Canadian activist Naomi Klein can get a lot of people angry. The acclaimed author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine has a habit of stirring the darker emotions. For producer, DJ and fellow Canadian Semper-Fi reading Klein’s The Shock Doctrine – describing how the US carry out extreme capitalism experiments on developing countries – resulted in some angry beats. The first of which, ‘Shock Doctrine’ is released this week as a free download on his Soundcloud and Bandcamp in collaboration with the Foreigndub label. It’s the first of a series of tracks he’s releasing this year, setting the perfect backdrop for upcoming releases with MC Rayjah45, The Herd’s Ozi Batla and Kye of Budspells.
The former Toronto native and now Sydney resident made his way to Australia in 1988 bringing along a battered drum kit, some ragga jungle records, rave inflicted tinnitus and a Music Engineering School degree.
Since arriving he’s carved out a formidable reputation as a skilled DJ and producer in the local drum n’ bass, hip-hop, dubstep, reggae, dub and any other bass style currently vying for a micro-genre scene. Think nights like Basscode, Blueprint, DNBBQ, Void, his own infrequent Jungle Genius nights and numerous raves over the years.
He began things in 2000, taking out the Radio Dex Bedroom Bangers DJ comp. With his DJ credentials now award winning he then went on to support dub reggae legends like Sly & Robbie and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Mad Professor; New Zealand’s finest in Fat Freddy’s Drop and Salmonella Dub; dubstep bass-heads DJ Pinch, Appleblim and Mark Pritchard, hip-hop cats like DJ MK (Roots Manuva) and drum n’ bass fanatics Rockwell and D-Kay among others.
Always on the look out for new music Semper-Fi has been no slouch in the studio himself. In the late 00’s he teamed up with Philadelphia’s MC Halfcast and the pair released a self-titled EP seamlessly melding hip-hop, dancehall and drum n’ bass. Others liked what they heard leading to bass friendly remixes for Arrested Development, Western Synthetics, Astronomy Class, The Bird and Budspells.
His latest EP is set for release on Foreign Dub later this year. For now you can check out his track ‘Shock Doctrine’ here https://soundcloud.com/djsemperfi/the-shock-doctrine and here http://djsemperfi.bandcamp.com/