DJ EZ

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DJ EZ (pronounced E-Zed) is a DJ from Tottenham, North London, specialising in British garage music.

Biography[edit]

In 1989, at the age of 15, EZ (known at the time as Easy O) started his radio career on a pirate radio station called Dance 93FM playing house music, where he remained for 4 years. In early 1994, EZ set up his own pirate radio station based in Tottenham called Dimension FM, playing mostly hardcore dance music, rave music and house music. Dimension FM didn't last long due to being closed down by the authorities. EZ then landed himself a 4-hour Saturday and Sunday morning show from 8.00am to 12.00pm on another pirate station - Freek 101.8 FM (it was at this time that he changed his name from Easy O to EZ). As EZ started getting more well known he was given extra show time and was also made a member of the station's management team. DJ EZ then started his own weekly club night called Club Z at the Gas Club in central London. DJ bookings for EZ started to soar and he was playing an average of 4 clubs a night every weekend.

DJ EZ on Kiss 100[edit]

EZ's first time on commercial radio was as a guest on high profile Kiss 100 DJ Steve Jackson's breakfast show (Morning Glory) and house DJs Bobby & Steve's show. The guest appearances became more and more frequent and EZ was offered the chance to stand in for Tuff Jam on a few occasions when they were not able to attend to perform their 2-hour show.

In November 1999, Kiss 100 offered EZ a permanent show on Tuesday mornings from 2.00am to 4.00am. Due to its success, the show was moved to a Friday night (Saturday morning) slot from midnight to 2.00am, directly after Bobby & Steve's show.

In 2000, after coming ninth place in a Kiss 100 Top DJ of the Year poll, DJ EZ was given a primetime show on Saturday nights from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, called 'Saturday Satisfaction', and another show on Friday nights from 10.00pm to 11.00pm, called 'The Hour of Power'.

In 2002, his Saturday show changed to the earlier time of 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

In 2004, he won awards for Best DJ, Best Old Skool DJ and Best Radio Show at the People's Choice Music Awards in London.[1]

DJ EZ currently hosts a popular UK garage radio show called 'Destination Weekend' on London's Kiss 100 every Friday night from 10pm. He does a 2-hour show packed with old skool classics and the latest tunes from the UK garage world and featuring occasional special guests. With him always is his sidekick Winston.

As of 4 September 2009, the 'Destination Weekend' show was expanded to air across the entire Kiss network. This includes South Wales and South West England, covered by Kiss 101 and the East of England, covered by Kiss 105.

From 8 March 2008 until 1 November 2008, DJ EZ hosted a second Kiss radio show titled 'The Bassline Mix'. This was broadcast on Saturday nights from 10.00pm to 11.00pm across the Kiss Network (Kiss 100, Kiss 101 and Kiss 105-108). The show featured UK garage and bassline anthems mixed non-stop by EZ.

Pure Garage CDs[edit]

In January 2000, Warner Music chose DJ EZ to mix Pure Garage, a new garage compilation CD. Pure Garage went on to receive platinum record sales and peaked at number two in the UK national compilation chart. This led to a series of albums mixed by DJ EZ.[2][3] The Pure Garage series is the most acknowledged and best-selling UK garage compilation series to date. As of September 2007, the Pure Garage series had sold over 1.7 million records.

  • Pure Garage (2CD) - Released: 31 January 2000
  • Pure Garage II (2CD) - Released: 3 July 2000
  • Pure Garage III (2CD) - Released: 13 November 2000
  • Pure Garage IV (2CD) - Released: 5 March 2001
  • Pure Garage V (2CD) - Released: 29 October 2001
  • Pure Garage Presents Bass Breaks & Beats (2CD) - Released: 3 December 2001
  • Pure Garage Platinum The Very Best of... (3CD) - Released: 9 December 2002
  • Bass Breaks & Beats 2003 (2CD) - Released: 30 December 2002
  • Pure Garage Classics (3CD) - Released: 24 November 2003
  • Pure Garage Presents Four to the Floor (2CD) - Released: 29 December 2003
  • Pure Garage Presents The Main Room Sessions (3CD) - Released: 16 May 2005
  • Pure Garage Rewind Back to the Old Skool (4CD) - Released: 3 December 2007
  • Pure Garage Presents Pure Bassline (3CD) - Released: 30 June 2008

Ministry of Sound CDs[edit]

On 16 May 2009, EZ announced on his Kiss radio show that his next UK garage compilation CD will be released by Ministry of Sound on 15 June 2009. It was called Ministry of Sound Presents DJ EZ - The Essential Garage Collection and contained over 50 tracks on 3 CDs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stars honoured at Garage awards", BBC, 19 September 2004, retrieved 2011-07-17
  2. ^ Graham, Renee (2003) "Brit Singer Dances to His Own Beat", Boston Globe, 28 January 2003, p. E1
  3. ^ Chu, Jeff (2003) "The Book of Daniel", TIME, 26 October 2003, retrieved 2011-07-17

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