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Kristian Hernandez

Although it is easy in this day and age to lay claim to the art of being a global nomad, few can embody this post-modern sensibility like Kristian Hernandez. Calling the world his playground, Kristian is the product of a distinct combination of ethnicity’s and exotic locales. His Asian and European heritage, Aussie upbringing and lifelong experience of travelling and performing his music has created a unique individual whose resume and musical influences transcend longitudes, latitudes and attitudes. Design, musical production,performance, DJing and turntablism—these are just a few of the skills and areas of expertise that Kristian has accumulated along with his vast vinyl collection.

Kristian first gained notice as a gifted turntablist when he won the Australian Qld. DMC Championships in 1999 and 2000 . Soon he was setting dancefloors and airwaves alight as the host of Australia’s longest running Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk and R & B Radio show, Blackbeat on 4ZZZ fm . With flavours of latin rhythms, broken jazz subdivisions, funk meters, together with soul melodies, Dub swing, Reggae groove & Hip Hop culture are partnered with more electronic sounds such as the beats of House, Breaks, Drum n Bass & Garrage.

It is no wonder that Kristian Hernandez has become a much sought-after musical performer, opening for acts as varied as Jimmy Cliff, Robert Glasper, Omar, Roy Ayers, Derrick Carter, DJ Krush, Afrika Bambaata, Ali Shaheed Muhammad A Tribe Called Quest, Basement Jaxx, The Prodigy, The Black Eyed Peas, Carl Cox, DJ Craze, De La Soul, Jazzanova, Felix Da House Cat, Gang Starr, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Mark Rae, Omar, Miguel Migs, Mix Master Mike, DJ Spinna, Moby, Tony Touch, Norman Jay, Public Enemy, Roger Sanchez, Kyoto Jazz Massive just to name a few. In addition to his solo world tours, he has also DJed for bands like the Australian legendary act Regurgitator, the jazz funk fusion band Zephyr Timbre and the electronic Soma Rasa.

Hernandez is also a backbone behind renowned ‘Heavy Boogie’ ‘No Parking on the Dance Floor’ ‘Audio K’ ‘Deeper Rhythms’ ‘Breathe And Stop’ ‘Laced Up’ and the ‘Eklektiks

Equally at ease playing for small crowds in the dark rooms of London & New York or for large festivals of 50,000 people, one never knows where one will find Kristian next but one thing remains certain – wherever he is, people will be dancing.

Photo and writeup from Kristian Hernandez.