DJ Yoda was instrumental in creating the bootleg ‘cut-up’ mixing style. Whilst most other ‘superstar’ DJs 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”.
Duncan Beiny aka DJ Yoda is no ordinary scratch DJ. His seminal How To Cut & Paste series showcases a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die”, while Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world”. The past decade has seen Yoda evolve from hip-hop beginnings, using his world renowned turntable skills and a truckload of influences as diverse as funk, trap, pop, reggae, drum ‘n’ bass, and even big band swing and country & western, to make unashamed party music.
Buoyed by the wealth of collaborators for his acclaimed second artist album, ‘Chop Suey’ that dropped in late 2012, Yoda has been busy in the studio creating his first live hip-hop band, Breakfast of Champions. Evoking the golden age of hip-hop, the band features up-and-coming wordsmith Rex Domino, Mouse Outfit MCs Sparks and Truthos Mufasa, plus a host of musicians chosen in partnership with Manchester venue and arts project, Band on the Wall, where they made their live debut with a sell out show. The band’s second date at London’s Jazz Café also sold out with weeks to spare. Finally realising Yoda’s long-held vision for a live hip-hop band, the finishing touches are currently being put to Breakfast of Champions’ debut album, due for release in early 2015.
Always breaking new ground, Yoda made history with the first ever audio visual mix for BBC Radio 6 Music in 2013. A unique feat in the world of radio, the mix made waves across the globe and secured him a 6 Mix residency that has seen him become part of 6 Music’s distinguished DJ team alongside Derrick May, Andrew Weatherall, Erol Alkan and Rob da Bank.
Pioneering a new entertainment art form, alloying hands-in-the-air clubbing with a night at the movies, his AV shows are audio-visual anarchy, cutting the best Sci-Fi movie moments with 80s electro, or YouTube viral hits with contemporary hip-hop. One of the first DJs to turn his hand to rescoring classic films with the esteemed DJ Yoda Goes to the Movies series that began with his version of the Goonies in 2003, Yoda was commissioned by the BFI in 2014 to reprise his trailblazing ways. Presented as part of the BFI’s regular Sonic Cinema event, DJ Yoda Goes to the Sci-Fi Movies was a futuristic alliance of cutting edge music and cinema that cemented his reputation as the master of the form.
With his How To Cut & Paste mix series continuing unabated, taking in a diverse array of styles, genres, decades and continents, new studio projects and innovative audio visual endeavours on the horizon, DJ Yoda continues to push the boundaries of his art even further into the unknown.
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