Every city’ club scene has its secret weapon. New York has Joe Claussell, Toronto has Freaky Flow and Sneak, San Fran has Mark Farina and Philadelphia has Dozia Blakey. You might not know him, but his music is familiar to DJs and club people worldwide. Tunes like the hypnotic ‘Pop Kulture’, the smoothness of ‘Steal Away’ or the deepness of ‘Shape Shifter’, has made him a household name in the industry.
Paying his dues, he carried his brother’ records from gig to gig and basement to basement, in hopes to one-day rock the party. Inspired by the Philly DJs Cash Money and Jazzy Jeff, Dozia started collecting and practicing his craft. Listening to everything from Bambataa to The Smiths, Dozia built a very eclectic but funky collection.
In 1987, Dozia started his first residency at the Black Banana, a private and trendy club in Philadelphia. The clientele was the who’ who of Philadelphia. Dozia bartended as well as dj’d, mixing records and drinks. After building his celebrity following, he started what was to be a legendary Philly party called Vagabond. This was a party that moved from club to club spreading the deep house and techno “Steal Away” sounds all around the Philly scene. 4 years running, the party included DJs Josh Wink, King Britt and Boy Blake.
At the end of Vagabond, Dozia went on to continue legendary status at the infamous ‘Back to Basics’ parties at Silk City. There, he and cohort King Britt brought the sounds of sweet soul and acid jazz to Philly. Dozia also played a few dates with Digable Planets and started doing remixes and production for labels. His first remix was one for IRMA records Italy for “All I Want to Do” by Deep Aural Penetration. Soon after he started making his own tracks for his own imprint ‘Nou Lion Recordings’. The Aura EP with King Britt, “Steal Away” and “Shape Shifter” brought Nou Lion and Dozia into the spotlight worldwide. Then “Pop Kulture” on OVUM RECORDINGS gained Dozia much respect from DJ Sneak, Doc martin, and Trevor Rockliffe as a world class producer. He most recently remixed Danny Tenaglia’ “Elements” for the upcoming Twisted Secrets compilation. He also recently completed a remix of David Alvarado’ “Klugh” to be released on Ovum Recordings.
After playing the Winter Music Conference 4 years in a row, Dozia started to travel, spreading the sound of Philadelphia. Playing regularly in Atlanta, Florida, New York and Germany he is now a new name to watch out for.
Dozia is currently working on many projects, most importantly his first full lenth album,due sometime in 2002, and of course still working on remixes and original tracks. He also expanded into television again for the 6th time in his career to work with Channel 12 in the States or known to some as the public broadcasting service, he is now working on another documentary entitled “The Mural” based on 3 philly artists doing wall art, due on TV in late July.
Dozia still reports for Billboard magazine’ club chart ,DJs weekly in Philadelphia at Club Shampoo, a 3000 capacity club that truly holds down the respect from DJs that come to bless the Philly scene. Saturday is the night you’ll catch him on the decks along with other Philly faves.
Be on the look out for these new remixes, original mixes and future projects by Dozia!