DJ Yoda

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DJ Yoda
DJ Yoda Low Club 2008.JPG
DJ Yoda performing at Club Low in Madrid in 2008
Background information
Birth name Duncan Beiny
Origin London, England
Genres Hip hop, electronica, trip hop
Occupation(s) Turntablist
Years active 1998–present
Labels Antidote Records
Associated acts Jungle Brothers

Duncan Beiny (born 1977 in London, United Kingdom), better known as DJ Yoda, is a hip hop turntablist who uses samples to create a cartoony musical style.[1]


After Highgate School he studied English and American literature at the University of Warwick from 1995 to 1998. During this period, he began performing at Mojo, a popular Warwick hip hop and soul night at the student's union until he graduated. After he left university, he began releasing underground demo mix-tapes to small music shops. Through the popularity of these tapes, Antidote Records asked him to create an official mixtape, from which How to Cut & Paste Mix Tape Vol.1 was released.[2]

He has won a DMC DJ of the Year award in the Scratch DJ category (2001) and was one of six nominees for best UK hip-hop DJ in the UK Hip-Hop Awards.[citation needed] He has also been nominated by Q magazine as one of the "Ten DJs To See Before You Die", has released a series of mix-tapes, and has toured the globe with Goldie and the Scratch Perverts. In 2010 he also won the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards for Contemporary Classic Album with the Heritage Orchestra.[3] He is currently the hip-hop correspondent for IDJ magazines, and also writes the DJ page for Hip Hop Connection magazine. He has also been on the judging panel for the DMC DJ World Finals for the last three years.

Yoda released his debut album of original material, entitled The Amazing Adventures of DJ Yoda, on 2 October 2006 on Antidote Records. The album features guest vocalists, including Biz Markie, Sway, Ugly Duckling and MC Paul Barman. In addition to releasing his own material, he has also performed scratches on Dangermouse and Jemini's Ghetto Pop Life.

He has been a regular guest on BBC Radio 1 appearing alongside Steve Lamacq and Annie Mac.[2] In 2009, he was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award.[4]

In July 2015 it was announced that Beiny would be playing regular but unannounced sets at a new barbecue restaurant opening in Kensal Green. He said 'I’ve always found there to be a really strong connection between music and food – I’ve made a song called Pizza with Sway and one called Breakfast Cereal with Biz Markie, I’ve had an album called Chop Suey and my newest is called Breakfast of Champions. Music and food are my two big passions.' The restaurant is a joint venture with his friend from Highgate School Robert Claassen.[5]


Singles & EPs[edit]



Mix CDs[edit]




  • Quid Control [12" vinyl] (Antidote Records) (2002)
  • The Amazing Adventures of (Antidote Records) (2006)


  • DJ Yoda Goes to the Movies (Promotional DVD, 2006)
  • DJ Yoda Goes to the Movies 2 (2007)


  1. ^ "Interview – DJ Yoda". BBC. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b "DJ Yoda biography". All Music Guide. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ The Independent Music Awards: Nominees : Album : Contemporary Classical
  4. ^ "The Music Special Award". Sony Radio Academy Awards. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  5. ^ Norum, Ben (30 July 2015). "DJ Yoda will play surprise gigs at his new barbecue restaurant". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 

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