A 20 year veteran of the underground Hip-Hop scene and turntablist community, DJ Killa-Jewel has rocked the decks across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia at some of the most prestigious clubs, concerts and festivals to date. Best known for her collaboration with DJ Q-Bert in his ‘Do It Yourself Vol. 2’ DVD, Killa-Jewel’s participation in the Canadian DMCs, ITF Scratching Categories in NYC, and the World Vestax Extraveganza in Japan, solidified her place amongst the best in the industry, and has propelled her to the top of her class.
Killa-Jewel has always made it a point to think outside of the box by pushing the boundaries of her art-form and breaking through the confines of what most would consider to be the typical role of a DJ/producer. Trained in classical music, she spent years fusing Hip-Hop with the theatre milieu by composing “turntable music” live for theatrical productions, and touring extensively with Canadian actor and director Robert Lepage on his highly acclaimed productions “Zulu Time” (Co-produced by Peter Gabriel) and “The Buskers Opera”. She has also scored for television and video games, in her most recent collaboration with Bioware on their acclaimed title Dragon Age, where she produced and remixed Inon Zur’s theme “I Am The One”, and composed the music for CBC television’s hit show for kids, “Surprise! It’s Edible, Incredible”. Her first full-length record, “Saudade”, is a mélange of styles ranging from classical and trip-hop, to soundtrack-style atmospheres. It is often dark and gloomy to brilliantly triumphant, and can be compared to the sounds of Portishead, DJ Krush, DJ Shadow and Amon Tobin.
As a firm believer in the importance of giving back to her community, Killa-Jewel’s Sunday Scratch Sessions (in conjunction with DJ Manzo) has become a mainstay of the local Montreal turntablist scene. Almost 2 years strong, this monthly event has brought DJs of all skill-levels together by providing them with a platform for an exchange of ideas and musicality, and a place to promote the elevation of their craft.
Whether it’s party-rocking for hyped-up crowds or collaborating with other highly respected artists in the industry, Killa-Jewel has made it her mission to propel turntablism and turntablist production into fresh, uncharted territory. It’s no wonder people respect her as one of the baddest female pioneers in the game. Her ability to break past boundaries and push her own limits as an artist have helped pave the way for others, and she has no intention of ever slowing down.