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DJ Askari

Askari's DJ'ing career began back in '84, when he heard some mix tapes recorded off  New York's 98.7 Kiss-FM.  On it were several "Mastermixes" by  the eventually legendary DJ Shep Pettibone, and he was hooked.

Armed with 2 Sony Walkmans and a RadioShack line mixer, Askari began his career as a disc jockey, attempting rather pathetically and failing quite spectacularly at doing anything close to acceptable. Moving on from these early atttempts (which, thank heavens, were not heard by anyone except his closest friends, and who, not wanting to discourage the young lad, bore the aural assualt with strained smiles), he bought his first set of turntables in 1987.

His early DJ'ing residencies included the legendary "Funk Nite" parties at his college in New England, where he was among the first DJs to play house music at what had become a mainly hip-hop/rap club night. He also started playing old disco hits such as "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees as early as 1989, when the "disco sucks" reaction of the early 80s had not yet been erased from memory. There is a very fine line between bravery and foolhardiness.




DJ Askari