DJ Tiempo started DJ’ing in 1994. Living in the Royal County of Berkshire most of his life his interest in music and mixing first began by listening to the likes of Micky Finn, Ratpack, Seduction, Ellis Dee, Slipmatt, LTJ Bukem and DJ Hype. Genres of music included Acid House, Old Skool, Hardcore, Jungle, Trance and Drum and Bass.
DJ Tiempo had a vast taste in the styles in the styles he mixed and has advanced from not only his original tastes in music but has diversed into blending Bassline House and Dubstep; with its heavy wowp / dirty basslines he feels this is where he has found his greatest love.
DJ Tiempo’s career started when purchasing his first set of decks from a close mate namely Darren Mitchell. The decks were belt driven JB System turntables. He started with about 30 records to mix but the collection soon grew due to spending every last penny earnt on vinyl, his collection is amazing.
The first days of mixing for DJ Tiempo mainly included blending mostly D’n’B but his record collection now includes genres including Reggae, Ragga, Motown, Indie, Jungle, Hardcore, Garage, House, Trance, Rock and mainline chart music. The early days of trying to build up a decent set up were slow but he soon started to build it all up and learn the technical sides of audio and midi, which has really contributed to what he is today and has given him the know in order to completely understand all the elements of DJ’ing and the music that he mixes and has been producing.
Over many years DJ Tiempo has played and also organised many events. These have including various charitable gigs raising well in excess of over £4000. One of the charities he contributed to was the headway trust an organisation that helps victims with head injuries, dedicated to Robbie Brooker the brother of a close friend who passed away suddenly. Another charity DJ Tiempo helped raise money for was Cancer Research UK where he helped contribute to the vibes at an even held at the Matrix nightclub in Reading.
DJ Tiempo’s main career really kicked off in 1997. Along with the help of a close friend Kevin Gingell aka DJ Gee they wanted to organise a group which would organise events and get local DJ’s and MC’s united. Events in Reading were dry on the ground and they felt that an organisation needed to be made to get these started. The name of the crew was crystalforms which today has been changed to Crystalformz.
The first night DJ Tiempo and Gee put together put together was called ‘The First Event’ and was held at the Reading Boxing Club on 21st November 1997. The crowd was huge and they knew that this was a complete sellout. Soon after Crystalformz started organising many more events, although DJ Tiempo was often more interested in attending various nights such as Brixton Free Parties, Checkpoint Charlies, Ooops Sound System Events, World Dances and Tribal Gatherings.
There were many free parties flowing in Reading which DJ Tiempo always attended but he wanted more than this. Through these times he met a good friend called DJ Enforcer (Harry). They met at one of Harry’s nights that he organised and had used the Ooops Sound System. Harry provided this Sound System for Crystalformz first night at the Boxing Club. Harry went on to help DJ Tiempo and Crystalformz with many more events including one of the biggest to date held at Reading University called ‘Educating the Masses’.
DJ Tiempo’s name back then was DJ Jawz and he played alongside another Crystalformz veteran DJ Rapid. DJ Tiempo thanks Harry (Original Enforcer) for the guidance and help he gave him with the beginning of Crystalformz and guiding him the right way in the scene. DJ Tiempo went onto play not only many more of his own events, but also at local bars and clubs and travelling as far as Bournemouth on Branksome Chine Beach / Old Firestation and more recently playing in Tunisia, Africa.
In 2000 DJ Tiempo became good friends with Alex Barker. Alex had the computer skills Crystalformz needed in order to enter the W.W.W. into the organisation. Although D’n’B will always hold a large place in DJ Tiempo’s heart today his styles have diversed. For the last four years he has mixed Bassline 4x4 and Nu Breed DnB as he loves the heavy bassline it offers and feels he has diversed from the ‘norm’ with his style.
Not only does DJ Tiempo mix tunes, over the years his knowledge of music has enabled him to write his own tracks on the PC AND Mac, production of music is one of Tiempo’s greatest interests and he has already produced some popular tunes that are influenced by endless years of music and sounds. He hopes to release these tracks to show what he is really made of as a producer aswell as a DJ.
Tiempo’s experiences with music has not only included mixing but he has also been a scratchmaster in a band called Et Unique from 2000 to 2002, the band went from strength to strength and played many venues including the Fruit Bat Club and Beethovens. One of Et Unique’s finest moments is when they were involved in ‘The Battle of the Bands’ competition organised by the After Dark Club in Reading. Although they did not win they proudly achieved 2nd place and won the chance to record their four demo tracks at the infamous Doghouse Studio’s in Shiplake, Henley on Thames courtesy of Sony BMG.
Eventually the band went their separate ways but the era of Et Unique was a learning curve and memorable experience for DJ Tiempo. DJ Tiempo would like to thank every person or organisation who has helped him to get where he has got to this day.
Tiempo has now gone from using Technics 1210 Record Turntables to Using the latest in mp3 technology, the Kam KHD 2000. One usb stick and the small machine is all he needs to double drop the latest wobbler promos and no lugging round heavy record bags. He loves this beast as cds and records get scratched, mp3 on a usb stick or serrato is the way forward.
Tiempo had a break from music production for quite a while to refresh his brain and In the last 4 Years (2009-2012) he has been producing some marvellous drum and bass / 4x4 tracks / chart tracks ready to hit the music world by storm so watch this space pace place!
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