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Strangefellow’s One Stone Cold Hustler

By David Goe

It seems like everyone refers to themselves as a DJ these days. Meet anyone under the age of 30 and what do they do? They DJ. Hey, that's cool, the more the merrier. If you are going to call yourself a DJ however there are some things you need to know.

If you're ever going to get respect from the community you've to be solid in three areas: know your technology, be creative with your mixing, and be a persistent self promoter. Drop the ball in any of those areas and it's just not going to happen for you.

Spinning tonight at KAFM's Radio Soul Train benefit is a DJ to admire. He goes by DJ Strangefellow. Grand Junction has a talented DJ scene and Strangefellow is at, or near the top of the heap.

With a digital controller, two midi pads, and a laptop, Strangefellow's armed with a world of sounds at his fingertips ready to deliver. That's a lot of buttons to keep track of, yet somehow they all get pushed in the correct order to create maximal craziness.

Self described as "amorphous conscious crunk electronica," he's got a style all his own. Breaking the barriers of usual club burners, Strangefellow is a progressive performing digital DJ. At any moment he could be combining vocal samples, digital effects, and studio tracks together to make live remixes on the fly.

Tonight it’s a little bit of a different story as the theme is “Soul Train.”

“I'm mashing together a thick one hour set of pure funk and disco,” the Strangefellow said. “No funny stuff, just the goods, the real deal Holyfield.”

While his performances are often filthy roller coaster rides of dance music, the one thing that truly separates him from the pack is his game. Strangefellow is a stone cold hustler.

He's the man who organized Radio Soul Train and the guy behind Zombie Prom. He's the creator behind Sushi Beatz at No Coast or Tomato Beatz at the Hot Tomato on Wednesdays. He's the guy starting to party.

“Citizens of the Grand Valley love music, love to dance, and love to celebrate good causes. I just give them an opportunity to do what they love.”

Check out DJ Strangefellow tonight with DJ Skip Naft, Goe Goe (yours truly) featuring The Rev, and Dusty Thunders. It is a good time for a good cause.

*Photo courtesy of FenlonPhoto.

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