DJ Kris the Fist Talks KRS-One, Hanny's, Noob DJs, Lil John, Common, and Urinal Deuces
Name: Kristian Herrera
AKA: Kris the Fist
Genres spun: Hip-hop, dancehall, and dubstep.
Current club nights: I was a regular at the Hidden House for the last two years, but for the last few months I've been at Hanny's on Fridays and Saturdays for the first couple hours they're open.
How did you I got started as a DJ: I bought records all the time and then my friends would try to tell me to DJ, but I wasn't feeling it, because everybody was trying to scratch. I think it was around 1996 or something, everybody was getting scratch happy. So I eventually made a mixtape with a CD player, a cassette player, a record player, a PlayStation, and an old Realistic four-channel mixer you find at the thrift stores. And it came out really good and I wanted to keep on keeping on.
Explanation behind your DJ name: This guy just signed a sign-in sheet "Kris the Fist" for me when we were in high school. And then teacher came up to me and said, "What is this?" And I thought the name was so cool back then that I kept it. I wanted to be DJ Dundidit but I've had Kris the Fist for so long it would be hard to change.
What's your opinion on Phoenix's DJ scene? I like it that it's very unified. A lot of the DJs have a lotta love for each other. If you're working and have a great attitude, everyone loves you in this town.
What would you change if you could? I dislike that fact there's so many kids coming up not knowing the fundamentals of DJing, having Serato and use someone else's stuff and get work. Or that the guys who can't mix are working big clubs when there's more skilled DJs that could be getting that cash.
Best memory as a DJ: Playing at a KRS One show last year and having a huge crowd in front of me.
Worst request you've ever gotten: I would say someone asking to request Lil Jon's "Get Low." That song is so annoying now and its just straight out for clubs
Do you have any mantras when it comes to DJing? I think you just to have be smooth, timing in your mixing is very important to me, and have fun with it. To DJ as if you still have those old records, that old hip-hop style, that's the best way, the most entertaining.
Craziest shit you've seen at a gig: Craziest shit I've ever seen was a dude taking a shit in the pisser at Bar Smith, and that was just recently. It was crazy because I was taking a piss and this guys was just "Fuck it, I'm just gonna take a dump right here." I had to get him booted out because that was straight nasty.
Preferred poison while DJing: Um, water. That's for my P.O.
Best DJ-related joke you've heard: I haven't heard many. My favorite on is to pretend Anthony Hart is Issa, this dubstep DJ because they look a lot alike.
Where do you get your music: Just all over the place or a lot of friends hook me up. A lot of the things that I do I find on YouTube, that way I can listen to it from the jump and then go find it and download it somewhere else.
Track currently stuck in your head: 501's "Somewhere in Time"
Last album you purchased: Another copy of Common's Resurrection.
Any upcoming gigs you'd like to plug: We're doing a radio show at First Friday with Pablo Gomez from 6 to 8 p.m. that's gonna be a live broadcast on the Internet. There's also Pitch & Moan at the Lost Leaf at Saturday that I'm participating in. And I'm gonna have my birthday party on June 30 at the 16th Street Sports Bar with Tricky T, Smite, and Bigie playing.
Any other projects you're working on: I'm working on another dubstep mix. I made one last year called Digital Donkeypunch and I really liked it and I had a lot of fun with it, so I'm working on another right now, though I've had some problems with my recording programs.
Where can we find your remixes: On my MySpace blog and Facebook.
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