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DJ Keltech Scratches Back [Jan. 14th, 2008|08:53 pm]
Star Wars Pop Culture References



South Wales-based DJ Keltech chats about why the dance floor always goes wild for "The Imperial March" and how Darth Vader keeps the dark side of drum and bass going strong.

How has Star Wars your music at all -- such as the DJ Keltech Strikes Back scratch CD and the video of you as Darth Vader?

I owe a lot to the popularity of Star Wars! In 2005, I entered the World DMC Championship heats -- a DJ competition -- in the UK. Being a huge fan of "The Imperial March" music and having the records for many years I decided to see if I could come up with a mix using the tune and a nice hip hop beat. The night at the regional final of the DMC competition as part of my routine I dropped the Vader mix. The crowd went berzerk! They absolutely loved it. That night when I got home still buzzing at the crowd reaction, I thought of a way I could build on the idea. Being a creative person and always up for a laugh I decided to buy a cheap Darth Vader suit, video the routine in my bedroom and put the video on my website, DJkeltech.com.

The next thing I know I'm getting thousands of hits and people are emailing the video to friends! I couldn't believe how popular the video was becoming; I was seeing it posted on websites worldwide. It was even passed on to Msn.com who put a feature on their front page! A few weeks passed with the video snow balling in popularity, and then I got an email from a TV company in Belgium asking if I would come over to their studios and perform the Darth Vader routine live on TV.

I couldn't believe my luck! All I've ever wanted was to make a name for myself as a creative person, be it as a music producer or a turntablist. It's amazing that this little video dressed up as Darth Vader mixing up his theme tune got my name out there on a global scale. It's clear that the popularity of Star Wars helped a lot to the video's popularity as people from all generations know the characters and the music. I think it was also a combination of sheer fluke and good timing, or maybe a little help from the dark side?

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DJ Keltech Scratches Back