DJ Name: TophOne
Hometown: San FranDisco
Trademark saying or philosophy: "The road of excess
leads to the palace of wisdom"- William Blake
Past DJ Crews and/or Graffiti crews: founder- Red Wine
DJ/Wino collective... founder- AS graffiti crew (Oakland/SF/Berkeley/LA/NY,
etc)... also THK (The Honkey Krew/ They Hate Kops),
GO (Ghetto Overdose), STP (Stompin' Toy Ploys), EMB
(Embarcadero), TBC, Sukebe, Lords...
What music do you spin: hip-slop, junk rock, electro trash,
jellyfish jazz & lazy beats...
Discography: Executive Producer for DJ Buck (as
Spins Inc.) "The New Frontier" on TCX in 1992... vocals
on DJ EFX "Sha-Boo-Tay!" on Underground
Construction in 1993... vocals on Stellar Trax SoundSystem
"Whatever's Clever" from the Urban Revolutions compilation
on Future Primitive Sound in 2000...
DJ battle history if any: I couldn't battle my way out
of a paper bag, no wait- Red Wine battled Red Five
and me, Charlotte the Baroness & Doc Fu
slaughtered VinRoc, J-Boogie and Dr. Naughty
in 2 rooms at 111 Minna Gallery! But anyway, I invented a drink
called the Roy (named after Roy Ayers) and I routinely
outdrink the likes of Apollo, DJ Anna, and Mr.
E... now DJ Wisdom- that kid can hold his own, but
don't tell him I said that.
The first record you ever bought: "Centerfold"
7" by J. Giles and... first hip-hop record was "Roxanne
Roxanne" 7" traded for "Tainted Love" 7"
in 7th grade.
Most influential record(s) in your life: "A Love
Supreme" lp by John Coltrane, "Appalachian Spring"
by Aaron Copeland, "Nation of Millions" lp by
Public Enemy, "Radio Clash" 12" by the
Clash and "Damaged" lp by Black Flag
When did you first DJ: around '92, but really got into
it around '95 or so.
What made you want to be a DJ: I got tired of throwing
parties and watching kooks like DJ Pause and Buck
talk to all the hot chicks and drink for free! For real! That,
and I really wanted to hear certain songs played with other certain
songs that just weren't getting played, so I decided to do it
What is your most memorable performance of your DJ career:
Doing an all Too $hort set at the first Big Booty Bass
Bowling night w/ DJ Shadow was pretty fun... The
first time I played w/ DJ Krush at the King Street Garage-
WOW!... the Rubber Curtain nights with Tommy Guerrero,
Gadget and Steady-Psome of those were epic...
How do you transport your records and/or gear to gigs:
a bag from True and a handmade flightcase by Ray Stevens at Cal
Cases on the motherfuckin MUNI, baby!
Do you play CDs ever at gigs: hells nah!
In your opinion who is the best DJ of all time: Damn.
My favorites are folks like Premier, Revolution,
Krush, Spooky... but all time? It's gotta be Afrika
Bambaataa. None of us would be doing anything like this if
it weren't for the work that man has done over the last 30 yearsin
all facets of the culture. Bam is the Father...
Best website or way for folks to find out more about you:
Go sit on a rooftop. Drink a lot of wine. Hear those weird voices
telling you all kinds of crazy ideas? I'm the guy right there
next to you..Otherwise, call 415.332-5800ext.211 or hit up firstname.lastname@example.org
for upcoming parties and Wino nonsense...
Gracias & mad love & respect to Billy Jam &
Hip-Hop Slam and all the true Bay Area crews and familia!
(Mr. 5's, West Coast Rock Steady/Skratch Piklz, Pirate DJs,
Groove Merchant, Beatsauce, Future Primitive, DJ Pause, Mike B.,
TMF, TWS, AS Crew, CBS, Zebra Records, 48th&O, Dank Mob, Broun
Fellinis, Last2Serve, Heiro, Hoboes, Mr. Brown, True Skool,
etc, etc, etc)
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