DJ butcher has come a long way from the days when he was cutting beats in his mother’s garage. He is now DJing and producing for his own record label, a label that is making moves for hip hop in Brisbane and Australian alike.
His label Born Fresh is a sole independent hip hop label based in Brisbane, Australia. It was initially started by DJ butcher and three other like minded individuals to be used as a business name and as an avenue to release their own albums. The label has been a constantly growing success, which is evident in its signings. DJ Butcher explained "After the economic downturn a few distribution labels went down. We reached out our arm to our other local friends that make music we love and we are now a really nice big family." The label now consists of: The Crate Creeps (DJ Butcher & Tommy Illfigga), Eloquence and Truth, Seven, Prophet Rayz, Pure Product, Vegas Aces (4th & Cam Bluff), The Archetypes (Clinic n Proclaim), Mr. Hill and Skwid & Tomacide.
In terms of DJing, Butcher would be best known for his recent and highly popular project, the Crate Creeps. With his high calibre of skills it is hard to believe that he didn’t start DJing until 2007. Previously, Butcher’s love affair with records led to a small stint at MCing. However, after his group at the time "Two-Ill" landed a show, he realised rapping was not for him and began DJing.
The art would be easily picked up by Butcher due to his intense passion. Unlike other DJ’s that need to force themselves to practice a certain number of hours a day, he would scratch for hours just for the enjoyment. A trait that helps when DJing would be self taught for the greater part. However, there were some influential people in his life that would help with this journey. Butcher explained "I have undoubtedly learnt a lot from fellow musicians. Sammsonite (Optimen) showed me a lot about mixing (even though he didn’t know.. I was just sneakily watching him), DJ Damage also taught me a lot of technical stuff that I would not be the same without today".
Eventually Butcher would develop the skills to be a dominate battle style DJ, that people can expect lots of scratching tricks and mashups from while spinning. This style has not only led to self success, but has opened up many doors for him as a professional. "I’ve collaborated with a lot of people throughout my times, most notably for myself: producing for Rhyme Asylum (UK), Rakaa Iriscience (US) and working with some of my Australian hip hop heroes such as Suffa MC (Hilltop Hoods), Mantra & Trials (Funkoars)" stated Butcher.
Butcher doesn't look like slowing down anytime soon. He already has a lot of studio albums in the works including plenty of releases on the record label. Additionally, he has plans for interstate/international touring, more promo work, more club DJ sets and more fun!
Surprisingly, with this staggering amount of projects on the go DJ Butcher is still finding time to stay true to his grass roots. He is working on holding workshops to help out people who might not have the knowledge, but possess the skill to compose. Butcher’s advice to any up and comers is "don’t be afraid to be yourself, be charismatic, let your personality shine through in your DJing/rapping and people will connect with you much more easily. The hardcore persona thing doesn’t really cut it these days."