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John Doe of the 1200 Hobos

  • Feb 18, 2010
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 I've always had a rather serious admiration for the whole turntablist movement and traditional mixtape DJs. It's something I have very little understanding of, but the way certain dudes can turn a turntable and a wax disc into an instrument is nothing short of amazing to me. Throw in a DJ that can make a traditional style hip hop mixtape with scratching and mixing and I'm won over. That's exactly what John Doe of the world famous 1200 Hobos is all about.

Together with Mr. Dibbs and DJ Skip, John Doe has been a radio DJ, a battle DJ, and his latest inception as a mixtape DJ. My introduction to the 1200 Hobos was a rather memorable one. There used to be a little DJ/Mixtape place in Salt Lake City called The Hip Hop Shop. I used to go there and pick up Tony Touch tapes and the such. What started my mini fascination with turntablist like DJ Q-Bert, The X-Men (before they were forced to to changed their names to the X-Ecutioners) was a particular visit when I picked up DJ Q-Bert's "Hot Sauce In Your Dickhole" (which I still have somewhere) and the 1200 Hobos "Evolution" (which I lost over time). I played both tapes a ton on my little Sony boombox sitting in my room. At one time I could play the "air turntable" (closely related to the air guitar) almost on cue with the scratches. Therefore, I've always watched what the Hobos would do. Of course Dibbs keeps in the limelight, being a road DJ for Atmosphere for awhile and making his own mixtapes, but the one that I hadn't heard from in awhile was John Doe. That was until the cat it me up about doing some kind of post on his latest release, "The Last Amateur (One Hour Photo)". After listening to the project, I knew putting a turntablist up on a Spotlight was a MUST. So of course, here we are...

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Growing up I have always been a huge fan of music. Over the years i have developed a love and passion for recording hip hop artists.
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