Friday, January 14, 2011

A Moment with Plain Ole Bill

Plain Ole Bill is one of my favorite DJs and I have the honor of DJing with him at tonight's EXTRA LARGE. Some of you might only know of his antics behind the turntables as 1/4 of the Get Cryphy family and as P.O.S' live DJ, so I thought I'd delve into the mind of Special Young Bill to give you some insight into this brilliant gentleman.

I've noticed you really excel at Twitter when it's late at night. I mean, you're always a funny dude, but from like midnight to 3am, you're just on a whole different level. KRS and I both wanna know: WHY IS THAT?
The tweets come out at night.

Talk about Get Cryphy. How did it start and how has it grown over the years?
Cryphy started as a way that Jimmy and I could cure the boredom of the downtown nightclub djing that we were experiencing at the time. The idea was to play more aggressive and left-field music that we weren't hearing too much in the clubs around here. Foundation, the club that hosted our previous residency, "Party and Bullshit," had closed. We wanted to continue to work together in an environment where we had free reign on all aspects of our party. Luckily, First Avenue had an opening in the VIP Room (now the Record Room) that we were able to take. When we started Cryphy, we brought over some of the audience from Party and Bullshit and it took us several months to ease the crowd into the type of music that we were really trying to play. As time has passed, it's been cool to see people expect the aggressive shit that our initial crowd frowned upon.

Remember when we saw that stupid Transformers movie and then made our own even stupider Transformers movie at like 4am?
Yeah. Both of those movies sucked. It's all about the cartoon with Orson Welles.

Favorite DJs?
Too many to name. I'm gonna go with DJ Nikoless & DJ Abilities.

I remember one of the first times I heard / saw you DJ, I was blown away at how many classic records you were dropping at such a young age. Like you were 21 or 22 and rockin' doubles of Bar-Kays album cuts. Pretty sophisticated stuff I thought. What are some of your favorite records from that mid to late 1970s era?
Fatback "Hot Box"
Pleasure "Get to the Feeling"
Bar-Kays "Money Talks"
Nothing too crazy or rare. I like those albums with dance floor bangers.

Top three scenes from Goonies?
1. "Hey Mikey! Gotta go to the bathroom?!" into Ma Fratelli "AND STAY TO THE RIGHT!!!!"
2. The basement scene before they go down the fireplace is Chunk at his finest. "Hope it's not a deposit bottle."
3. The escape from Brand scene with "The Goonies R Good Enough" in the background and the 376 lawn mower jobs line has always been one of my favorites too.

Hard question Mike!

You've really been stylin' on the rest of us with your hairdo lately. Like you went from shaved head to Bill & Ted levelz in less than a year. Will the world ever get to experience Plain Ole Bill with a ponytail?
7. Yikes! No plans for a ponytail.

OK so the world might not know this, but you are technically one of the world's top Donkey Kong players. What is your highest score and how does that rank you up there with the guys from the "King Of Kong" movie?
314,500 is my high score. Last I checked, that put me in the top 25. Although I'm up there, I'm light years away from Billy Mitchell's 1,000,000+ record high score. I've got everyone beat on Back to the Future on NES though!

Don't even think of missing tonight's EXTRA LARGE at First Avenue's Record Room!

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