Hai Karate with Smalltown DJs
DJ Pump & Ivan Rankic
Hai Karate has been running for over 12 years and is hosted by Canada's second biggest export after Maple Syrup, SMALLTOWN DJs. Smalltown have helped build Calgary to what it is today since their days at the Night Gallery. They tour relentlessy across Canada, The US, Europe and even parts of Scandinavia, but they always find time for their family at Hai Karate. Previous guests have included The Rub, Fourcolorzack, A Skillz, Nick Catchdubs, Grandtheft, Dave Nada, Skratch Bastid, Hedspin, Tittsworh, Keys N Krates, & Skerritt Bwoy.
In a world so often plagued by mediocrity, it’s depressingly common to have to endure run-of-the-mill DJ's. Here to save the day, DJ PUMP stands out as being unique in his delivery and exquisite talent. Pump’s abilities are only measured by a few, while his range stretches the boundaries of turntablism and what it means to be a true party DJ. The balance of musical value and skills. DJ’s that can do both are the DJ’s worth remembering and Pump is on that alpha list.
Whilst mixing, scratching, creating or blending beats from hip-hop to funk, soul, disco, house, reggae and everything in between, Pump focuses on the overall musical composition and the sound of the end result. Without a gimmick style alongside his distinct ear for all things funky and soulful makes him one of the nation’s most versatile party DJ’s that kill dance floors on the regular.
Pump’s performances have earned him the respect amongst his peers as one of Canada’s best kept secrets. One of the few Calgary bred DJ's to receive global recognition with notable awards and accolades including both DMC & ITF Canadian DJ Champion crowns. This Calgarian is also part of Team Canada's DJ crew/management agency: The Eh! Team DJs.