For my first edition of In the Booth, I wanted to speak with L.A.-based DJ Excel, one of my favorite DJs to watch and hear. He and I are both from Philadelphia. And for years growing up, I saw his name posted around the city and listened to his old mixtapes. In Philly, he's a legend.
We didn't actually meet until years later, at Vibe in Fort Lauderdale one night, after I'd started DJ'ing myself. We became fast friends, like we'd grown up together, even though we had never met when we were young.
He's toured the world; founded one of the most-respected DJ crews in the country, Skratch Makaniks; been the official tour DJ and produced music for pop star Dev; and has been releasing new music under both his own name and as Alfa Paare with DJ Impulse. In anticipation of his January 31 gig at Vibe, I sat down to ask him some important DJ questions.