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"It's your soul playing with the rhythm,flying around in the beats." -- DJ Q-Bert They are music's vanguard. The reshape today's sounds -- house, techno, hip-hop, rock -- direct our feet on the floor, and influence the way music is represented in our culture. "Don't look at the turntable as just this mechanism that you play records on. Apply yourself to it as if it were an instrument, and you can express yourself through the turntable." -- Rob Swift, The X-ecutioners From the rapid-fire editing of MTV videos, to underground parties and world-famous clubs, DJs have altered the course of music and video, moved into new media, and turned our generation on its ear -- literally. Meet these creative artists -- many of them celebrities in their own right -- who line up the most infectious beats, mix and program them, and make us dance talk and think about music -- and the world -- in entirely different ways. "We like to mix it all up and have a good time, a bit of a laugh." -- Ben Dubuisson, Purple Penguin Discover how they select their gear and choose tunes -- and pick up tips on how to mix.
Kurt B. Reighley is editor at large for CMJ New Music Monthly and the author of the biography Marilyn Manson. His writing has appeared in Details, Rolling Stone, Interview, Out, and Paper, and he is a regular columnist for Seattle Weekly. As DJ El Toro, he can be found torturing turntables at a variety of Seattle-area watering holes.