DJ Shazam! is taking his audiences on a unique aural trip: ... from ancient
Indian temples thru African villages and Brazilian Jungle to the Oriental
desert, only to find himself surrounded by one cosmopolitan soundsystem
alongside MCs and live musicians, celebrating an urban global Drum'n'Breaks
party. Stimulating the understanding among nations and tribes - melodic,
blissful, modern and with an infectious groove.
His DJ sets span a range from Asian Breakbeat and NeoArabic Clubfusions
through Bollywood Funk, ethnic DubReggae and Afrobeat right down to
Brazilian DrumNbass and Balkanbrass Dancehall.
Shazam gave his psychedelic/oriental lines to a list of bands as a bass
player before starting an Asian Underground Party series as DJ in early
1998. Although liking Clubgrooves a lot, he found the musical contents
within lots of these productions cold and meaningless, so he started adding
unusual, 'soulful' samples to the club beats.
Heavily inspired by Hindustani Music he founded the group Chandra Pulse in
1999 along with Japanese musicians Aki Ueda (Sitar) and Yuji Tei
(Tabla).This 'Indian Fusion' thing could be witnessed as electronic and/or
acoustic outfit and was welcomed by the Berlin audiences like rain in the
From 2000-2002 he laid the foundation for new musical heights with the band
Culture Clash, incorporating Live Musicians, MCs, a scratch DJ and
programming. Besides playing Bass, Shazam was responsible for sample
research. The band labeled their style as Ethnodelic Breakbeatz - a
global-creative chaos in a club suit.
He also started producing own Tracks with spices selected carefully from
around the globe, collaborating with New York electronic musician Adam Chalk
(Doc Chalker), British Asian MC Sufferah, Oud Player David Beck from Gnawa
Impulse and Japanese Tomoki Ikeda, the last two of these being the core of
the new (yet another) cosmopolitan live outfit Nomad SoundSystem. The Band
(with Shazam on Turntables) is musically at home with Oriental Breakz,
far-eastern TripHop and Indian Dub. A big new hope for the German scene, the
group never fails to rock and please their audiences.
Shazam is a club DJ with years of experience and still ever searching for
innovation. He is at home on the main Floor as well in a lounge situation,
always generating a unique vibe.