyl are few and far between. Bare witness to DJ Dameza shredding two records simultaneously and you’ll learn very quickly why he didn’t trade out his records for a portable hard drive.
Firstly, don’t let the ‘DJ’ in his title fool you; Dameza aka James Walsh is one multi talented individual, a renowned master on decks, esteemed producer and successful event promoter all rolled in to one. Undeniably best known for his live performances, Dameza charges up his audience with unlimited genre mixes; never shying away from the opportunity to balance the likes of electronica, 70’s funk and Hip-Hop.
His motto is simple: ‘If the music is good, I’ll play it.’
Dameza’s DJ rap sheet is long and diverse; landing 3rd place in the Australian DMC finals in 2006, receiving triple j’s ‘Next Crop’ selection in 2007 with Hip-Hop group mdusu&dameza, voted 2nd place in the 2008 Ozhiphop Awards ‘Best Club Set DJ’ category and in 2009 received a winning nod in the ABC Amplified Awards for ‘Best DJ’ and ‘Best Urban/Funk/Hip-Hop’ categories.
Always on the cusp of the latest in audio-visual technology, Dameza is a pioneer in the fine art of live video performances. Together with his brother VJ Sloth, Dameza formed Acumen – a combination of live DJ and Visual skills, taking influence from global sources, both past and present. As a result of Acumen’s inspiring and experimental visual and audio ventures, support slots rolled in for Pendulum, XZIBIT and Afrika Bambaataa, plus the duo received the first ever and rather awe-inspiring commissioned work to be used in conjunction with the Australian Symphony Orchestra. Not surprisingly, the talented siblings also received first place for ‘Electronic/Dance artist of the Year’ at the 2010 Amplified Awards.
His reputation has continued to spread, both Australia wide and internationally, leading to a vast array of coveted support acts for the likes of DJ Shadow, Grandmaster Flash, Q-Bert and Mixmaster Mike. His prowess in live DJ performances has also had eyes and ears pinned, with requests from such acts as Young MC, RA the Rugged Man and Paris Wells to back them up in live shows.
With an insatiable urge to stay a cut above the rest, Dameza sounds rings out worldwide and the best is surely yet to come.