Sounds like a cartoon character right? Something cooked up as part of Schoolhouse Rock: The Next Generation.
Meet this guy… sure, during the day he works as a scientist at NASA, but at night, he cuts and scratches and mixes it up fierce… Half Grandmaster Flash, half Bill Nye, he keeps the party people entertained AND informed! He’s droppin’ beats, and droppin’ science… literally!
He’s DJ Scientific!
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think somebody’s mom made this character up just so that kids would stop trying to be like Kanye West.
But because I do know better, I can tell you the truth.
According to this story in the Washington Post, his name is Mark Branch, and yes… he really does work for NASA during his days and spin some of the best venues in the D.C. area for hip-hop and R&B.
Apparently he was always interested in science in school, but he also always had an abiding interest in music. And so he kept at it, doing both.
So for those of you who wonder if being a DJ is difficult, feel free to check out his website and ask him yourself. Many music snobs will tell you that being a DJ doesn’t require the same dexterity or virtuosity as playing a real instrument. And they might be right about that.
But anyone else who tries to tell you that hip-hop deejayin’ isn’t exactly rocket science needs to shut their trap.
Because as of now, DJ Scientific is the only one qualified to know for sure.