Having been a massive Hip-Hop junkie throughout his childhood and adolescent years, SKZ was eventually persuaded to put his vast record collection to use doing opening sets for a promoter friend whilst studying at university. His friend bestowed the DJ name ‘Skandalouz’ upon him - the name and spelling both borrowed from a track from rapper 2Pac’s classic album ‘All Eyez On Me’.
Having little or no practical DJ experience he begged, stole, and borrowed DJ equipment from a variety of sources in order to practice mixing at home. He quickly learned the basics and began to really catch the DJing bug!
As his DJ skills began to improve, those early warm-up sets turned into later and later slots until eventually turning into prime times playing on line-ups alongside such established UK Hip-Hop figures as Tim Westwood, Trevor Nelson, Shortee Blitz, DJ Semtex, DJ 279 + many more.
After building his brand locally, SKZ began to obtain more bookings and residencies elsewhere in London and all over the UK. Over the years SKZ has torn up the set at countless club nights from his local residencies at Brunel University and Liquid Uxbridge (now ATIK) to huge venues such as Ministry of Sound and SE1.
In 2008 SKZ decided to expand from just performing at club nights to pursue one of his life long interests, radio. He spent two years hosting his epic Hip-Hop marathon, The Skandalouz Show, on West London station Westside 89.6FM, and a further four years on BANG Radio (now The Beat London) holding down the coveted Friday evening slot in the schedule. Providing a heavy dose of Stateside Hip-Hop catering to all fans of the genre from the bass heavy thump of the dirty south to the traditional New York boom-bap sound.
In 2016 SKZ made the difficult decision to depart from BANG Radio shortly before the birth of his second child in order to spend more time with his young family.
2017-2019 saw SKZ join as one of the resident DJ’s for the Destination Dubai and Destination Thailand week-long annual events. Alongside a select few additional residents including Power 105.1’s Ty Boogie (USA), Hot 97’s Young Chow (USA), and Live LinQ (UK), SKZ continues to help provide the soundtrack to over 1000+ holidaymakers each year. Both events were paused due to the CO-VID outbreak in 2020 but will return bigger and better in 2021!
In early 2019, having used the moniker ‘Skandalouz’ for nearly 20 years he decided to semi-retire the name in favour of the more social media friendly ‘SKZ’ incorporating a new logo and revitalised website.
Currently you can continue to catch SKZ weekly (post CO-VID) every Wednesday at his long-standing multi-year residency at The Venue (formerly The Academy), at Brunel University, London, as well as online at djskz.com
Facebook: Mark SKZ
Soundcloud: DJ SKZ
Mixcloud: DJ SKZ