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About me

Occupation Professor/ DJ/Scholar/ Journalist/Organizer
Location Brooklyn, New York, United States
Introduction I mix music to highlight difference rather than seamlessness. Cracking open assumptions about what people relate to – pulling out familiar songs and sounds from people’s childhood or community, and layering them with foreign, distant sounds in ways that make the familiar strange and the strange familiar. Music exists because it crosses borders, literally and figuratively. Physical borders: eardrums, walls, and legal borders: nations, zones. The best musical experiences often occur outside legal frameworks of ownership and licenses (breaking zoning laws, squatted buildings, pirate radio). Although I am not always in official control of the venues in which I perform, I put myself and the audience in undeniable literal control of the space, to the point of creating a kind of solidarity of pleasure across social boundaries. My main goal is challenge the assumption that difference breeds division and distrust – instead, difference, rupture, foreign-ness is a site of conscious, open-eyed and physical pleasure.
Interests balkan, bhangra, breakcore, booty bass, brunch, constructivism, cookies, cumbia, dancehall, dembow, drumnbass, dub, dubstep, ethnography, garage, greens, grime, jungle, noodles, ragga, rocksteady, soca, street medics, yardcore, 2step, 3bal
Favorite Movies Alien, Barton Fink, Brazil, Camille, Freeway, Ivan and Abraham, Happy Go Lucky, Kansas City, Modern Times, Times Square, Goodfellas, La Faute à Voltaire, Female Perversions, claire denis' Chocolat
Favorite Music Mashit, Schlachthofbronx, /rupture, Thelonius Monk, Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, the Congos, Shystie, Deadbeat, FleCK, High Tone, Wiley, Aphrodite ('96 or before mostly), Abyssinians, Billy Bragg, Rotator, Otis Redding, Bong-Ra, Astor Piazolla, Tanya Stephens, E-40, General Malice, Rhythm&Sound, Warrior Queen, Os Tincoas, Sound Murderer, Disrupt, Fugazi, Horsepower Collective, Bogdan Raczynski, Les Trolls, Hildegard Von Bingen, TOK, David Last, The Bug, Kush Arora, Mutamassik, Al Haca Sound System, Taal Mala, Dj Deeon, Garage Dubs, David Last, Grievous Angel, Robot Koch, Joro Boro, Zuzuka Poderosa, Mr. Vegas, Maga Bo
Favorite Books Moby Dick, Street of Crocodiles