DJ Gravity, aka Mike DeWitt, is a Colorado native, lifelong music lover, and owner of more than 100,000 records and counting. "I have records in storage, in cupboards, in closets, everywhere," he says. "Not all of them are good."
A member of Mad Trees, Heavy Gravity, Flodignatic and the newly formed Karateman, he's also the co-host and deejay at Word Wednesdays, the weekly open mic for spoken-word artists, singers and rappers at Tremors Nightclub.
"I still enjoy the record-buying experience," says Gravity, "and I do it a lot, just to get that rush that comes from hearing a cool record." We asked him to share some of his favorite musical finds.
Guilty pleasure: I'm a nerd and a sci-fi geek, so when I heard Deltron 3030, I was hooked instantly. I feel that most lyrics in hip-hop are fiction anyway, so why not do a sci-fi record? It makes complete sense and it's great.
First record I bought with my own money: De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising. It was weird, new and old at the same time, while still being cool. They still seem to be that way now, and I love the new stuff, but this one's a treat for golden-era hip-hop heads.
Song I wish I'd written: "Soul on Ice" by Ras Kass. The haunting vocal and hypnotic samples are a treat for the ears. I enjoy his wordplay anyway, but it really shines on this one.
Essential Saturday night listening: Any and all versions of De La Soul's classic "A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays,'" with its clever samples and even smarter vocals. Also, Masta Ace's "Saturday Nite Live," which is always fun at high volume. His SlaughtaHouse LP is still a fave of mine, with tracks like "Boom Bashin'" "Style Wars" and "The Big East." Unfortunately, it came out around the same time as Dr. Dre's The Chronic LP, so some may not remember. It's almost an East Coast Chronic, if you dare. At any rate, he's still one my favorites, with great hooks and punchlines, so check him out if you don't know who he is.
Essential Sunday morning listening: Almost anything from Sade. There is something about her voice that makes me think she's singing just for me. I know she's not, but it's nice to think so. "By Your Side" and "Soldier of Love" are always cool when I'm in a lonely quiet mood — which is often.