To Australian hip-hop and dubstep heads, DJ Wasabi needs no introduction. An avid user of the MPK61 and MPC1000, DJ Wasabi has quickly become a performer people ask for by name and he thanks Akai Pro for being a big part of his performance and producing arsenal.
The 25-year old turntablist, DJ and producer has amassed quite a reputation and large following of fans throughout his 13 years behind the decks. Long considered one of the staples of the Melbourne scene, Wasabi holds down key weekly residencies around town at institutions such as The Espy in St. Kilda and First Floor in Fitzroy.
Wasabi’s much sought after DJ skills have seen him support the likes of Redman & Method Man, DJ Craze, Mixmaster Mike, EPMD and Arrested Development and he’s the official tour DJ for major Australian hip-hop acts; Mantra (Obese Records), Combat Wombat (Elefant Traks), Bad Boys Batacuda and Jamima Jonez.
For 2010 Wasabi’s schedule saw him touring the country to support Mantra’s debut LP release on Obese Records (for which Wasabi contributed with engineering and production). He has also appeared at turntable workshops and key club dates throughout China at the end of the year. For 2011, between gigs Wasabi is focusing on the continued development of his newly established recording and rehearsal studio, ‘Tetris Studios’ as well as spearheading the newly formed Australian Scratch Academy.
Wasabi has won an ARIA award (Australian Recording Industry Association), 2 x ABC awards (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), ‘Cheap Thrills’ DJ Of The Year and has featured on more than a dozen releases over the years. He has also ran and mentored in many community based workshops for the disadvantaged throughout Australia. Currently an endorsed artist for Akai Professional, Wasabi is one DJ who’s star is still on the rise.