Encouraged by his father to explore music to the full Cutmaster Swift began his close association with Hip Hop as a B-Boy (Break dancer), initially for fun while at school, he helped form the Crash Crew & they entered & won local B-Boy competitions. Cutmaster Swift never forgot his DJing passion as it was also his duty to provide music for this crew, although he didn’t have the appropriate DJ Tools he further developed his Dj skill’s also by using his Mother’s home HI FI, using just the cassette player’s pause button to extend his early collection of Break Beats!
It wasn’t until ’84 that he took a much more dedicated role in his DJing, he helped form the Imperial Mixers; (Cuttin K, Robbie Wiz & the Imperial Mixer.) ‘Imperial Mixer’ became Westwood’s first official Mix DJ during LWR pirate radio show broadcasts, which gave the crew plenty of weight to support many early US act’s such as Kurtis Blow! It was also the Imperial Mixers Who introduced at that time the unknown & very talented female dynamic duo “The Cookie Crew”!
In 1986 Cutmaster Swift eventually got a set of 1200’s & stepped into a solo career, although the Imperial Mixers never officially broke up Cutmaster Swift maintains the crews focal influence his talents were also further fueled by producing music which started with the introduction of ‘The No Parkin Mcs’; (Mike C, Kiss & Storm).
In 1987 Westwood invited Cutmaster Swift to join him on his Capital Rap Radio to perform weekly mixes which further helped expose his out of the box DJing style & saw pioneering beat creating techniques like; The Copy Cat which also known as the chasing! One of Cutmaster Swift’s most infamous technquies was the re-introduction of Grandwizard Theordore’s ‘Needle Dropping’ (a forgotton art at that time!) at the 1988 New Music Seminar battles in NY! All this ultimately gave Cutmaster Swift full recognition throughout the world as well as the UK’s underground Hip Hop scene!
During this period their was another Hip Hop DJ also making waves, he also became Cutmaster Swift’s ultimate sparring partner, he was ‘The mighty DJ Pogo’, their partnership has maintained to this day and with the addition of the Infamous DJ Biznizz, in 1996, Pogo entitled the crew as the En4cers!
Although Cutmaster Swift was aware of the DMC World Mixing Championships, it was Pogo who initially decided about seriously entering DMC’s 1988 UK championships. Since both DJs had gained by now full national acknowledgment DMC would be the official proof of DJ dominance! Initially Cutmaster Swift had no interest in entering this event since he considered his style to unorthodox, plus at that time, DMC’s world entrants mainly attracted club DJs from professional commercial backgrounds! It didn’t take long for Cutmaster Swift’s view to change especially after Pogo’s first easy victory winning his first qualifying round. Cutmaster Swift’s change of mind enabled him to triumph in the UK event, his first major victory, but, he was unsuccessful in placing in that World year which saw the US Champion Cash Money awarded the title.
1989 would be, at last, his triumphed year, as not only did he become the first UK Champion to regain a title defense, he also, finally took home the World title while wining the very first Gold Deck prize. This victory enabled him to tour the world and when home he would also focus on his music productions for numerous artists including No Parkin’, the Demon Boyz, Storm-The All Season Entertainer and Upfront Rudies to name a few!
Today Cutmaster Swift now works for DMC, from consulting, producing a series of specialised turntablist records entitled Battle Breaks, providing a very successful mixing course at DMC head quarters and authoring their championships to DVD!