DJ Name: Dave Paul but have used various names
for battle records & remixes.
Hometown: San Francisco, CA.
Trademark saying/philosophy toward your music/ life: Another
day. Another dollar
Groups (if any) that you have been a member of: Nitestalker
MC (this was before the serial killer) and then we changed
the name to Midnight Connections.
How would describe the music you spin: Mish-mash of 1985-1993
hip-hop, new wave, rock and dance.
First record you ever bought: Actual first piece of vinyl
was at a JROTC bake sale at McAteer high school. The record was
some disco record called 'Keeping Your Head Above Water'.
After that I bought albums and then my first 12" remix single
was 'Safety Dance' by Men Without Hats. First full
length album was the self titled Run
DMC album. I traded some kid at my high school some rock records
for some electro hip-hop 12" singles and that Run DMC record.
Shouts to Bobby G and Soul Disco Records. They used
to be on 14th and Market street and Bobby always had the newest
and dopest hip-hop and 12" singles. After he closed the shop
I heard he moved to Florida or something like that. Anyone have
any contact info for him?
Most influential record(s) in your life: Damn... too many
to name. Prince's '1999' was definitely an influence. Those
songs were hits and i thought it was cool that all the beats were
programmed on a Linn Drum machine and not played by a live drummer.
When did you first DJ: Senior year in high school - 1985.
It was our first gig and we battled Nitelife Sensations at
a high school dance. They mopped us up, we were suckas, but I
learned a lot from that night and over the next few years. As
a mobile dj you learn everything - people skills, song selection,
lighting, transportation, sound design etc. These new kids that
watch a few battle videos and learn how to crab and chirp scratch
really, really fast (with no soul)... come on, you're not a deejay.
That's like someone learning to spin on their head and saying
they're a b-boy.
What made you want to be a DJ: In the mid-eighties everyone
was dj. That's just the way it was in the Bay Area.
What is your most memorable performance of your DJ career:
There's only been 2-3 where they were just fantastic. I remember
one was in Walnut Creek at a high school dance in the late 80's.
My song selection and mixing were on. My homie running the lighting
was on too. We killed those kids and had them going nuts. It's
a great feeling when you can rock a crowd and keep everyone happy
from the hip-hop kids to the punks all in the same room. Another
fresh night was the second Prince vs. Michael party we held in
the front room of Storyville. Hooked up 2 VCR's and was running
classic footage from the Prince and Michael camps all night. Can't
front on the Bay NPG, those freax know how to partay!
How do you transport your records and/or gear to gigs:
Taxi, or luck out and catch a ride from someone.
Do you play CDs ever at gigs: No I don't, I did once at
Asia SF and trying to cue up cd's takes way too long. Plus I can't
afford those new CD turntables. Vinyl just works a lot better
on the fly.
In your opinion who is the best DJ of all time: That's
a tough question. It's been a LONG time since I went to a club
and have been blown away by a dj. I'll have to get back to you
at the end of the year on this one. A couple of my favorites would
be T-Rock, Quest, Faust and from back in the day Michael
Erickson, Cameron Paul, Dodie and Big Bob.
Best website to find out more about you & BOMB
Hip Hop: bombhiphop.com