DJ Skizz is a DJ, producer and member of the World Famous Halftime Radio Show on WNYU FM 89.1 with a career that spans over a decade.
While attending NYU for a degree in music technology, Skizz joined the legendary Halftime Radio Show as a DJ/ co-host in 2000 and has been a mainstay ever since. He can still be heard there every Wednesday night from 10:30 PM – 1:00 AM (EST) on 89.1 WNYU, where he continues in the tradition of what listeners expect from New York radio, playing the best underground hip-hop and offering exposure to talented artists. The program is known for its anniversary show in March, which boasts a dozen or so emcees rhyming over live beats from hip-hop’s best producers. Past guests have included Slick Rick, Gang Starr, Nas, Eminem, Dilated Peoples, J5, Arsonists, El-P, Cage, Ghostface, Rza, Method Man, Redman, X-Ecutioners and The Allies. The show is celebrating its 15th anniversary in March 2013.
In addition, Skizz has become a respected DJ in the New York City hip-hop scene, rocking many area hot spots including SOB’s, B.B. King’s, CBGB and APT. His skills have also taken him abroad as the official DJ for various tours, including the Lloyd Banks/Big Noyd US Tour (2006), Group Home Japan Tour (2008) and the Large Professor/Cormega European Tour (2012). He has most recently laid scratches down on three songs off the Masta Ace / MF Doom album, Son of Yvonne.
Becoming a producer was a natural transition for Skizz, who already enjoyed spending time digging for records and finding samples. He draws greatly on musical influences of artists like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Dr. Dre, Bomb Squad, Alchemist, DJ Quik, Large Professor, 45 King, Nottz Raw, Marco Polo, Jake One, Frank Dukes, Fizzy Womack, DJ Eclipse, DJ Riz, DJ Revolution, DJ Layzboy, DJ Roc Raida and DJ Q-Bert. To date he’s produced for various artists including M.O.P., Big Noyd, Havoc, Infamous Mobb, Group Home, Sean P., Roc Marciano, Masta Ace, Nature and many more.
Besides keeping fresh hip-hop alive across the airwaves and touring the globe, Skizz has been busy working on his own projects. His debut production album, B.Q.E. is slated for an early 2013 release and features Lil’ Fame, Ill Bill, Sean Price, Roc Marciano, A.G., Steele, FT, Torae, Masta Ace, Nature, Cormega, Craig G, Big Noyd, Havoc, Psycho Les, Rah Digga and more. The R.A.W. – Problemz (of Missin’ Linx)/Skizz collab album – is being released in the summer of 2013. He currently resides in Brooklyn.