A pioneer in the world of scratch music and one fourth of the world-renowned Ned Hoddings which includes Toadstyle, Ricci Rucker and Mike Boogie; Excess refuses to adhere to musical boundaries, and is constantly searching for new andinnovative ways to blur the lines between genres. Excess has traveled all across the globe with shows in North America, Japan, Asia and Europe.His efforts in melding standard music production with his turntable skills have solidified his place as one of the great DJ’s around.
DJ Excess has performed and worked with artists and DJ’s such as: KRS-One, John Legend, Wu-Tang Clan, Jeru the Damaja, The Pharcyde, The Jungle Brothers, Vernon Reid (Living Color), Malcolm Mclaren (Sex Pistols), Public Enemy, DJ Grandwizard Theodore (Inventor of The Scratch), DJ AM, DJ Jazzy Jeff (Touch Of Jazz), DJ Honda, DJ Clue, DJ Mad Linx (Rap City, BET), DJ Q-Bert (Invisibl Skratch Piklz) The X-Ecutioners, The Beat Junkies, Dilated Peoples, DJ A-Trak (Fools Gold), DJ Craze and celebrity personalities such as: Carmen Electra, Claire Danes, and Sinbad.Never content to simply be a run-of-the-mill Excess always works to take his skills to the next level. Looking for a way to realize his full potential as a DJ, he began his competition career in 1998 entering the International Turntablist Federation (I.T.F.) Western Hemisphere Scratching Championships. Though it was his first competition, he made a mark showing that he would soon be a force within the competition circuit. Once again in 1999 he would compete in the I.T.F. East Coast Advancement Class Championships which he would win, yet it wasn’t till 2000 that his break through would occur winning both the U.S. Advancement Class and Western Hemisphere Scratching Championships.
In addition to his competition titles, Excess is a main force along with fellow New York City native DJ IXL, behind “Hop-Fu”, a project melding Hip-Hop and Kung-Fu into an exciting audio-visual experience. Created by John Carluccio (Battle Sounds, Turntablist Transcription Method) and Barry Cole (Spot Music), Hop-Fu has been kicking and scratching around the globe since 1998. Other scoring projects have included “No Condition Is Permanent”, and “Apostrophe” for the graffiti collective The Barnstormers (SKWERM, KR, RO STAR, ESPO, etc.) in a melding of graffiti art and turntable compositions.
In 2004 Excess and the rest of Ned Hoddings joined forces with world renowned DJ D-Styles, formerly of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz and current member of the Beat Junkies and resident DJ at Low End Theory. As a group they collaborated as the Bastard Language Tour, touring North America as a quintet of highly skilled and innovative scratch musicians. The creative process and tour was documented and released as a DVD.Excess’ impressive list of studio production credits include releasing Records and Mix CD’s, scratches done for Pepsi International, Sesame Street, Schieffelin and Sommerset, “Rappers Are In Danger” off of Fat Joe’s “The Darkside Vol. 1” album as well as music featured in the 2004 Showtime series “Street Time” and Styluswars Radio Station and DJ Excess character on the 2005 Playboy video game release “The Mansion”.
Excess’ artistry behind the turntables has earned him numerous accolades throughout his career including features in URB Magazine’s “Next 100″ issue, which featured the top 100 up and coming electronic musicians and entertainers of the year, as well as being featured in hundreds of publications including Newsweek, Scratch, The Source, XXL, and Fader to name a few.