o-ii-shi! pre-xmas jam [SATURDAY – 12.12.2015]
An absolute classic o-ii-shi! Pre-Xmas Party coming up this Dec, feat. an All-Star Sydney lineup…
Boogie Monster, Naiki, Kavi-R, Lovebombs Djs, Mike Who, Krystel Diola…
BOOGIE MONSTER (ALEX DIMITRIADES) //
Perhaps wary of being stigmatised as an actor hitching a ride on another type of entertainment bandwagon, it wasn’t until the mid-2000s that Alex Dimitriades was brave enough to start DJing under his own name.
He needn’t have worried. Fellow DJs instantly talked up not only his credentials on the Technics 1200s, but also the breadth of his musical knowledge and the depth of a collection that has its roots in soul but reaches far beyond. Now he’s just wrapped up another stint of DJing and “pushing the boundaries of human possibility and acceptance” at Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, where he was happy to “roll with the program” of pushing a more mainstream sound than that found on the obscurities he’s always on the hunt for.
Having the classics as well as the chinstroker’s delights is a result of a lifetime of digging, with his work as a DJ dating back to around the time he was plucked from obscurity to star alongside Claudia Karvan in The Heartbreak Kid in 1993.
“Only people who have known me really well or for a very long time understand just how much music has always been a part of my life, from as far back as I can remember,” Alex says. “But naturally when you have major commercial media networks jamming your name in lights to promote their latest product, it’d be fair to say that association is most likely to take precedence over all else.”
You get the sense that life up in those lights doesn’t sit easy with him, though he’s been a natural presence in front of the camera from that debut right up to his recent star turn in The Slap. The acting career did, however, come with the added bonus of helping fund his musical passion, allowing the kid who’d immersed himself in hip hop and street culture from the 1980s to start a vinyl addiction that seemed impossible when his mother raised him and his two siblings on the “bare essentials”.
“So the two things worked together hand in hand for me, quite nicely,” he says of acting and DJing, “as this newfound success also saw me travelling quite a bit, which in turn would greatly influence my style.” And as he was exploring different roles on-screen, he was concurrently digging deeper and deeper into the dusty confines of music history – in record stores and on the radio airwaves, when Discogs and SoundCloud were years way from being blips on the radar.
Hip hop led him to jazz-fusion and rare groove, before the arrival of acid house and techno in Sydney took him down the rabbitholes that open in Chicago and Detroit. “Twenty years and countless overseas trips later, with those building blocks laying the foundations for a now feverish desire for impossible to find rare soul, funk and disco, I’ve amassed a wealth of information and a wax collection I never could have dreamed of,” he says.
“And it never seems to end either,” he adds, of a life-long quest which recently saw him attain an ultra-rare 70s soul record from California Playboys which he’s still paying off a seller in Sweden for. “Even when you think you know it all, new and more obscure information constantly presents itself in some way shape or form. It may sound pretty funny but these last few years especially, I’ve become a proper Jedi funk magnet!”
“I’ve been posting a few things on the Facebook event page for kids to get a feel, but social networks are also a spotter’s playground for dope so therefore rarity tends to be the major driving force behind those particular selections. I’m not crazy about having/playing the same records as everybody else out there so generally only give away info on things that are impossible to find. Those signature boogie monster joints!”
Hailing from Iwate, Japan, also renowned for the Jazzy Sport label, DJ Naiki has been behind the turntables for over 25 years. While Naiki is internationally known as a Hip Hop DJ, his vast experience also allows him to select from the choicest Soul, Neo-Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz, Reggae and House cuts.
Such knowledge has enabled him be Australia’s first choice in providing beats for dance battles of all styles, including but not limited to, Battle of the Year Australia 2003, Australian B-Boy Championships 2005, B-Boy Rely’s (Nick Power) project Platform 2013,Dance@Live Australia Preliminaries 2013 and Freestyle session Australia Preliminaries 2014. Notably he has also been the sole DJ for the Hip-Hop category for Dancekool Volumes (now on its 28th incarnation) since 2002.
Others have also recognised Naiki’s incredible skills, with Naiki supporting seminal acts such as Kurtis Blow, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Revolution, The World Famous Beat Junkies,Rock Steady Crew, Gangstarr, Mobb Deep, Souls of Mischief, Naughty By Nature, Cash Money, DJ Krush, Nivea, Black Eyed Peas, Fatman Scoop & The Crooklyn Clan and Red Bull Music Academy presents: Exile.
I’m an old school Hip Hop DJ that plays all types of music. I cut it up and collect vinlyl, I make mix tapes and manipulate music.
I love Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Boogie, Dancehall, Afro Beat, Brazilian, House and just good music in general. I play underground music, I play cheese, I play to the people, all walks of life, all genres, many styles. I’ve been immersed in Hip Hop culture since 1985. I’ve been DJ’ing since 88′. On a commercial tip since 94′. I have serious vinyl issues. As a 12 year old toddler, I vaguely remember one of my earliest vinyl purchases; Lonnie Liston Smith – “Expansions” 12″, I still own this record. I’m in it for the love of the music. My mix tapes are from the Soul, get to know them, you’ll get to know me. Thanks for listening.
Good music Y’all! Enjoy=)
ANNO (LOVEBOMBS) //
Sydney based DJ since 1998. Specialising in Boogie, Disco, Funk, R&B and House Music.
MIKE WHO //
Renowned as one of Sydney’s most diverse and respected selectors, Mike Who’s skills behind the turntables are in increasingly high demand. Known for consistently serving up forward thinking & eclectic sets, his widely-sourced taste and deep Hip-Hop roots lend themselves to an assorted dancefloor package spanning genres, generations and continents.
Regularly called upon to support the international heavyweights that come our way, chances are you have caught Mike warming the stage for everyone from J Rocc to Bonobo, Flako & Guilty Simpson to Oneman & Quantic, House Shoes to Peanut Butter Wolf through to Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow with tonnes more to heaving effect.
When not heating up our biggest stages, Who’s mixes (including the provocative Sucker for Love series) have been blogged by some of the largest publications around the world – racking up tens of thousands of plays and shedding another light on his diverse taste. On top of an increasingly-busy schedule that has seen him play regular shows around the country and overseas, Mike has also held down a four year residency on FBi’s award-winning weekly Stolen Records show, and a month long residency on Triple J Mix Up Exclusives, broadcasting his finds to a huge number of listeners both home and abroad.
Consistently outside the box and never afraid to take a risk, Mike Who’s sets will always move feet and educate heads. From high-pressure international support slots, peak time festival sets to closing full rooms, Who’s got you covered.
KRYSTEL DIOLA //
The lady with the soooopa dynamite soul & the front woman of “Behind the front”…
WHEN: SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER 2015 | o-ii-shi! Pre-Xmas Party
feat. Boogie Monster, Naiki, Kavi-R, Lovebombs Djs, Mike Who, Krystel Diola
DOORS OPEN AT 5PM | MUSIC KICKS AT 6PM | HAPPY HOUR 6PM-8PM
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
FREE ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
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Last night was a lot of fun and some great tunes got layed down thatnks to Kavi-R and some of the o-ii-shi!! crew
Big Ups to Krystel Diola, Dj Naiki, Mike Who, Lovebomb Djs, Kavi-R & the Boogie Monster