DJ Oxide Exposes His Roots

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Popular local DJ Marc Lacasse will be exposing his roots on an upcoming CD compilation of Canadian independent electronic dance music. Lacasse, better known as DJ Oxide, will be featured on the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s Dig Your Roots electronic dance CD that is slated for release in April 2004.

“This compilation will further my drive to keep completing and producing more tracks,” says Lacasse, who recently returned from a west coast trip. “It seems my quest to do more detailed work comes day by day.”

Dig Your Roots is a project of the NCRA, sponsored by Corus Entertainment, aimed at developing and promoting new Canadian music, particularly in under-represented genres like hip-hop, audio art, roots and music from the First Nations. The NCRA will produce a series of genre-specific compilations that will coincide with live concert simulcast broadcasts.

This is the second year of five for the Dig Your Roots project. Much like Dig Your Roots – Hip Hop - which was released in March 2003 and features Winnipeg’s Frek Sho - a national panel selects 15 of these artists from each genre to participate. The CD launches will be done in conjunction with five regional concerts for each genre, which will be broadcast live on campus and community radio stations across the country.

Lacasse has been DJing since 1994, where he was featured in the infamous Winnipeg PANIC warehouse parties. He recently self-produced Near Sighted Rhythms”, released in January 2003. Lacasse continues to do a radio show every Friday on UMFM 101.5 and is busy starting a new club night along with fellow DJ's Gus and AudioAngel at Vertigo on November 29. As well, this New Year’s Eve he will be returning with A One Night Stand Part 3 - the Final Fling.

For more information on Dig Your Roots, check out www.digyourroots.ca. Visit DJ Oxide online at www.urbnet.com/djoxide.

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