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JABBA THE KUT

ON AIR DJ MUSIC SET

 

MASSIVE GRITTY

 

I was Introduced to and immediately fell in love with hip hop in the early 90s through skate
videos. When I saw my first live hip hop show the DJ had a huge influence on me. I had to
give it a try
.

 

I found a direct drive turntable at a garage sale and a friend lent me a few 12"
to mess around with
. I ended up having to replace his 3 records as I scuffed them up from
constant use. I immediately became addicted to buying vinyl at Toronto's  Play De Record
and other record shops. Eventually, I started playing gigs in bars in the early days of the hip
hop scene.

Digging for records that had been sampled by my favourite artists, led me to afro
soul, funk, rock, latin and reggae music to include in my sets.

 

Years later I broadened my
musical tastes to include drum and bass, jungle and trip-hop. In the early 2000's I got my
first Serato digital DJ setup and my love of computers and deep digital crates merged with
my love of vinyl and turntablism.

I was able to take on more professional DJ work in the
corporate and wedding space and made a decent side hustle DJing. In the late 2000's I held
a residency at Margret on Dundas for a few years and migrated to playing a monthly reggae
party dubbed Massive Gritty.

 

As things slowed down in the mid-2010s professionally my DJing returned to skateboarding as I got the nod to DJ some skateboard contests around
Toronto; notably the Hoedown at the Hoof every summer for Vans Canada and recently the
Canadian Open Olympic Qualifiers. Adding punk and metal to my sets for skateboarding has
been a fun challenge.

The Pandemic of 2020 has led me to live streaming Dj sets from home and it has been so fun and inspiring to see so many DJs doing the same.

 

I plan to continue
and am looking forward to sharing the music I love with a new audience.

josh@fullcircle.to 

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