Biography

DJ VADIM

What happens if you cross a Brazilian carnival spirit with a reggae soundsystem and Brooklyn New York with a tour schedule that even dwarfs British Airways flight plan? The Sound Catcher is born. DJ Vadim, the John Coltrane of Hip Hop has been a very busy bee of late. DJ’g and touring his group ONE SELF, remixing Fat Freddy’s Drop, Gangstarr, Ojos de Brujo, Alice Russell…., re editing Prince, Al Green, Ann Peebles ….and now delivering his 5th and latest DJ Vadim LP(debut for BBE) which he considers as being ‘by far my most concise, precise and best work to date”. Not content with working harder than all 7 dwarfs put together, he transplanted him self and his ‘timber yard studio’ to Brooklyn New York in early 2006 where most of the latest LP was written and produced. All work and no play can be a very dull indeed yet The Sound Catcher isn’t just about hard work. Its everything you’ve come to expect from the 4 weetabix a day powerhouse DJ/producer/musical incendiary and so much more: unpredictable with touches of disco and tubby-esque dub moments, varied with brushes of blues, soul and rap , urban grime bedlam with double time bounce and ambitious combining so many influences and yet making it feel like they all fit. Without doubt a major step forward from his last solo LP(the art of listening 2002 ninja tune), new, funkafied bop.
Right from the start formality is thrown out the window along with the textbook instructions on How To Be a Hip-Hop DJ. Its quite clear Vadim is intent on the serious business of having a good time more than sticking to any genre. Preconceptions will not be tolerated and the only option is to surrender to his unique vision of outer space soul music. Refreshingly simple but yet somewhat seasoned and developed, The Sound catcher is about ‘songs’ . Less ‘produced’ or ‘complex and abstract’ than some earlier outings, songs flow throughout that would make many a major label A&R exec proud but yet retain an indie rawness and a nod to Vadim’s past that even the most mixtape laden backpackers internetters could feel. The new album presents straight shots of classic soul (‘Black Is The Night’ f/ Kathrin DeBoer), charged MC-driven wake-up calls (‘Ballistic Affairs’ f/ Skinnyman) and dense, dubby instrumentals (‘Manchester’; ‘SD4’). The dark grooves of ‘Talk To Me’ reference Gwen McCrae’s ‘90% Of Me Is You’; ‘Fear’ and ‘Watch That Sound’ delve into the 80’s ‘Steely and Cleavie reggae/ dancehall revival whilst classic rap informs ‘Got To Rock’ and the sly, infectious ‘Soundcatchers’ with stalwart West Coast MC Abstract Rude.
Throw in the mystical Timbaland-esque ‘Like The Wind’ and the deep, slow burn of ‘Sufferin’ Blues’ and it adds up to a wholly fulfilling seventy minute experience. Stylistically leagues away from drab contemporary rap, The Sound Catcher is a bold and winning hybrid of 21st century hip-hop soul hot stepping it up into 6th gear.

Discography

Introducing their long awaited album ‘Double Sided’, released on BBE Music in October 2017, DJ Vadim and Katrina Blackstone unveil two cuts from the new project: ‘Luv 2 Luv’ and the LP’s title track  ‘Double Sided’. Sun-drenched guitar licks and…

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Some of the best things in life come in pairs, peanut butter and jelly, fish n chips, cheese and wine, DJ Vadim and dancehall reggae! This may raise an eyebrow or two as Russian immigrés and reggae may not be…

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Instrumental version of DJ Vadim’s album “Dubcatcher”.

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First single from DJ Vadim’s forthcoming album “Dubcatcher”

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New single from DJ Vadim’s album “Dubcatcher”.

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Latest single from DJ Vadim’s recently released long player includes original and remixes of Akura Uprock; featuring the rasping vocals of Greg Blackman …( do look out for his forthcoming album with Mr Bird ). We’re taken on a journey,…

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2nd single from DJ Vadim’s “Don’t Be Scared” album features Essex soulman Greg Blackman on vocals, his mighty voice alongside Vadim’s trademark use of synthesisers and progressive drum beats. I’m Feelin’ U works to create a series of upbeat vibes,…

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All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. (Anatole France). Mr eclectic electric, Mr internationalist (69…

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Instrumental version of DJ Vadim’s latest album “Don’t Be Scared”

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This DJ, sees Vadim bringing together grimey, dubby beats with vocals from Bristol hottest upcoming MC – JMan and the result is off the wall fire. Complimented by a video due to go live early September , with global press…

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