Scratch Show Beastie Boys Tribute: DJ Food, DJ Cheeba and DJ Moneyshot
31 January 2015, Saturday 03:00
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On January 31Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art presents a Scratch Show featuring star DJs of legendary Ninja Tune and Solid Steel Radio show.

Three DJs will be simultaneously playing turntables, creating single melodic field, and masterfully mixing samples of legendary Beastie Boys.


DJ Food is an electronic music project currently headed by Kevin Foakes, aka Strictly Kev. Originally conceived by the members of Coldcut on the Ninja Tune independent record label, the project started in 1990 on the premise of providing metaphorical "food for DJs". DJ Food released the Jazz Brakes series, with Jazz Brakes Volume 3 being the most successful. The records consisted of collections of breaks, loops and samples, that could be used formixing, remixing and producing.

The later DJ Food albums have developed with shades of Latin, dub, techno,ambient, and Jungle.

The 1995 album, A Recipe for Disaster was a conscious move away from the Jazz Brakes volumes to form more of an identity as an artist, and a remix album of tracks from all 6 LPs, entitled Refried Food was released the following year. The more recent release, Kaleidoscope, features guest artists including Bundy K. Brown (formerly of Tortoise, Directions in Music, Pullman) and voiceover artist and jazz poet, Ken Nordine.

DJ Food started as a Coldcut side project from Jonathan More and Matt Black,. Along the way they met Patrick Carpenter, who was listed on the liner notes by only his initials. A loose collaborative team began to form includingPaul Brook, Paul Rabiger, Kevin Foakes aka Strictly Kev and Issac Elliston.

Although keeping their hand in as DJs on the albums, Black and More couldn't perform DJ sets twice in one night under the aliases of both Coldcut & DJ Food, so they handed the mantle of live performances over to PC and Strictly Kev. Later, PC became so involved with The Cinematic Orchestra that he decided to quit DJ Food, leaving Strictly Kev as the sole director of the project. He has since contributed three remixes to the The Shape of Things That Hum EP in 2009. 


The ever-eclectic DJ Moneyshot has won a mad decent following for his killer mixtapes, bubbling live sets, and party-smacking tunes. His style is air tight, and best described as “dance floor beats with hip-hop skills,” if you're asking.

As part of the Solid Steel radio family (along with Coldcut and DJ Food) he's crafted mixes that have set the internet rumbling - His "Caught In The Middle of A 3-Way Mix" clocked up 100K+ plays last year and was featured in the LA Times as an example of a modern mixtape masterpiece. And his recent Public Enemy tribute mix, "Solid Steel and the Hour of Chaos", is already being touted as one of the mixes of 2013.

As part of The Allergies production outfit his modern twist on dusty funk, soul and hip-hop beats have got the attention of some heavyweights like Kenny Dope, DJ Format, DJ Food and DJ Yoda. Their duet Heartbreaker EP topped download charts (across all genres) and racked up radio love from supporters like Rob Da Bank and Craig Charles.

It's one the decks that Moneyshot really comes into his own, however.  He's rocked spots worldwide from Slovakian nuclear bunkers to prime time radio in Australia, and his mind-boggling mash up of funky styles can turn any function out.  The Guardian pegged him as “A stupidly talented mixer who never forgets that a DJ’s primary role is to get people dancing. And he will certainly do that". Can't argue with that...


DJ Cheeba is the sight and sound of Solid Steel’s new school. Hailed as one of the most progressive audio visual artists around today, Cheeba has found an audience world wide with his unique style of turntablism and video manipulation.

Since joining Ninja Tune's legendary Solid Steel radio show as a resident, Cheeba has produced an varied catalogue of highly celebrated audio mixtapes and groundbreaking video projects that have gone viral worldwide and topped iTunes download charts. Beyond recorded projects, Cheeba tirelessly tours some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in the UK, Europe and beyond with his progressive video shows and extensive on stage technology.

Known for his cut and paste style of turntablism, audiences can expect a high paced trip through styles made to make you dance, think and smile. Cheeba is more than a DJ, he's a live audio visual experience not to be missed.

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