How Daly City’s Filipino Mobile DJ Scene Changed Hip-Hop Forever | KQED Arts


Back then, every block had a DJ group. In one high school, there
would be two DJ groups, sometimes, more than that. It was just such a
groundbreaking thing to have that many DJ groups
concentrated into one area. The joke is, every
Filipino family must have a DJ within two degrees
of separation, I guess. We weren’t playing music
that everybody played, that the radio played. It was underground, post-disco music. We then, put our little
Filipino spin on things. It was just pretty much, kids just getting together,
and wanting to play music for people, and
get everybody to dance, and we would bring the DJ
equipment to the hall party, and have the party there, and have dances. This is around 1982, Westmoor High School, Daly City, you and Mike Petricio, you guys were just starting as Fusion. I remember being in the garage party, watching you guys, watching you guys mix, listening to music, like,
“That’s pretty cool.” Somebody came up to us and asked, “Hey! Have you ever heard of
two turntables and a mixer?” We put two unmatched turntables together, and started trying to
mix two songs together. Didn’t know what we were doing. Then we finally got a real mixer, and that’s when I started getting it. The time that we did it,
from 1983 til mid-1985, man, so many groups just
sprouted out of nowhere, and these competitions
where happening everywhere. I go to one of the guys
garages in Daly City. The whole crew is already there. So we tried something out. We hooked up four turntables, right? And, right off the bat, within an hour, he was throwing stuff
in, I would put stuff in, and we’re going back and forth, and it was that moment, that
we were officially Spintronix. ♫ This is a test. ♫ Yo! 1-2-1-2! Party
people, in the place to be. ♫ We are Spintronix, from Daly City. Yeah, I’ll never forget the first time I heard four turntables. I was like, “Wow! How fast is that guy?” Then I see two guys,
each with two turntables, I thought that was amazing! And we were battling on those things. ♫ Ladies and gentlemen ♫ La-La-La-La-La-La-La-La-La-La-Ladies
and gentlemen The battles back then, during the mobile Disc Jockey era, you would have, sometimes,
three or four DJs, groups, in one hall,
setting up their equipment. We all kind of just saw
each other were doing. It just became a competition thing, too. Like, “You DJ too? I DJ too! Well, I can be better than you!” So, remember what all
DJs used to do back then, is they had a secret weapon record. They would put tape on the record. They would cover the
label, so that the 20 or 30 guys crowding you while you were DJ-ing, who was taking notes, wouldn’t
know what record you bought, and figure out what song it was. Back then, there was no social media, there was no technology. The only form of music back
then was cassette tapes. So, we would record our
four turntable mixes. Every member of the group would share it. They’d go to school, or
give it to their cousin. And they would get re-recorded. Next generation tape,
next generation tape, and hand it out, and it would spread, whether it’s Daly City,
or outside of Daly City, just based on these cassette tapes. I was always doing mobile gigs and then, my transition just became
more into the battle scene. We started doing a lot more
scratching, a lot more tricks. In ’92, we won the DMC World Championship, with me Q-Bert and Mike. We tried to form a
rap-group, and be producers, and it kind of just transitioned
into that phase of DJ-ing. Maybe it was a way of guys
staying out of trouble. Maybe it’s a different
alternative to sports. If you weren’t into the gang scene, keep yourself busy while
your middle class parents were at work in downtown
San Francisco, or wherever. Comin’ down to the turntables, my son, ten-year-old, Jayden
Anolin, AKA DJ ProteJay. Well, I just thought it
was a very unique skill. No one in my school had it. I’m the student to him, so
we just added the, “Jay” in my name, Jayden, to make, “ProteJay.” And I just wanted to be like my dad, too. I can be like him, or over
him, over his level right now. It had a great impact on the DJ-ing scene, the whole world, yeah.

8 Comments

  • lol

  • I wish this was so much longer. I was in that scene. Our group was on several Imagine Flyers and we still do weddings and private parties. Majestical Productions from 1985-Present…

  • Does anyone know where I can find the full track of the opening scene music? I know it’s a DJ scratching over the operation lockdown beat…just want to hear the whole song

  • That little kid makes me want a kid

  • I remember Legend DJs. Unique Technique (LA/Riverside/OC area) Style DJs Long Beach…

  • I got some cutty footage of q bert and them practicing at manor music back in 91, i need to upload.

  • Wow this channel is investigative reporting at its' definition. Bringing spotlight to things buried or stolen by appropriators that have given no respect to founding fathers.

  • Don't forget raymond lasut and crew from Hayward /#mixinginaction. Meep Meep

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