Style: Hip Hop & Beats
Real Name: Mel James
From: Tokoroa, Aotearoa
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- Mel James better known as DJ SMV arrived on the scene back in 2001 in true Hip Hop fashion through the New Zealand ‘DJ Battles’. DJ Sir-Vere picked him up in late 2001 to feature on his platinum CD Major Flavors 2 after noticing him in the battles.
- Shortly after this SMV found himself performing at sold out shows while on tour with Nesian Mystik, Tyna & JB, Adeaze, Chong Nee, Young Sid, Katchafire, Savage and DJ Sir-Vere.
- SMV is a huge figure in the Mix-tape scene and has provided the streets of Aotearoa with countless Mix-tapes featuring local rappers from Scribe to 4 Corners, Mr Sicc to Young Sid and so fourth. “There is a bunch of new school DJs and one of the best is SMV” DJ Sir-Vere, Sir-Veres Blog August 17th, 2009.
- SMV is a full time producer, MC and beat maker for his crew The Villains.
The crew have recently opened stages for the GZA of Wu Tang Clan, Raaka of Dilated Peoples and the blast master KRS ONE.
- In November 2011 SMV released his full length online album via www.htownvillains.com which features his talents as a song writer, producer and MC. 100% produced by the man himself.
- SMV is a member of the oldest Hip Hop movement in the world, Universal Zulu Nation, also legendary Hip Hop crew 4 Corners from Hamilton.