know him as MC Dino, the infamous 5-year resident of
Breakdown Thursdays at the Snake Pit, the nations .1 Drum and Bass club
night. The rock star emcee most notorious for his poetic genius with
microphone has seen him command crowds at Cyberfest, Bassrush, Nocturnal
and countless other events and shows across the US.
In 1997 he set out as an emcee, needing outlet for the poetry streaming
through his head and inspired by the aggressive new sound jungle provided.
By this time he had already learned to dj and moved between rhyming and
spinning, while continuing to write his own music.
1998 proved a year of reckoning and direction. He started performing
regularly at the Snake Pit then called Plastic Thursdays that offered
techno one half of the night and jungle the other. During this period
Dino gathered his musically-inclined cohorts and formed a solid group
called Urban Aboriginee.
The idea behind Urban Aboriginee was to promote the various
but sometimes neglected talents (Emceeing, DJ'ing, etc) of his intimate
circle. The name alludes to modern day tribesmen surviving the streets
a concrete jungle (the city). Urban Aboriginee is recognized throughout
Denver for its dedication to Jungle music. For six years running, UA
sponsored Kombat Battle, a party that allows young deejays and MCs to
showcase their talent and provides an opportunity for up-and-comers to
perform live in an actual party atmosphere. Besides the obvious
electronic movement that so dramatically shaped his personal musical
efforts, Dinos other prominent influences include Prince, Roni Size and
Santana. Exposure to these along with an upbringing encouraging all music
is especially evident in his individual work, emceeing, and collaborations
with Urban Aboriginee.
Given such opportunity to hone his skills, MC Dino has emceed for the
greatest names in Drum and Bass, including Andy C, Shimon, Rinse, Flux,
Diesel Boy, AK1200, Dara, Bad Company, Danny the Wild Child, Teach Itch,
and Craze, Pendulum, Concord Dawn, and Shy Fx, to name a few. And, of
course, he performs weekly at BASSRUSH in Los Angeles and Across the
Dino has been featured on tracks produced by DJ Icee, and has co-created
other works with WishFM, Reid Speed, Gridlok, and DJ Swamp among others.
His own music as well as recordings of sets performed with DJ Fury and
Rinse can be found all around the world.
Recognized for his high-energy lyrical prowess on the microphone, MC
is a crowd favorite on the mic and is an asset to any DJ he rhymes alongside.