The original turntable trickster and funk maestro, the award-winning Jimi Needles is the London party-starter DJ of choice. Jimi's musical origins are routed in hip hop, soul, funk and disco but brings to the turntables a fusion of pin-point scratching, breaks & bass music. His cut-n-paste antics leave virtually no genre untouched creating the ultimate live soundtrack whilst always showing recognition to old school and retro classics.
He’s best known for his intricate genre-spanning party mixtapes, deck-defying festival sets and his array of varied bootlegs & original productions on labels such as Rocstar, Bombstrikes, Respect Music & Jungle Strikes. 2015 saw Jimi take on huge stages at Glastonbury, Shambala and Blissfields as a solo artist, and an extensive tour with his soul band Ephemerals (Jalapeño Records). He's previously toured Australia, Europe & Russia, whilst holding down residencies and his own club nights within London.
Elements of Hip Hop Workshop/Open Panel Discussion @ Vic Theatre
Fri. June 22nd 12:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12noon
On August 11th, 1973, the world was changed forever.
Learn about the roots of Hip-hop with Que Rock and the Ready to Rock Crew as they discuss life in The Bronx in the 1970s, the art forms that were created through shaping what was available, and the roles and responsibilities of hip-hop artists as they provide a face of the culture to the world. They’ll teach you about the pioneers, the connections between the four main elements, and the healing effects that allowed people with nothing to create one of the most diverse and rich cultures on the face of the planet. In addition to the main elements, Que Rock will discuss his Indigenous American roots, and how many of the practices of his culture integrated with hip-hop.
Following the presentation from the Crew, learn about the intricacies of DJing with a presentation from London-based DJ Jimi Needles, which will be followed by an open-panel discussion featuring Chali 2na, founder of Ozomatli and Jurassic 5, and other key innovators of Canada's west coast hip hop culture, including Erica Dee, Degree One, and Ostwelve.
VICTORIA SKA & REGGAE FEST XIX @ Lucky Bar
Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest ridiculously excited to present the Canadian debut of one of the UK's hottest party-rockers, the mighty Jimi Needles. Needles combines incredible skill and dedication to the craft of DJing with a deep knowledge of soul, funk, hip-hop, reggae, jazz, drum n' bass, breaks and seemingly everything in between. His Needlewurk mixtapes and endless run of remixes/mash-ups and originals have established him as one of the most consistently fresh voices in the game right now. With a phenomenal knack for mixing new sounds and ideas into familiar aesthetics, a Jimi Needles set is always sure to be a sonic journey into the furthest reaches intergalactic dancing greatness.
Joining Jimi for this Friday night party is Sam Klassik. With his unique hybrid of live guitar and deep electronic bass production, Winnipeg-born Sam Klassik is a festival favourite at gatherings all around North America, including sets at Burning Man, Shambhala, Atmosphere and Electric Forest. Klassik's sets are sonic experiences like no other, keeping dance floors throbbing as he winds his way bouncy, driving funk and atmospheric, textured bass. Come get down with us on this grooviest of nights!