Tuesday, June 16, 2009

hunt.FM #89: “The Newness w/ Guest DJ Grouch”

Based in Toronto, Canada, Grouch has been deejaying since the late 80's and got his first start competing in the DMC & ITF DJ Battles in the mid 90's. He was crowned 1998 Western Hemisphere Team Champion as part of the Turnstylez Crew with partners Lil' Jaz & D-Scratch. He has also toured, and worked with Toronto heavyweights Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates & Choclair. Grouch has kept busy by being part of many North American Hip Hop Tours such as the Lyricist Lounge in 1999 (with Choclair) and the G-Unit Canada Tour (with Melanie Durrant).

Being a multi-facetted DJ working in radio, clubs, competitions and shows it was a natural progression for Grouch to evolve his talent in the art of production. Inspired by the Jeep Beat producers of the 90's such as Kenny Dope, The Nubian Crackers & Frankie Cutlass, Grouch has crafted the perfect balance between the 2 genres. The first track, Ah One Two Oye, samples the late great Salsa legend Hector Lavoe.

Check out his mix and interview on hunt.fm