A punk rock fanatic, who fronted a funk/hip hop band for 5 years, moves to Australia, decides that being a deejay is actually a lot of fun, buys some decks and chooses the worst spelt moniker of all time. Yeah, we’re talking about Obliveus.
Obliveus has been a clubbing institution in Melbourne, Australia for the past 15 years and began throwing parties soon after arriving from his native California. He plays an infectious blend of funk, hip hop, indie, reggae, northern soul, dancehall, disco, edits, rock, pop and just about anything else he can use to work the room. A party beat specialist, the one thing you can say about his style is that he’s hard to define; yet always plays to the crowd and will pull out whatever it takes to get the room jumping…assuming that’s what’s required.
He has held down residencies at every major club night worth mentioning, holds down both the St Kilda and Sydney Road Festivals every year and rocked sets at Harvest, Earthcore, Rainbow Serpent and Adventjah in the past. He’s been played on Triple J national radio and formed Black Caesar Events in 2010 to tour acts and DJ’s on the deep funk and soul tip at various venues around Melbourne Town. He currently maintains sets and residencies at The Penny Black, Bigmouth, The Mess Hall and Murmur and plays regularly in Sydney as part of the Funkdafied crew. He also writes a monthly beat flavoured column for ‘The Street’ magazine, The Get Down.
As a sign of his eclectic nature, his music career has seen him support and play with many of the top names in soul, funk, breakbeat, hip hop, reggae, dancehall, drum’n’bass and live music.
Portishead, Nile Rodgers & Chic, D’Angelo, Common, Beck, No Doubt, Bliss N Eso, Aloe Blacc, Mos Def, Maxwell, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Santigold, Andy C, Omar, The Kashmere Stage Band, Miami Horror, The Dandy Warhols, Pato Banton, Plump DJ’s, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Mike Patton, Pendulum, Angie Stone, Chase & Status, Saskwatch, Incubus, Donovan Frankenreiter, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins, Herbalizer DJ’s, Kylie Auldist, Trojan Sound System, Marky, Mr Savona, The Putbacks, Shortee Blitz, The Nextmen, Cactus Channel, Katalyst, Fort Knox Five, The Maestro (Blue Note), The Flaming Lips, Andy Smith, The Family Stone (of Sly fame), All Good Funk Alliance, Katch (Resin Dogs), Stanton Warriors, DJ Food, TV On The Radio, Spikey Tee, Ben Folds Five, Jacques Lu Cont, The Silversun Pickups, Cake, Ladytron, Tiesto, Mark Pritchard, Lanu and many more. He even supported Chris Rock for 3 dates on his ‘No Apologies’ comedy tour when he was last in the country.
In 2015, his love of the 45 rpm record is now seeing him play Rainbow Serpent, Come Together and Funkin The Bay as a prelude to the official 45 Sessions starting later in the year.
Visit DJ Obliveus's official website here
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