|Origin||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Associated acts||Dominion Crew
Hyjak N Torcha
DJ Bonez has been described as being at "the forefront of Australian DJ'ing culture as a performer and also catering to DJ's worldwide with break beats and scratch records".
Bonez began creating four-track mix tapes and CDs for the underground hip-hop scene in the late 1980s, while studying at high school.By the age of 17, hands, he had expanded his skills and started performing as a club and scratch DJ in venues across Australia.
In 1995, Bonez made the transition to producer. Having honed his skills as a DJ, he performed turntable trick routines and began producing battle records. By 1997, Bonez had made a name for himself, appearing in a documentary, Basic Equipment, made by Paul Fenech.
In 1999, Bonez started making beats with a group named the Dominion Crew. He also supported groups from the USA who toured Australia, including DJ'ing for artists such as Murs, AceyAlone, Diverse and Mr. Liff, amongst others.
Dating back to 2000, DJ Bonez was the DJ for Hyjak N Torcha. He produced their 2004 release Drastik Measures, Bonez' first full-length produced album, which gained national recognition and was the first Australian Hip Hop album to be selected as Triple J album of the week.
Shortly after Muphin and Plutonic Lab formed a partnership under the name Muph & Plutonic in 2004, they toured together with DJ Bonez and Obese Records founder Pegz in 2005, under the collective name Milk Bar Stars. DJ Bonez joined Muph & Plutonic in 2008, appearing on their album And Then Tomorrow Came and touring as an integral part of the band at venues across major cities, regional towns, and at festivals such as the Big Day Out, Homebake, Trackside, Sounds of Spring and Pyramid Rock.
In 2007, Bonez produced Ninja Art, a remix record for Californian-based MC Omni, which also featured various artists including Motion Man, Blade, Speaque Ezie and MC Mell 'O'. Released by Shogun Records, it was named "Best Album of 2007" by the Sydney Morning Herald and gained high-rotation as a feature track on the national Triple J radio network.
That same year, Bonez also released his own solo compilation album through Obese Records, titled Roll Call. This album also featured an array of local artists such as Funkoars, Pegz, Low Budget, Tommy I'llfigga and Muph, and international artists Lotek, Sandpeople, Rainman and Grand Agent. The album debuted at 35 on the ARIA Urban Charts, was named album of the week by JB Hi-Fi, gained high rotation on several radio stations and won that year's award for best compilation from OzHiphop.com. The video clip for the track "Certified" featuring the Funkoars peaked at number 5 on the MTV Video Charts and also picked up the award for best video of 2007 at the OzHiphop.com awards. The video clip for "Roll Call" featuring Sandpeople earnt them a feature in Rollingstones.com.
Bonez is also notable for having produced albums and tracks featuring Ozi Batla ("Put it on Wax"), MC Trey (Tapastry Tunes album), Blade, Motion Man, Grand Agent, Mystik Journeyman, and Fraksha, and has also supported many other prominent local and international artists live.
Bonez' website features a section named "The Vault" which contains exclusive tracks, remixes, instrumental and a cappella recordings; however, this content is only available to DJs.
Bonez also performs as a solo DJ in his own right.
DJ battle records/tools (EP/LP)
- Bone Breaks (1999), Statik Recordings
- Bone Breaks (Australasian Dragon Edition) (2001), Statik Recordings
- Vintage Vandal Breaks (2005), Statik Recordings
- Casting Spells on Twelves (CD)
- Hands On Decks (1999) (CD), Statik Recordings
- DJ Bonez Presents the Mamma's Kitchen Mix (2005), Obese Records
Solo albums produced
- Hyjak n Torcha, Drastik Measures (2004), Obese Records
- DJ Bonez ft. various, Roll Call (2007), Obese Records
- Omni, Ninja Art (2007), Statik Recordings/Shogun
- Mastermind Alliance | Mass MC (2000) Statik Recordings/Double Beef
- Daily Affirmations | Trey (2000)
- Culture of Kings Volume 1 | Mass MC & Torcha (2000), Obese Records ("Wotcha Say?")
- Culture of Kings Volume 2 | Various (2002), Obese Records ("Face The Music")
- Global Turntables | Various (2002), HHS-024 Hip Hop Slam
- Millenium | Various - UHB5: Legacy 2009 (2002) Outhouse, Revenge Entertainment
- Pro Amateur | Luckyiam.PSC - Extra Credit Assignment #1 "The Vehicle" (2002) Outhouse, Revenge Entertainment
- Broken Dream | DJ Skizo (2007) Relief Records EU
- Bias Life | Bias B (2011)
- "Discogs profile for DJ Bonez". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- "DJ Bonez: About". Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
- "Ozi Batla, "Put it on Wax"". Allaussiehiphop.wordpress.com. 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- "All Aussie Hip-Hop's Spotlight on Fraksha". Allaussiehiphop.wordpress.com. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- "DJ Bonez profile on Sound Maven". Soundmaven.com. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- "Student Radio Music: DJ Bonez". Studentradioawards.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- "DJ Bonez profile on Sompedia". Sompedia.com. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- "DJ Bonez: The Vault". Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. Retrieved 2010-06-03.