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by Ryan Snyder

DJSK

DJ handle: DJSK

Real name: Jodi Kimball

What it means: It was given to me by a friend; my initials with a “D” in front. It has taken on some acronyms: Serial Killer and SK1 like the machine gun. What I play: Hip hop and a lot of other styles, but I play them all from a hip-hop DJ’s perspective.

Catch me at: Thursdays at 6 th & Vine in Winston-Salem or Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill, Fridays at Noma in Winston-Salem or ITZ in Fayetteville, Saturdays at ITZ or Speak Easy in Fayetteville. I also do a lot of special events and one off parties all over NC and the US.

Upcoming shows: Jan. 21 at Top of the Hill, Jan. 22 at ITZ, Jan. 23 at Itz, Jan. 28 at 6 th & Vine, Jan. 29 at Noma, Jan. 30 at Angry V’s.

Got in the game: 1995 or ’96 is when I started practicing.

Why I do it: I grew up with my parents owning a disco in the late ’70s and early ’80s in Michigan. My brothers, who were in their teens and twenties when I was young, all DJd at the club. The economy went bad and we moved to New Jersey after my parents lost their club. As hip hop became more popular, I started to hear all the songs of my early childhood being sampled and reworked and I wanted to be a part of that. It started with B-boying and rapping and developed into DJing.

Influences: Beat Junkies, Z-Trip, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Faust, my own crews (Kaos- Mathematics and Jukebox Heroes) and the list goes on and on.

First pro gig: Probably at Pablo’s in Winston-Salem with DJ Faust. It was when I first started and he made me look really bad.

Studio work: A mix tape here and there. I am on two Urban Sophisticate’s records and a record called Walk My Shoes by ethamadassassin.

Favorite technique: The beat juggle!

Personal playlist: NPR, dance hall reggae and a lot of underground hip hop and dance that doesn’t go over well in the clubs here.

Favorite albums: Dj Qbert — Wave Twisters, Nas — Illmatic, Ghost Face Killah — Supreme Clientele, A Tribe Called Quest — Midnight Marauders, Q-Tip — The Renaissance, Public Enemy — Fear of a Black Planet My gear: Two Technics 1200s, Rane ttm56 mixer, Ortofon Scratch Head shellmounted needles, Serato Scratch Live, Mac Power Book, Sony Headphones and a Pioneer EFX-500.

Website: www.weareyourheroes.com, www.redbullmusicacademy.com and twitter.com/DJSK1

I’d like to add: Just because you have Serato or Virtual DJ and some MP3s, this does not make you a DJ! Spend some time practicing and paying some dues before you undercut the people who are doing this for a living to get gigs.

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