- David Pollock
- 9 January 2007
Name DJ Craze
Occupation master turntablist, DMC award magnet
Why should we have heard of him? Originally from Nicaragua, but now settled in Miami in a continental shift which Tony Montana would be proud of, Arith Delgado (for Craze is he) has pocketed most of the trophies worth mentioning in the world of advanced turntable proficiency. His Wikipedia entry lists 14 up until the year 2000, and that’s including the three World DMC Championships he walked away with from 1998?"2000, consecutively. He’s the only solo DJ in history to complete such a hat-trick, and his six-man team The Allies didn’t do so badly either. In total, he holds six DMC Championships.
What does he sound like? Craze’s first love is old-school Miami booty bass, and his sets are still influenced by the dirty thump of the style. The holy trinity of deck technician staples all come out to play, however, and you can expect to hear elements of hip hop, drum & bass and breaks throughout the night. We don’t want to tell you what you won’t be getting, in fact, because from such a true expert on the wheels, chances are that everyone will hear a bit of something they love during the course.
Where can we hear more? The Bully Breaks battle series are among the finest of his recorded output. Craze is also a label boss, and his Cartel Records release some fine drum & bass. The man himself is rumoured to be working on both a hip hop album and a Miami Bass album of his own. Sneak previews may well be in evidence at Manga’s 11th birthday.
DJ Craze plays Manga’s 11th Birthday at the Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sat 27 Jan.