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One of our favorite customers, trendsetters, and DJ’s is Matthew Fishman-Dickerson (aka DJ PHSH) He runs a weekly party called SUPERDOPE where he spins the “best of soul, funk, and hip hop.”
We dig his personal style and SUPERDOPE jams, so we set out to learn more about how he comes by his cool sensibility and unique approach. Who better to ask then the man himself?
E: When was the first time you fell in love with funk?
PH: I can barely remember what I ate today, buuuuut…I would say the first time I “fell in love with the funk” was listening to “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” by Aretha Franklin as a child. My mom listened to a lot of jazz and my dad listened to psych rock & classical, so that was the funkiest track I heard in the house growing up. Everybody knows that opening guitar line…and the vocals are so syncopated, all the way down to the background singers.
E: How does living in Philadelphia influence your sound?
PH: Growing up in Philly has moved me to appreciate music as a whole, which in turn influences my sound. Through the appreciation, I’m able to pull musical styles from around the globe…whether funk, hip-hop, dubstep or disco. The musical history is in the air in this city, so I have a great platform to grow on.
E: What is your best SUPERDOPE memory to date?
PH: My favorite SUPERDOPE night had to be the last night at our first location, O.N.E. Rittenhouse. Red Bull was hosting a big event on the other side of the city, so we were supposed to be dead that night. Somehow, a fuse blew at their venue and everybody mobbed into SUPERDOPE by 12:30 (the party used to go until 3:30 as well). Maluca and DJ Sega (Mad Decent) were in the building, so I let Maluca perform & let Sega spin a set (Sega & I are good friends & he guest DJ’d the party before). We had about 450 people in the club. It was crazy!!
E: With who are you dying to collaborate in 2011 and beyond?
PH: Hmmm…good question. Well I’d love to dj more frequently with my mentors DJ Statik (Mr. Sonny James), Rich Medina & King Britt. Also, I’d love to spin more sets with DJ Sega, as well as Elvis Suarez (DOPE house DJ/producer). As far as production is concerned, I would geek out if I got to work with Andreya Triana (Ninja Tune Records). She’s an amazing self-taught singer/songwriter from the UK. I shouted her out on twitter the other day and she actually hit me back…in turn, I geeked like a 10th grader. ^_^