DJ SOUP aka John Blake digs music. Some would say he has an obsession, he would say it wasa healthy one. He hunts for records, still buys cds and downloads files (legally). Soupconstructs music from fragments from all these mediums building a wave of sound.
Founding the Fonke Knomaads, Soup became producer, DJ and part time MC for the left field Sydney Hip-hop pioneers. They released a 5 track E.P. called “The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of…” on the now defunct label PoBoy records in 1992. Soup!moved onto sign with influential Australian record label Creative Vibes. He soon released the groundbreaking Trip-Hop Album “Souperloops Soup coined the term sampology and his tracks began popping up on several!international compilations as well as having an album of the week on JJJ. This was the first local hip hop release to be given such an honour. The album was influential to bands such as The Resin Dogs, Pnau, Katalyst and Fretless.
Soup is currently signed to the reformed Creative Vibes which is now under the umbrella of MGM Groove Merchants and is soon to release a second E.P. He is also currently working with Hip Hop group 2UP on their new record.
Further releases include collaborations with Lebanese MC Sleek the Elite as well as providing some of the music for the 1st series of Fat Pizza, the mini album “Eclectro”, the feature length album “From Anuva Planet” featuring Swollen Members and Gift of Gab from Blakalicious and Beatroot released on Invada Records all gained album of the week honours on many community radio stations around Australia and high rotation on JJJ.
Soup has played at lots of Festivals including Vibes On A Summers Day, The Big Day Out, Livid, Field Day, Peats Ridge, Newtown and Surry Hills Festivals and Harvest Festival. Soup also djs regularly around Sydney and currently has residencies at The Civic Hotel, Black Penny, Miss Peaches, Tokyo Sing Song, The Cricketers Arm and The Taphouse.
His sets are always eclectic but the common thread is soul. His first love is funk and Soul but don’t be surprised to hear lots of different styles of music mixed and blended into his sets including Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Disco, Boogie, Psychedelic, House and Hiphop.
Soup is 200cm tall and has a deaf dog named Coconut.