DJ / Record collector, “digger” and beatmaker. Funk , Soul & rare groove, Hip Hop, Jungle, D&B, house, disco, rave and classics!! “As long as funky, all right, ok!!”
Deejay LoK is a music enthusiast that has devoted his life and education towards the music industry, djing and being involved in the music industry for 15 years.
In 1993 at age 11 he was introduced by his friend Phil Breakz (as he christened him) to hardcore and breakbeats which he instantly fell in love with. At 15 he started his journey coming up through the Crazy Beat Record stables where he worked and learnt the ropes of record retail. Completing a BTEC National Diploma and a Higher National Certificate in Music Technology at college in the meantime.
The shop, which specialises in rare groove, reggae and soul and jazz, along with the people working there taught him about the roots of the records he had been hearing and his love for hearing samples was sparked! This allowed his musical tastes to broadened encompassing funk and break beats, disco influenced house, disco, soul and rare groove, R&B, UK& US Hip Hop, ragga and reggae and anything with funk and soul in it!
At age sixteen after coming as a runner-up in a local dj competition he was given his first DJ set in a club. Then he didnt stop running, appearring as a DJ in many London and surrounding area nightclubs, originally working with the Feelsurreal, Wildchild and Art of Loving organisations. From the age of 18 he appeared as a DJ in and held residencies in Londons West End. Appearing as a monthly resident for GelloFishPink and weekly for Sound Republic and Break For The Boarder and also a bi-weekly spot at The Buzz Bar (all busy west-end spots).
Follwing meeting DJ Mr Thing through long time cohort Johnny Roast aka JP, he was taken under the wing of and became close personal friends with the ex UK Dj champion and world acclaimed club dj who provided him with a platform within the UK Hip Hop scene. Using this he made his way to appearing at Doctors Orders events run by Dj Spin Doctor and met up with Disorda, the backbone of UK Hip Hop and quickly sparked up a partnership, becoming a resident at Suspect Packages LIVE at Vibe Bar, Brick Lane, London while also DJing residencies at Stacked Saturdays at Elbow Room, Islington and Elbert Wurlings and The Hertford House Hotel both in Hertfordshire.
Adding to this work for large companies such as Marks And Spencer, co-promoting club nights with Disorda, Dj No Way and others.
With an aquired wealth of knowledge, maturity and experience behind him he looks forward to many more years in the music business!
Deejay LoK quick facts:
Residencies past and present:
Weekly Resident at Elbert Wurlings in Hertfordshire- 2003 – 2010
Resident at Break For The Boarder, west end of london – 2004
Bi-Weekly resident at Buzz Bar in Leciester Square – August 05 – Early 07
Resident at Noize Bar as warm up for School Disco at Sound Republic Leciester Square – 2005
Co-promoted and Djed a monthly hip hop night at POOL in Shorditch with DJ No Way called Spectrum for about a year and a half. 06 – 07/8
Resident on rotation at Stacked Saturday s – Elbow Room, Islington – Jan 08 – 2010
Resident at Mmmm @ Cargo – Summer 08
Resident at 6 amazing tribute nights for J Dilla with Doctors Orders – Feb 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013
Resident at Suspect Packages LIVE – Vibe Bar – June 09 – Xmas 2011
Resident DJ on rotation at Theatre Royal, Stratford East 2010 – present day
Current official show Dj for Mystro / Mysdiggi – 2012 – present
Current show DJ for UK rap legend Mystro aka Mysdiggi
Guest dj for Kyza Smirnoff, Reveal, Ramson Badbonez and others as part of Suspect Packages LIVE
Part of band for Himal Music show at Jazz Cafe, London 2011
Guest DJ for Artcha (One Crew)
Guest Dj for 9 Dots (Kensaye & Cage)
DJ for Mr Fox & Friends & Parlamentz Sound
Guest DJ for Nome De Plume @ YOYO Nottinghill and POOL in Shorditch
DJ for Jonny Virgo, Cash Back, DFace and others as part of Snidee Beats
Caister Weekender Radio, Force FM, FunhouseTV.com, Kane FM, Active FM, Romford – guest spots and shows
Some notable shows:
DJ for the Marks and Spencers Per Una launch party at Music Rooms 2005. Again for the Per Una launch 13th June ’07
Boom Bap UK Festival – Peterborough September 2012
Sea Sessions Festival 2012, Dundoran, Ireland
Electric Ballroom – Camden supporting Hilltop Hoods – 4th July 2012
Oxjam – Dogstar Brixton for Main Squeeze + other guest slots for Main Squeeze promotions 2011 – present day
Guest at Fabric, london for Doctor’s Orders with Shortee Blitz, Mr Thing, Spin Doctor and Yungun – 30th October 2009
Instore for King Apparel – Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London 2010
Guest at Herbal, London for DJ Spin Doctor on the bill with Mr Thing and Maseo from the legendary De La Soul
Guesting at Dj Vadim fundraiser with Doctors Orders – Herbal, london – Nov 08
Rapture New Years warehouse parties 1998/99 + 1999/2000, Hainult
Guest at Boom Bap with Kid Who @ 93 Feet East, london – August 08
Guest at Grill House presents – Club 333 shorditch – Jan 09