What happens if you cross a Brazilian carnival spirit with a reggae soundsystem
and fresh hip hop production with a tour schedule that dwarfs
British Airways flight plan made by a immigrant to London?
'The DubCatcher' is born.
There are some musicians / bands who make one album and disappear.
There are others who literally don't stop in the studio or on the road like Tupac, J.Dilla, or BB King. There is being prolific, and there are people who actually seap music through their pours.
Well DJ Vadim, aka Daddy Vad has definitely planted his feet in the second camp.
Over the last 2 decade's few people can have put so much time and energy into the culture they love.
Founder of Jazz Fudge in early 1995, A&R, producer, promoter, record
collector, award winning radio presenter, writer, chef and yogi.
Vadim has certainly been keeping himself busy and that's before we even mention his DJ-ing itself which has seen him perform over 3000 times in 78 countries to date , performing at some of the worlds most prestigious festivals like Glastonbury, Fuji Rock.
To winning countless awards and having his mix tapes continuously chart #1 on sites like Mixcloud to describe the man as an internationalist almost seems to sell him short.
The journey begins in 1992, the Russian ex-pat bought a sampler and
started working on the music that would become his debut - 'Abstract
Hallucinating Gases' and 'Headz Ain't Ready'.
Later in the year he signed to Ninja Tune which culminated in his debut LP 'USSR Repertoire'.
From these early recordings came 3 more studio albums for Ninja (plus 1 remix album), 5 for BBE Records, and 3 full studio albums on his own imprint (OGS and Jazz Fudge) and then there is 'Dubcatcher 2' (soul beats).
Thats 13 to date (2016) and that doesn't even include EP's, singles mix tapes or production for groups he was part of like 7n7c with whom he was nominated for the Latin Grammy's in 2002.
For an artist with such a long recording pedigree it would be easy to sit in
cruise control, knock out music by numbers, or just re-hash earlier ideas
and become some what irrelevant and passed his "sell by date".
Similarly it would be easy to just work with the "stars" of the day and "buy fame" but again this isn't Vadim.
Joining the dots of the music, one can hear that musical evolution is the
key. A work in progress. Starting from a foundation in instrumental hip
hop music, Vadim has combined bass culture, reggae, dancehall, latin,
rap, worldly sounds.
All with a touch of soul working time and time again with new upcoming artists who later in their own right take off. Think more Arsenal FC than Chelsea.
Vadim doesn't buy or rely on famous features he nurtures and creates new talents, new sounds, the future sounds of London!
"Some men see things as they are and ask why others dream of
things that never were and ask why not"
23 Jun, 2018
The Boomtown festival, will take place in Hampshire from 9th-12th August, and features a whole host of Primary Talent International artists.
...Employed To Serve
...Kuenta i Tambu
08 Dec, 2016
DJ Vadim will play for the Reggae Roast's Saturday Reggae Sessions in London on 4th February.
Tickets from the link below.
08 Jan, 2016
DJ Vadim premieres the video for his new track 'Fussin N Fightin', featuring Demolition Man & filmed on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, London.
From the forthcoming album 'Dubcatcher 2' out on 19th February.
03 Jan, 2014
Soundcrash proudly presents one of the world's most legendary producers of our time: DJ Krush. The Godfather and huge influence for many of today beat makers, returns to London to kick off your 2014 with a special rare performance at North London's infamous venue, KOKO. Flying in from Tokyo exclusively for our show, and here to showcase his unique brand of dark, multi-textured beats, showing why he has stayed in the game since the early 90's. Supported by fellow Mo Wax producer DJ Cam and Ninja Tune's DJ Vadim, this is a date for the diary, a night filled with creative and diverse skill and inspirational talent. You can cross next year's resolution off your list. Krush is in europe for one night only.
"He was super influential for me" - Flying Lotus
"Krush's use of space and texture remain not just formidable, but remarkably relevant." - Pitchfork
31 Aug, 2012
DJ Vadim's long awaited new solo album comes October 2012 on BBE.
'Don't Be Scared' focuses on the instrumental and brings the beat to the foreground, look forward to vocals from long-time collaborator and fellow 'Oneselfer' Yarah Bravo, Sabira Jade (The Electric) gets political, and new sounds resonate from upcoming singers D'Angelo'esque Jazz Bailey, Hawaiian soulstress Karen Be and gruff funkman Greg Blackman.
More pensive than recent albums, melancholy meets tropical vibes meets a strange BBC reporter high on eboga root. Even Jamie Fox makes a guest appearance talking dance moves. 'This DJ' is rapidly becoming Vadim's signature and this playful video directed by Vadim himself sees him getting down with MC J Man.
01 Aug, 2012
DJ Vadim's new album 'Don't Be Scared' is to be released in the Autumn on BBE Records, get a taste of it here.