D.J.P is Danny Phillips, a party-rocking Hip Hop DJ hailing from Springfield, Missouri. Now, Springfield may not seem like a hotbed for Hip Hop talent, which is why D.J.P has had to work that much harder to put his genre-mixing brand of Hip Hop on the map. And he has.
D.J.P is one of the pioneers of “blending,” a style that has recently become commonly known as the “mash-up”. His first big break came in 1999, competing against the country’s top turntablists in San Francisco at the 1999 DMC US Finals. His cutting and scratching were excellent, but it was the unlikely songs that showed just how much he could move the crowd. Ever the b-boy, P topped his performance off by coming out in front of the tables and breaking and popping. He was the only DJ who received a standing ovation that night at The Palace of Fine Arts.
D.J.P’s mix discs have taken on lives of their own. “Uneasy Listening Vol. 1” introduced audiences to the “Rhinestone B-Boy.” Although it was only released in a limited 1000-copy pressing in 2000, it showed up everywhere: in constant rotation on Kid Rock’s tour bus stereo, in England where it was bootlegged onto vinyl, and on critics’ Top Ten lists. Rolling Stone even named “Uneasy Listening” as one of the “Top Musical Moments” in 2002 – two years after its release. P’s subsequent discs (“Out of Control,” “Assholez and Elbowz,” and his Halloween-themed “Hell on Wheels” series) have likewise become underground classics.
D.J.P has held club residencies at New York City, Springfield MO and Portland, OR, Seattle, WA and many other cities. His resume includes gigs with Ice-T, Tone Loc, Sugar Hill Gang, Rahzel, Cher, Cindy Lauper, The Pharcyde, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, D.J.Premier, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Snoop Dogg, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Beastie Boys, and many more. In the winter of 2006 D.J.P officially joined the ranks of the legendary Rock Steady Crew.