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DJ Grazzhoppa

Instrument: 
turntable
Ensembles: 
Electric Barbarian

Biography

As a turntablist, DJ Grazzhoppa is an international phenomenon.

With his group Rhyme Cut Core and mc TLP he brought the hip-hop wave to Belgium. In 1991 he wins the European DMC Championship and in 1998 he finishes third at the ITF World Championship. In the ‘90s he releases a string of records under various pseudonyms (Thee Insekt, Mr Cheebahawkes) and joins the Brussels cult hip hop formation Deputa Madre. Round about the same time he also joins the internationally renowned afro soul group Zap Mama, with whom he tours the world.

On tour through the USA he meets singer Monique Harcum, who becomes his wife.  Together they release two very well received albums under the name Mo & Grazz, hovering on the edge between soul and hip hop. But Grazzhoppa’s musical interest largely exceeds mere soul and pop. He loves to experiment and starts collaborating with jazz musicians such as Aka Moon. In the early noughties he sets up the first DJ Bigband in the world. Grazzhoppa's Big Band not only combines twelve DJs/turntablists, but also picks up the gauntlet of playing with live musicians. He becomes one of the permanent deejays in the Belgian-Dutch Electric Barbarian jazz fusion collective, with whom he is released on our label.

 

 

 

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