“DJ Yoda was instrumental in creating the bootleg ‘cut-up’ mixing style. Whilst most other ‘superstar’ DJ’s were macho-postulating and demanding huge fees, Yoda was doing it for laughs… Nearly a decade later, in an era of playlist-skipping and remixes of bootlegs of bootlegs, he’s more relevant than ever.” - XYZ Magazine, February 2010
“DJ Yoda was instrumental in creating the bootleg ‘cut-up’ mixing style. Whilst most other ‘superstar’ DJ’s were macho-postulating and demanding huge fees, Yoda was doing it for laughs... Nearly a decade later, in an era of playlist-skipping and remixes of bootlegs of bootlegs, he’s more relevant than ever.” - XYZ Magazine, February 2010
Duncan Beiny aka DJ Yoda is no ordinary scratch DJ. His seminal How To Cut & Paste series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die”, whilst Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world”.
From hip-hop beginnings, DJ Yoda has evolved in the past ten years, using his turntable skills and diverse influences, as varied as Funk, B-more, Kuduro, Reggae, Drum ‘n’ Bass and even Big Band Swing and Country & Western, to make unashamed party music. He can be found cutting the Indiana Jones theme with woofer-worrying Dubstep or The Muppet Theme with MIA. His shows are peppered with Film, TV and YouTube samples and visuals that lift his sets to new and stratospheric heights.
Trail-blazing into the world of the audio-visual he pioneered a new art form, using cutting edge technology that he has been instrumental in developing, to scratch and mix visuals on top of his DJ sets in the clubs. Starting out by re-scoring both ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ on the festival circuit in 2003 and 2004, DJ Yoda went on to transform the average night out into a fusion of clubbing and the movies. His recent AV tours have included “DJ Yoda Goes To The Movies”, “Magic Cinema Show” and “National Video Vacation”.
DJ Yoda recently released the fourth and fifth instalments of the ‘How To Cut and Paste’ mix CD series, moving even further away from the hip-hop template into un-chartered musical territory. Blowing the barn doors off for a wild hayride into the heart of Country & Western, Vol. 4 was a truly surprising and groundbreaking edition, whilst ‘The ‘30’s Edition’ (Vol. 5) featured the kings of swing retooled with raw 21st Century beats. It scored a perfect 10 out of 10 in iDJ magazine, and has thrown the doors wide open for the series’ future.
For his debut album ‘The Amazing Adventures Of DJ Yoda’, released to critical acclaim in 2006, he produced tracks with Biz Markie, 2005 MOBO-winner Sway, Princess Superstar, Jungle Brothers, MC Paul Barman, and a host of other vocalists. He has also made music for Film, TV and Advertising and is currently finishing a new artist album.
Recent highlights for DJ Yoda include:
* Coming 6th in Music Radar’s ‘The 20 Greatest DJs Of All Time’ list * Showcasing his Stop, Look & Listen AV Show at the IMAX in London * Performing alongside the likes of Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Fatboy Slim and also with Lily Allen providing exclusive visuals. *Being nominated for a Sony Radio Award in the ‘Music Special’ category for his "Cut & Paste" documentary for BBC Radio 1. * Releasing the critically-acclaimed Fabric Live 39 mix CD. * Creating a special Michael Jackson tribute Mini-Mix for Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show
Colin Chu, better known as Big League Chu, is simply the leading DJ talent in Canada’s breakbeat scene today. After nearly a decade of DJing, his name is synonymous with the funky, party-happy sound that?s become Chu’s rallying call – and it’s one that crowds answer faithfully. Passion for music and fun are what motivates Chu, who plays the piano, flute and guitar, and counts the Dave Matthews Band and Public Enemy as his biggest musical influences. It’s this good-natured respect for good times and eclectic sounds that has garnered this humble DJ of Hong Kong and Singaporean descent to such a steady stream of press, from underground publications like Tribe and Klublife to mainstream outlets like the Toronto Star and Eye weekly. As Make It Funky’s main resident, Colin dynamic sets and down to earth nature has made him Toronto’s most sought after performer.
Deep in the UK Funk, Turntablism, Funky Breaks, HipHop and Mash-up scenes – Make it Funky is a one of a kind dance party experience. Now celebrating their 7 year, Make it Funky has become a Toronto party institution that has hosted the hottest turntablist DJs on the planet such as Z-Trip, DJ NuMark, DJ Q-Bert, Herbaliser, A.Skillz, and hottest breakbeat producers Krafty Kuts, Fort Knox Five, All Good Funk Alliance, Bassnectar, Featurecast, Ursula 1000, the funkiest bands Breakestra, Galactic SoulJazz Orchestra plus Hiphop & Breakbeat legend Afrika Bambaataa and Beatbox Champions Killa Kela, Beardyman, Dub/FX.
Also a showcase for the Canadian scene MIF has hosted Mat The Alien, Wicked Lester, Funk Hunters, Stickybuds, Big League Chu, Smalltown DJs, DJ Audit and bands King Sunshine, KC Roberts & The Live Revolution, God Made Me Funky, High Plains Drfter, Ninja Funk Orchestra and so many others.
Founded in 2005, Make it Funky has stood apart of the competition because of cutting edge DJs line-ups and positive, fun vibe. With a promise to delivers an exceptional night of music, dancing and good fun, Make it Funky focuses on bringing the best of funk, breaks, hip hop, and beat-driven live music to the masses.
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