Friday, May 19, 2006

2 young DJ's and one MC!

First of all let me say well done to Joe who joined me on last weeks Teenage Thursdays. I didn't review it properly but we had a good chat on all things hip-hop and it was great to talk to a fellow hip-hop enthusiast! Last night I had a pair of DJ's up with me (OC and DJC) aswell as a young rapper from Shamrock Lawn (Sintar). It went realy well and we got loads of texts and positive reaction. I played a tune from each of them. We started off with a clever DJ mash up created by DJ C, who threw 50 Cents "In Da club" over Snoops "Drop It Like Its Hot" Hip-hop isn't even his main forte but he's defo got some musical talent as the blend was effortless. I then proceded to play one of Sintar's tunes. I've had his demo for a few weeks and have been impressed by the way he has put together and structured his songs. "Rappin Is My Style" is a low-riding Easy E sounding west coast styled number featuring banging beats and quality lyrics and flows. He makes his own beats aswell whcih is great. We finished the show with OC's remix of Kanye's Shirley Bassey's sampling "Diamonds From Sierre Leone". He brings this tune into the banging dance territory whcih so many youngsters love and fair play because it totally brought the original to a different level. That's what remixing is all about! These guys are great and we had a really good laugh, I hope to hear much more from them all in the future!

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    I'm a DJ from Cork in Ireland. I work with RedFM, presenting Red Drive, The Hitlist and my specialist show, Black on Red. I'm probably best known for being one of the main hip-hop/soul DJ's in Cork and Ireland. I've been DJing in Cork since the early 90's in legendary clubnights such as Sweat in Sir Henrys, Mor Disco, Free La Funk, Yo Latino and also Jam and Jam Junior at the Savoy and the Pavilion. I've also held down long term residencies at clubs around Ireland such as Brown Sugar at the Kitchen in Dublin, U-Turn at Ri Ra in Dublin, Jazz Juice at the GPO in Galway, Thompson Garage in Belfast, the Soul Clinic, Dee-Bop, Meltdown and Mo Bounce in Limerick and i've played abroad in the United States and the U.K. on numerous occasions. I also write a music column for the Evening Echo and i'm a regular contributor to the U.K.'s Blues and Soul, the longest running black music magazine in the world. These days i run the Pavilion, a music venue in Cork, which hosts my Jam night every few Fridays also you can catch me at