Germany is hardly renowned for its hip hop DJs, but Eskei83 is a fierce denial of that stereotype. While his 2014 championship at the World Red Bull Thre3style bolstered his global profile, he’s been embraced by the heavyweights for more than a minute. Jazzy Jeff, A‑Trak, Just Blaze, Shiftee and Four Color Zack have all come through to play at Eskei’s party Goodies, in Dresden - the same guys who influenced him as a budding DJ/producer.
Originally it was production that got Eskei into DJing. After discovering the signature scratching on DJ Premier’s beats he wanted to incorporate the same into his own sound. 15 years later and Eskei has come full circle, releasing original productions on his own label, Crispy Crust Records alongside Drunken Masters. Check Eskei’s performance and interview below to hear more about what makes him tick, and see the master at work.
Performance + Interview Video
In the lead up to the 2015 Red Bull Thre3Style competition we caught up with 2014 World Champion Eskei83 in Dresden. While showing us around his ridiculously scenic hometown he opens up about what's changed since his Thre3style win and the German hip hop scene, before treating us to an exclusive performance.