DJ Raw is a New Zealand hip hop pioneer. He made his name in the DJ battle scene, dominating all New Zealand competitions for a whole decade, while gaining respect as a world-class turntablist and placing consistently in the top ten of both the DMC (Disco Mix Club) and ITF (International Turntablist Federation) World Championships. He is the only New Zealander ever to be crowned ITF Australasian DJ Champion.
DJ Raw has also been the backbone to some of New Zealand’s most influential groups and artist such as Gifted & Brown, Overstayers, Footsouljahs, King Kapisi and FLOWZ. Performing in groups or solo, DJ Raw has played support to some of the industry’s biggest names like Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Black Eyed Peas, The Roots, Cypress Hill, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, De La Soul, and many more.
Now retired from competition and with a number of awards for his dedication to the New Zealand hip hop scene, DJ Raw continues a busy show schedule. He teaches DJ-ing fulltime at New Zealand’s only NZQA-approved DJ school. He has also produced three albums for Footsouljahs and FLOWZ, and is currently completing his own debut album.