DJ DB

Who Am I ?

DJ DB

October 2011

1: Who am I?

DB, aka DB Burkeman, mostly known as DJ DB.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

Well, I had a bit of a name as a DJ. Some people have blamed me for bringing drum and base music to the U.S. I also had a great career as an A&R guy, for both independent and major labels. Some may also have been familiar with my shop Breakbeat Science, it was kind of the epicenter for the Jungle scene in the 90′s.

I still DJ a little here and there, and I also have a very eclectic mix tape type show on Art International Radio, called BlLURRINGradio.

About five years ago I came up with a silly idea of trying to put all the stickers that I’d collected since I was young into organized scrap books. That birthed the concept by a literary agent family friend of doing a history book based around the culture of stickers.

Designer Monica LoCascio and I created Stickers–from punk rock to Contemporary Art (Stuck-Up Piece of Crap), published by Rizzoli about alternative youth culture, told through a forty year history of stickers. For a first time author, It’s such a buzz to see it being carried by the MoMA ,The Tate Modern and The Centre Pompidou. I’m working with Scope Art Fair to do the first actual exhibition of the physical stickers during Art Basel in December in Miami.

I’m also involved in a bit of a renegade project & exhibition during Basel too…

The book is also currently heading round the world as a video shown on huge public screens, via the Streaming Museum. I love this clip sent to me yesterday from Bucharest, Romania.

I’m working on a new book also. Though I can’t say to much about it yet, it’s pretty bonkers and focuses on a subject that’s a lot more controversial than stickers.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

Grew up in the heart of London, moved to the heart of NYC in ’89, currently live in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn. But now, my heart is telling me its time to move to a quieter, calmer, cleaner place. I just don’t know where that is.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

Well normally I probably say people like, Radiohead/Stanley Donwood, Barry McGee, Peter Saville–but the real hero in my life is without doubt my wife, Wini.

She’s able to multitask every morning, getting the kids ready for school, while I’m barely able to string three words together. She’s able and happy to talk to anybody about anything, from the annoying neighbors, to celebrities, to my weird socially awkward art or ex-drug-addict friends. She rocks.

Also, my dad. 87-years-old and still a cynical funny guy.

5: What book is your bible?

Google images.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?.

Love: My kids Eve and Max, discovering new art or music, Bladerunner, the duck at Momofuku Ssäm bar, Tumbling Dice & about 100 other Stones songs, the 10 days of spring in NYC, the 10 days of fall in NYC.

Hate: TV, reality TV, TV shows that start with the words Housewives or Mob Wives, peoples obsession with celebrity, pretentious people, summers in NYC, winters in NYC, getting older.

7: What is your raison d’être?

I’m kind of feeling like being a parent gave me a real reason to exist. But I’ve always got a lot of satisfaction from creating collections of things. First it was mix tapes, then it was real compilations for record companies. Now I feel like I’m reinventing myself, but doing the same thing in art and publishing. I want to curate books and shows.

8: What is your favorite color?

Black, white, grey, blue, red, orange, yellow, and, if forced, green. In that order.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

Silver Surfer or John Constantine.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

Dinnertime in our living room watching re-runs of Seinfeld.

11: What turns you on?

Art, music, porn.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

When will I get enough sleep to feel rested?

DB Burkeman, mostly known as DJ DB. DB also has a very eclectic mix tape type show on Art International Radio, called BLURRINGradio.

LINKS:

DB does a blog

Blurring Radio

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography Ted Baron

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Caption:

DJ DB, New York, 2011, Photography Ted Baron

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