Bringing together their individual styles, ideas and experience with their common love for music, Josh and Jas present their own unique blend of desi beats and melodies. Part of Divine Musiq, the two have been friends, business partners and DJing together for many years and are now production partners, joining forces to present a new sound for UK Bhangra.
Josh is a well-known and regarded name in the party and wedding scene particularly in the South East. Clients are not only entertained with his mixes and music selections but are charmed by his down to earth nature and people skills, making him a much-demanded DJ.
Josh began DJing fifteen years ago and has been hooked ever since. A versatile DJ, Josh flawlessly switches between various genres; RnB, Bhangra, Garage, DnB, Bollywood, Disco and funky electro House. Inspired by DJs such as DJ EZ, live mixes are his forte, taking songs and giving them a different vibe, remixing and blending beats and genres, creating something new.
After having DJ’d with various roadshows, Josh set up Divine Musiq last year and the company has grown from strength the strength and has fast become one of the leading DJ roadshows. Over the years Josh has DJ’d at a number of prestigious venues across the UK and alongside artists such as Lehmber Hussainpuri, Raghav and also featured in the video for the charity single by Heera, Shin, Apna Sangeet, Premi and Nirmal Sidhu.
Having spent over a decade surrounded by music and playing tunes by others, Josh finally felt it was time to bring his own ideas to life. Teaming up with Jas from Divine Musiq he brings years of experience, knowledge and a more mainstream musical influence to the duo.
Jas’s musical journey started to take shape when he began taking dhol lessons and then performing as part of the renowned Ministry of Dhol. Performing alongside DJs at gigs he naturally picked up the basics of DJing. Deciding to take things further he bought a set of decks, started practicing and went on to work with a number of roadshows and now is co-founder and DJ for Divine Musiq.
Entertaining crowds with the very best of Bhangra, Bollywood, RnB and House music for over six years, Jas has developed his own technique. Funky, innovative scratching skills and taking beats from one track and mixing them into other tracks is his formula for a successful party. Having played the dhol, his understanding of beats and tempos, particularly of Bhangra is a strong point.
Jas’s DJ career has taken him across the country and seen him perform with big names like Lember Hussainpuri, Malkit Singh and Sukshinder Shinda. He is now ready to take things to another level and release his own music. Having always wanted to produce music and create music which people would enjoy listening or dancing to, the young talent has moved on from creating beats on Fruity Loops on his computer and for the past year has been learning the ropes behind a production desk.
Combining their skills, knowledge and talent, Josh and Jas hope to continue to entertain audiences, but this time with their own songs. Their sound is developed from an eclectic mix of mainstream and desi influences. The two have a common desire to present something new and relevant and both showcase their individual strengths in the studio, whilst sharing similar views of what sounds good and what makes a hit.
They’ve been playing to satisfied crowds for years, they know what works on the dance floor and above all they are huge music fans. This mix of knowledge and passion drives their creativity and need to music for the crowd, inspired by the crowd!
About J Maka
MC J.Maka has been entertaining crowds with his sharp, punchy lyrics and engaging flow for over 15 years. He has performed at the biggest nightclubs across the country, supported well-known DJs and infiltrated the UK Asian music scene leading to a UK AMA (Best MC award).
From Berkshire, J.Maka grew up to the sounds of the developing UK urban scene in the 90’s. As a teen he would experiment on his brother Makka T’s decks, who he credits as one of his inspirations. Whilst mixing Jungle and Drum ‘n’ Bass, J.Maka would rhyme over the beats; with self-confidence and encouragement he found his niche. During that time, House and Garage music started to take hold of the underground scene, drawn to it, the young MC pursued it and started taking his lyrics and charisma to the stage.
Demand for the MC grew and took him to stages all over the UK. He performed at the most popular London venues of that time such as Scala, Camden Palace, Eros, Hippodrome, Gas Club, Bagleys and other venues across the country. There isn’t a well-known Garage night from the 90’s and early 2000’s that J.Maka didn’t grace the microphone with his signature line – ‘Are you ready for this one?’. Freestyling, getting the crowd hype or delivering his life inspired lyrics, he became a regular name at gigs. After working the gig circuit solo for a while, he joined forces with DJ Steveoss and another MC – James P. They were collectively known as Ultimate Showcase and quickly became well-known across the House and Garage scene. Demand grew, with residencies throughout London, regular gigs, radio slots and performances in European party cities. After 4 years together, the group decided to split and go their separate ways.
J.Maka went on to make his mark in the Asian music scene leading to an Asian Music Award. He stormed the industry at the turn of the millennium, presenting it with a new style and sound. MC J.Maka became a common name on the Asian circuit, working with producers such as Bee2 and DJ H, featuring on top Bhangra albums and performing and hosting gigs attended by thousands.
After years of late night gigs and studio sessions, J.Maka decided to take a break from music and focus on family life. Even with his expansive repertoire of performances, he is still somewhat unrecognised and underrated for his talent and achievements. However, 2011 will mark the return of MC J.Maka as he refocuses on his music career and aims to make a lasting impression. First up is the ‘Triple J’ project, a collaboration with production duo Josh & Jas for the track ‘Teri Toor’, which is sure to reintroduce J.Maka into the scene.
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NUM 2; RAAT DI GEDI DILJIT DOSANJH
NUM 3; PEG DI WASHNA AMRIT MAAN FT DJ FLOW
NUM 4; CANDLE LIGHT G SIDHU
NUM 5; Yaad Kar Gurj Sidhu Kaos VIP Records
NUM 6; Guitar Sikhda Jassi Gill
NUM 7; SAT SRI AKAL G.SIDHU
NUM 8; POMP POMP THA MUSIC JK MUSIC TRU-SKOOL
NUM 9; BILLO HAI SAHARA FT Manj Musik & Raftaar
NUM 10; 5 Taara Diljit Dosanjh Speed Records
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Bhangra Top 10 Official Downloads Charts Snapshot taken Week Ending 4th Feb 2018