Fact 135 on Watching DJ Swamp Light Himself Aflame While Smashing Records
David Dimmick isn't much of a braggart -- at least as far as we can tell -- but he's got every effin' right to be. Since becoming a DJ in 1996, the dude's C.V. includes sharing stages with some pretty stellar icons from hip-hop history, like the Wu-Tang Clan, Pharohe Monarche, A Tribe Called Quest, and Common.
John Carbis DJ Fact 135 with his vinyl haul, which may or may not include Puff the Magic Dragon.
This NYC native, who performs as Fact 135, has seen and done some memorable shit during his 17 years as a selector, ranging from judging and performing at various DMC battles to watching the renowned DJ Swamp light himself on fire during a Valley gig some years ago. Dimmick, 37, shared many a memorable story during our recent interview for this week's edition of DJ Dossier.
Name: David Dimmick
AKA: DJ Fact 135
Preferred genres: Hip-hop, trap, dubstep, and glitch-hop, but I will play anything. I just love music.
Current gigs: LayLow on Wednesdays at Bar Smith and monthly at The Blunt Club at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe. Also at Coolin' Out shows, during guest spots at several venues around town, and on The Beat 101.1 FM's Rhyme & Reason at 2 a.m. on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings.
How did you get into the DJ game?
When I moved out here from New York in '96, I missed the hip-hop I grew up listening to. I had always been a musician, so I decided to get some turntables. I immediately fell in love with it.
What sort of jams?
Everything . . . my father was a huge Beatles and ELO fan, my sisters were all about the '80s music, and of course I was around a lot of hip-hop, funk, and breaks, being in New York. So my musical taste was all over the place. Then, about 12, I got a guitar and that opened my eyes to other instruments and styles of music. To this day, I will still listen to just about anything. My roots, though, are classic rock and blues.
What was it like living in a hip-hop hub like NYC?
Growing up in New York was great. So much culture to soak up. I found myself in trouble a lot -- graffiti, fighting, skateboarding, and all the other usual hoodlum bullshit. But it toughened me up and opened my eyes to life at an extremely early age. I feel blessed that I grew up there.
Why did you take a break from the DJ biz from 2007 to 2010?
I walked away toward the end of a failing marriage, and to be honest, I have no idea why. As soon as I got divorced, it was all I knew, so I naturally went right back to it.