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DJ Krush

With DJ Jugoe. Tuesday, October 9, at the Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights.

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Hideaki Ishi's successful career as DJ Krush never would've happened if it wasn't for Wild Style. The 1982 film and subsequent tour changed his life. Ishi, then a teenager, quickly immersed himself in hip-hop culture, especially turntablism.

"Back then there was no DJ scene in Japan, and my crappy VHS dub of the movie was literally the only source of information," explains Krush. "I'd watch the scene where Grandmaster Flash spins again and again."

It's fitting then that Krush -- after years of creating hip-hop history -- has just released a film of his own, the three-disc History of DJ Krush. The documentary offers fans glimpses into Krush's world. Candid interviews, live sets, music videos, and studio footage are all pieced together in the same avant-garde style as his music. History is highly effective at capturing Krush's persona, revealing a guy who views his music on a spiritual level.

"The music I make is about how much of myself can be put into it, and making music is like a quest for knowing myself," he says.

Krush looks to inspire a new generation of DJs with his DVD. But he also hopes it will express his thanks to those who've embraced him. "Looking back -- what I feel is gratitude," he says. "There have been so many people along the way who supported me, and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them."

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