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The World DMC Champion DJ I.Emerge




Auckland’s largest Hip Hop & RnB clubbing event ‘Tha Players Club’ returns to Studio super club Saturday May 28th 2005. This next installment features the World DMC Champion DJ I. Emerge and over 20 local Hip Hop acts, Rap Groups, MC’s and DJ’s including New Zealand’s very own national DMC Champion ‘DJ Manchoo’. I. Emerge is one of the worlds finest Hip Hop DJ’s and has proven himself during his career as being one of the most talented turntablests and scratch masters in history. Be sure not to miss I. Emerge as he drops down in Auckland during his Australasian tour for one show only!


9.00 – 10.00 DJ Porufessor
10.00 -11.45 Shore Syndicate, Kloud 9, The Assassinz, Down 4 Wateva, Menace
11.45 – 12.00 The Others
12.00 – 12.10 MC Veracity
12.10 – 12.20 MC Locky
12.20 – 12.30 MC Colossus
12.30 – 12.45 Pacific Realm
12.45 – 1.00 Dae Mang productions
1.00 – 1.15 The Four Five
1.15 – 1.30 The Venomous Mic Technicians
1.30 – 1.45 The Mexican Goon
1.45 – 2.00 No Artificial Flavours
2.00 – 2.30 DJ Manchoo
2.30 – 4.30 DJ I-Emerge
4.30 – close Special guest

12 – 2 LOGIKAL
2 – 4 CXL
4 – 5.30 DJ Manchoo

11 – 1 DJ SAI
3 – 5 CHUKEE

Only $15 available from Route 66, Real Groovy, DMC Records High St, Statement (Glenfield Mall), The Loft (Chancery) and all Ticketek outlets.


DJ I.Emerge

I.Emerge is the product of a vision realized through hard work, dedication and extraordinary talent. Over the past 3 years, i.Emerge has gone above and beyond all expectations. He has broken previously set records, raised the bar indefinitely and accomplished what many thought was impossible. It is more than an understatement to say that he lives by the definition of his name - to come forth from obscurity into existence.

At the turn of the millennium, Merge was known only to those closest to him. 3 years later his name has been etched in stone as one of the greatest competition DJ's ever. Since 2002, Merge has won 9 national titles and 4 world titles, which is more championship titles in 3 years than any other DJ has accumulated in a lifetime. He has won every prominent National title in the US as well as world championship titles in every world DJ competition organization in existence.

Prior to this moment, the only thing-separating Merge from total and utter supremacy was the DMC World title (the crème d' le crème of DJ titles). In only his 2nd year of participation in the competition, Merge brought the DMC title back to New York after its longest hiatus away from America ever. (4 years) In Winning, he became the sixth American to wear the DMC World championship crown, which has also been worn by greats such as Roc Raida, Mix Master Mike, Cash Money, Q-Bert, Craze and others. In an ever-expanding world DJ community, Merge has kept the United States at the top of an extremely competitive global scene by being the only DJ to win solo world titles for America in the past 3 years.

Growing up in Northern New Jersey, an arm's reach from the Mecca of hip-hop, Merge was heavily influenced by the New York hip-hop scene. At age 13 he began his DJ journey in the same direction as most other aspiring, young disc jockeys, by Djing local parties and practicing at home. From influences such as former X-ecutioner Mista Sinister as well as the aforementioned Q-Bert, the young 13 year old worked to perfect his craft while keeping an open ear to other genres as well, such as drum n bass, rock, jazz and soul.

After years of practice, Merge began to enter DJ battles, bringing a new level of aggression and technique to the plate. Quickly, he swept the battle scene with a power tide, winning virtually every competition he entered. His passion and determination did not go unnoticed throughout the DJ community though. Shortly after winning the 2002 ITF US Advancements, Merge was inducted into one of the most respected DJ crews in the world - the All Mighty 5th Platoon. Now with the support of decorated turntablest veterans he continued to dominate the battle circuit.

The year of 2002 proved to be the beginnings of what would eventually turn into a career for Merge. He became actively involved at Scratch DJ Academy in NY, (Founded by the Late Great Jam Master Jay). Merge's talent for teaching, combined with his level of skill propelled him to the position of Head Professor at the Academy where he then developed the curriculum now taught in every scratch/juggling class. All the while he maintained his virtual chokehold on DJ competitions in the United States. To put his hard work into perspective, in the last 3 years (36 months) Merge has won 35 battles, which factors out to winning 1 battle a month for 3 years straight; A truly monumental feat in and of itself.

With an incredibly strong foundation created behind him, Merge has culminated his present career with being at the pinnacle of his game. What’s even more impressive is that he considers his work in the competition realm far from finished. If he so chooses, he has 4 championship titles to defend next year (Guitar Center, US DMC Supremacy, DMC World, Vestax World). Already though, Merge has started the transition from battle DJ to producer by incorporating his own production into his battle sets. As the curtains close in 2004, Merge has established a veritable legacy for his competitors to follow. Now, in his prime, the stage is set for I. Emerge to further expand into the realm of music production and performance.

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