Introduced to Hmoodle.com from Chozen One Productions we found a top-notched A-list Dj that spreads not only the universal language, music, but includes himself to be an advocate instilling unity and peace to this bigotry society that we live in today. He has an understanding of the affluence of “super nations” that was once the afflatus of a corrupt world still slowly in a transitional stage in amending its wrongs. Additionally, to his understanding of super nations that once subdued their subordinates in their oppressive ways, now liberated, by their own and the world, to becoming a more civilized world that we see today. Could we call this “Freedom”?
His views gave me a new visualization in the plight of his people as he turns to music as an outlet to unite all under one roof. No matter the color of their skin; no matter their sexual orientation; no matter their religious beliefs; nor no matter their gender; all is equal while he’s orchestrating his “deejaying” skills.
Music is his passion in life. So, when I asked Dj Palistine about what he thought about music, he commented, “All cultures around the world have music. Music is something that I think makes the world a better place to live in.”
I’m in agreement. Music is the quintessential element in uniting all people; a universal language that can overcome the barricades of cultures and ethnic divide—music makes the world go round!
Jerry: First off, I want to thank you for taking time out of your hectic schedule for this interview, and for all those who don’t know who you are, could you briefly introduce yourself, in addition give us a quick bio?
DJ Palistine: Well, before that I would like to graciously acknowledge Hmoodle.com for taking the time to express an interest in who I am and what I do. I would also like to thank you, Mr. Thao, for taking time out of your busy schedule as well. It is not often that we as Dj’s get a chance to express ourselves verbally, when most of what we do is a form of musical expression. So I greatly welcome the opportunity to articulate on the topic of Dj Palistine.
My first real experience with the art of Dj’ing occurred rather unintentionally. I just happened to be surrounded by friends and acquaintances that were all in the music industry in some shape or form. I had friends who were rappers, producers, and Dj’s.
And quite honestly, I tried my hand at all three! I was in a group called the ‘Dead Zone’ that was originally from Detroit. We were a political/socially radical group that addressed controversial issues and we all had these ”Grand-Sounding”, illustrious names….mine was “Palistine”. After the group went back to Detroit, I stayed in Milwaukee and began to spin records. Everyone at that time knew me as “Palistine” so they just started calling me “Dj Palistine”.
Jerry: Why the name Palistine and its significance to your initial group the ‘Dead Zone?’
DJ Palistine: Wow. That’s a deep question! But a very good one!
The issue of the Israeli occupation of Palestine (more specifically the West Bank and Gaza) has been an issue of personal concern to me. More to the point we, as the Group Dead Zone, addressed major political issues, one of which is the colonization, occupation, exploitation and de-stabilization of 3rd world countries around the world by the dominant “World Super Powers”.
Like most people, I was pleased when the forced system of segregation known as Aparteid was abolished in South Africa with the help of courageous men like Nelson Mandela in 1994. However, while the world rejoiced, I felt that people around the world still lived under similar and worse conditions and I did not want their struggles for freedom forgotten. So I choose the name Palestine (I later changed the spelling) to remind myself and to hopefully educate people on the plight and struggle of the oppressed. I encourage everyone who reads this to educate themselves the plight of 3rd world countries around the world, and hopefully one day we can present ourselves as a united Species of the Planet Earth, instead of individual “Races” who fight amongst each other over differences in language, religion, land, ethnicity, or the color of our skin.
Jerry: What is music to you and how has it sculpted and influenced you into the person you are today?
DJ Palistine: Music to me is a universal language, it brings us together. All cultures around the world have music. Music is something that I think makes the world a better place to live in. I first began really listening to music in the early 80’s. As a young adult music was my “outlet”. It became something I could relate to, something that I could connect with in my own personal way. I think everyone’s own experience with music is a personal one, and we each interpret something unique that moves us as a person.
Jerry: You’ve once commented after a performance, “I came, I saw, they danced.” Could you elaborate on this?
DJ Palistine: It is actually a play on words from the Latin phrase Venni Vetti Vicci, Which when translated means I came, I saw, I conquered. It was quoted from Julius Ceasar around 47 B.C.after his victory over his adversaries on the battlefield. It is also the title of one of my favorite Hip Hop records by Ja Rule.
Jerry: I once had a dream of becoming a Dj with my bro, now Dj Ville of Kindbeats, as we initially ventured out to the horizon of opportunity with our first set of Technic back in 1999. I came to realize the harsh reality of how hard this business is and ended a short career—I guess you can call me a quitter. Djs that I know took a beating in their primordial rise, some short lived, but some, instant superstardom; these are the guys who showed resiliency in taking any gigs as an opportunity to market and promote themselves in any way they can—this “Can-Do” attitude of pure love for this art. My question is: how was your initial rise as a Dj and was there ever this labyrinth in your journey to getting the recognition that you so deserve today?
DJ Palistine: I quite agree with your description of starting off in this industry. For me there were many roadblocks and obstacles. I guess the only thing that really kept me going was that I began to surround myself with positive thoughts, and people. I slowly began to distance myself from negativity and from pessimists. Also for me my genuine love of music made it a lot easier for me. I didn’t begin to DJ for the money or the recognition, I did it because I just wanted to hear good music and at some point in time people began to appreciate what I was doing-which to me came as quite a shock!
Jerry: Finish this phrase: Part time DJ by night, full time entrepreneur by day, and if I could change my profession I would rather Work for President Obama! because What could be Better than Being a Part of History?!
Jerry: If you can concoct an advertisement slogan for yourself what would it be and why?
DJ Palistine: To be Honest, I kind of like the whole “ I Came, I Saw, They Danced” Phrase! It completely represents my approach to Dj’ing.
As DJ’s it is basically our job to “win” over the crowd. The crowd vastly out numbers the DJ and we must use all the tools at our disposal to accomplish this task. If successful the result can be a spectacular night, if not the result can be disastrous.
Jerry: What biggest names in the biz have you played alongside with or opened for?
DJ Palistine: Hmm..I haven’t done much work with national acts, so hopefully if any national is reading this..hit me up at www.djpalistine.com!! lol!
Jerry: I’ve seen the DJ list at www.thedjlist.com, which is a directory for DJs from around the world; it’s a networking site similar to MySpace but tailored towards one specific genre. Are you on this list and if not, could you go to the site and tell me if their ranking system for “Best Djs in the world list” gives accurate claims in your eyes? And plus, how do you rank DJ—maybe, popularity?
DJ Palistine: Wow. That’s a hard question. I don’t really follow other Dj’s Rankings on sites like the Dj List, so it would be difficult for me to accurately comment on such listings, but from what I hear, the Dj List is a somewhat accurate guide of Dj Popularity World Wide.
DJ Palistine: As far as my Popularity/Ranking I was voted the A-List 2008 “Best Club Dj” here in Milwaukee, WI. For details you can visit: http://wisn.cityvoter.com/winners/a-list-on-wisn-com/1858/nightlife/dj
Jerry: I see that you enjoy a wide array of genre of music from Reggaeton, Hip Hop, House, Break-Beats, Pop, and all the other assortments that music can bring to the table, could you tell me what you prefer and what you least prefer to play and why?
DJ Palistine: I Mostly prefer Hip Hop, Trance, and Reggaeton. Leastly Prefer Mashups and Pop.
I have always had a love affair with Hip Hop, and in the past few years have developed a passion for Reggaeton and Trance. I don’t really mind Mashups (I’ve heard some good ones), but in general I prefer remixes over Mashups. And Pop music is just so commercialized now, we’re so constantly bombarded with it over the airwaves.
Jerry: Any other hobbies outside of DJing?
DJ Palistine: I watch a lot of movies and enjoy spending time with my son playing X Box 360 and PS3.
Jerry: Do you have a residency now, if not, where could people catch a glimpse of your mixing in the near future?
DJ Palistine: Currently I have a residency at Club Fuego, here in Milwaukee, WI. And in the near future (March 27th, 2009) I will be back at Club Myth, Minnesota.
Jerry: Is there a supporting website or e-mail contact information for all who might be interested in looking for a top notch DJ?
DJ Palistine: Absolutely. www.djpalistine.com or [email protected]
Jerry: Any last words, comments for our viewers, maybe question(s) you’d like to ask us or maybe just shout-outs to anyone out there?
DJ Palistine: First I would like to just thank everyone out there for the love and support! Once again I would like to thank Hmoodle.com for your support. I would also like to thank Mike Lee of Milwaukee Boy Productions, May & Robbie of Chozen One Productions, Saleh of Club Fuego, FAQ Productions, www.almfusion.com (my proud sponsor!) and big shout out to OuttFitt Promotions!
I would like to thank Dj Palistine for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer these questions, so much appreciated. Again, he’ll be in Minnesota at the Myth Night Club on March 27th, 2009, so go out and support him.
He became a Dj, but stayed true to his beliefs to communicate blatantly his views without reservation. Remember his words: “I encourage everyone who reads this to educate themselves the plight of 3rd world countries around the world, and hopefully one day we can present ourselves as a united Species of the Planet Earth, instead of individual “Races” who fight amongst each other over differences in language, religion, land, ethnicity, or the color of our skin.”
If you’d like more information please visit him online at www.djpalistine.com or you can e-mail him anytime at [email protected]
For all who would like a future feature please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at [email protected], peace!