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Open Mic Night- DJ Skelly

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DJ Skelly was born in Compton, CA. and raised in North Long Beach, CA. in a rough, gang & crack infested neighborhood. Back in the early to mid 80's, DJ Skelly found himself listening to something he found to be heaven to his ears. This thing was called Hip-Hop!! DJ Skelly and his friends would Pull out cardboard and Break Dance and Pop on the corners of the neighborhood. Most of his musical influence came from his mom, who used to be into music herself. She would play her favorites like The Gap Band, Rick James, Roger & Zapp, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye, The Mary Jane Girls, etc... DJ Skelly loved those artists, but Hip-Hop would take him into another world!! One day at the age of 13 DJ Skelly was watching a video called "Who's Gonna Take The Weight" by a Hip-Hop Group called Gang Starr. Little did Skelly know, this video would influence him to want to be a DJ!! In the video was the DJ (Premiere) Standing in front of 2 turntables and a mixer in a DJ coffin connected by 4 wires, one wire attached to each corner of the DJ coffin. The Wires were screwed into the ceiling, so it looked like the turntables, mixer, and coffin were suspended in mid air. That caught the eye of DJ Skelly, but what really got DJ Skelly was this crazy sound DJ Premiere was manipulating with a record to make the sound do what he wanted it to do!! DJ Skelly was already in love with Hip-Hop and heard many people scratch, but when he heard this cool sound come from DJ Premiere manipulating a record back and forth, he found his calling!! At the time DJ Skelly had no idea where to get DJ equipment from. Luckily he had a portable stereo with 2 tape decks and starting mixing and manipulating songs with cassette tapes, just like turntables. Later, DJ Skelly lived across from a long time family friend who just happened to have a set of turntables.