DJ SPOTLIGHT: @djrevolution

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As one of the most well known and respected DJs across the globe, DJ Revolution held down the turntables on the longest running commercial hip hop show in history for 12 years. The Wake Up Show, with hosts Sway (MTV) and King Tech is an internationally syndicated hip hop mix show that has helped launch the careers of some of the biggest and brightest including Eminem, Xzbit, Common, and countless others. The “Wake Up Show” brand was even featured on MTV, adding visual images and faces to the world famous radio trio. Exposing quality hip-hop to millions of people while displaying his unquestionable skills on 2 turntables is just part of DJ Revolution’s resume. Most recently his fans, in addition to a brand new audience would have seen him showcase his undeniable skill as a contestant on the worlds first DJ reality competition show “Master of the Mix” which aired on BET and sister station CENTRIC in late 2010 and was sponsored by Vodka giant Smirnoff. Season 2 marks the return of DJ Revolution as a celebrity judge alongside Kid Capri, Just Blaze and special guests.

Aside from his legacy as DJ, producer and editor on the Wake Up Show (featured on 92.3 The Beat and Power 106 in Los Angeles), he has lent his now infamous scratch techniques and production skills to many artists, established and up and coming alike. Dilated Peoples, Canibus, Chino XL, Tha Alkaholiks, Mystic, Bootcamp Click and many more have all witnessed the turntable wizardry or pounding beats that Revolution brings to the table. He has released too many mixtapes to name. Most recently, the first installment in a series of 20 volumes, Class of ‘85 and Class of ’86 have received incredible feedback. He has also taken his skills to the far corners of the world and ripped clubs all over Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. This of course includes traveling the US and Canada to spin with the likes of the legendary Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier and Maseo from De La Soul and headline clubs himself. Revolution has also been featured in many respected magazines such as The Source, The Source France, XXL, Fader, Vibe, Elemental, XLR8R, URB, Blast, Juice, and many other national, international and local publications. Captions, interviews and miscellaneous video footage of him can be found on websites all over the Internet as well.

In addition to collaborating with his partners Sway & Tech on various Wake Up Show releases in 1999, DJ Revolution has also released 3 Solo full length LP’s that garnered him critical acclaim. They are “In 12’s We Trust”, “R2K” and his latest installment, “King of the Decks”. This latest project was released on Duck Down records to rave reviews and attained classic status among his fans and peers. DJ Revolution has also begun lending his production to film and TV. Working with MTV, VH1, ESPN among others, as well as freelancing custom work for independent filmmakers. He got the bug in 1997 when he scored the Jet Li cult classic movie “Black Mask”. As well as releasing his own music, he is very heavily involved in the music technology scene. Some of the biggest companies in the industry look to use his influence in the hip-hop and DJ community to help introduce major products into the market.

But in the end, no matter how involved in the business of being Hip Hop DJ Revolution becomes he will always be most comfortable standing behind two 1200s, exposing great music to whoever would hear it, while displaying his world renowned technical abilities to manipulate sound.

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