The Rocks Off 100: DJ Klinch Asks, "Can You Dig It?"
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Who? DJ Klinch of "The Almighty Kracker Nuttz" introduces himself as "a Houston native who developed the itch to DJ while frequenting many of the big' parties' of the late '90s and Early 2000s." A 2002 move to San Diego set him about being submerged in DJ culture, where he says he decided to start DJing. Since Klinch moved back to Houston in early 2006, he says, "I have been trying the lace the people with 'That GOOD GOOD' every since.
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Home Base: "Every week like clockwork!" swears Klinch of his numerous local residencies: "Whine Down Sundays" at Double Cross Lounge; "Tighten Up Tuesdays" at the Flat; and back at the Flat Fridays for "That GOOD GOOD." Aside from other special events in and out of town, he also holds a monthly happy hour at downtown's MKT Bar.
Why Do You Stay In Houston? "Houston is home base for me," he says. "This is the city where I really started to hone my craft and now I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to throw parties and give people a chance to experience something different."
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Good War Story: "EASSSY..." begins Klinch.
My crew The Kracker Nuttz were scheduled to play on the Red Bull truck at Summer Fest 2012. I lived in Sixth Ward at the time, which is a neighborhood that is located literally across from where Summer Fest was (Eleanor Tinsley Park), so Dayta, my roommate at the time, and I decided to walk.
We walked to the Sabine entrance of Summer Fest, and it wasn't that bad of a walk. The only problem was, when we got to the entrance, they said that our "wrist bands" were located at the Taft entrance. Meaning we would have to some how find a way to the other side of the festival.
We somehow ended up walking all the way down Memorial Drive to the Montrose foot bridge and all the back up Allen Parkway to get to the Taft entrance. Mind, you we had 30-pound DJ bags on, it's already 95 degrees out at 10:30 am, I'm super-dehydrated from the prior nights festivities. and I am slotted to play at 11 a.m.
We Olympic power-walk the whole trek, and we made it just in time for me to throw my laptop and start playing, with a CRAZY dehydration headache, while on a truck that was so hot our control records were warping. Hands down the worst way ever to make it to a gig.
Music Scene Pet Peeve: "When you see others DJs trying to be slick, trainspotting your tracks or trying to shazam every song you play," he says. "I see you dude! Just ask!"
5 Records You Can't Live Without:
"There's so many!" he says.
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced? (album): "If I could take only one album, this would be the one"
- Marvin Gaye, "Music" (Karizma mix)
- Disclosure, What's In Your Head (Mak & Pasteman remix): "Can't go wrong with Disclosure and you cant go wrong with Mak & Pasteman... Perfect combo. yeah!"
- Teedra Moses, "Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Extended Edition)": "This track has vibesssss for dayssss!"
- "And my 'Thud Rumble Super Seal- Skractchy Seal' record," he says. "The scratch nerds know what's up!"
Best Show Ever: "The best show I ever attended... hands down Transit 2001," says Klinch. "Anybody that went knows what I'm talking about. I don't think a party like that will ever happen again in Houston."
Find Klinch at one of his various residencies listed above or his Web site, KlinchTheWorld.com.
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