Johnny Kawasaki, chief agitator in the [alleged] Antarctica based duo DJs On Strike asks, "Is DJ culture falling apart because of us?" Hmmm. Before that becomes a discussion topic at next year's Winter Music Conference, the answer is a resounding NO. These two unauthorized sampladelic fiends/producers-in-hiding are raising eyebrows by remixing and refreshing classic radio hits. They call it "Top 40 Electronic." It's pretty wild stuff. Even wilder is www.djsonstrike.com, home to tools of ridicule and sarcasm for the ongoing protest against superstar DJs. There are downloadable flyers and formatted stickers ripe for dotting urban landscapes. Each one expressing who they equate with "steamin' poo" (Oakenfold). It makes you wonder: what are these guys? Viral vigilantes? Guerilla insult comics?
What's up with the Too Hot For Solid Steel Mix?
All the songs really touch our hearts. We know that you and anybody want to hear Richard Marx, Bryan Adams, and Gloria Estefan. They're great, and that's what was coming through the radio waves in Antarctica. It sounded good.
Clearly, you have issues with superstar DJs.
Just look at Paul Oakenfold, man. He's the poster boy. It's not all about him. It's just that no one's ever made fun of them yet. They just need to be made fun of. They're getting paid 50 grand to play records -- somebody else's music. Most of them can hardly mix. That's the story. And BT just sucks. And Moby. But Richie Hawtin [he perks up], we love Richie Hawtin. He's just just baldest DJ there is.
Wait, Hawtin's on your "Bald Balder Baldest" sticker (along with Goldie and Moby), right? But there's no sign of Carl Cox. BIG oversight.
That's true. We might have to make a new sticker now. We'll do 'balderist.' Wow, man. You've shed new light... balder than Richie Hawtin.
Didn't your mom tell you that if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all?
Yeah she definately said that. But my mom hasn't really talked about DJs On Strike. It's one of those things she doesn't think about. You know when you do something and your mom pretends like it's not happening? But we're not saying anything mean. We're entertaining other people at their [DJs'] expense and we enjoy it.
Are you open to suggestions about you next targets?
Respect, man - that's somebody's special moment. We should do a tribute to wedding DJs. They would have good hair, I bet. Mullets are back in, aren't they? Especially on the wedding circuit.
How about celebrity DJs?
What's a celebrity DJ?
You know, like, when some restaurant lets Gwenyth Paltrow get behind the decks.
That just doesn't sound like a good idea. But maybe she's better than Paul Oakenfold. I bet she is.
THE REST IS HISTORY
DJs On Strike was "cold, hard representin'" in Vostak. Life was about ice and water, seals and solitude, and cold, cold nipples. Between chillin' in their igloo and making beats on 386/486 desktops, Casio keyboards and calculator watches, they'd drop the occasional single onto their website. From there, they launched their infamous sticker and flyer campaign. According to Arctic urban legend, DJ Food's Strictly Kev and DK invited Kawasaki and DJ Suspence to appear on their radio show in London. After traveling by barge for four months, they delivered the 37-minute mix, Too Hot For Solid Steel
Age: Johnny: 56. Suspence: 32.
Years in biz: Johnny: 8. Suspence: Longer than 8.
Home: Johnny: Vostak, Antarctica. Suspence: Seattle.
Genre: Top 40 Electronic.
Residencies: Johnny: The Igloo, Vostak, Antarctica.
Label Affiliations/Side Projects: Imputor, Pl*stiq Ph*ntom, Calculator Man & Hangar
Favorite Track: Johnny: Vivaldi "Winter." Suspence: Paul Oakenfold "Starry Eyed Suprise."
Favorite Album: Johnny: George Michael Faith. Suspence: The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem and More!
Inspirations: Johnny: Water, ice and solitude. Suspence: Chicago (the band).
Their essential tracks or artist albums: "Stuff on Imputor"
Favorite Sex Album: Our own. 37 minutes and designed for quick lovin'.