FFQ: DNOPF & His Journey As A DJ

It’s only half of the year, but we’re heading out early with our annual Five Fun Questions. We’ve got a name for you every week of this month for you to get to know them more, rappers, DJs, producers, singers. And we’ll be starting off with WYBH member and DJ, DNOPF.

You might have already heard of him and have seen his name in club line ups, performing alongside his friends. He’s been sought after recently and we believe his name is going to just get bigger as time goes by. In this FFQ, we want you to learn more about DNOPF.


Please introduce yourself!

안녕하세요, 저는 DNOPF라고 합니다. 현재 서울에서 DJ로 활동을 하고 있고, WYBH 크루에서 파티 기획 일도 맡아서 하고있습니다.

Hello, I’m DNOPF. I’m a DJ in Seoul and a planner of the WYBH party.

TKL: You recently went to China for a show with Ja Mezz and others. How does it feel to be known even in other countries? Are there any other places you want to perform at soon?

좋은 기회가 생겨서 중국 청두 클럽 두곳에서 음악 플레이를 할수있었다. 이전에 주변 랩퍼들의 백업디제이로 여러곳을 가보긴했지만 내가 온전히 내 디제잉을 다른 나라에서 보여준것은 이번이 처음이였다. 너무 멋진 경험이였다. 바로 그 다음주에 일본 오사카에도 가서 플레이를 했다. 앞으로도 다양한 곳에서 플레이하고싶다.

(I had a great opportunity to DJ in Chengdu, China. I’ve been to many places as a backup DJ for the rappers around me before, but it was the first time DJing in other country. It was a good experience. Then I met a lot of fans, and some fans gave me gifts, so I was so happy. After DJing in Chengdu, China, I DJed in Osaka, Japan. It was also a good experience. I want to play in a lot of places in the future.)

TKL: How did you start being a DJ? Who influenced you?

어려서 부터 힙합음악을 좋아해서 앨범도 많이 사고, 주변 친구들에게 내가 좋아하는 음악을 추천해주는일을 즐겨했다. 대학교 전공을 실용음악과로 가게되었고 그곳에서 디제잉을 배웠다. 그때부터 내한 공연을 오는 다양한 아티스트들을 보러 다녔다. 아마도 그때 봤던 공연들, 아티스트들이 많은 영향을 준것 같다.

(Before starting my career, I liked hip-hop music so much. I bought a lot of albums and enjoyed recommending my favorite music to my friends. I majored in practical music in college, and I learned DJing there. Since then, I have been to concerts of many artists. I was very influenced by the artists and the performances I saw at that time.)

TKL: What has been the most memorable set/show that you’ve done?

WYBH 크루에 들어가기전 기리보이의 제안으로 WYBH파티에서 플레이했던게 가장 기억에 남는다. 그당시 나는 음악을 플레이할수있는 기회가 많이 없던 상태였기에 너무 좋은 기회라 생각을 했다. 그래서 Set을 열심히 준비했다. 덕분에 그 파티에서 멋지게 플레이 했고, 그 파티 바로 다음날 기리보이에게 WYBH과 함께 하자는 연락을 받게 되었다.

(I remember DJing at the WYBH party as suggested by Giriboy before I joined WYBH. I thought it was a great opportunity because I didn’t have many chances in DJing then. So I prepared the mixset for the WYBH party hard. Because of that, I played well at the party, and the next day, Giriboy contacted me and I joined WYBH.)

TKL: Was there any time in your life that you lost inspiration? What do you do in those situations?

나는 하루에 반 이상을 음악을 찾고, 듣는데 시간을 보낸다. 매일매일 새로운 음악들이 나온다. 좋은곡이든 안좋은 곡이든 음악이라는 것 자체가 나에게 항상 새로운 영감을 주는것 같다. 영감을 잃은 상황을 굳이 꼽자면 열심히 준비한 파티가 끝난 다음날은 왠만하면 아무런 음악을 듣지않고 휴식을가진다.

(I spend more than half of my day searching for and listening to music. New music comes out every day. Whether it is a good song or a bad song, music always gives me new inspiration. But when I get home after the party, I take a rest without listening to any music.)

TKL: Your crew WYBH, is becoming popular. What do you guys do together when you’re not busy with work?

WYBH 멤버들과는 다들 가까이 살아서 자주 만난다. 일주일에 3,4일은 항상 보는것 같다. 내가 디제잉할때 고맙게도 몇명의 멤버들이 매번 놀러와주기도한다. 바쁘지않을땐 만나서 카드게임을 한다던지 , 카페에서 시간을 보낸다.

(WYBH members live close to each other so we meet often. I see them 3, 4 times a week. Thankfully, members come to visit me when I’m DJing. When we are not busy, we often play cards or spend some time at cafe.)

Do you have a message to our readers?

DNOPF 라는 이름으로 세계 다양한곳을 다니면서 음악을 틀고싶고, 그렇게 하기위해 열심히 노력하고있다. 언젠간 여러분과 만날수있었으면 좋겠고, 내가 여러분 앞에서 멋지게 플레이 하는 모습을 보여주고싶다. 고맙다.

(I want to play music all over the world as DNOPF, and am working hard to do so. I hope to meet you someday, and I want to show how I play in front of you. Thank you!)

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