DJ EZ in 2016
|Birth name||Otis Roberts|
|Genres||UK Garage, House, Bassline, Grime|
Otis Roberts, known professionally as DJ EZ (pronounced "DJ ee zed") is a UK garage DJ from Tottenham, North London. He was one of the earliest proponents of UK garage music, hosting the long-running Kiss 100 radio show and mixing the Pure Garage series of compilations. He has remained been one of the most prolific and revered English DJ's for over 20 years.
DJ EZ was born in East London, and raised in Tottenham, North London. His early discovery and love of House, Hip-Hop and Electro led to listening to pirate radio and recording early mixes in the hope to land a show on them.
DJ EZ first started DJing on the pirate radio station Dance 93FM, playing House music. At this time, he was known as Easy O. When the station was shutdown, EZ set up his own station based in Wood Green called Dimension FM, which was short-lived.
In 1994, EZ submitted a demo tape to then leading London Garage and House music station Freek FM, which led to him hosting a 4-hour Saturday and Sunday mornings. It was also at this time that he changed his DJ name to EZ.
EZ's first appearances on commercial radio were to cover for Steve Jackson and Bobby & Steve's shows on Kiss 100. He was then asked to cover for Tuff Jam when they were unable to make their show, and in November 1999, this led to Kiss offering a permanent show on Tuesday mornings 2-4am. Shortly after, he was given a primetime show on Saturday nights 7-9pm called Saturday Satisfaction, and then another show on Friday nights 10-11pm called The Hour of Power. The Friday night show would then become called Destination Weekend from 10pm-12am, and in 2002, the Saturday show moved to 5-7pm.
Club career and awards
As the UK Garage scene broke mainstream, he has been synonymous with raves and nights such as Exposure, Twice As Nice, Garage Nation, Pure Silk, and Sun City.
EZ has won many awards over the years, including 'Club DJ of the Year' at the 1998 Underground Garage Awards, 'Best DJ' at the 2000 and 2002 UK Garage Awards, and 'Best DJ', 'Best Old School DJ' and 'Best Radio Show' at the 2004 People's Choice Music Awards in London.
24-hour Charity set
On 10 February 2016 DJ EZ announced that he would be playing a 24-hour set, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. This took place on 27–28 February 2016, and was live streamed on his website and Boiler Room
DJ EZ has released a number of his own productions, and is especially known for his remix of the B-15 Project track Feels So Good.
- 4 Track E.P. (Undercover Kutz, 1998)
- The Next Chapter EP (Z Records, 2002)
- One for All EP (One Recordings, 2002)
- Just Turn It Up / The Overground (One Recordings, 2003)
- Pure Garage I/II/III (Warner, 2000)
- Pure Garage IV/V (Warner, 2001)
- Pure Garage Presents Bass Breaks & Beats (Warner, 2001)
- Pure Garage Platinum The Very Best of... (Warner, 2002)
- Bass Breaks & Beats 2003 (Warner, 2002)
- Pure Garage Classics (Warner, 2003)
- Pure Garage Presents Four to the Floor (Warner, 2003)
- Pure Garage Presents The Main Room Sessions (Warner, 2005)
- Pure Garage Rewind Back to the Old Skool (Warner, 2007)
- Pure Garage Presents Pure Bassline (Warner, 2008)
- Ministry of Sound Presents DJ EZ - Essential Garage Collection (Ministry of Sound, 2009)
- FabricLive.71 (Fabric, 2013)
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- "DJ EZ is playing a live 24 hour garage set for Cancer Research - i-D". Vice. 10 February 2016.
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- "DJ EZ 24hr Set in Aid of Cancer Research UK - BOILER ROOM". boilerroom.tv. 27 February 2016.
- Patrick Hinton (29 February 2016). "DJ EZ scoops nearly £60k for Cancer Research after 24-hour marathon set". MixMag.
- Sam Diss (13 March 2017). "The Enduring Legacy of the 'Pure Garage' Compilation CD". Vice.