DJ Cheeba is the sight and sound of Solid Steel’s new school. Hailed as one of the most progressive audio visual artists around today, Cheeba has found an audience world wide with his unique style of turntablism and video manipulation.

Since joining Ninja Tune's legendary Solid Steel radio show as a resident, Cheeba has produced an varied catalogue of highly celebrated audio mixtapes and groundbreaking video projects that have gone viral worldwide and topped iTunes download charts. Beyond recorded projects, Cheeba tirelessly tours some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in the UK, Europe and beyond with his progressive video shows and extensive on stage technology.

Known for his cut and paste style of turntablism, audiences can expect a high paced trip through styles made to make you dance, think and smile. Cheeba is more than a DJ, he's a live audio visual experience not to be missed.

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04 03 15

Skiddle Interview with Moneyshot & Cheeba

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The duo, best known for their brilliant tribute mix to classic Beastie Boys LP Paul’s Boutique (alongside DJ Food, above), have been bringing their deft skills from turntable rocking to images too, with their current show ‘Return to the Boom-Bap’ a glorious trip down memory lane to the vaunted golden age of hip hop in the late eighties and early nineties.

Think of a time when gold chains and Africa pendants were de rigeur, and hard beats and rhymes were the mainstays of a sound yet to be fully diluted by pop. The duo hit Liverpool venue Constellations on Friday March 6th to bring this tour to the North West, and prior to the show we caught up with them…

Your new AV show celebrates what people call the ‘Golden Era’ of hip-hop, a period that encompasses a tremendous amount of quality music. How did you even begin deciding what would make it into your set?

Money$hot, adopting grizzled Vietnam vet tone – I was there, man. I was there! Well, I was a resident at a hip-hop night in the late 90s-early 2000s, and a fan well before that. So I had all the killer music from that Golden Era stockpiled and battle ready for my sets.

For this show it was a case of going back through my memory tanks, as well as checking in with a few comps to make sure we’d not missed out any pearlers. We clearly have. Anyone that wishes to drunkenly point out exactly which ones can come see us after the show…

Cheeba – Well Boom Bap is kind of a loose descriptive term but for me it means simple drums breaks programmed high in the mix, often with just a mad catchy one bar sample flipped or looped… beyond this formula it was the flows and style of the rappers of the day who dropped the final piece of the puzzle to make them the ear worms that still rock clubs and raise hands to this day.

We chatted loads about what HAD to go in using our collective knowledge and love of hip hop and after that went with stuff that worked well in the mix, bounced references against each other and sat nicely in key. If it had an iconic video, an accapella or instrumental that also played in a tracks favour.

What is it for you that sets this period in hip-hop apart from all the rest

M$ – It wasn’t shit. Next question.

CH – A lot of rap since that period has been shit. there’s been a few modern moments we’ve honoured in the mix, MOP’s ‘Ante Up’ (below) for example but yeah, the endless wave of top 40 hip POP has diluted the iconic production and rap style we were, and still are, in love with.

How different is your approach when constructing an AV show to a straight-up musical one?

M$ – We had to keep in mind what tracks from that era had videos to go with them so they’d sync up nice on the big screen when we mixed them up. That informed a bit of the casting. It was fun to think in terms of videos. It’s all new to me. It’s bread and butter for Cheeba, mind.

CH – Well, if the track has a video great. If I can source it in decent quality, then even better. For this show it was definitely about showing off the videos that were as iconic as the tracks themselves. MTV was king in that era and wasn’t yet just another reality TV channel. With YO MTV Raps being such a huge part of blowing up a lot of these tracks and artists we looked to replicate and relive some of that glory.

It’s been 20 years since the ‘Golden Era’ passed in the mind of most hip hop heads. If in 2035 someone was creating an AV show celebrating the current era of hip-hop, who makes it into the set?

M$ – I don’t really follow the current rap scene. Well, at least not the Drake type bunch, I couldn’t name one song. I still always check for DJ Premier, Jurassic 5, Ugly Duckling and cats like that… but if it has mad flow (and that old boom bap) my ears will prick up. Cut Chemist has dope videos, as does the Run the Jewels boys and Homeboy Sandman. So yeah, they’d make the cut.

CH – Likewise, I’d go for the happy rap styles and beats of acts like J5 and Ugly Duckling. Im also really into the conscience style raps of artists off the Rhyme Sayers label and a lot of the more thoughtful and considered Californian stuff. Stones Throw have a lot of good output… I’m a big fan of the jazz influenced style of producers like Madlib.

Finally, can you sum up what people can expect on the night in five words?

M$ – Classic. Hip-Hop. Video. Turntablism. Party.

CH – Iconic, head-nodding, party, raps, education

19 02 15

Plan 9 From Outer Space (music that inspired the BFI re-score)

In 2014 I was invited to pitch ideas for the BFI Sci-Fi festival in the UK. The outcome was a re-score of the most infamous of all sci-fi films ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’. Officially licensed, this was premiered at The Watershed (Bristol, UK) in Nov 2014.

This is not an audio version of the re-score but a mixtape that blends many of the tracks and ideas originally sidelined for the project alongside some sections that ended up featuring.
Throughout the mix I’ve also added narrative clips from the movie, highlighting elements of the story, underlining the atmosphere of the scenes and illustrating some of the inspiration for the track selection.

For further info on the project, the re-score and the live show please click HERE

Thanks for listening. I’ll sort out a download link for those that are keen asap
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Plan 9 From Outer Space (music that inspired the BFI re-score) by Dj Cheeba on Mixcloud

20 01 15

LIVE: Double Vision (Coming Soon!)

Artist: DJ Cheeba
Type: Audio Visual
Recommended Venue Type: Clubs, Live music venues, Festivals. Dance floor business
Length: 90mins
Available from: Coming Soon
Bookings: Please contact ben@elasticartists.net

In 2015 Cheeba will be launching and touring a next level audio visual show that has been in production since 2013. Using a revolutionary stage set up including 3 turntables, customised midi, foot peddles, cameras, multiple video sources and screens, this new show goes further to explore the relation between sounds and images to create an immersive and mind blowing experience for the audience. Expect huge bass and heavy drums wrapped up in sci-fi atmospherics and turntable trickery.

– VIDEO TEASER & TOUR PROMO –

Coming Soon

– STAGE LAYOUT AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS –

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– PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS –

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07 01 15

‘Return To The Boom Bap’ (sample spotting comp)

Last night me and DJ Moneyshot dropped the promo video for the ‘Return To The Boom Bap’ 4 deck AV show we will be touring this year. Its a 1m20s edit of some of the highlights from the show and if you share the video and can name all 26 audio tracks (not including the moneyshot & cheeba name drops) by the end of the week (11 Jan 2015), we’ll send you a tshirt in your choice of size and colour. Word

*Edit Jan 15th 2015. The comp is now over. 3 clever heads got tees! Congrats guys

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“Turntable tearaways Cheeba & Moneyshot are back on the road with a brand new four deck, big screen, DJ show. Return to the Boom Bap features the pair cutting and scratching classic Rap videos, and blending up the dopest acapellas and instrumentals to live remix some of the heaviest cuts from Hip-Hop’s Golden Era. This club-friendly set has already shared a stage with Mos Def & Africa Bambaataa and will be a sure shot hit with fans of that early ‘90s Yo! MTV Raps flavour. Expect; Gangstarr, Black Moon, Nas, Beastie Boys, The Alkaholics, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Star, KRS-1, Biggie Smalls, Pete Rock, Lords of The Underground, Mob Deep, Das EFX, Rakim and many many more…

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LIVE: Return To The Boom Bap

Artist: DJ Cheeba, DJ Moneyshot
Type: Audio Visual
Recommended Venue Type: Clubs, Live music venues, Festivals. Dance floor business
Length: 60min or 90min versions
Available from: Available now
Bookings: Please contact ben@elasticartists.net

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Turntable tearaways Cheeba & Moneyshot are back on the road with a brand new four deck, big screen, DJ show. Return to the Boom Bap features the pair cutting and scratching classic Rap videos, and blending up the dopest acapellas and instrumentals to live remix some of the heaviest cuts from Hip-Hop’s Golden Era. This club-friendly set has already shared a stage with Mos Def & Africa Bambaataa and will be a sure shot hit with fans of that early ‘90s Yo! MTV Raps flavour. Expect; Gangstarr, Black Moon, Nas, Beastie Boys, The Alkaholics, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Star, KRS-1, Biggie Smalls, Pete Rock, Lords of The Underground, Mob Deep, Das EFX, Rakim and many many more…

“Behind their untouchable mash-ups stood a wall of changing imagery (literally) to compliment the samples and rhythm. The three-way-mix may have been archived for now, but their ludicrous skill of holding hostage even the most unassuming listener is a testament to their likability as artists and performers.”
Cone Magazine review of Troyfest 2015

– STAGE LAYOUT AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS –

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– VIDEO TEASER & TOUR PROMO –

– PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS –
credit; Mo Hague, Chai Wallahs & Pat Floyd

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