|DJ C - Aaron Spectre
On tour in Europe, June 2005
raggabreaks, dubcore, speedbeats, genreblends, wreckstep, soundclashes, beatresearch, rewinds, basshits, and boomsounds... Comin' to your town!!!
DJ C has been dropping his mashed up mix of jungle, reggae, hardcore, rock, hip-hop, folk, bhangra, techno, and just about everything else at parties, clubs, and events worldwide since the mid ‘90s.
In 1995 he started the Electro Organic Sound System (EOSS). EOSS’s critically acclaimed debut CD, Herbanism, was released in 1996, and was followed by two 12" EPs — Roots and Wroller Wreck. A second EOSS album — Roots Wreck Remix — was released 2000.
"Fibrous Jungle and post-Orb dub overlaid with grainy electronics."
In 2003, DJ C started the Mashit label to release hard-hitting ragga-junglistic material. Mashit 001 featured rough and rugged ragga tracks by DJ C and Aaron Spectre, and sold out within weeks of it’s release. Mashit 002 through 005 have also featured DJ C’s material, as will the upcoming Mashit 006. Promos have been killing dance-floors and airwaves across the globe. Legendary BBC Radio One host John Peel (R.I.P.) chose Mashit as a "label of the month" in October 2004, and the records have also been receiving airplay in the UK on shows like Solid Steel (Coldcut/Ninja Tune), and Mr. Trick's Resonance FM show Rhythm Incursions.
DJ C has been hosting the experimental party Beat Research along side DJ Flack each week in Cambridge, MA for the past year. Now the party is sprouting a new record label branch, also called Beat Research. This Mashit sister label will have a different sound than it's sibling, releasing Boston bounce, and experimental party music.
DJ C's mix of the tune Come Back Wicked by Wayne Lonesome was released on Kid 606’s Tigerbeat6 sub-label Shockout in 2004. This year will see the Shockout release of DJ C's collaboration with reggae legand Gregory Isaacs on the tune Gone A Jail. That 12" will also contain mixs by Kranky recording artist Strategy, and Kid606. And if that wasn't enough, DJ C also has an upcoming 7" vinyl release on the London label Scandalbag. He's recorded a couple of remixes of the Billy Jungle Riddim to back the vocal stylings by British DJ, Quality Diamond.
He has worked on remix projects with Hrvatski, DJ /rupture, and DJ Flack, and has appeared on compilations with the likes of Kid 606, Thievery Corporation, DJ Olive, DJ Wally, Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke, and Fennesz.
Not content just to make music, DJ C co-founded Boston's Toneburst experimental event production collective, along with DJ /rupture in 1996. Through Toneburst, and elsewhere, he has produced events and performed with µ-Ziq, John Medeski, Soundmurderer, Shinehead, DJ Spooky, WE, Anti Pop Consortium, Peaches, Chicks on Speed, and others. From the Hotaka Mountain Festival in Japan, to the underground clubs of Prague, DJ C continues to rock parties worldwide.
On this tour DJ C will perform his legendary live set, presenting new and unreleased tunes, on the fly mashups, and some of the classics. Sure to destroy dancefloors everywhere.
(Mashit, Kriss Records, Death$ucker, Omeko, Berlin)
Aaron Spectre has been blazing it up across Europe and North America over the past couple of years, performing with the likes of Daddy Freddy, Soundmurderer, DJ /rupture, and DJ Wally.
Not content just spinning records, Aaron rocks next-level live/DJ hybrid performances. He plays the breakbeats using a host of hands-on MIDI controllers, and sets new standards for jungle + breakcore by layering acapellas atop riddims and triggered breaks, making on-the-fly remixes at light speed. His most recent 50 minute mix cd features no less than 44 separate tracks, plus countless samples and breaks mixed and re-mangled in real-time. It isn’t just a track count contest though, Aaron keeps the flow intact using time-tested DJ sensibilities garnered from his days behind the turntables.
When it comes to track selection, Aaron represents the newest batch of North American junglists, mashing up his original tunes with favorites like Soundmurderer, DJ C, Debaser, Krinjah, and General Malice, as well as classic hip-hop, reggae, and metal. A Boston native and former NYC dweller, Aaron has spent the past year in Berlin, developing his hard-edged ragga sound in underground warehouse parties and clubs alike.
Aaron's DJ C/Capleton remix 12" on Mashit sold out within weeks of its release, and received continuing support from BBC Radio One legend John Peel, who chose Mashit as a "label of the month" in October 2004. The Mashit records continue to sell out everywhere and have been played by various Ninja Tune DJs, and on Resonance FM, as well as mashing up dance-floors from NYC to London to Berlin to Beirut.
"Top tunes... Fantastic. We all love [the Mashit records] and the response from the listeners has been amazing." -John Peel, BBC