Artist

Woody

DJ Woody AKA Woody Madera is one of Britains most respected hip hop dj's and arguably one of the most innovative and musical turntablists of his generation. Driven by an obsessive quest for originality in the true spirit of hip hop culture, Woody is a one-man movement constantly pushing the envelope in a time when most dj's seem content with covering old ground.

Responsible for the invention of a host of groundbreaking scratches, beatjuggle and turntablist techniques including his famous signature 'Woodpecker' scratch, not many DJ's can lay claim to having had scratch legend DJ Qbert on the telephone asking for tips. Not surprising then that turntable giants Vestax were quick to take up some of Woody's ideas for their new revolutionary 'Controller One' turntable, the worlds first ever turntable to play full musical scales.

Woody's background doesn't quite fit in with media driven stereotypes of a hip hop artist, hailing from the northern industrial town of Burnley in England it is perhaps this unlikely setting that aided Woody's maverick style. Most of the 90's were spent perfecting his skills by rocking clubs, performing with MC's, vocalists and live bands, producing mixtapes and laying down cuts in the studio.

In 1999 Woody entered his first dj competition making it straight through to the UK DMC finals, from this Woody's success on the battle circuit snowballed and in 2001 Woody was to become the worlds most successful scratch dj by gaining more major championship titles than any of his contemparies. On taking a trip to the mecca of turntablism, San Francisco, Woody made history by becoming the first ever European to take the coveted World ITF title (International Turntablist Federation), following in the footsteps of legendary dj's Babu (Dilated Peoples) and A-Trak (World DMC champion, Kanye West DJ). The following year saw Woody become 2 times World Champion when he stormed the Vestax Extravaganza World finals beating off competition from 14 countries.

Since then Woody has been proving the point that he rocks dancefloors as effectively as he murders dj's in battle, sharing the stage worldwide alongside many of musics biggest names including Eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, De La Soul and the Stereo Mc's. In 2002 Woody was asked to join the US Superrappin Tour as the only Brit alongside highly acclaimed US rap artists Lootpack (Madlib aka Quasimoto, Wildchild & DJ Romes), Declaime, Lone Catalist and DJ's Dopey (2003 World DMC Champ) & Ptrix (US DMC Champ), providing American audiences with a rare glimpse of the cream of UK turntablism.

In the last 4 years Woody has toured relentlessly in various incarnations taking in South Africa, Venezuela, Brasil, India, Trinidad, Russia, Japan, China, Canada and virtually every country in Europe.

In 2003 he joined UK hip hop's most accomplished tour the 'Russian Percussian' alongside acclaimed producer DJ Vadim, from this collaboration it was a natural progression for Woody to become resident scratch assassin for Ninjatunes' hip hop super-crew One Self, recording the perfect musical scratchscapes to compliment Vadims production on One Self's debut LP 'Children Of Possiblity' released in 2005. As a perminant fixture in One Self's renowned live show Woody in an integral part, peppering the set with his trademark routines and scratches. With over 130 shows in 2005 alone Woody has been performing to crowds of anything between 500 and 30 000 at some of Europes biggest festivals and most prestigious venues, from the main stage at The Big Chill or Spain's epic Monegro festival to London's infamous london Jazz Cafe. The One Self live show has been causing a stir all over Europe with Radio sessions for BBC Radio One and TV appearances on Channel 4, the 'Times' described them as the "best newcomers of 2005".

Aside from collaborations with DJ Vadim and One Self, Woody 's cuts have graced tracks from artists ranging from UK Hip Hop vets Krispy, Evil Ed (Jamoni), Sirconical (Twisted Nerve) and even a remix for Guru of the legendary Gangstarr. 2006 sees Woody channel his creativity into more recordings so with a host of solo projects in the pipeline you can expect to hear alot more from the Wooden one.

Accomplishments

2001 Northern DMC Champion
2001 UK ITF Champion
2001 UK Vestax Champion
2001 World ITF Champion
2002 DMC UK Defending Champion
2002 UK Vestax Champion
2002 World Vestax Champion