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DJ Spinna

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

An acclaimed New York DJ and producer, DJ Spinna has worked with an array of talents from Guru of Gangstarr to Mos Def. Spinning the best in old school funk to futuristic electro, he embodies the dynamic nature of an artist dedicated to the love of music. His Wonder-Full party, a tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder, will heat up the holiday season on December 11th at Mezzanine.

SFS: What inspired you to start the Wonder-Full parties?

S: The Wonder-Full parties started off as a result of a small tribute party to Songs In The Key Of Life back in 1998 with Bobbito, myself, Dj Qool Marv, and Dj E-Love. Following this party came a mix CD called Wonder Wrote It, I did with Bobbito in 1999 that created a huge cult fan base. That led to the first WF party in 2001.

SFS: What's one of your favorite Stevie jams?

S: "As" is one of my favorites, hands down. I can never get enough of that song. Another is "Too High." The chord progressions in that song haunts the crap out of me ,and I love it.

SFS: You tour Japan annually. What is your favorite memory from traveling there?

S: I've been touring Japan every year for the past nine years. My 10-year anniversary touring Japan as a DJ is coming up the end of this year. My favorite memory of all time is taking my daughter to Hello Kitty Land and Universal Studios theme park in Japan two years ago. Touring is hard work and I barely get to chill and relax. Being able to spend time with my family in Japan in that fashion in the middle of a tour was gratifying.

SFS: Since you travel so often, what's one thing you have to have with you?

S: Patience, and an iPod. Ha!

SFS: What's one instrument you would like to see used/sampled more?

S: Nowadays, Fender Rhodes. I miss melodic jazzy vibes in hip hop.

SFS: Since its the holiday season, what's your favorite Christmas jam, if you have one?

S: "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway.

SFS: Whats coming up next year?

S: The return of Jigmastas in 2011 on BBE, Look out!

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