DJ Yamin
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DJ Yamin

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The best kept secret in music


DJ Yamin -- 1970s: For Ben Epstein, it began with hip-hop. But within the music of a Tribe Called Quest and Pharcyde, he heard snippets of old funk and soul records, sampled by the hip-hop bands. And soon these snippets were captivating Epstein as much as the hip-hop itself. Ten years later, Epstein, who spins under the name DJ Yamin, spends two to three days a week combing yard sales and thrift stores for these dusty, funky treasures. "But it's not just the sample that get's me excited about the music," he says. "It's a genuine appreciation for heart and soul that went into making that particular record. It captures the feeling of the time and space it was made in." These sexy soul tunes are all about grooving, but Epstein confesses that he also has ulterior motives with his music. "First I try to hit them in their body and shake their booties," he says. "And then I try to lift their minds with a positive message that can have a lasting effect on them."

Spinning Fridays at 10:30 p.m. at "Thank Funk it's Friday" at Matt Murphy's Pub, 14 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-232-0188. Sundays at 10:30 p.m. at "The People's Party" at the Green Street Grill, 280 Green St., Cambridge, 617-876-1655. Mondays 1-3 p.m. on WZBC-FM's "Beats Not Bombs" radio show. - The Boston Globe


Production credits: 5Finger Breaks vol. 1/Politics of Experience/Morplay/Coriander/Freestlye Blues/Shalom/Moosaka/B-Side/Peace of Mind

Turntable Mixes: Most High V.1/Most High V.2/Live at The Appliance of Science 2-2-02/Thank Funk it's Friday


Feeling a bit camera shy


DJ Yamin likes all things funky! From the sounds in his ears all the way down to his draws! But he takes his music very seriously though. When he's Deejaying, the importance of feeling the crowd is just as important to him as expressing himself geniunly through his own music. What sets DJ Yamin apart from other musicians is his vast knowledge of many different musical styles from Electronic to Latin to Soul etc. His influences range from Luke Vibert to Sly Stone to Eric B. & Rakim. The list goes on......