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Duncan Beiny (born 1977 in London, United Kingdom), better known as DJ Yoda, is a hip hop turntablist who uses samples to create an animated musical style.[1] He is known for several awards and media industry achievements.

DJ Yoda
Birth nameDuncan Beiny
Born1977
OriginLondon, England
GenresHip hop, electronica, trip hop
Occupation(s)Turntablist
Years active1998–present
LabelsAntidote Records
Associated actsJungle Brothers
Websitedjyoda.co.uk

Early life and careerEdit

After attending Highgate School, he studied English and American literature at the University of Warwick from 1995 to 1998. During this period, he began performing at Mojo, a popular Warwick hip hop and soul night at the student's union until he graduated.[citation needed] After he left university, he began releasing underground demo mix-tapes to small music shops. Through the popularity of these tapes, Antidote Records asked him to create an official mixtape, from which How to Cut & Paste Mix Tape Vol.1 was released.[2]

He has won a DMC DJ of the Year award in the Scratch DJ category (2001) and was one of six nominees for best UK hip-hop DJ in the UK Hip-Hop Awards.[citation needed] He has also been nominated by Q magazine as one of the "Ten DJs To See Before You Die", has released a series of mix-tapes, and has toured the globe with Goldie and the Scratch Perverts.[citation needed]

Yoda released his debut album of original material, entitled The Amazing Adventures of DJ Yoda, on 2 October 2006 on Antidote Records. The album features guest vocalists, including Biz Markie, Sway, Ugly Duckling and MC Paul Barman. In addition to releasing his own material, he has also performed scratches on Danger Mouse and Jemini's Ghetto Pop Life.

He has been a regular guest on BBC Radio 1 appearing alongside Steve Lamacq and Annie Mac.[2] In 2009, he was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award.[3] In 2010, he also won the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards for Contemporary Classic Album with the Heritage Orchestra.[4] He has been the hip-hop correspondent for IDJ magazines, and also wrote the DJ page for the now defunct Hip Hop Connection magazine, and has been part of the judging panel for the DMC DJ World Finals.

 
DJ Yoda performing in 2014

In 2014 he was commissioned to create DJ Yoda Goes to the Sci-Fi Movies as part of the BFI’s Sonic Cinema event.[5] He presented the first audio-visual radio mix on BBC Radio 6 Music. As part of their BBC Music Day, Radio 4 invited Yoda to mash-up the entire station, remixing The Archers, the Shipping Forecast, and John Humphrys.

In 2015 he was Dr Dre’s first choice to record a guest mix on his inaugural Beats 1 show for Apple Music,[6] and performed at Banksy’s pop-up Bemusement Park, Dismaland.

In 2016 his "Stranger Things Mix" racked up more than a quarter of a million plays on SoundCloud, culminating in his UK tour of Stranger Things: The Mixtape Live. That same year, his A History of Gaming premiered at the London Film Festival, charting nostalgic video games from the early 1980s onwards.

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

  • DJ Yoda Featuring People Under The Stairs – Quid Control (2002)
  • Wheels (Antidote Records) (2006)
  • Playin' Around (Antidote Records) (2007)
  • Charlie Sheen (Get Involved) (2012)
  • DJ Yoda Featuring Man Like Me - Idiot (Get Involved) (2012)
  • DJ Yoda Featuring A Boy Called George - Happy (Get Involved) (2012)
  • And To The World / Click (Radio Edit) (Get Involved) (2015)
  • Pebble Beach / 2468 (Get Involved) (2015)
  • DJ Yoda Featuring Scroobius Pip - Sega RIP (Get Involved) (Unknown)
  • Open Your Eye (feat. Rex Domino & Shlomo) (Get Involved) (2015)
  • The Baddest (Get involved) (2015)

EPsEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • The Amazing Adventures of DJ Yoda (Antidote Records) (2006)
  • Chop Suey (Get Involved Records) (2012)
  • DJ Yoda Presents Breakfast of Champions (Get Involved Records) (2015)
  • Home Cooking (Lewis Recordings) (2019)

GamesEdit

Mix CDsEdit

  • How to Cut and Paste Mix Tape Vol.1 (Antidote Records) (2001)
  • Fisticuts (Spine Magazine) (2001)
  • How to Cut and Paste Mix Tape Vol.2 (Antidote Records) (2002)
  • How to Cut & Paste: The 80's Edition (Antidote Records) (2003)
  • Dan Greenpeace & DJ Yoda – Unthugged (Antidote Records) (2003)
  • Dan Greenpeace & DJ Yoda – Boxfresh (Boxfresh Records) (2004)
  • Dan Greenpeace & DJ Yoda – Unthugged 2 (Antidote Record)
  • Hey! Wha' Happened?! (2006)
  • FabricLive.39 (fabric Records) (April 2008)
  • Dan Greenpeace & DJ Yoda – Jews Paid (2008)
  • Dan Greenpeace & DJ Yoda – Jews Paid Too (2008)
  • How to Cut & Paste: Country & Western Edition (Antidote Records) (2009)
  • How to Cut & Paste: The Thirties Edition (2009)
  • How to Cut & Paste: The Asian Edition (2013)
  • How to Cut & Paste: The Halloween Edition (2014)
  • DJ Yoda presents Breakfast Of Champions (2015)
  • DJ Yoda presents Breakfast Of Champions (Rotty Chimes Remixes) (2016)
  • The Stranger Things Mixtape (2016)
  • Make Mixtapes Great Again (2019)

VinylEdit

  • Piano Breaks (1998)

CassetteEdit

  • Jewbonics (1998)
  • Dan Greenpeace & DJ Yoda – Jews Paid (1999)
  • Dan Greenpeace & DJ Yoda – Jews Paid Too (1999)

CompositionsEdit

  • Quid Control [12" vinyl] (Antidote Records) (2002)
  • The Amazing Adventures of (Antidote Records) (2006)

DVDsEdit

  • DJ Yoda Goes to the Movies (Promotional DVD, 2006)
  • DJ Yoda Goes to the Movies 2 (2007)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Interview – DJ Yoda". BBC. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b "DJ Yoda biography". All Music Guide. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  3. ^ "The Music Special Award". Sony Radio Academy Awards. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  4. ^ The Independent Music Awards: Nominees : Album : Contemporary Classical Archived 2014-11-28 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Dj Yoda Goes To The Sci Fi Movies At Sxsw". Time Out. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Check out my guest mix on The Pharmacy With Dr. Dre Sat. July 4th 6pm EST/11pm GMT @Beats1". Twitter. Retrieved 25 April 2017.

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