Cyprus Mail

Turning up the volume

By Maria Gregoriou

The weekend starts tomorrow at Breeze Down Town in Limassol with the two time Grammy award winner Fatman Scoop, who will be giving a hip-hop performance, complete with his signature rough, loud voice.

Get ready to listen to some familiar tunes, including Be Faithful, which went to number one in the UK and Ireland in 2003, and reached the number five spot in Australia and Denmark. Fatman Scoop must have taken a shine to the island as he was here in July for Paphos Live festival at the Castle club where a number of other artists showed Paphos exactly how to party.

An amusing fact about the artist (whose real name is Isaac Freeman III) is that he received his stage name after appearing in the Fugees’ Killing Me Softly video as a cinema worker serving popcorn and ice-cream. Lauryn Hill, a massive ice cream fan, kept shouting out for “scoop, scoop, fatman scoop” when she wanted some of her favourite treat, and so the name was created and has stuck to the R&B and hip-hop artist like melted ice-cream on your hand.

On Saturday the party moves on to Koo at Mackenzie beach in Larnaca with English producer and DJ Danny Howells, who will be bringing some progressive house to warm up what is looking to be a windy night.

Howells’ first ever DJ-ing event was in the late 1980s in local clubs in South East England. In 1991 the founder of Bedrock Records, John Digweed, heard one of the DJ’s mix tapes and invited him to join the Bedrock club nights as one of their event DJs. He spent nine years as warm-up DJ for the party nights.

In 1995 he started producing experimental techno tracks together with friend Tim Cross and over the next two years he produced several singles and attracted the attention of the record label Jackpot, who released the last single the duo made together.
Howells’ first performance outside the UK was in the Netherlands, where he gained a large fan base. After this international tour he went from being with Jackpot to signing with Dutch record label ID&T and created his debut mix album called Nightlife Report 1: Mick Boskamp Presents Danny Howells.

In 1999 he began a series of mix albums called Nocturnal Frequencies on the record label Obsessive. He also began remixing with Dick Trevor, and the two took up the collective name Science Department for their original productions.

Skip to 2014 when the DJ continues to mix and remix and party and live his musical life to the fullest, voted number ten of the world’s top DJS in DJ Magazine’s 2001 Top 100 DJs poll.
At his performances he is well known to interact with his audience, so get ready to get up close and personal with the man on the decks.

Fatman Scoop
Live performance from the R&B artist. November 21. Breeze Down Town, Agyras 18, Limassol. 11.30pm. Tel: 70-005868

DJ Danny Howells
Live performance by the DJ. November 22. Koo, Mackenzie Beach, Larnaca. 10pm. €10 with a drink. Tel: 24-626212

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