From his roots in New England messing about on piano as a toddler, through his youth playing drums and chopping records as his parents enjoyed the “bass and loud aroma wafting through the heat vents” to now as a touring Deejay and producer, Deejay Theory has always been immersed in beats and melodies. “I got my first pair of turntables at 16 and knew I’d found my niche not just in music, but in my life as a whole.”
Relocating to San Francisco in 2008, Theory has found inspiration in the city’s non-stop music scene and runs Tormenta Tropical, a monthly club night with Oro11. Increasingly known for his production, Theory has remixes with Sizzla Kalonji, Gappy Ranks and Blackout JA, collaborations with Kush Arora, Porier, Jahdan Blakkamore and Tittsworth and has recently launched Brother in Arms, a new side project with J Boogie that draws on disco, house and R&B that released their first 12” on Whiskey Disco in December.
While deeply routed in dancehall, Deejay Theory’s sets traverse a range of genres with most performances including some hip hop, disco and global bass. Of these emerging sounds he says, “the ‘global bass’ movement has definitely exploded the last few years. I think a lot of the attention it’s gotten has been in response to groups like Major Lazer’s impact on massive audiences that were previously not dialed in to these types of sounds. Moombahton played a huge role as well considering the pace it took off worldwide after its inception in 2009, and also had a major impact on my personal sound and style.”
As well as his production and DJ work, Theory is a regular contributor at LargeUp.com and curates Mixtape Mondays. “I’ve always enjoyed writing and have a deep appreciation for Caribbean culture so working with LargeUp was a perfect fit. We’ve been curating more exclusive mixes this past year from Jillionaire, Red Fox, Safari Sound and more. Most recent standout for mixes was Walshy Fire and Major Lazer’s collab with Suns of Dub (Augustus Pablo’s son Addis and more) exploring the future sound of dub music.”
Through his various projects, Deejay Theory has developed deep knowledge of current Caribbean music. Looking back over the year he says, “2013 was another big year for reggae and dancehall for sure. A couple standout singles were Charly Black & J CapriWine and Kotch, Bunji Garlin’s Differentology and of course Major Lazer’s Watch Out Fi This with Busy Signal. Couple riddim picks would be Boom, First Capital and Pop Style. Really dug Douster’s Inna Style and Fashion EP on Mixpak. It was dope to see Shabba Ranks on the official Shabba remix and Jamtech working with Bounty Killer onDedicated. Really enjoyed practically everything Kaytranada touched this year, as well as the whole Soulection camp. Dubbel Dutch and Salva’s remixes were crate staples this year as well.”
Returning to Calgary to play at the Hifi Thursday January 9th, Theory is hyped for the show. “Hifi is such a fun room. I might put something together and then feel like the crowd is ready to take it somewhere unexpected, exactly what I love about DJing on the road. I’ll definitely buss’ some of the new dancehall remixes and tropical bass shit and probably squeeze in some rap, disco and house vibes as well.”
Catch Deejay Theory Lighting the dancefloor on Fire January 9 @HIFI CLUB
Write up from the good folks at Freq Magazine !