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The Most Metal DJ Ever?

Courtesy @mixmastermike's Instagram

I think I would rather have my ears bludgeoned and eyes gouged out than go to a DJ set.

The only possible exception I may make is for Mix Master Mike. The former record scratcher for Beastie Boys is currently on tour with Metallica of all acts, spinning hard rock and metal tracks between Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold, as well as headlining his own late-night club shows like at Toronto’s Velvet Underground.

Triple M definitely knows his stuff, having been associated with the Beasties since Hello Nasty in 1998. He was their last of four turntablists that included DJ Hurricane, Rick Rubin, and Doctor Dré. (No not Dr. Dre!)

The man born Michael Schwartz obviously made an impression on Mike D, MCA (RIP) and the King Ad-Rock right from the get-go ’cause after all, “Nobody can do it like Mix Master can!”

Despite paving hip-hop’s path for the Jay-Zs of the world, later on, the Beasties never, ever forgot their roots as a hardcore punk band. Thanks to Mix Master Mike’s flexibility, they were seamlessly able to transition into full-band concert segments at the drop of a hat. Linkin Park may still be glomming off the nu metal trend, but always remember that Beastie Boys were one of the first to successfully merge rap and rock. Going back to Metallica to a second, it’s a shame these two not-too-dissimilar music properties never got together. Metallica did their S&M symphony thing in 1999, and we’ll always have Lulu with Lou Reed, which not even cats liked!

The closest we came to was the joint Beastie Boys / Rage Against the Machine “Rhyme and Reason” excursion, only Mike D had to go and get hurt, followed by Rage breaking up. But I digress…

And this whole diatribe isn’t meant to slam the otherwise respectful profession of being a DJ. You 6ix kids enjoy your Veld fest with that guy pushing buttons on his laptop wearing an oversized mouse head. Me? I’m just going to crank up this playlist I made of the Beasties’ best Thrashers.

Then again, Mike D is doing a DJ set as part of Riot Fest in September. May have to think of changing my tune!

Gilles LeBlanc literally fell into “alternative rock” wayyy back at Lollapalooza 1992, where he got caught in his first mosh pit watching some band named Pearl Jam. Since then, he’s spent the better part of his life looking for music to match the liberating rush he felt that day, with a particular chest-beating emphasis on stuff coming out of his native Canada. It took him awhile, but Gilles now writes feverishly about all things that rock (and or roll) through his ROCKthusiast alter ego.

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