Tonight at Torch Tuesday: DJ Yatti Dny
Tonight at Torch Tuesday, all eyes will be on resident DJ Yatti Dny, who will be spinning all night, providing a master class in the art of DJ-ing. Yatti says he first started to DJ due to the simple process of elimination. "There was me and three other guys walking down the street. Two dudes wanted to be rappers, one dude wanted to be the manager. There was no other position left but a DJ! "
Musically, Yatti had been a long-time fan of old school, dance and break-beat oriented DJs like Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash and always loved the party atmosphere they conveyed. "Later, music started changing and getting slower a little bit and I thought it was losing its party aspect," he says, explaining why his choices always tend to be more dance-oriented, regardless of trends. "I wanted to be around the females and the females wanted to dance," he laughs.
While hip-hop DJs typically have several flashy techniques at their disposal, like mixing, scratching and various attention-getting tricks, Yatti maintains it is much more basic than that. "The art of DJ-ing to me is knowing what to play and when to play it and how to read a crowd," he says. "Cats ask me to teach them to DJ, how to scratch or whatever, and I try to tell them, 'if you don't know how to read a crowd's mood and you can't keep up with new music as well as music of the past as far as what's relevant and not relevant, then there is nothing I can do to help you."
As a freestyle DJ, Yatti likes to keep things spontaneous. Even he isn't 100% sure what music he will play on a given night. "I don't come with a predetermined set because at any given moment the crowd or an individual might inspire me to choose a different song. I don't want to be pigeonholed."
Yatti will hit the wheels of steel at 9 PM tonight at Bar None (corner of Fifth and Monroe) and won't stop until closing time.
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