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“I was born and raised in San Francisco, where I grew up listening to a wide variety of different types of music thanks to my uncles, who collected vinyl and had shelves and big boxes of all types of records – mostly funk, 70’s stuff. Ever since I was in little league baseball, I would come home to a full house of people blasting music, which really had an important affect on the way I listened to music, and planted the seeds for my later learning to pinpoint bits of music, like a breakdown, a chorus, a guitar solo – whatever it was I was learning.
In 1984, when I was 14 years old, I was introduced to the art of hip-hop through B-boying and breaking. It was this movement – this art form that was so new, and so full of energy, that it captured my heart and really made me want to be involved. So I grabbed two tape decks from my uncles’ old storage room, and hooked up some speakers. I would put two different music selections on two cassette decks, and blend them while using the pause button to speed up or slow down the tempos in order to keep both on beat. That’s how the mixing started.
Around the same time, I happened to catch something on TV that would change my life forever. Herbie Hancock, who was a popular artist back then, was on some show and introduced a person by the name of Grandmixer DST, live in concert. The only thing was, this guy DST wasn’t a singer, and he didn’t play any instruments like an average musician would play. Instead he had a turntable. Using his thumb, he was moving the record back and fourth against the needle. It was my first introduction to this futuristic art of music manipulation called scratching. From then on, all I ever wanted to be was a scratch DJ." Mike has lived his childhood dream winning many awards, being part of the infamous Invisibl Scratch Piklz crew and now the DJ for the Beastie Boys.
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