Below we talk to Jamie Castro, one man dance machine and co-founder of one of Beijing's longest running DJ troupes, Street Kids.
What was the rst record you ever bought?
The first actual record I bought was “The Decks, Efx & 909” by Richie Hawtin, a beautiful techno compilation that blew my mind a while back. It’s a highly recommended introduction to techno. The first cassette I ever bought was “Como el Agua” by Camaron. In long car trips with my mom, we used to listen to a lot of radio shows and music in the car, but amenco was one of the few genres that we both loved. We would space out so much to this album.
What is your favorite TV theme tune?
I have two ... one is Knight Rider, from the 80’s TV show starring David Hasselhoff, and of course the Pink Panther theme, by Henri Mancini. I occasionally watch some episodes and still love it!
What is your favorite song to sing at karaoke?
Not a huge fan of KTVs, but when I’m forced into the situation and that one person insists for you to sing, the only song that people want from me, don’t ask me why, is “La Bamba.”
What is your favorite cover version of a song?
It’s hard to say but one could be “I Can’t Quit You Baby” by Willie Dixon, covered by Led Zeppelin.
If you could sing like one person, who would you choose?
I would love to sing like Mu Dirtydishes (co-founder of Street Kids). I had the privilege of listening to her singing couple of times and she has a special spark in her.
Which singer would you bring back from the dead?
I’ve got so many in mind. Jeff Buckley for instance would definitely be one of them and Justin Bieber would be a perfect sacrifice.
Describe your life so far using a song title.
“Pump Up The Volume” by Marrs, for example. There is not a single day where I don’t listen to very loud music.
If you could play any instrument, what would it be and why?
Maybe a horn. Once I got a trumpet but I ended up putting a light bulb in it and turning it into lamp.
What is your favorite music video?
There are so many I love but a quick answer would be any from the Beastie Boys. If I absolutely have to choose one now, I’d choose “Sabotage,” wait, no, “Intergalactic,” or, “ShakeYourRump,” or, “Three MC‘s and One DJ,” or “Sure Shot.”
DJ Yauman's Five-Song Playlist
“Shades of Blue” by Madlib
"Shinsou- The Message at the Depth" by DJ Krush
"Double Cup" by DJ Rashad
"Superunknown" by Soundgarden
"A Love Supreme" by John Coltrane
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