Born and raised in São Paolo, Brazil. Irie currently lives in Groningen, The Netherlands. DJ Irie is one of The Netherlands’ most forth going, top notch turntablists, renowned for his skills.
His style can best be described as ‘eclectic’, mashing and mixing hip hop, reggae, funk, soul, rock, breaks and bass. Irie always evolves himself, since ‘style’ is never a definite concept and needs revision on a daily basis.
Irie developed his turntable skills by competing in turntable battles since 1998. The hunger to get better resulted in him winning the Dutch DMC Championship in 2002 and manages to prolong his title for 5 years! His passion for face-to-face supremacy battles results in a runner up World Champion title at the DMC World Championships in London in 2005.
Since 2006 he works with urban theatre company ‘Ish’. With them he performs on Broadway, in Chicago, Seattle, Beijing and Johannesburg amongst many other places.Irie commits himself to the group as resident (Cinematic) deejay. Besides performing Irie involves in producing musical and visual content for Ish’ theatre shows.
Irie successfully adopts video scratching in his mix around 2008. He named it “Cinematic” deejaying. It enables him to spread a message in sound as well as image and create a fulfilling, 360-degree experience for the audience.
Still eager to battle, Irie took his new visual skills to the test and won the first European Video DJ Battle in 2012 (Mixmove, Paris). The year after he competed in Las Vegas, where he got third place. 2015 Is the year he won the DMC Online Visual DJ World Championship, making him the first Visual World Champion ever!
Between developing and performing theater shows, Irie shared the stage opening for and performing with acts like Mixmaster Mike, Gaslamp Killer, KRS One, Jeru Da Damaja, Black Milk, Rakim, Q-Bert, DJ Fly and Odyssee.
With 20 years experience under his belt, shows in all six the continents and a variety of artistic interests, Deejay Irie has proven time and time again that he can captivate the crowd with his unique style and character. Whether it’s DJ’ing in a club, performing with jazz musicians, doing radioshows or creating theater shows and video content, Irie is guaranteed to bring his A-game, and leave the crowd behind with a big smile.