Monday, July 19, 2010

Umoja Update Part 4: Stevie G

It’s been ten years since his first visit to Bali and six years since his induction into Umoja Hi-Fi.  And since moving to Bali from The Chocolate City five years ago, Stevie G has been effectively off the grid. Living a reclusive island life in the Far East where he eschews social networking sites and ekes out his existence playing music and writing words.

Stevie has been a resident at upmarket beachfront bar/restaurant Ku De Ta in Seminyak, Bali since August 2002 where he has been steady rockin’ subversive sunset soundtracks underneath the coconut trees and facing the Indian Ocean for 9 years.  His eclectic “Bali Balearic” sound represents the diverse influence of his upbringing and his tenure at Ku De Ta allows him flex a wide range of soulful downbeat selections that sound just right under the sun.

Since the demise of his successful yearlong reggae and classics weeklies (Bam Bam and Hipshaker) at F Lounge in Bali, Stevie has been promoting the monthly parties he plays with DJ partner Matt “Golddigger” Hudders, Blackpool, UK native and long-time Bali resident. Their Dark Moon monthly is an underground beachfront shindig where they drop the best in cosmic slop, Jupiter beats, motor booty muzik, and other funky conspiracies, while every first Saturday of the month the two DJs throw The G-Spot boogie down revival blowout that features “the music you forgot you loved” to an always up for it crowd.

Last year, Stevie played as part of The Junction 5th Annual House Music Festival in Bali that featured Osunlade, Karizma, and Simon Dunmore among others and will also be a supporting DJ for this year’s festival to be held from July 29th – August 1st, 2010.

Regionally, Stevie has played in Bandung, Makassar, Gili Trawangan and several times in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, a city that definitely has one of the most knowledgeable and deepest underground scenes in South East Asia. Under the Umoja Hi-Fi banner, he DJ’d at a Quirk It! loft party last year, one of the illest left field music events in the country.

Besides playing music, Stevie is the managing editor of Time Out Bali (part of the London franchise) that is currently a supplement to Time Out Jakarta and he also produces the 2-hour Ku De Ta sunset radio show that streams online as well as airing locally 3 times weekly and on the Koffee digital network in Australia where it runs on Sunday mornings.

While he isn’t planning on returning to America anytime soon, he does encourage everyone to check out Bali. 

Stevie G sez:  Raucous welcome to DJ Destroyer and big ups to the rest of the Umoja Hi-Fi crew.  Sorry I haven’t been in the mix too much, fellas. It’s a little tricky coordinating from across the Pacific. Nuff respect and hope to see you on my shores soon…


Playing eclectic lunch, sunset, dinner or late sets
2-4 times weekly as scheduled / Free
Jl. Laksmana No. 9
Seminyak, Bali

Dropping classics galore
First Saturday of each month
11pm till late / Free
Chandi Restaurant
Jl. Laksmana No. 72
Seminyak, Bali 

House, tech, soul, classics and the rest
Every Saturday closest to the dark/new moon
11pm till late / Free
Sol Restaurant
Jl. Pura Batu Mejan,
Echo Beach, Canggu

Previous Umoja DJ Updates:
Part 1: Tomas
Part 2: Daz
Part 3: Jun 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Stevie G, do you have any mixes on Soundcloud? I'm going to be in Bali in Sept and I heard your stuff is great - looking forward to hearing you play.

Cheers, Grant