DJ Abyss' DJ prowess encompasses everything from vintage hip-hop to classic soul. If you've ever had the opportunity to party at O-GEE at Strongwater, you've gotten a taste of what the renaissance DJ has to offer. His interests align with the music he loves to play even if he doesn't mean them to. We recently sat down with Abyss (born Jonathan Wells) and talked about his favorite things.
DJ Abyssí DJ prowess encompasses everything from vintage hip-hop to classic soul. If youíve ever had the opportunity to party at O-GEE at Strongwater, youíve gotten a taste of what the renaissance DJ has to offer. His interests align with the music he loves to play even if he doesnít mean them to. We recently sat down with Abyss (born Jonathan Wells) and talked about his favorite things.
Technics 1200 turntables
I like turntables as a mechanism. I like how they work. Iím a nerd to how the inside works. Iím by no means an engineer, but over the last couple years Iím learning more and more about them and how they actually work, how the sound from a vinyl piece is actually played through the speakers, and itís wild. I donít even need to study this, itís just a weird interest of mine.
Vintage footwear/footwear in general
There isnít one sneaker or shoe that I really, really love but Iím a footwear guy. Iíve got it all from Cole Haanís to Pony. Iím about how they look, how they feel and the materials that are used to make them, the color palettes they use. Iíve been around concrete all my life, so sneakers and shoes in general Iíve taken a special interest in.
I didnít really pay attention to socks a while back, but nowadays socks are an accentuating piece. You might catch somebody in some socks with a weed leaf on them to match the Foamposites, but at the same time I might have on some wingtips with a pair of jeans and a blazer and the socks that Iíve got on are matching the colors of my blazer. Weíve gotten to a point in fashion where everything is paid attention to.
What I love most about branding ó Iíve been deejaying 15 years and I didnít realize until a couple years ago is the fact that Iíve had longevity meant that I made a brand for myself and I didnít really understand that. Iíve started to look into how brands develop and the story they tell and if you look around at our city thereís a lot of people that are really pushing and developing their own brands in a way that represents their city. Itís cool.
I was born in Tennessee and I moved here when I was seven, and back in the day you couldnít go to an Olde Towne Tavern or Yellow Brick. I was just at Philco yesterday having a meeting with a web marketer and ate some baked grits with chorizo and Ohio white cheddar. I enjoy that. I think the food scene here is comparable to anywhere Iíve been.