DJ Dossier

DJ Filthy Flip on Why He's A One Man Wolfpack

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Name: John Paul

AKA: DJ Filthy Flip, The Onẹ Man Wolfpack

Genres: Dirty Dutch, Dutch house, EDM

Where have you performed? At my first EDM event, I closed the night at Sorry For Party Rocking at Club Red in Tempe. My second EDM event, I opened at Blackout 5 at Madison Event Center in Phoenix. Also performed at Flight Lounge, Vintage on Mill Avenue, and Afterlife in Scottsdale also.

How did you get into the DJ game? After] going to my first EDM event The Big Event at Firebird Raceway in 2010. It was a totally new scene and genre of music for me. I fell in love with it right away. At that time, all the EDM sounded the same to me, but I now I can differentiate. I did my research and listened to more and more different genres and understood it more. Then I just slowly got interested in mixing. I thought to myself, "How sick is this to have that skill? To be up there performing in front of friends and random people, getting the party going and having a sick night. I want to be a part of that.

Then what? I started off messing around on my cousin's vinyl turntables. I'm not [a] scratch/turntablist DJ, but that's what I started off on. I messed around and helped out on my uncle's CDJs for private party events, then saved up for my own DJ controller that I use for home practice, house parties, private parties, and gigs.

What's been the hardest thing for you to pick up thus far into your career? Gigs. Also to be recognized and respected. I've still got a lot to learn and I'm very willing.

What's the explanation behind your nickname? One day I just posted "DIRTY DUTCH" on Facebook. Then just thought to myself, another word for "dirty" is "filthy" and I'm Filipino. So my next post was, "DIRTYDUTCH...FILTHY FLIP" and my friends suggested that it fits well with the EDM genre I like and maybe [I should] use it as a DJ name.

You also call yourself the One Man Wolfpack? One of my many personalities, yes. John Paul, One Man Wolfpack, [and] DJ Filthy Flip is all me, but each name represents a different side of me.

What are the advantages and drawbacks of being a One-Man Wolfpack? I would say the advantage would be the wild party carefree living attitude. And drawbacks would be the morning hangovers and trying to recover.

Then there's the whole fanny pack thing. So what artists have been working their way into your sets lately? I'm always throwing in my top favorite DJs/producers who got me into EDM: Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Sidney Samson, Chuckie. Some new ones would be Deorro, Valentino Khan, and Torro Torro.

What would you change about the local DJ scene if you could? The misunderstanding and negative vibes, like [about] the "auto sync" button feature on some controllers and now on the newest Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus.

You mean all the drama over whether that function/button does all the DJing by itself? People talk bad and hate on it and they don't even fully understand what that button is. They give DJs a bad rep and look down upon us. Just because our controller has that function doesn't make us less of a DJ.

You can understand where those critics are coming from, right? Just because that button is there doesn't mean everyone uses it. There are a lot of misconceptions. Them thinking its a magical button that does all the work and mixes and [some DJs] just sit there and push play.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.