DJ Yoda is one of Britain?s most admired and original DJs, having built a reputation as the only DJ to single-handedly inject humour into UK hip-hop. Admired for his originality as well as his sense of fun, he is possibly the only DJ in the world who can fill a club cutting George Formby with Jurassic 5, or 80?s pop with New York rap.
Tipped by Q Magazine as one of ?The 10 DJs you must see before you die?, and voted alongside DJ Premier as ?One of the Top Three DJs in the World? in Hip Hop Connection magazine, DJ Yoda is no ordinary scratch DJ. Born in London, Yoda represents a new brand of mix-master who will play any kind of music to make people dance ? with a hip-hop set that can take the audience from underground rap to TV themes, to nursery rhymes, country, soul, reggae, drum and bass, 80?s pop and back again.
In the last year alone, DJ Yoda has:
* Played on the same bill as Steve Martin, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas
* Headlined the Lake Of Stars Festival with Basement Jaxx in Malawi, Africa
* Performed alongside the likes of Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Fatboy Slim
* DJ?d to packed-out clubs everywhere from Beijing to New York
* Headlined at the Star Wars film premiere in front of George Lucas himself, at the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo
* VJ?d for Lily Allen
* Hosted an hour long mix show for BBC?s Radio 1 to celebrate their 40th Anniversary.
In short, he gets all the good gigs.
Separate to these dates, he has also been touring internationally with an audio-visual show, boldly stepping where no other scratch DJ has been before to cut up DVDs live in the club. This came about after his successful re-scoring of both ?The Goonies? and ?Ferris Buellers Day Off? on the festival circuit in 2003 and 2004.
His ?How To Cut and Paste? mix CD series has reached Vol. 3 ? The 80s Edition ? a collage of his favourite pop, hip-hop and movie moments from the 1980s.
He has provided music for TV (Channel 4?s ?4 Music? and FilmFour trails), advertising (his scratching appears in the current worldwide Nike TV campaign) and film (Pathe?s ?Suzie Gold?), and has also judged three years-worth of DMC DJ World Finals.
DJ Yoda's "Mini-Mix" for Annie Mac's show on BBC Radio 1 was also recently voted by listeners as the best mix ever broadcast on the show.
Alongside his sometime DJ partner Dan Greenpeace (of XFM?s All City Show) he released ?Unthugged? in 2003, and provided Pete Tong with his first ever hip-hop Essential Mix for Radio 1 ? bootleg copies of which have been doing the rounds ever since.
Leaving mixtapes aside for a while, Yoda also recently finally released his first artist album, ?The Amazing Adventures Of DJ Yoda?. On this, Yoda provided beats for the likes of Biz Markie, 2005 MOBO-winner Sway, Princess Superstar, Jungle Brothers, MC Paul Barman, and a host of other vocalists, and he won?t stop until he works with all the cast of Sesame Street on a turntablist DJ track.
Hip-Hop Connection ? DJ Editor
2007 - DJ Yoda AV Show nominated one of Best Moments of 2007 - Mixmag
2007 - UK Festival Awards - Best Dance Act
2006 - Nominated for Best Urban DJ - Ibiza DJ Awards
2006 - DJ Yoda Mini-Mix for Annie Mac's Radio 1 Show voted Best Ever Mini-Mix
2005 - Voted one of the Top 100 Best Things About Dance Music Today in IDJ Magazine
2004 ? Hip Hop Connection 2004 Reader?s Poll ? Top 5 DJs In The World
2004 ? Word Magazine votes a skit on ?How To Cut and Paste Vol. 1? one of the Top 5 Skits Of All Time, alongside Wu Tang Clan and De La Soul
2002 ?Hip-Hop Connection 2002 Reader?s Poll ? 6th Best DJ in the World
2002 ? 10 DJs You Must See Before You Die ? Q Magazine (including Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, etc.)
2001 ? Diesel U Music Awards ? DMC Scratch DJ Category Award
2001 ? UK Hip-Hop Awards ? Nominee for Best DJ