Born in 1975, Peter Chambers aka DJCXL grew up in Auckland, New Zealand listening to musical influences like Bob Marley (Reggae) to Metallica (Heavy Metal) through to Immortal Technique (Hip Hop) amongst many others.
During his schooling years, Pete played drums in rock/metal bands from the late 80’s to mid 90’s. The last band Pete played in, they had a DJ. He loved the explicit sound and vision of mixing your own music. At that point, Pete traded in the drum sticks for turntable needles originally to produce his own mix tapes with all his favourite songs. Like a BOSS, Pete developed his DJ skills spending countless hours in his dungeon, mixing, scratching and producing sounds that would inevitably open new avenues for him. Taking up graffiti in its purest form, Pete’s tag name was the infamous “Callous” around the Auckland circuit. When Pete initiated his DJ career, the “C” stands for Callous, and“XL” was the crew Pete rolled with. Hence, DJCXL was born.
Since DJCXLs career started, he has been musically aligned for over 20 years, 14 of those as a DJ with frequent tours across NZ & Australia as well as performances in Japan, Korea, London, Rarotonga, Fiji & New Caledonia. DJCXL has had an impressive amount of DJ events to date. DJCXL was the 2003 NZ DMC Champion, placed in the Top 12 at the DMC World finals in London, ?2001, 02, 03 Northern Regional ITF Champion, 2003 Northern Regional DMC Champion, a member of Ill Semantics since the late 90’s then signed to record label Dawn Raid, released two albums “Theory Of Meaning” in 2001, single “Highway” was nominated for APRA’s Silver Scroll awards & “Good Musik” released in 2005 was 80% produced by DJCXL, his first production credits, regular mix shows on NZ’s leading Hip Hop & Rn’B radio stations Mai FM & Flava, Drive show on Base FM & guest host spots on BFM’s Trueskool Hip Hop Show in Auckland, regular guest spots on the Erin Simpson TV show, Juice TV music channel, C4 music channel, I Am TV & Code on Maori TV, featured scratch tracks on DJ Sir-Vere’s Major Flavours mix tape series released throughout NZ & Australia, approached by Serato Scratch Live in 2005 to demonstrate a routine showcasing the software on video which was sold with the product & to date has had over two million views worldwide on YouTube, artist/DJ for Illegal Musik formed by partner of Ill Semantics in 2005, DJ for label mates J.Williams, K.One, Brooke Duff, Illegal Bandits, Tyson Tyler, Mixt Frequencies & Vince Harder, support DJ to international acts 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Nelly Furtado, Naughty By Nature, Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown & Rihanna, RZA & Ghostface Killah of Wu Tang Clan, Charli 2na, Flo Rida, Destinys Child (DJCXL was approached by Beyonce’s parents who managed DC to open for the girls at Wembley Stadium, London in 2001 but due to other commitments was unable to do), support DJ to world champion DJ’s Q Bert & Craze, J Rocc & Jazzy Jay and also guest DJ for Ardijah and Che Fu.
Utilizing the Instant Doubles feature in Serato Scratch Live has given DJCXL the opportunity to pioneer his own style of DJing, using only one turntable & mixer from the traditional two turntables. The one turntable style has since seen many club DJ’s across NZ & Australia adopt this style.
In 2007, DJCXL’s first trip to Tokyo, Japan, he met Marc Kroon of the Tokyo Giants who was the fastest pitcher in Japanese baseball history. Upon his return to NZ, DJCXL produced Marc Kroon’s theme song along with Mareko of the Deceptikonz. Kroon warmed up to the music in front of 50.000+ japanese fans before taking to the pitch. 2008 was Kroon’s career highlight and said the track, “It’s The K” was his lucky charm.
In 2010, DJCXL released his debut single “My Love” featuring J.Williams which was the top 5 most played urban song on radio that year. In 2012, DJCXL released his debut album, “Represent” produced by himself & Anonymouz which features the crème of NZ Hip Hop & Rn’B talent with the likes of Scribe, J.Williams, K.One, Vince Harder, Young Sid, Dam Native, Sabre of Nesian Mystic, PNC & many more and has released six singles from the album.
In 2013, DJCXL is currently into his third year as a DJ tutor at MAINZ (Music & Audio Institute of New Zealand) teaching turntablism& Serato Scratch Live. DJCXL continues to produce phenomenal music with the support of major sponsors and his ever growing fan base. His motivation to be a serious music producer, artist and DJ will grasp the musical world in the coming years. Be on the lookout for a stronger, crisper and neater artist we have previously seen in this one man show. This is DJCXL – Represent!