Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Who were the DJs who influenced you the most ?
We all have that one DJ that made you sit back & say wow! That's what I want to do. Over the year I have been influenced by quite a few.
Early on my 1st DJ buddy was in my Division room in High School (Bogan) Hugo Mercado, Later my good friend Mark Medina introduced me to his DJ buddy Andy Kudelka. We would trade mix tapes of theirs & compare.. take notes, etc. These were the very first guys I met who had DJ equipment.. actual Technique 1200s. Andy pushed me to be more creative.. not to do things the easy way when it came to mixing.
The guys on the radio here in Chicago were a big influences to me & a lot of DJs that came up in that era of spinning. From stations like: WHPK, WNUR, WKKC, WCRX, WCYC, WBMX, WGCI. I got hip to what music was out there & how they were putting it together.
Once I got to High School this whole new world of Hip Hop, House, Parties, Mixing, Graffiti, etc was introduced to me. I started going to parties & collecting records.
These parties were at Banquette Hall, Church Basements, Warehouses, House parties.. that's where all these guys were spinning (House, Italo Disco, Electro / Break Dance Music, High Energy).
I started listening to the College Hip Hop radio shows & they would anounce parties going on around town. Graffiti writters meetings, etc.
Pumpin Pete was one of the 1st cats I saw cuttin, scratchin & playing Hip Hop in the early 80's. We would take the bus downtown, switch & catch the train up north to places like The Rainbow Roller Rink. That's where I first caught him. He is a DJ's DJ.
No one wanted to go on after him, once he did his thing. One of those guys that just made it look so easy. We would also go to places like Steps (One of the early Hip Hop parties) Big Shout to P Lee Fresh the DJ at Steps.
After DMC started putting out the Battle Videos I got hip to guys like Cash Money, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Aladdin, Steve D. These guys all stood out with their technical abilities & influenced me in some way or another.
In the early 90's I met my good friends Uncle Milty, DJ Joc Max from Kansas City, DJ Daz & Orlando from L.A.(Brass). These cast were also doing thing a lot different than the rest. Around the same time I met DJ Smash & Jazzy Nice (New York - Giant Step Crew) when I would play out in NY. They were also doin the Acid Jazz, Funk, Soul, Reggae & Jazzy Hip Hop thing like me at that time.
Big shout to Mike & Rich Mike Huerta (Midnight Fantasy Prod) for putting me on my 1st flyer also DJ Radical Jes Mendoza (Coed Ent.) for being the the 1st to book me back then, Ultimate Touch, Tommie Boy Prod, New Division, DJ Mark Medina & all my DJ friends!!! Keep the music going!!! JDLP