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DJ Jester

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It was September 5, 1998. The Beastie Boys were playing the Alamodome with Rancid and Asian Dub Foundation.

At the time, I don’t even think I was using my “DJ name” in public yet. I was the arts editor of the UTSA school newspaper, big-time slacking at my part-time job in the shipping/receiving department of a record- store chain, and rapping in a band called Bucketfunk. Pretty much living the life.

It was pre-MySpace, pre-YouTube and I think my e-mail address was “text only.” I remember leaving the UTSA computer lab depressed sometimes when I’d read about all the amazing stuff going on in the Bay Area. The records I was listening to at home were basically anything “scratch” related. Invisibl Skratch Piklz dominated my tape deck in the ride, as did anything hip-hop I could get my hands on.

The actual Beastie Boys performance wasn’t what did it for me, although I DID get to meet the Beasties backstage that night. I remember walking into their dressing room (in actuality, the Spurs locker room) and seeing an open box with a boom box on the floor next to it, with a note attached from Eddie Vedder that said something like: “Thanks for hooking us up in Seattle … Eddie.”

Pretty surreal for me, since meeting famous dudes in hip-hop and getting free music was the sole reason I wanted to be the arts editor anyway. But like I was saying, the Beasties performance wasn’t the highlight. The performance that compels me to write this came from their brand-new DJ (and Invisibl Skratch Piklz member), Mix Master Mike, at the “Official Beastie Boys Afterparty” at the now-defunct Robert Tatum joint Wong’s Art Bar.

I opened up for him with my old DJ crew, the Underdog Turntablists. Man, I remember my set really sucking that night, but people cheered anyway because they were so excited that Mix Master Mike was coming on right after I was done.

It was pretty monumental for me. One of the members of my favorite Filipino DJ crew, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, actually got to join the Beastie Boys! And they loved it! Maybe I can do this one day, I thought.


DJ Jester the Filipino Fist, aka Mike Pendon, is an internationally recognized turntablist and unabashed Willie Nelson aficionado.


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