Deejay Punk Roc
The youngest of six children, 26-year-old DeeJay Punk-Roc is Brooklyn, NY, born and raised. With a father who listened to everything from Barry White to the Isley Brothers, DeeJay Punk-Roc grew up with few musical prejudices. He loved music and loved sharing it, DJing at block parties from the time he was a kid. "I was up to no good, like everybody else—I just didn't get caught. The Army took me off the streets and instilled a discipline in me that enables me to do what I'm doing now" —DeeJay Punk-Roc DeeJay Punk-Roc left high school and home at 16 to join the US military. During his eight years in uniform, Punk-Roc was stationed in Japan, Germany, and England. In addition to discipline, he credits the military with broadening his mind. "It was good to get to my boys. Hanging out, listening to, and making, music…" DeeJay Punk-Roc returned to civilian life in 1993. Within a year he'd organized a party night called The Busted Speaker at a neighborhood school park. Small groups of kids with beatboxes turned up for a challenge. With no special agenda—just for pure, spontaneous fun—DeeJay Punk-Roc got together with a friend who had a small amount of studio equipment. Among the tracks laid down was "My Beatbox"—picked up by Airdog Recordings (his UK label) and released on their 1997 Still Searchin' compilation. Groups as diverse as The Beastie Boys, Pitchshifter, Korn, and Force MDs have called on DeeJay Punk-Rock for his slammin' remix production touch. Among those who have paid their respects to Punk-Roc with their own remix tributes: Mantronix, Roc Raida, Run DMC's Jam Master Jay, Mick Jones's Big Audio Dynamite. And, DeeJay Punk-Rock just completed a national tour with electronic rockers The Prodigy and industrial-breakbeat pioneers Meat Beat Manifesto. "I've never headed in one particular direction. It's kinda like a big pot into which I throw everything and hope that it comes out nice…" DeeJay Punk-Roc's record collection numbers 15,000 albums and uncounted singles. His major musical influences are Barry White, George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic, and Grandmaster Flash and the Sugar Hill Gang. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.
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