CL Music & Audio Podcast 09: DJ Hapa of Scratch DJ Academy


Although I’ve spent most of the last 10-15 years in the world of hardcore, metal, pop-punk, and so forth, the truth is that hip-hop was my first love. Waaaaay back in the day, before I knew what hardcore even was, I was all about EPMD, Rakim, Gangstarr, Doug E Fresh, and all that. Later on, I was very into the emerging Bay Area scene that brought together a bunch of subcultures that I was part of including skateboarding, graffiti, punk rock, and hip-hop: Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Kool Keith, Cut Chemist, etc.

Ever wonder how to beatmatch like your favorite DJ? Here’s how– from DJ Hapa’s CL class “DJ Fundamentals

For our latest podcast, we caught up with DJ Hapa, who is not only a CreativeLive teacher and the National Brand Director for Scratch DJ Academy but a cool guy who has a lot to say about hip-hop/DJ culture. We talked to him about turntablism, what it means to be a DJ, how the role of the DJ has changed over the years, why he has a passion for teaching, and tons more.


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