Swerzenski's look at six local turntablists to watch
Published: April 3, 2013
DJ TONE (ANTONIO GUERRA)
Style: Adaptable to the crowd
Years spinning: 11
Regular gig: Tue @ Revolution Room
Most annoying request you’ve received: When someone tries to sing me a song whose name they don’t remember. Like I’m gonna figure it out.
Currently in your crate: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – First of tha Month, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch – Music for the People, A lot of Perfecto White Label hip-hop
Why vinyl: You have to go through some work to get all those records, those aren’t cheap. So I don’t want to let them go.
Other favorite DJ in town: Donnie Dee, DJ Rudy, John tha Bomb
Most prized record: Mia T– Tremble
Style: Soul, disco (i.e. music for dancing)
Years spinning: 17
Regular gig: The Soul Spot @ First & Third Fri at Tucker’s Kozy Korner
Turning point: When I went to my first club, I fell in love with the scene. Really I wanted to know where’s the music man, where’s the guy making it happen. And when the rave scene started to hit, and DJ kind of took a more prominent role, that’s when I said, “I want in.”
Worst request: Turn down the music.
Other favorite DJ in town: To dance to, DJ Rise, DJ Chorizo Funk, DJ Cortez. I can get down to their sets anytime.
DJ PLATA (EDDIE HERNÁNDEZ)
Style: Classic soul and R&B with a local flair
Years spinning: 10
Other gigs: Guitarist for Sexto Sol
Regular gig: Acapulco Gold, Sun 7-11 p.m. at Alamo Street Eats.
Why vinyl: It’s the real deal. It’s a cool aesthetic, and there’s something to actually handling the vinyl.
Style: Soul, indie rock, hip-hop, eclectic.
Years spinning: 12.
Turning point: Many years back I just happened into a party where JJ [López] was playing. He was playing dance music, but not trance or anything like that. He was playing this real soulful, jazzy blend. I really started looking into it from there.
Why vinyl: DJing is really an outlet to share my records with people. Even if I wasn’t DJing, I’d still be collecting.
* Reflect changes from original story, which wrongly stated Ras Gilbert has been spinning vinyl for 18 years and that his other gig is on First Friday.