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DJ Hoj

link: www.djhoj.com

The Persian Elvis, bringing forward-thinking dirty progressive and electro to a dance floor near you...

Your music style in a few words: chunky, funky, and eclectic.

Why? cause i'm chunky, funky, and eclectic.

Obligatory DJ questions: How long have you been DJ'ing? somewhere between 7 and 8 years. it depends on whether you count the months with 2 discman's and the ancient gemini mixer i got for $20.

What got you into the scene? dance circles and housers baby. and my friend russell ... he was the cool older kid who took me to my first rave in 93 or 94. I think he's a marine now ... go figure.

What made you decide to come off the dance floor & get behind the decks? I don't remember actually deciding ... I think it was inevitable.

Day job? What is it? Creative Developer. Flash rules.

What keeps you motivated to keep going out there, getting new music, and DJ'ing? I have no choice in the matter. I couldn't imagine life without it.

Music influences, electronic and otherwise: If I were to pick 2: The Rolling Stones & Miles Davis. If I were to pick 2 more: Jerry Bonham and The Doors.

Favorite 12" of all time? Wowsers ... Iíd have to give it to Lexicon Ave.ís Midnight on West 27th Forensic. But thatís a really tough call.

What DJ's still make you want to go dance? We're damn lucky here in SF. Good music everywhere. I'm usually dancing.

Favorite vice you're willing to share: The Food Network.

Tell us your top DJ moment to date: Probably Love Parade 2004. I played the Opel/Spundae float during the parade. Came on right as we turned onto the Embarcadero. A sea of people going berzerk as we rolled through my favorite city in the world.

A close second was also in 2004, playing in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. At a club called Dama De Ferro on the final night of Carnival. I played for hours to a packed house (right off the plane). The sun came up, and the Cariocas put on their shades without skipping a beat. They kept going ... and at 8am (I don't even know how long I played) ... I had to put on a mix CD and sneak out the back of the club.

Sweet or savory? sweet.

Abbey Road or Sgt. Peppers? Some Girls.

Tell us something most people don't know about you. I'm jolly ... and my friends call me the persian elvis.

What are you waiting for? Love Parade.

Interests outside the scene: I watch a lot of movies.

April 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by mark

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