Dizz1 **ALBUM LAUNCH**[THURSDAY – 02.07.2015]
Melbourne-based producer & turntablist Dave Norris aka Dizz1 is about to release his album In Sickness & In Health on UK label Tru Thoughts, featuring some of his favourite MCs including Tame One, Sadat X, Om’Mas Keith, Motley, Aloe Blacc & Frank Nitt…
A few highlights include attending the Red Bull Music Academy in Spain & Sonar 2010. Dizz1 has performed alongside De La Soul, Mos Def, DJ Vadim, Gaslamp Killer, DJ Krush, and Tokimonsta, he’s earned his stripes with a hip hop style that references reggae, jungle and dub.
In Sickness & In Health’ is the debut full-length from Dizz1 on Tru Thoughts. The deep and intrepid hip hop of the album has been previewed on two heavy EPs: 2014’s “Everyday Grind”, a red vinyl release featuring Aloe Blacc, Warrior Queen and Om’Mas Keith, which gained support from the likes of Om Unit, Clash, FACT, THUMP, MOJO and Potholes; and “Get ‘Em Up”, which drops on azure blue wax three weeks ahead of the album (4th May). The latter EP unveils tracks with renowned rapper Frank Nitt (Frank N Dank, Yancey Boys, J Dilla) as well as a bonus Danny Breaks remix, and recently gained the ultimate endorsement in forward-thinking hip hop when it was leaked upfront by Flying Lotus on his BBC R1 Residency.
With the scene already well and truly set, there is still much to unearth on this wide-ranging album. In its creation, Dizz1 – AKA Melbourne based Dave Norris – had a mission to explore progressive, long-building, deep dance music arrangements in a hip hop context and tempo, with the idea of getting his favourite MCs to spit over beats that are far from the conventional looped bars. Reflecting the esteem in which he is held, his dream team of vocalists materialised; a host of collaborators lined up to help transmute Dizz1’s vision via their charisma and lyrical chops.
Up there as one of Norris’s favourite MCs ever, Tame One of the Artifacts was one of the first to come correct and cement the concept, on “So Beautiful”. “He came back with exactly what I had in mind and I knew this was meant to be”, says Norris; “Just building and dancing without any urgency. It is a pure example of my take on hip hop.”
Sadat X (Brand Nubian) lends his firebrand intensity in a hard-hitting slice of storytelling over a suspenseful and edgy beat on “Reach Out Or Not”; “We Go Ridin’ feat. Om’Mas Keith” sees the Jay-Z, Kanye and Frank Ocean co-producer Keith hopping over into the vocal booth, for a collaboration which came about after he heard the dirty, bass-heavy rhythm track and simply responded, “Yo. Throw that in my Pro Tools!”
Australia based British rapper Motley brings his fiercely irreverent game, featuring alongside the soulful Melbourne singer Candice Monique on “Upsidedown”, “Love” (co-produced with Hospital Records’ Royalston) and the cheeky closing gambit “I Do Me”, described by Norris as a “salute to all the greats who came before me and a smile for all the haters who can’t ignore me.” He also spars with RUCL, the Jamaican born singer’s R&B and dancehall infused sound proving the perfect foil, on the dark and disturbed “Stuck On You”.
Adept at weaving a unique web of sound to complement the styles of his vocalists, Dizz1’s warm, bouncing and intricate backdrop makes an outstanding platform for Frank Nitt’s direct, energetic flow on “Get ‘Em Up”, while the monster break on “Higher” combines a log-drumming rhythm from Melbourne based West Papua New Guinea musician Airileke with some neck snapping Dizz1 drums and scratches. “What You Want” is a refreshing, funky electro-infused cut with duo Killbot Kindergarten, its snaking bass and singer Youka’s harmony-laced vocals punctuated with more bars from Nitt and enveloped in Dizz1’s on-point production.
Known for his “feel” – whether it’s scratching, drumming or programming those sideways beats – turntablist, producer and drummer Dizz1 has been in the music industry for over a decade, including two years in Japan. In the early ‘00s he played major festivals, appeared on Channel V and toured across Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand, rising quickly to perform alongside the likes of Grand Master Flash, Roni Size, Jam Master Jay (RIP) and JRocc.
Testament to his strength and philosophical nature, he managed to keep rising despite breaking his neck in 2004 and becoming temporarily paralysed with a titanium plate in place. During his rehabilitation he buried himself in the studio, and once recovered he hit the road, playing across the globe and teaching Ableton Live and Logic, everywhere from Indigenous communities to prisons, creating his own unique curriculum focused on promoting positive vibes through music. More recently, he has been blowing up all over the place, from playing at Sonar to attending the Red Bull Music Academy to gaining airplay from Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs and Benji B. He has performed alongside a who’s-who of quality music, from De La Soul and Mos Def to Gaslamp Killer and Loefah. His studio collaborations include Mark Pritchard, Steve Spacek (Africa Hitech), DJ Vadim and Roots Manuva, who featured his production “Here We Go Again” as a single on his ‘4everevolution’ LP.
SHAN FRENZIE //
Frenzie has been around the block more than a few times. He’s got well over twenty years of experience behind him, a record collection that will make any deejay envious, and a concrete rep as one of Australia’s most trusted party rockers. Taking inspiration from when DJ’s used to play for no less than 6 hours straight and transition between styles: Original Soul & Funk 45′s – check. Deep House, Disco & Boogie – check. Hip Hop, R&B, Breaks & Beats – check. Party anthems and forgotten classics – check. Frenzie has got you covered.
His Groove Therapy radio show (now in it’s eleventh year) has been broadcasting weekly on 2SER FM every Friday lunchtime and has become an essential listen to all musically savvy Sydney-siders, while the podcast of the show has garnered a huge loyal fan base in all corners of the globe.
A veteran touring DJ of the Australian east coast, Frenzie also recently rocked dance floors in San Francisco and New York – and has had support billing alongside a who’s who of DJ royalty. Infact, pioneering deejay Grandmaster Flash requested Frenzie as his official support DJ for his most recent 2013 Sydney tour (four shows in total) – and only months earlier, Frenzie could be seen cutting it up on the turntables on stage with New Yorks Hip Hop legends The Ultramagnetic MC’s.
…and it’s no small wonder – Frenzie definitely has the skills to pay the bills. In 2012 he placed second in the New South Wales heats of the DMC, the most prestigious DJ competition in the world (He’s last foray into battle deejaying was almost twelve years earlier).
But can he rock a party? Frenzie has been dropping memorable sets for years. Whether it be a one hour power mix or an all night marathon set behind the turntables, Frenzie has plenty of experience reading the crowd and always drops an entertaining set – custom built from carefully considered quality jams and a dash of turntable trickery. Not only can Frenzie mix a record, he has definitely earned his stripes as the number one chief party rocker.
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…
Fri 26th June – Rumpus Room, Brisbane
Sat 27th June – Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Thu 2nd July – Play Bar, Sydney
Fri 3rd July – Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland
Sat 4th July – Havana, Wellington
Fri 10th July – Mojo’s, Perth
Sat 11th July – Transit Bar, Canberra
Fri 21st August – Boney, Melbourne
WHEN: THURSDAY 2 JULY 2015 | DIZZ1 | 8PM – MIDNIGHT
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
FREE ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
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