DJ Swamp makes special guest appearance at 2012 Canadian DMC DJ Championships [News]
Hamilton, ON – Legendary Cali based DJ Swamp will be performing a special guest showcase at the 2012 Canadian DMC DJ Championships in Hamilton. Swamp, originally from Cleveland, was himself a DMC Champion by winning the 1996 U.S. DMC Championships. He then toured with Grammy-nominated artist Beck for several years before focusing on his solo opportunities. Swamp has also given back to the culture of DJing by creating tools for other DJs to use like ‘skip proof’ records.
Watch DJ Swamp live in Hamilton, Ontario, tomorrow inside The Casbah Lounge (306 King St. W) as part of the 2012 Canadian DMC DJ Championships. Click here for more details about that event, including the official flyer. More info about Swamp after the jump link below.
About DJ Swamp
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DJ Swamp is an American hip hop DJ/turntablist and hip-hop producer. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. In 1996, he took the title of US DMC Champion, his first year entering the tournament. Swamp toured with Beck for four years and later broke away into a solo career with “Never is Now” in 2001. He is known for his roguish antics which differentiate his DJ sets from others’ by incorporating record smashing, body mutilation and fire breathing.
DJ Swamp has produced several DJ tools that are considered standards including his infamous “skip-proof” records which have the same sample repeated over and over so that if the needle is bumped it will land in the same sample.
In 1996, as a first time entry, he won the US DMC Championships. He showed up dressed in all black with a beanie cap and long hair. His set ended with Swamp using a technique called a needle drop to play Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”, followed by him smashing his records.
Career with Beck
After winning the 1996 US DMC Championships, Swamp found himself still driving a street sweeper for a living in Ohio. He was making calls looking for gigs and a chance to break into the music scene full time when he heard Beck was going to be in town. He formulated a plan to pose as a reporter and slip in a demo of him mixing and scratching Beck’s tracks. He waited for Beck all day but never got to meet him. He did however give his demo tape to Beck’s publicist. A few weeks later Beck called Swamp and he joined the tour as Beck’s DJ. The two toured together for four years.
In the fall of 2000 Swamp began work on his first solo album Never is Now. After the Midnite Vultures tour, Swamp decided that he wanted to explore his own creative ambition. In 2001 he released his first album, Never is Now, which was supported by the successful single “Worship the Robots.” The song featured Simple Text voice Fred as the rapper. The text application vocals were chopped up and manipulated to make it more like rap than just spoken test. Also on the album was “Disintegrator” which was featured in the Orgazmo Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Swamp has built a loyal following around the world appearing in festivals, rock shows, hip-hop shows and even raves. His stage performance consists of him DJing, rapping, lighting things on fire, breaking records, and fire-breathing. Crowds that are often overwhelmed by his stage presence and raw sound usually warm up to him because of his crowd interaction and give-a-ways.
Swamp formed Decadent Records in 1998, which allowed him to distribute his scratch tools. His “skip-proof” records are a staple in many turntablist sets.
DJ Swamp has appeared on songs by The Crystal Method, Katy Perry, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Ben Folds, Belinda, Beck, Oblivion Dust, Kid Rock, Hanson, The Bloodhound Gang, Morcheeba, The Dandy Warhols, R.L. Burnside, Faithless, OPM, DEVO, Save Ferris, Say Anything, Dust Brothers, Kool Keith, Sticky Fingaz, Better than Ezra and Vanilla Ice.
Swamp’s television appearances: ABC In Concert, The Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Jools Holland, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Much Music, Farmclub.com, MTV Awards, TFI Friday, ESPN’s Summer X Games 2000, ESPN /ABC Winter X Games 2001, and Top of the Pops.
He has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Subculture, Ray Gun, Mean[disambiguation needed ], DJ Times, Keyboard, Mixer, The LA Times, and URB.
Be sure to vist DJ Swamp’s official website, DJSwamp.com.