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The Man

By: Jerry Anderson III

Date Posted: 1999-07-09

From the humble beginnings of pioneering DJ’s Grand Master Flash and Kool Herc carrying crates of records to the parks in New York City in the early1970’s, to the success of gold certified mix CD’s from DJ Funkmaster Flex, the art of DJing has indeed gone global. Once considered as a novelty, some of today’s hottest DJ’s are widely embraced and experience cult-like followings, which has helped catapult them to rock star like status.

When it comes to performance and DJing virtuoso there’s few that can match Walter Daniels’, better known as “Sir Walt D”, relentless pursuit of perfection. In the 20 years since he emerged on the scene with his unique and individual style of DJing, Daniels has honed his craft to a point where it is recognizable for all the right reasons. What sets Daniels apart from everyone else that spins wax on a turntable, is his sincere love for the art, and a presence that exudes confidence and reassurance allowing him to connect to a broader audience.

As with any artist of such high caliber, people expect to be moved by Daniels’ DJing and without fail he doesn’t disappoint. His reinterpretations of classic records through turntable wizardry, contemporary sounds and vision, breathes life into music that would otherwise be discarded as old. The acceptance of his music manipulations has led to Daniels venturing into the profitable field of music remixing, which he incorporates during his live weekend performances at Kadena’s NCO club.

“My style is variety, R&B Old School, Rap and Top 40, I give you some of everything” says Daniels. That’s an understatement to say the least. One listen to any of his many mix CDs will attest to that. Fusing songs like rapper Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life” together with R&B singer Ginuwine’s “Pony” and rappers Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz’s “Déjà vu” with rapper Ice Cube’s “We Be Clubbin” for stellar mixes he dubs as “Hard Knock Pony” and “Uptown Clubbin” respectively. Slain rapper Tupac Shakur also gets a makeover as Sugar Hill Gang’s irresistible rhythm and bass line from their classic single “Rappers Delight” ride smooth as a new 500 Mercedes Benz beneath the hit single “Changes.” Daniels also plans to remix rapper/actor Will Smith’s single “Wild Wild West.” And if his previous work is any indication of future success, this too will be greatly appreciated with wallflowers making a beehive to the dance floor.

Although Daniels is always in rare form, whether performing to the huge weekend audiences at Kadena’s NCO club, or the casual pace of his Wednesday gig at Kadena’s Haggerstrom pool, he readily regards his best performance was at Camp Lester’s now defunct annual “Stone Soul Picnic” in 1993.

“Every song I played people danced and didn’t stop until it was time for me to pack up my things” said a smiling Daniels. All this from a man who says he started DJing because he had nothing else to do and was bored. And thanks to his boredom partygoers have benefited in a major way.

Currently he is serving as mentor to DJ apprentice Carl Williams, and he says he helped local DJ Hi-5ive in his early stages of DJing, all of which comes as no surprise considering his willingness to help anyone interested in the art he so deeply cherishes.

There is unbridled joy in Daniels turntable wizardry. And no matter how many shows he performs at or how many mix CDs he creates, when Daniels DJ’s, he plays as if he were a poet reciting lyrics on a hang glider. But poetry in motion never sounded this good.

You can witness Daniels turntable artistry this Saturday when he performs at Club Chesty for the 2nd ‘70s Costume party from 8 p.m. -3 a.m. Tickets are $7 each or two for $10. For more information contact Greg E. Jamison at 090-3329-9377. To contact DJ “Sir Walt D” for party engagements, interested prospects can visit his web site at djsirwaltd.webjump.com

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