Based in Phoenix,AZ and djing since the age of 14, Twist1 grew up listening to a lot of funk and jazz music. His mother being a composer of sorts, he always had a passion for music. “Music is truly a universal language!”
Originally a b-boy as a young child and after five years as a graff artist, Twist1 got into djing from a crew member’s cousin who had lots of old b-boy breaks and sugarhill records. Not long after that Twist1 got a job and managed to save enough money to buy himself some belt-drive turntables. “I remember my first setup. It was two GLI pro tables and a Lineartech mixer. I don’t think they make either one of those brands anymore?”
Twist1 says he got his name from a b-boy crew he was djing for in high school. “I used to bring my turntables to school every few weeks and throw down for my friends. They were always sayin’ I needed a dj name, so they called me Twist because I used to be into breakin’. I was never very fond of the name but it just stuck. Even my mom calls me Twist!”
Working with an impressive list of highly qualified artists; from The Beat Junkies, DJ Q-bert, Rob Swift, Mr. Dibbs, DJ Radar, Living Legends, Atmosphere, The Visionaries, Jean Grae, Abstract Rude, DJ Drez, Fatlip of the Pharcyde, Wildchild of the Lootpack, Omni, Del the funkee homosapien, The Alkaholiks, and many more; Twist1’s proven ability to rock a party has helped him become one of the most sought after club and tour dj’s in the business.
DJ Twist1 moved to Hawaii in early 2001 and was voted “Best of Maui” in 2004 and 2005 by the Maui Times readers poll. He spent several years in the retail record business and opened Off Da Hooks Records on the island of Kauai in 2005.
Always ready to rock the house, Twist1 never disappoints and his unique style of mixing up different types of music as well as his keen ability to read the crowd has made him one of the most respected dj’s in the hawaiian islands. He’s now living back in the states and touring with artists such as Fatlip of The Pharcyde, Omni (BLX Worldwide), A-Plus (Hieroglyphics/Souls of Mischief), Musab aka Beyond (Hieroglyphics/Rhymesayers Ent.) and a list of others.