Dazastah

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Dazastah
Birth name Darren Reutens
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1994–present
Labels Syllabolix, Hydrofunk Records, Obese Records, Illusive Sounds
Associated acts Downsyde, Hunter, Drapht, Clandestien, Syllabolix, Layla
Website Myspace

Dazastah is one of the MCs of the Perth-based hip-hop group Downsyde.

History[edit]

Dazastah (Darren Reutens) joined Downsyde when he met MCs Optamus (Scott Griffiths) and Dyna-mikes (Shahbaz Rind) at Leederville TAFE in the late 90s.[1] Dazastah is also a producer and as well as working on beats for Downsyde he has produced for interstate performers and is a prominent local producer, working on albums with Hunter and Clandestien.[2] Dazastah is also a member of WA Hip Hop Crew, Syllabolix.

As well as the four studio albums he has been a part of with Downsyde, Dazastah produced his first album in 2002, Done DL with Hunter which featured many guest appearances from other Syllabolix Crew members.[3] He played a large part in production of the Clandestien Album,[4] Dynasty and also worked on the Hilltop Hoods breakthrough 2003 album, The Calling.[5] Six tracks with Dazastah's involvement have made it onto Aussie Hip Hop compilations albums Culture of Kings. Two songs on volume one and four songs on volume two.[6]

Discography[edit]

Downsyde[edit]

Production[edit]

Hunter
  • Done DL - Syllaboliks (2002) Tracks 1-10, 12-19
Clandestien
  • Dynasty - Syllaboliks (2003) Tracks 1, 3, 10, 13, 15
MC Layla
  • Heretik - Obese (2004)
  • "Favourite Hour" - (2013) [7][8]
Task Force & Pegasus
  • 12" Apostles - Obese (2002) Tracks B1-B2
Hilltop Hoods
Drapht
Mystro
  • Who You Gonna Blame - Grindin (2006)
Omni
  • Batterie - NatAural High Records (2007) Tracks B1-B3

Guest appearances[edit]

  • 2001: "A.T.O.M.S" (from Clandestien Album Clandestien)
  • 2003: "Front Line" (from Drapht Album Pale Rider)
  • 2005: "Sugar Trails" (from MC Layla Album Heretik)
  • 2005: "Muiltiple Choice" (from MC Layla Album Heretik)
  • 2005: "Ya Think" (from Drapht Album Who Am I)
  • 2005: "Wet T-Shirts" (from Drapht Album Who Am I)
  • 2005: "Inspiration Island" (from Drapht Album Who Am I)
  • 2005: "Dusty Fingers" (from Fdel Album Audiofdelity)
  • 2007: "Game Over" (from Bias B Album Been There Done That)
  • 2008: "Rest In Peace" (from Drapht Album Brothers Grimm)

Awards[edit]

All listed for Downsyde.

  • 2003 Australian Dance Music Awards - Nominee - Best Hip-Hop act[9]
  • 2003 Australian Dance Music Awards - Winner - Best Debut Artist[10]
  • 2003 Australian Dance Music Awards - Nominee - Best Album - Land of the Giants[9]
  • 2003 Australian Dance Music Awards - Nominee - Best Single - "Gifted Life"[9]
  • 2003 Australian Dance Music Awards - Nominee - Best Australian Hip Hop Act[9]
  • 2003 WAMi Awards - Winner - Most Popular Local Original Urban Music Act[11]
  • 2003 WAMi Awards - Winner - Most Popular Local Original Music Video - "El Questro"[11]
  • 2003 WAMi Awards - Winner - Most Popular Original Local Album - Land of the Giants[11]
  • 2005 WAMi Awards - Winner - Best Live Electronic Act[12]
  • 2005 WAMi Awards - Winner - Best Urban Music Act[12]
  • 2006 WAMi Awards - Winner - Best Urban Music Act[13]
  • 2007 WAMi Awards - Winner - Best Urban Music / Hip Hop Act[14]
  • 2008 WAMi Awards - Winner - Best Urban Music / Hip Hop Act[15]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Downsyde Official Website
Dazastah Myspace Page
Dazastah Discogs Page