Ladies, introducing DJ OP! Isn’t he adorably mysterious? Not only does OP! craft great mixes — I’ve been stalking him for this one since Spring at least — he’s also a great marketing professional and traveler. Through his work with Decon, Cornerstone Promotion, Suite903, Heineken Red Star Soul and The Fader, RawFusion NYC, I Love Vinyl, Haven Loft Party, OkayAfrica.com, and Party People South Africa, OP! has helped shine a light on underground, global soul and continues to push for its relevance on the world stage. This Parlour mix is a reflection of his travels to South Africa and beyond and it’s long enough to brighten your entire lunch break or Saturday morning lounge session. You can also party with OP! and his I Love Vinyl boys in Boston on September 4, get the details below. Ready?
Born and raised?
Born and raised young in Brooklyn, New York but I have lived in Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio and made pit stops in Philly and Johannesburg, South Africa.
How did you start spinning?
I met my I Love Vinyl DJ partner Scribe in Ohio back in the early 90’s. He taught be the basics of how to spin and from there I picked up the pieces when I was able to afford my own turntables and records.
Favorite song to play at the height of the party?
Recently it has been the Jamie XX remix of Adele’s Rollin In The Deep. The bass and drum programming on that song is bananas!
What did you want to be when you were little?
An obstetrician, thanks to Bill Cosby and hours watching “The Cosby Show.”
Who are you DJ idols?
All of my I Love Vinyl DJ partners are my idols: Scribe, Amir, The Twilite Tone, Jon Oliver, and Ge-Ology. Everytime we do a party, I am amazed by their collections and depth of music. I always learn about a new — or old and new to me — music and a different way to approach mixing a song. Their talents have lent towards us having one in the best good music dance parties in New York!
Who is the most interesting person in the world?
When I was a kid, I used to be a BMX nerd —I still am, just dont ride like I used to. I met Nigel Sylvester the other day, he’s a young brother who is killing it in the BMX sport right now. He is living the life I wanted when I was a kid. I have been following his career for a while. Dude is dope!
What’s your favorite country to visit outside of America?
South Africa, I lived in Johannesburg in the late 90’s DJing at YFM and doing research on hip-hop culture in the country post-Apartheid. My experience made me fall in love with the country and its people. I make yearly trips back to DJ and spend time with community of friends and music lovers I met. A very close second is Canada, I have had the opportunity to play a few times in Toronto and am slowly falling in love with the city and amazing music community there too!
What’s your favorite saying?
A quote from Nelson Mandela and I believe every word of it: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
What piece of clothing do you wear everyday, barring undies?
Typically a Black New Era Yankee fitted cap and my silver rings and bracelet, they never come off.
What’s the last thing you bought to wear?
A pair of slacks and and a sweater from Banana Republic in a last minute rush for a wedding I had to DJ.
Favorite guilty pleasure?
With out question the Guilty Pleasures party. A couple of years ago, I did a party with DJ’s Stimulus, Parler and Dhundee called Guilty Pleasures in Brooklyn where we played all of our Guilty Pleasure songs. The party was amazing, but just a one off. The hosts Erin and Claudine revived it this year in the city at Panda NYC and we went in, playing everything from 80’s to current pop and dirty south songs that all hate to admit that we love. Moving forward, the party will be quarterly.
What’s your definition of a good day?
A good day at my record label job at Decon Records, a great meal, great company and consistent good music through out it all.
Listen to OP’s Definitive Sound mix below or download here and don’t forget to catch him with his I Love Vinyl crew on September 4 in Boston. Get your tickets here. Know a Parlour-worthy DJ, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!