In case you don't know the back story: many years ago, before there was youtube and the proliferation of mix blogs, there was a young deejay who owned a crappy set of Gemini turntables and crappier Gemini mixer. After months and months of practice, this aspiring deejay became increasingly frustrated with his lack of improvement and was frustrated to the point of wanting to quit his musical pursuit. At the same time, a Harlem deejay who was recently relocated to Los Angeles (without his turntables and record collection) went to a Slum Village album release show. While waiting in line for the concert, this Harlem transplant was asked to take his backpack to the car by club security. This Harlem deejay then asked the anonymous guy standing behind him (both men, alone) to hold his spot in line. When the Harlem deejay thanked the anonymous individual behind him for holding his spot, a friendship was born.
Desperate to get on some turntables, the Harlem deejay (better known as Omega:NYC) made his way over to the frustrated deejay's home (aka Pipomixes) a few days later to mess around on his crappy Gemini turntables. While watching his new friend blend beats, rock doubles, and scratch "whoo-ha" like nobody's business, the frustrated deejay was in complete awe of what he was witnessing. Keep in mind, this was before youtube and all the video tutorials that are widely available today. Actually seeing someone properly "get down" on my turntables made all the difference in the world. Not only did it serve to inspire me, but it gave me a visual example of something to mimic and build from. Without that visual example I am sure I would have quit my pursuit of being a deejay similar to the way I gave up on the trumpet back in 4th grade. What a shame that would have been, being a deejay is a big part of who I am. It is has allowed me to develop a passion for music and a general appreciation for art that I don't think I would have if not for my love of mixing records. So if you enjoy this blog, my mixes, or both, you have Omega:NYC to thank.