o-ii-shi!!feat. Paul Nice (NYC) [SATURDAY – 18.02.2017]
O-ii-shi, a Hip Hop jam! Established in 1997 in Sydney. This event started off showcasing local Japanese dance crews, international DJs and local hot shots. DJs Kavi-R and Naiki set the pace over the years.
This year, as part of our 20th anniversary series, we’ve got the legendary DJ and producer PAUL NICE from New York returning with a special headline set. Paul Nice’s remixes and mixes are world class.
We’re also proud to announce Delta from South Australia heading in to rock an all Vinyl set!
+ BOOGIE MONSTER + NAIKI + KAVI-R + BENNY HINN
+ DANCERS (lots of dancers) + it’s FREE!!!
Expect Dancers, party Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Rare Groove and all types of dance floor bangers!
Limited Capacity, early arrival advised.
PAUL NICE (NYC) //
DJ. Producer. Renaissance Man. Worked with everyone from the Beastie Boys and Biz Markie to Mark Ronson and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Played the haughtiest of hovels to the dankest of dives everywhere from NY to LA, London to Paris, Tokyo to Sydney and back again. Repertoire: Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, Funk, Disco, Brazilian, Dub, Dancehall, Soundtracks and other cool stuff.
DELTA (SA) //
Every once in a while an artist emerges from the underground with an integrity and talent that guarantees their longevity. Adelaide MC and producer Delta is one such artist. His life has been shaped by his long standing commitment to hip hop culture. As winner of countless freestyle MC battles, he has forged an identity as a formidable lyricist and crusader for the elevation of MCing as an artform. After years of showcasing his freestyle skills in open mic sessions, he struck out to travel the world and in the process built a solid network of friends in every corner of the globe
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=)
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: O-II-SHI!! FEAT. PAUL NICE (NYC) + DELTA (SA) + BOOGIE MONSTER + NAIKI + KAVI-R + BENNY HINN + DANCERS
WHEN: SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 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.
To reserve a space please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos thanks to cyanpeper.org & Benny Hinn