INTERNATIONALLY famous DJ Yoda is set for a rare West Yorkshire gig on the back of his new album, Chop Suey, released earlier this month.
Following a succession of big summer 2012 festival dates across the globe, including Bestival, Soundwave and T in The Park, Duncan Beiny (aka DJ Yoda) is heading for the more humble surroundings of Wakefield’s Mustangs bar.
The hip-hop turntablist has won a global following thanks to his unique ‘cartoony’ scratch style.
His seminal ‘How To Cut & Paste’ series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “One of the 10 DJs to see before you die”, whilst Hip Hop Connection voted him “One of the top three DJs in the world”.
Originally a hip-hop DJ, DJ Yoda has been steadily incorporating a myriad of music styles into his widely acclaimed releases, shows and collaborations, culminating in his keenly anticipated upcoming album.
Past projects have included everything from a percussion project with Dame Evelyn Glennie to the avant-classical ‘Concerto For Turntables & Orchestra’ with composer Gabriel Prokoviev.
Now he rallies the widest array of talent for his new album, fusing cutting edge mic-masters from both sides of the Atlantic (Action Bronson, Sway, Man Like Me, Roots Manuva, Virus Syndicate) with classic hip-hop faces (Greg Nice, M.O.P.) and pop stars (Boy George, Kid Creole & The Coconuts), poets (Scroobius Pip) and even ‘Police Academy’ voice effects king Michael Winslow.
Turning his skills to a new discipline is par for the course as his live shows showcase a unique talent with a flair for the cutting edge, trailblazing the world of the audio-visual and developing the art form by mixing visuals live on top of his DJ sets.
Drawing from sources as diverse as classic movies, obscure TV shows, or viral YouTube clips, you can find him cutting up the Indiana Jones theme tune to full on dubstep, or dicing and splicing the Muppet Theme with 1930s swing.
DJ Yoda is concluding his UK tour at Mustangs on Saturday, December 8.