BIO

Marvin Arthur Braafheid a.k.a. DJ Superior was born in Rotterdam the Netherlands on April 30th of 1977. Together with his older sister and parents he moved to Surinam at the age of 5 and spent most of his childhood there. He got in touch with music because of his father. Every Sunday afternoon while his father listened to music he would put a headphone on his head and make him listen to music. His mother says she noticed his affection for music as early as a baby boy because he would use pens or sticks and hit with them on the heater creating drumming sounds. While he was drumming, his sister would stand on the table singing with a hairbrush in her hand using it as a microphone.

 

In 1987 he returned to Rotterdam which has become his hometown ever since. He started taking drumming classes every Wednesday afternoon and continued doing so for five years. At the age of 12 he became a volunteer at a Community Center called 'De Boeg' for their weekly teen disco nights. They had two separate nights, one for children between the age of 12 and 14 and the other one between 15 and 18. This is where he first got introduced to turntablilism. Little did he know then, that that would be the beginning of his career as a successful DJ. He fell in love with the turntables and entertaining people through music. It didn’t take people very long to notice his affection and musical talents and while other boys his age would be out playing soccer, he would spend most of his free time practicing turntabilism with the Technics SL 1200.

Shortly after his kick off as DJ, he ran into another young man that seemed to share the same passion as he did. They joined together as a DJ team and named themselves “The Coversquad”. Individually they were known by the name DJ Deepcover (his partner) and DJ Undercover (himself). His first official gig in a club was at the age of 14. At that time he was the youngest DJ to have ever performed in a club. He began experimenting how to make music with the Amiga 500, which was actually a computer. The results of that experiment were his first bubbling based beat sample. It was at that time that the ‘Bubbling’ era began. Bubbling back then was known as today’s dancehall from Jamaica played up-tempo. It became extremely popular in the Netherlands and the Coversquad released 8 mixtapes that became a major hype throughout the country. The Coversquad grew to become the most popular and wanted DJ team, ruling the R&B scene of the Netherlands between 1993 and 2003.

 

After many successful years as the Coversquad they decided to go separate ways in 2003. He changed his name from DJ Undercover to DJ Superior. From there on new doors opened up allowing him to grow into a multi-talented music artist. He is booked for his outstanding performances behind the turntables, playing a wide range of various types of music such as R&B, Hip Hop, Latin House, Dub Step, Zouk, Funana, Reggaeton, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Soul, Pop & Disco Classics. During his sets he has a strong infinity with the crowd and is therefore able to play exactly what the crowd wants to hear at that moment. Unlike most DJ’s in the Netherlands he MC’s during his own gigs. People recognize him through his great talent and technical skills behind the turntables, capability of playing a wide range of different types of music, and his professional and impressive performance.

 

 

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