March promises to be a very interesting month with a lot of gigs been announced or due to be announced shortly. First up is the return of after a number of years of the legendary DJ Mek to the underground on March 6th. With Broken Funk DJs in attendance this should be great.
Paul wrote the following about Mek back in 2007
Now almost the grandfather of the Irish scratchin and rappin scene, DJ Mek returns to Limerick ..... Previous vists have generated a healthy fan base for Meks unique selections which constantly reaffirm what true Hip hop is. ‘If any one asks me what I play, I never say im a Hiphop deejay’ he says,‘Hip hop as I used to know it is dead, I have no time for that commercial stuff they call Hiphop today’.
As a true old school player his selections are busy conversations between Reggae, Funk, Electro, Rock,and 80's Classics, and of course in these days of Laptop Djs, Mek keeps it strictly vinyl!
Recently, the seminal group he formed with rappers Ri-ra, Mr Brown and Dada Sloosh reunited for a gig to a delighted posse of fresh and not so fresh homeboys ( oldies hangin in there! respect!) at The Village in Dublin. Scary Eire are THE Irish rap group that definined the homegrown Hiphop scene in the 90s and continue to inspire with the retrospective release of their early tracks on cd titled ‘The Scary Era.’ Their unique uncompromising use of heavy ragga rhythms and Irish accented rhymes is well documented on this album which is currently stocked in Empire Records.
Well respected across the water with many DJ competition awards under his belt, Mek,s work as a producer has led him to work with amongst others, Suggs of Madness, Rapper Rodney P, Reggae Star Sweetie Irie and has just recently turned in a remix for Ian Brown. Sinead O'Connor has named him as her favorite dj.