WAX WARS – GRAND FINAL [FRIDAY – 19.12.2014]
So we are down to the huge Wax Wars Grand Final…
Two battlers, DJ CO$T & DJ DAMEZA, have made it through the rounds, the semis and now stand face-to-face ready to deliver the knock-out blow in this mega-heavy weight bout…
Please join us for this special night to determine who is the best battle turntablist in the country.
Wax Wars is here to bring turntablism out of the shadows and into the spotlight where it belongs.
THE BATTLERS – GRAND FINAL
WINNERS OF SEMI-FINAL (1) – DJ CO$T [NSW] VS. SEMI-FINAL (2) – DJ DAMEZA [TAS]
+ SHOWCASE SET FROM DJ SAMRAI
+ LIVE STREET ART FROM PHIBS
+ CUTS & SCRATCHES BY CAUSTIC, YODA & WAZA FROM THE CROWN STREET CUT COLLECTIVE & CHOP FAMILY.
DJ CO$T //
DJ Cost started djing close to ten years ago and has been a dedicated student to the art of turntablism ever since. Heavily involved in the local hip hop scene for years. Dj for P.Smurf and Cooking with Caustic and tour Dj for a number of acts including Joe New & Ozi Batla. Dj Cost has recorded studio cuts for a number of artists including Thundamentals and Daily Meds. He earned second place in his first Dj battle at the 2013 NSW DMC Competition.!
DJ DAMEZA //
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.
SHOWCASE SET FROM DJ SAMRAI //
The name DJ Samrai means more than just a good time on the dancefloor. It signifies versatility, talent, energy and charisma mixed together to create a phenomenal and unforgettable DJ set whether in clubs across the world, at the country’s biggest festivals, or listening to one of the Australian champion turntablists’ mix CD releases on some of the world’s biggest labels including Universal Music and Ministry Of Sound.
His versatility has led Samrai to play alongside some of the biggest names in music today. Some of these names include Kanye West, Neyo, Rihanna, Chris Brown,The Black Eyed Peas, Lil Jon, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, LMFAO, Redman & Method Man, Xzibit, Jurassic 5, Pharaohe Monch, Beatnuts, Gangstarr & Rhazel & Snoop Dogg.
Samrai cemented his name as one of Australia’s hottest festival DJ’s with his phenomenal sets at The Good Vibrations festival earlier this year. After holding a regular spot on the festival’s line-up for three years, Samrai kept over 150,000 festival goers entertained as the official national “Roots Stage” DJ, sharing the stage with Kid Cudi, Busta Rhymes, Gym Class Heroes and old skool legends Naughty By Nature. The 2011 Good Vibrations Festival sees Samrai performing alongside Ludacris, Nas, Damian Marley and Kelis. His impressive resume boasts spots at other popular festivals and events including Summerfield Dayze, Livid Festival, Motorola Snowboard World Cup and The Quicksilver Pro, highlighting that although passionate about hip hop he can play anything from electro, pop, rock or urban and still captivate the crowd. Samrai signed with Universal Music in 2003 as one of the DJ’s on the Blazin Mixtape series. The Blazin series was the first legal mixtape available in Australia and has gone on to be Universal Music’s biggest urban compilation selling in excess of 300,000 copies. Proving his versatility as a DJ, Samrai was signed to major international dance label Ministry Of Sound in 2010. His mix CD release “Maximum Bass Overdrive” sold over 50,000 copies.
Samrai is also a master of trickery on the decks having won a number of prestigious accolades including the Australian DMC Championships and the ITF Australian Scratch Championships. Gaining an amazing Top 14 world ranking at the DMC World Finals in London in 2001, Samrai was the youngest DJ to ever represent Australia at just 19 years old.
The only Australian Turntablist to have won Both National Titles In DMC & ITF, Samrai also Is The Stealth National Dj Champion.
With all these achievements and more under his belt, it’s obvious to see why DJ Samrai is Australia’s Number one Turntablist DJs. A DJ Samrai set will have you amazed in a matter of minutes as he masterfully battles the turntables with his diverse song selection and trickery. If you have yet to experience DJ Samrai, prepare to be introduced to one of the greatest.
LIVE ART FROM PHIBS //
Phibs is one the most respected and renowned names in Australian Graffiti/Street Art. His public art works are prolific in Melbourne & Sydney and are far-flung across the globe. He has painted so many walls around Fitzroy, an inner suburb of Melbourne, that it has affectionately become known by locals as ‘Phibsroy’.
Originally from Sydney, Phibs came from a strong graffiti background and was active in community programs, inspiring the artistic potential of this now popular art form. Moving to Melbourne in 2001 saw Phibs exposed to an evolving Melbourne street art scene and the joined the Everfresh Studio collective. In Melbourne Phibs established a name within the fine arts world and rapidly became one of the cities most respected and renowned artists, on & off the streets.
Phibs signifies the symbiotic, engaging the urban with the organic. He produces works across a vast variety of mediums and consistently reflects his own unique realms of symbolism, multiculturalism and mythology. Largely inspired by nature, his works have spawned a menagerie of signature characters.
Phibs distinctive style has attracted numerous major brands and publications and several of his works have been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia for its permanent collection.
Now based in Sydney, Phibs continues to exhibit interstate and Internationally in galleries, on walls & at various festivals.
Keep your eye out for upcoming projects & publications…
WHEN: FRIDAY 19 DECEMBER 2014 – WAX WARS – GRAND FINAL
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
8PM – CROWN STREET CUT COLLECTIVE & CHOP FAMILY OPEN WITH SOME CUTTIN’ & SKRATCHIN’
9.30PM – SHOWCASE SET FROM SAMRAI
11PM – THE BATTLE COMMENCES – WINNERS OF SEMI-FINAL (1) – DJ CO$T VS SEMI-FINAL (2) – DJ DAMEZA
$10 ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
Oh My Goodness… That battle had everything you could possibly ask for ask for One of the rawest, real battles we have ever seen…
MASSIVE CONGRATS to DJ DAMEZA from Tasmania for taking the crown against DJ Cost in the Heavy-weight battle of the year…
Both contestants bought the punches… there was cuttin’, scratching, flaring, body-tricks, plenty of dissing & reverse dissing… massive respect from us at PLAY BAR SYDNEY…..
Huge thanks goes out to DJ SAMRAI for an incredibly busy showcase set. He schooled plenty out there last night…
Phibs Official-Graffiti/Fine Art/Street Art painted up a signature piece that looks amazing…
Another massive thanks to THE CHOP Crew, Dion, Caustic, Rubix & the Crown.St Cut Collectivefam who came down for a scratch, Broke & Heavy Hands
Another big thanks to all our awesome sponsors… Sailor Jerry, Shure, Sennheiser, Bondi Beach Radio, Showtime Promotions & Productions, Well Dressed Vandals & Westsyde Connection… All your contribution is greatly appreciated…
Thanks to everyone who came down and supported and breathed life into this cities turntable community & last of all…
To Ets (Mr. WAX WARS) big ups bro, you pulled it all together and made it a success… respect and appreciate all the hard work and effort…