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BIOGRAPHY

DJ SOULJAH (DJソルジャー)

 

99年 単身渡米 数々の苦難と葛藤を乗り越え
本場 New Yorkにて認められた数少ない
「サムライDJ」
2013年より日本へ拠点移し
アジア、ヨーロッパ、アメリカ、
そして日本全国を縦横無尽に駆け巡り、
ヒップホップDJとしては異例となる
EDM系音楽フェス
「ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL JAPAN」
Bass Campステージに出演するなど
ジャンルレスな活躍を見せるDJ SOULJAH。
ファッションイベント、セレブリティの
パーティでのDJとしても多数起用されるなど
「DJも愛するDJ」として、音楽業界内でも
一目置かれる存在。
2014年には自身初となる1stアルバム
『BE MY GUEST』をリリース
メジャーインデイーの壁を越え、
様々なArtistを集結させ
初登場 ITunes Hip Hop シングル&アルバム
同時1位を一ヶ月に渡り記録
同年 最も話題となったDJアルバム
になったのは承知の事実。
2015年 2月には同アルバムの
リリースパーテイーを開催。
DJとしては未だ珍しいDAYイベント開催ながら全国から大勢の来場者と
出演者ほぼ勢揃いの愛に溢れる
演出で感動を呼ぶ。
2016年より EXILE THE SECONDの
オフィシャルDJとして、
イベント、ツアー帯同をスタート。
全36ステージ 総動員 45万人の前に立つ
Hip Hop DJとしての記憶も新しい。
2017年には THE NINE WORLDS 立ち上げ
メンバーとしてイベント出演や
POP UP STOREのプロデュースなど
活動を活発化させ、
SPACE SHOWER MUSICより
『THE NINE WORLDS PRESENTS
DJ SOULJAH N。1 – JAPANESE HIP HOP EDITON』 を全国リリース。
DJとして新たな光を照らし続ける。

 

OFFICIAL WEB SITE : www.djsouljah.com

 

+++++++++++++++++++

 

1999年
NYへ10代で単身渡米

2002年
US『The Source』誌にて日本人初
『リアル ヒップホップ』と2度紹介される

2003年
エミネム主宰のラジオ番組『Shade 45』で
日本初となるゲストDJを務める

2004年
ニューヨーク マンハッタン最大級のクラブ『Avalon』にて毎週土曜レジデントを務める

2005年
ニュージャージー ナソーコロシアムで行われたコンサートで2万人を前にOpening DJを務める

2006年
WMC (マイアミ) CIAA (ノースキャロライナ)等
音楽イベントへのゲスト参加

2007年
Manhattanレコーズより初オフィシャルCDを
リリース(オリコンインディーズチャート3位)

2008年
初のジャパンツアーを開催
(延べ30箇所 1万5千人動員)

2009年
ニューヨーク ファションウィークにて
シュウ ウエムラのショーDJを務める

2010年
アジア単独ツアー タイ、マレーシア、
台湾、韓国、香港へ招集される

2011年
DJの師と仰ぐKID CAPRIとのUSツアー
初のヨーロッパ ツアーを決行

2012年
Adidas, PUMA, NIKEなど店内ミュージック
セレクションやStore DJを2年間務める

2013年
日本へ活動拠点を置き、ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVALへの出演や都内イベントへ出演

2014年
1stアルバム『BE MY GUEST』をリリース(Hip Hopシングル&アルバム同時1位記録)

2015年
『BE MY GUEST』リリースパーテイー開催昼帯に関わらず800人を動員

2016年
EXILE THE SECOND 専属 ライブDJ
PUMA X-LARGE CM曲を手掛ける

2017年
SPACE SHOWER MUSICより『THE NINE WORLDS PRESENTS DJ SOULJAH N。1 – JAPANESE HIP HOP EDITON』リリース

 

[Radio / Mix Show]

第1札幌 (金曜)
82.5 FM Northwave 『STREET FLAVA』
20:00 – 21:00

第2名古屋 (土曜)
77.8 ZIP FM 『SUPERNOVA』
23:00 – 25:00

第3宮崎 (月曜)
83.2 JOY FM Miyazaki 『夕mix』
16:00 – 17:00

第3札幌 (金曜)
82.5 FM Northwave 『STREET FLAVA』
20:00 – 21:00

第4福岡 (土曜)
76.1 LOVE FM 『Spin The Wheel』
15:00 – 18:00

第5札幌 (金曜)
82.5 FM Northwave 『STREET FLAVA』
20:00 – 21:00

Known as “Samurai DJ”,  Souljah has also been endorsed by Jay-Z’s long time producer Just Blaze who proclaimed, “DJ Souljah is one of the most powerful DJs I’ve ever known” and big time producer/MC Swizz Beatz acknowledging Souljah as “a real DJ”.

After growing up in Japan, Souljah moved to New York City in 1999.
It didn’t take long time for Souljah to earn his fame in the big apple.
Becoming a resident DJ at one of Manhattan’s popular dance venues, Avalon (formerly known as The Limelight), and spun at birthday parties for numerous celebrities including Grammy award winners John Legend and Timbaland.

In 2005, he opened up in front of 10,000 screaming fans at New York’s Nassau Coliseum for 50 Cent(s) “G-Unit Tour” featuring Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole & Busta Rhymes.

Ever since Souljah started DJing he always looked up to the legend DJ Kid Capri. One day Kid Capri tapped Souljah on the shoulder to join his tour.

Souljahs list of collaborations kept on coming… Including work with America’s most popular hip-hop radio stations and DJs: DJ Cipha Sound, DJ Camilo and DJ Kast One from Hot 97 in New York, and DJ Felli Fel from Power 106 in Los Angeles. H also  became the first Japanese DJ to perform on Shade 45 channel on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Even from the hip-hop bible, “The Source magazine” praised Souljah, profiling him twice in the “Real Hip-Hop” segment and honoring him as the first ever Japanese DJ.

Word of his musical genius began to spread across America, leading to prestigious gigs at the World Music Conference in Miami, the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), basketball tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina where he once again collaborated with hip-hop royalty: Rakim, Slick Rick and Biz Markie.

DJ Souljah’s success then extended to the fashion industry as he performed for the house of Shu Uemura at New York Fashion Week in 2009 and 2010, as well as providing music for Adidas, Puma and Nike, DJing at Mercedes Benz and Redbull reception parties.

DJ Souljah spent most of 2010 and 2011 touring Europe and Thailand, Taiwan, Korea and Japan DJing at over 30 venues across the globe.

He has released several mixtapes including “The Exclusives series: Hip- Hop Hits 2, Hip-Hop Hits 3 and 2000-2010 Decade Hits on Manhattan Records in 2009 and 2010

He relocated himself to Tokyo in 2013. Soon after his coming back to home country,  Souljah played the first ULTRA JAPAN, the biggest EDM festival in the world and fascinated the Asian audience as well.

2014, he finally released his first album 『BE MY GUEST』. The album marked No.1 on both single and album iTunes Hip hop charts. DJ Souljah put together a big release party with the album participated artists, witch attracted 800 fans.

DJ Souljah extended his field in 2016 with becoming official tour DJ forEXILE THE SECOND, very popular J-pop performance group. For next 2 years, they performed in front of fans  36 places all over Japan.  2017, he released 『THE NINE WORLDS PRESENTS DJ SOULJAH N。1 – JAPANESE HIP HOP EDITON』from SPACE SHOWER MUSIC, again making splash in music industry.

In 2018-2019, he plans the world tour, in order to show his skills and connect the dots to make even bigger music map for Asia.

 

● Style
Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Bass Music, House, Top 40, Classics & Video Mix

 

●Radio
SIRIUS RADIO “SHADE 45″ (Guest DJ’s)
77.8 ZIP FM NAGOYA『SUPERNOVA』23:00 – 25:00 (Every 2nd Sat of The Month)
83.2 JOY FM Miyazaki 『You mix』16:00 – 17:00 (Every 3rd Mon of The Month)
82.5 FM Northwave 『STREET FLAVA』20:00 – 21:00 (Every 1st & 3rd Fri of The Month)
76.1 LOVE FM 『Spin The Wheel』15:00 – 18:00 (Every 4th Sat of The Month)

 

● Press
Variety, as the saying goes, is the spice of life. And no up and coming DJ exemplifies these
words more prodigiously than DJ Souljah. Born on the Kyu-Shu island of Japan but currently
based on the Lower East Side of New York City, turntable technician boasts an acclaimed
mix-CD series (appropriately enough, subtitled “Spice of Life”) that runs the gamut of musical
styles from contemporary and old school hip hop to reggae, reggaeton, Latin, house, and R&B.
“You name it!” the spin doctor says good naturedly about his diverse tastes. But beyond an
affinity for different musical genres, the variety that characterizes Souljah’s work extends to his
craftsmanship. His mix-CDs are neither strictly exhibitions of turntablism nor previews of
exclusive new and unreleased material, but programs that encompass all the disciplines of DJing
and fuse them into compulsively listenable, party-oriented affairs. Tellingly, Souljah takes much
of his inspiration from the legendary mix-tape master and crowd pleaser Kid Capri. “I think the
number one party DJ is Kid Capri,” says Souljah about his most prominent DJ role model.
“Cause he can rock the house. How he cuts, blends, and mixes all thoserecords is just amazing.
I believe that being able to do a little bit of everything is really important. It’s good to have a basic
scratching technique, but making people dance is as important as having skills.” Souljah’s most
celebrated mix-CD effort to date, 2003’s “SOL: Spice of Life,” very ably demonstrates this
philosophy, utilizing his strong studio production techniques, programming savvy, and cutting
skills to create a seamless collage of old school breaks, sample sources and hip hop hits. Upon
its release, “SOL: Spice of Life” was met with immediate accolades. The Source magazine hailed
the mix-CD as “a crate digger’s delight,” while Urb magazine declared it “a brilliant thematic mix.”
Follow up projects like the Puerto Rican themed “After the Parade,” the club hit-laden “Live In
New York,” and Souljah’s Jay-Z Black Album remix CD are similarly impressive and infectious.
Like all of Souljah’s mixes they’ve all immediately sold out back in Japan. Souljah is grateful for
the support he still receives back home, and recalls the important musical moments of his
formative years with fondness. It was in Japan that he was first introduced to DJing while
messing with turntable at his local record store in Kyu-Shu where he worked during his high
school years; he still remembers the first record he learned to DJ with (Gang Starr’ s “The ?
Remainz”,) and the first mix-tape he ever made (a decade ago for his then-girlfriend). Despite his
roots, however, Souljah embraces the way DJs are perceived in his adopted home of the U.S.
as opposed to back in Japan.
“Unlike the States,” he observes, “people in Japan think DJ-ing is so serious. They tend to be
more technically conscious as opposed to trying to make people happy.” Between a consistent
flow of mix-CD projects, his nternet radio show (“Prime Cuts”on www.djsouljah.com which just
celebrated its one-year anniversary), and his weekly DJ residency each and every Friday at the
Rain Lounge (216 Bedford Ave @ N.5 Street in Brooklyn) DJ Souljah I obviously making a lot of
people very happy these days. Though the enterprising selector considers his mix-CD projects
as much a practical necessity (“I think a mix-CD is a DJ’s business card,” he says) as a creative
outlet, his commitment to his profession is as strong as ever, as is reflected by his passion for
every DJ’s favorite pastime, record digging. “I dig for records all the time 々 I mean, ALL the
time,” He boasts.“One of my jobs is buying records here in the U.S. and shipping them to our
stores all over the world. But it’s something I’d be doing even if it wasn’t my job. “That’s just the
foundation of what DJs do.”
Spoken like a true Souljah in the game.

CHAIRMAN MAO (XXL MAG / VH-1 / EGO TRIP)

DJ SOULJAH (DJソルジャー)

 

99年 単身渡米 数々の苦難と葛藤を乗り越え
本場 New Yorkにて認められた数少ない「サムライDJ」
2013年より日本へ拠点移し アジア、ヨーロッパ、アメリカ、
そして日本全国を縦横無尽に駆け巡り、ヒップホップDJとしては異例となる
EDM系音楽フェス「ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL JAPAN」
Bass Campステージに出演するなど
ジャンルレスな活躍を見せるDJ SOULJAH。
ファッションイベント、セレブリティのパーティでのDJとしても多数起用されるなど
「DJも愛するDJ」として、音楽業界内でも一目置かれる存在。
2014年には自身初となる1stアルバム『BE MY GUEST』をリリース
メジャーインデイーの壁を越え、様々なArtistを集結させ
初登場 ITunes Hip Hop シングル&アルバム 同時1位を一ヶ月に渡り記録
同年 最も話題となったDJアルバムになったのは承知の事実。
2015年 2月には同アルバムのリリースパーテイーを開催。
DJとしては未だ珍しいDAYイベント開催ながら全国から大勢の来場者と
出演者ほぼ勢揃いの愛に溢れる演出で感動を呼ぶ。
2016年より EXILE THE SECONDのオフィシャルDJとして、
イベント、ツアー帯同をスタート。
全36ステージ 総動員 45万人の前に立つHip Hop DJとしての記憶も新しい。
2017年には THE NINE WORLDS 立ち上げメンバーとしてイベント出演や
POP UP STOREのプロデュースなど活動を活発化させ、
SPACE SHOWER MUSICより『THE NINE WORLDS PRESENTS
DJ SOULJAH N。1 – JAPANESE HIP HOP EDITON』 を全国リリース。
DJとして新たな光を照らし続ける。

 

OFFICIAL WEB SITE : www.djsouljah.com

 

+++++++++++++++++++

 

1999年 NYへ10代で単身渡米
2002年 US『The Source』誌にて日本人で始めて『リアル ヒップホップ』と称され2度紹介される。
2003年 エミネム主宰のラジオ番組『Shade 45』で日本初となるゲストDJを務める。
2004年 ニューヨーク マンハッタン最大級のクラブ『Avalon』にて毎週土曜のレジデントを務める。
2005年 ニュージャージー ナソーコロシアムで行われたコンサートで2万人を前にOpening DJを務める
2006年 WMC (マイアミ) CIAA (ノースキャロライナ) など音楽イベントへのゲスト参加。
2007年 Manhattanレコーズより初オフィシャルCDをリリース(オリコンインディーズチャート3位記録)
2008年 初のジャパンツアーを開催 (延べ30箇所 1万5千人動員)
2009年 ニューヨーク ファションウィークにてシュウ ウエムラのショーDJを務める。
2010年 アジア単独ツアー タイ、マレーシア、台湾、韓国、香港へ招集される。
2011年 DJの師と仰ぐKID CAPRIとのUSツアーと平行して、初のヨーロッパ ツアーを決行。
2012年 Adidas, PUMA, NIKEなど店内ミュージック セレクションやStore DJを2年間務める。
2013年 日本へ活動拠点を置き、ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVALへの出演や都内イベントへ出演。
2014年 1stアルバム『BE MY GUEST』をリリース。(Hip Hopシングル&アルバム同時1位記録)
2015年 『BE MY GUEST』リリースパーテイー開催。昼帯に関わらず800人を動員。
2016年 EXILE THE SECOND 専属 ライブDJとして帯同中, PUMA X-LARGE CM曲を手掛ける。
2017年 SPACE SHOWER MUSICより 『THE NINE WORLDS PRESENTS DJ SOULJAH N。1 – JAPANESE HIP HOP EDITON』 を全国リリース。

 

[Radio / Mix Show]

 

第1札幌 (金曜) 82.5 FM Northwave 『STREET FLAVA』20:00 – 21:00
第2名古屋 (土曜) 77.8 ZIP FM 『SUPERNOVA』23:00 – 25:00
第3宮崎 (月曜) 83.2 JOY FM Miyazaki 『夕mix』16:00 – 17:00
第3札幌 (金曜) 82.5 FM Northwave 『STREET FLAVA』20:00 – 21:00
第4福岡 (土曜) 76.1 LOVE FM 『Spin The Wheel』15:00 – 18:00
第5札幌 (金曜) 82.5 FM Northwave 『STREET FLAVA』20:00 – 21:00

Known as “Samurai DJ”,  Souljah has also been endorsed by Jay-Z’s long time producer Just Blaze who proclaimed, “DJ Souljah is one of the most powerful DJs I’ve ever known” and big time producer/MC Swizz Beatz acknowledging Souljah as “a real DJ”.

After growing up in Japan, Souljah moved to New York City in 1999.
It didn’t take long time for Souljah to earn his fame in the big apple.
Becoming a resident DJ at one of Manhattan’s popular dance venues, Avalon (formerly known as The Limelight), and spun at birthday parties for numerous celebrities including Grammy award winners John Legend and Timbaland.

In 2005, he opened up in front of 10,000 screaming fans at New York’s Nassau Coliseum for 50 Cent(s) “G-Unit Tour” featuring Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole & Busta Rhymes.

Ever since Souljah started DJing he always looked up to the legend DJ Kid Capri. One day Kid Capri tapped Souljah on the shoulder to join his tour.

Souljahs list of collaborations kept on coming… Including work with America’s most popular hip-hop radio stations and DJs: DJ Cipha Sound, DJ Camilo and DJ Kast One from Hot 97 in New York, and DJ Felli Fel from Power 106 in Los Angeles. H also  became the first Japanese DJ to perform on Shade 45 channel on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Even from the hip-hop bible, “The Source magazine” praised Souljah, profiling him twice in the “Real Hip-Hop” segment and honoring him as the first ever Japanese DJ.

Word of his musical genius began to spread across America, leading to prestigious gigs at the World Music Conference in Miami, the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), basketball tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina where he once again collaborated with hip-hop royalty: Rakim, Slick Rick and Biz Markie.

DJ Souljah’s success then extended to the fashion industry as he performed for the house of Shu Uemura at New York Fashion Week in 2009 and 2010, as well as providing music for Adidas, Puma and Nike, DJing at Mercedes Benz and Redbull reception parties.

DJ Souljah spent most of 2010 and 2011 touring Europe and Thailand, Taiwan, Korea and Japan DJing at over 30 venues across the globe.

He has released several mixtapes including “The Exclusives series: Hip- Hop Hits 2, Hip-Hop Hits 3 and 2000-2010 Decade Hits on Manhattan Records in 2009 and 2010

He relocated himself to Tokyo in 2013. Soon after his coming back to home country,  Souljah played the first ULTRA JAPAN, the biggest EDM festival in the world and fascinated the Asian audience as well.

2014, he finally released his first album 『BE MY GUEST』. The album marked No.1 on both single and album iTunes Hip hop charts. DJ Souljah put together a big release party with the album participated artists, witch attracted 800 fans.

DJ Souljah extended his field in 2016 with becoming official tour DJ forEXILE THE SECOND, very popular J-pop performance group. For next 2 years, they performed in front of fans  36 places all over Japan.  2017, he released 『THE NINE WORLDS PRESENTS DJ SOULJAH N。1 – JAPANESE HIP HOP EDITON』from SPACE SHOWER MUSIC, again making splash in music industry.

In 2018-2019, he plans the world tour, in order to show his skills and connect the dots to make even bigger music map for Asia.

 

● Style
Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Bass Music, House, Top 40, Classics & Video Mix

 

●Radio
SIRIUS RADIO “SHADE 45″ (Guest DJ’s)
77.8 ZIP FM NAGOYA『SUPERNOVA』23:00 – 25:00 (Every 2nd Sat of The Month)
83.2 JOY FM Miyazaki 『You mix』16:00 – 17:00 (Every 3rd Mon of The Month)
82.5 FM Northwave 『STREET FLAVA』20:00 – 21:00 (Every 1st & 3rd Fri of The Month)
76.1 LOVE FM 『Spin The Wheel』15:00 – 18:00 (Every 4th Sat of The Month)

 

● Press
Variety, as the saying goes, is the spice of life. And no up and coming DJ exemplifies these
words more prodigiously than DJ Souljah. Born on the Kyu-Shu island of Japan but currently
based on the Lower East Side of New York City, turntable technician boasts an acclaimed
mix-CD series (appropriately enough, subtitled “Spice of Life”) that runs the gamut of musical
styles from contemporary and old school hip hop to reggae, reggaeton, Latin, house, and R&B.
“You name it!” the spin doctor says good naturedly about his diverse tastes. But beyond an
affinity for different musical genres, the variety that characterizes Souljah’s work extends to his
craftsmanship. His mix-CDs are neither strictly exhibitions of turntablism nor previews of
exclusive new and unreleased material, but programs that encompass all the disciplines of DJing
and fuse them into compulsively listenable, party-oriented affairs. Tellingly, Souljah takes much
of his inspiration from the legendary mix-tape master and crowd pleaser Kid Capri. “I think the
number one party DJ is Kid Capri,” says Souljah about his most prominent DJ role model.
“Cause he can rock the house. How he cuts, blends, and mixes all thoserecords is just amazing.
I believe that being able to do a little bit of everything is really important. It’s good to have a basic
scratching technique, but making people dance is as important as having skills.” Souljah’s most
celebrated mix-CD effort to date, 2003’s “SOL: Spice of Life,” very ably demonstrates this
philosophy, utilizing his strong studio production techniques, programming savvy, and cutting
skills to create a seamless collage of old school breaks, sample sources and hip hop hits. Upon
its release, “SOL: Spice of Life” was met with immediate accolades. The Source magazine hailed
the mix-CD as “a crate digger’s delight,” while Urb magazine declared it “a brilliant thematic mix.”
Follow up projects like the Puerto Rican themed “After the Parade,” the club hit-laden “Live In
New York,” and Souljah’s Jay-Z Black Album remix CD are similarly impressive and infectious.
Like all of Souljah’s mixes they’ve all immediately sold out back in Japan. Souljah is grateful for
the support he still receives back home, and recalls the important musical moments of his
formative years with fondness. It was in Japan that he was first introduced to DJing while
messing with turntable at his local record store in Kyu-Shu where he worked during his high
school years; he still remembers the first record he learned to DJ with (Gang Starr’ s “The ?
Remainz”,) and the first mix-tape he ever made (a decade ago for his then-girlfriend). Despite his
roots, however, Souljah embraces the way DJs are perceived in his adopted home of the U.S.
as opposed to back in Japan.
“Unlike the States,” he observes, “people in Japan think DJ-ing is so serious. They tend to be
more technically conscious as opposed to trying to make people happy.” Between a consistent
flow of mix-CD projects, his nternet radio show (“Prime Cuts”on www.djsouljah.com which just
celebrated its one-year anniversary), and his weekly DJ residency each and every Friday at the
Rain Lounge (216 Bedford Ave @ N.5 Street in Brooklyn) DJ Souljah I obviously making a lot of
people very happy these days. Though the enterprising selector considers his mix-CD projects
as much a practical necessity (“I think a mix-CD is a DJ’s business card,” he says) as a creative
outlet, his commitment to his profession is as strong as ever, as is reflected by his passion for
every DJ’s favorite pastime, record digging. “I dig for records all the time 々 I mean, ALL the
time,” He boasts.“One of my jobs is buying records here in the U.S. and shipping them to our
stores all over the world. But it’s something I’d be doing even if it wasn’t my job. “That’s just the
foundation of what DJs do.”
Spoken like a true Souljah in the game.

CHAIRMAN MAO (XXL MAG / VH-1 / EGO TRIP)