Head Spins: DJ Affect
One gets the impression that if there were eight days in a week, DJ Affect would spin each and every one of 'em. Hell, it's a bet he'd spin every day of the week if there were ten or 12 or 20 – that's how driven the cat is. When you're already spinning seven out of seven, what's a few more anyway?
Yep, you read correctly. DJ Affect is in effect seven days of the week, and one of those, Friday, is out of town: at Pangaea, the Austin, Texas, location. Locally, he's everywhere from the Forge on Sundays, where he's held the tables at Soul Kitchen for three rad years, to Prive on Saturdays (as well as Tuesdays) for the weekly throwdown known as Upgrade.
His story sings along like a song. Waylaid in a wheelchair at age 12 from a sports injury, the kid named Ari Kalimi did what a lotta home-stuck kids do – he watched lots and lots of movies. Chief among those was Juice. If you recall correctly (and you better), Ernest Dickerson's 1992 ghetto classic not only features Tupac and cameos from the likes of Queen Latifah, EPMD, Special Ed, Dr. Dre, Fab Five Freddy, and Treach but the flick also clicks with some kickass DJ battles.
So kicking were the face-offs, in fact, that our boy Ari decided right then and there to get with the spin. He started out small: a $10 house party here, a $10 house party there, until eventually he had enough loot for his folks to see he was serious about the endeavor. Then one night at the now-defunct Cream, on South Beach, the 15-year-old reborn DJ Affect begged his way in to take the spot of a no-show spinner. In short, he blew the roof off the ol' hot spot.
The rest, as they say, is residency — and drive-bys. There were spots at Chaos alongside Funkmaster Flex and DJ Clue, at Cream with the Beatnuts, at Billboard Live for Jay-Z, the odd nod at Cameo... The list is as relentless as the DJ himself. Through Louis Oliver's Forge Sundays, he's even hooked up with sports stars such as the Grizzlies' Antoine Walker, the Browns' Braylon Edwards, and, of course, Dwyane Wade and Shaq. The two continue to fly Affect in for their party soundtracks, no matter where those parties may be.
But this DJ wouldn't be doing as he's doing if what he did weren't 100 percent, spot-on spin-cycling. Affect says he's "more across-the-board than open format," and if his mix and mash dash is any indication, that's across a very big board. Freestyle like Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's "I Wonder If I Take You Home" might swing seamlessly into Stevie Wonder's "Do I Do." A new back beat gets added to Fleetwood Mac's driving "Rhiannon;" a little Human League bounces off Luke. And just as Affect is not afraid to get "Closer" to Ne-Yo, he's brave and bold enough to beat When in Rome's "The Promise" with some kind of gangsta swagger.
Which all kind of makes this Miami cat someone to be reckoned with. And now that Affect is teamed with the Grammy Kids and has started remix and production work, there's no question his profile is only going to grow. I just want to know how he's going to find any more time in the week.
DJ Affect's Current Top Five:
1. "Day N Nite (Crookers remix)," Kid Cudi
2. "Heartless," Kanye West
3. "Wonderwall," Oasis
4. "Paper Planes," M.I.A.
5. "Pop Champagne," Ron Browz
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.