DJ name: Mix Master Mike
Hometown: San Francisco
Do you still talk to aliens through your music?
Right now I'm trying to talk to the people on this earth,
the lost people here. The humanoids here need to study the lessons
DJ Crews: Sounds In Effect, Sound In Motion, Tsunami Sound,
Invisibl Skratch Piklz
How would describe the music you spin? It's a strand of
hiphop, psychedelic scratch music is what it is... there's no
title to it.
DJ battle history: won 1992 West Coast
DMC and 1993 NMS/Superman Battle.
What was the first record you bought? That's a crazy question.
It was a Led Zeppelin record, and Rappers Delight.
What was the first record you heard that made you want to
scratch or DJ? It was "Crazy Cuts" by DST, Herbie
Hancock's "Rockit", Hendrix "Are You Experienced"
and Miles Davis.
What's your favorite new record? The White Stripes...
its some good shit.
When did you first DJ? 1985 in my bedroom.
What made you want to be a DJ? I grew up listening to
a lot of Coltrane and Hendrix. I had a fascination of copying
them with turntables. And then a cat came by the name of GrandMixer
DST and that was the whole shit. That's what happened.
Most memorable performance of your career?
There's memorable experiences every year for some reason. This
last year I opened up for Guns N Roses, and being able to
play in Madison Square Garden alone for an hour to a capacity
crowd was probably one of the highs. Then it was me being with
my crew the Invisibl Skratch Piklz battling the X-Men...
How do you transport your records to gigs? By car.
Do you play CDs ever at gigs? No, I don't play them when
In your opinion who is the best DJ of all time? Wolfman
Jack, baby! Wolfman had skills... he was an entertainer. He didn't
play records...he made people listen to records! He was also a
movie star, too.
Can you give us the details on your radio show? It's in
KROQ in LA and it's called Friday Night Spin Psycle, from 10pm-11pm.
I have 87%-88% freedom. If it was up to me, I would play all explicit
Best way for folks to find out more about you including your
discograpahy: Google. There will be a Mix Master Mike website.
Right now I'm trying to keep myself out of touch because I'm on
a hibernation period. I'm doing shows, but I'm in the lab creating
something right now... it's fourth dimensional scratch moon beats
from Zektar... crazy shit.
This rest of this interview, conducted by Billy Jam,
will appear in the forthcoming QBert book. Also be sure
to check the Beastie Boys' album and the Mix Master
Mike solo joint "Bangzilla".