Last show ever: DJ Op­ti­mus Gryme de­parts

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - DIANA WOR­THY

Dub-step drum ‘n bass fans will be bid­ding farewell to a pop­u­lar DJ as he ‘kills’ al­ter-ego Op­ti­mus Gryme and moves off Wai­heke.

Char­lie B (Brown) has an­nounced that his fi­nal con­cert as DJ Op­ti­mus Gryme will be on Oc­to­ber 28, seven days be­fore he and his fam­ily move to the South Is­land.

It marks the cli­max of his 15-date Aus­tralasian tour, The Death of Op­ti­mus Gryme.

And the end of a chap­ter in his life.

‘‘I have so many mixed emo­tions about it - sad, ex­cited, blessed, happy - it’s been such an amaz­ing ca­reer, such a good run.

‘‘Very few peo­ple get the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence what I have over the last decade.

‘‘Over the last three months, I’ve played to thou­sands of fans and no-one can un­der­stand why I’m giv­ing it up.

‘‘But I’ve achieved ev­ery­thing I’ve wanted in that space.

‘‘I’m ready to move on with the next project,’’ he said.

Brown said the con­cert would run over five hours start­ing at 7pm, with a line-up that would in­clude lo­cal DJS, Sam Owen, and Op­ti­mus Gryme with Billy Fluid.

Visit op­ti­mus­ to buy $20 tickets and for in­for­ma­tion about the venue, which is yet to be de­cided.

Brown cre­ated his al­ter-ego in 1998, pro­duc­ing cut­ting edge break beats and mas­sive bass lines and, in 2002, founded Off­beat Records.

He pro­moted some of New Zealand’s first ever hip hop and drum ‘n bass fu­sion gigs.

He said he was also proud to have worked with artists such as Shi­had, 660, Tike Taane, Dou­ble Fix, Shapeshifter, Rhom­bus and Mi­nuit.

As Op­ti­mus Gryme, he has per­formed all over Aus­trala­sia and at some of New Zealand’s largest gigs, in­clud­ing Coro­gold, where he played to 15,000 peo­ple.

Now he will be leav­ing Wai­heke af­ter 28 years.

Travel to the main­land was ex­pen­sive for fam­i­lies and the is­land had changed, he said.

He and wife Pene­lope will be head­ing with their chil­dren, Te Maa­nia, 8, and Anaia, 5, for the South Is­land on Novem­ber 4. But the mu­sic will go on. Brown and Wai­heke-based busi­ness part­ner Henri Smith will be writ­ing and per­form­ing as The Anx­ients.

Smith will con­tinue work­ing with Brown on travel app, Go!

See www.op­ti­mus­

Char­lie Brown is say­ing good­bye to Op­ti­mus Gryme - and Wai­heke. DIANA WOR­THY/STUFF

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