DJ Smasherelly aka Smash aka Ninja OFFICIAL TOUR DJ OF STEFFLON DON
(“everyone calls me a ninja because I’m quiet and keep myself to myself, but when I attack, you’re gonna know about it”) is a London based DJ and Producer. With an initial interest in writing lyrics and rapping, he attributes his move to DJing, and then production, to the Public Enemy hit Rebel Without a pause; “I think when I heard Terminator X scratching on Public Enemy’s Rebel Without a Pause, that kind of, like got my ear to DJing”. Having learnt to DJ on vinyl at the age of 14, he remains an advocate for the ‘art’, “I still use turn tables, whenever I can… the art form of it, that’s what drew me towards it”.
Smasherelly has supported Kid Ink and Estelle as a DJ, the latter for over ten years, and largely credits this impressive résumé to his ability to DJ on turntables, “his (Kid Ink’s) road manager really liked what I was doing… because I was on turntables and scratching. It just adds to what I can do.” Furthermore, his time spent working with Estelle and her live band has contributed to his musicality, “Playing with a band made me a bit more musical… In that situation, I have to think about things in a different way. When we are planning a live show, I’m not just thinking ‘play the track and finish’, let me create a show and not just the version you hear on the radio.” Regardless of his success as both a Producer and DJ, Smash still considers himself to be learning, “In a way, I’m still up- and-coming”. The award winning artist met with us to impart some of the knowledge he has acquired over a twenty year career to fellow ‘up-and-coming’ DJs and Producers – take note!