5. DJ D-Kutz
DJ D-Kutz is something of an anomaly in music. He is a humble example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of a true DJ/Turntablist. From the early stages of his childhood, D-Kutz has always been passionate about music. He started his music career playing the drums at the age of 15. After listening to mixtapes by some of Sydney’s leading Dj’s such as Moto, Manny, Peter Gunz and many more, he desired to have his own pair of turntables. 1999 was the year he first saw what turntables could do – and he was instantly hooked! He is now the leading figure in the Sydney club scene and is also one of Sydney’s most influential Dj’s. He is known for playing a wide range of music, from R&B, House, Mashups to Baltimore and always has the entire club dancing and hanging off the walls. You can catch D-Kutz spinning at such venues as Havana Club De Luxe, Pumphouse, Martin Place Bar, Home Nightclub, and many more – just look out for his name on flyers! DJ D-Kutz is definitely one DJ on the move in the DJing world.
4. Sammy Aroutsidis
Singing has always been a major part of Sammy’s world. At 16 years of age, she joined her first girl group which initially helped her expand as an artist and confirmed her passion for the music industry. After that, for the next two years Sammy was then in and out of various girl groups and working with various producer’s trying to find herself and taking in as much as much as she can from the experience. Throughout her career she spent her time travelling back and forth, learning and recording and gradually working her way up in the industry. In 2008 David Caplice mentored her as a solo artist after seeing her passion and commitment and at the start of this year she has finally co-written her album with some of the most talented and successful producers all over Australia. Sammy also draws her strength from God who continues to give her the determination and focus to continue to do what she loves best.
DOME’s musical style is nothing close to your typical conventional hip hop. They manage to integrate the depth of hip hop with the synthesized complexity of electronica and the raw edge of rock to make their own genre. The group wanted to push boundaries with their music and not be subjected to being pigeon holed into one specific genre. Being versatile and eclectic is their main goal in music. They draw inspiration from moguls such as Kanye West, Cool Kids, Kid Cudi, N*E*R*D, Lupe Fiasco and Jay Z, so it’s no wonder why their music is so adaptable. They best describe themselves as fresh, fly, crazy, down to earth hustler clowns who aren’t aiming to be the very best rappers, but to spread positive music with an edge. Just as long as it sounds good, they’re doing it.
Mirrah is a singer, rapper, song writer, stage performer and a budding actress. Her many talents, her fresh, natural and exotic look, and capability to immerse herself in any role, actually makes her the ultimate entertainment ‘chameleon’. She is of Indonesian and African American background and she was adopted as a baby by an Australian mother and an Irish/New Yorker father. She was bought up in a beach side suburb of Sydney, Australia as well as the entertainment capital of Los Angeles. She is a unique artist who communicates her twist on today’s pop culture by introducing a refreshing style of Hip Pop Electro music to target the diverse women and men across the globe. This multi-ethnic professional’s sound and vibe is indeed trend setting. Her simple dream is to share the beauty of ‘Life, Love and Music’ to the world.
Israel is a talented producer, writer and artist – he’s a unique performer with his own infectious brand of R&B pop. In 2005, he signed to Sony BMG and has had two singles which have charted on the Australian ARIA net singles chart. His debut single “Wake up with you” reached the top 50 back in October 2004, whilst his second release “Old Skool Luv” reached the top 20 back in February 2005. Israel released his debut album “Chapter 1” back in September 2005 which features his three released singles “Wake Up With You” (peaked at #44 AUS), “Old Skool Luv” featuring Valerie and K.G (peaked at #18 AUS), “Work Da Middle Part 2” (featuring Thara) and “My Girl” which didn’t manage to enter the ARIA top 50 but managed to reach the #1 spot on The Edge 96.ONE countdown. Israel has also assisted in the production of albums for well-known artists such as Jade Macrae and Ricki-Lee. And he was even featured in Jade Macrae’s highest selling single “So Hot Right Now” in early 2005. As of January 2007, Israel has reported on his MySpace that he has been in Atlanta working with artists such as Jeezy, Cassie, Nina Sky, Fat man Scoop, Fat Joe and Fabolous. He is actually considered as a pioneer in Australia’s urban scene, and his energetic live performances and remarkable stage presence have definitely assisted in branding him as one of the hottest artists in Australia today!