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Kutski at Mayday 2014
|Birth name||John Walker|
4 February 1982 |
|Style||Disc Jockey Hardstyle, Hard Trance etc.|
Kutski (born John Walker on 4 February 1982), is a radio DJ. He was born in Chester, England. He presented various shows for BBC Radio 1, where he played a variety of hard dance music, including Breakbeat, Electro, Hard Trance, Hardcore and Hardstyle. Kutski also currently produces and hosts his own weekly podcast "Keeping the Rave Alive", which plays music similar to that heard on his BBC Radio 1 shows, and has received rave reviews since release.
Kutski started DJing aged 15. The first big event he played was Elevate in Bangor which resulted in a residency. Kutski's DJing has taken him across the network of underground and mainstream hard dance clubs in the UK. Kutski incorporates DMC-style scratching and mixing into every set
His current residencies include Tasty (London), Ripsnorter (Bristol) and Elevate (Bangor).
In 2004, Kutski released debut track "Making Me Itch" under the name SPX. He signed to the Knuckleheadz label and featured on compilations Insomnia 4 and Extreme Euphoria 3.
His tune "Closer To God" released on X-Cite got rave reviews and support from Anne Savage, Lisa Lashes and The Tidy Boys. A collaboration with Ollie (Warp Brothers) has been signed for release on the Tidy Tools EP and has already featured on the Tidy Addict compilation. Kustki was one of the three, along with Steve Hill and Zatox, to mix the 2012 Hard Dance Awards Album
Kutski works for DJ Magazine as a hard dance and hardcore column writer, along with sharing his production techniques on a popular YouTube channel.
Due to the success of his YouTube production videos, Kutski works alongside manufacturers Vestax, Serato, Native Instruments, Stanton & Akai and Pioneer to test out software or kits.
Kutski had an outstanding year in 2010, playing at multiple major festivals over the summer including Defqon One, Creamfields, Dance Valley, Global Gathering, Electrocity, Escape Into The Park, Run To The Sun, Sanctuary, Planet Love, Coloursfest and Parklife and was the only UK act to play both Defqon One in the Netherlands and Australia. His tours included USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands & Germany, trips to Ayia Napa, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Kavos.
2010 also saw Kutski team up with Kiddfectious King Alex Kidd for the launch of a very special concept ‘The Kidd & Kutski Experience’ which saw the duo mixing the first hard dance covermount CD on globally celebrated dance magazine Mixmag in almost a decade.
"Undoubtedly the freshest and most exciting up and coming scratch/mixmaster walking on the planet right now. Take our word for it when we say DJ Kutski is simply outstanding." – Billy Bunter (Honey Pot Recordings & Tasty promoter).
His turntable skills resulted in Kutski being named Energyuk.com's 'DJ of the month' 3 times in 2004.
Kustki was voted the UK’s No.1 hard dance DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll along with scooping up awards for ‘Best UK Hard DJ’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement’ in the Hard Dance Awards 2010
Kutski has received the Best Hard Dance DJ in the Hardcore Heaven Awards!
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