Quick Chord: North Scranton DJ Isobe is master of his own universe
Isobe (Nicholas Lipinski)
From: North Scranton
When Nicholas Lipinski became a DJ, he had to pick a one-word moniker to be known as while on stage; it’s both a requirement and a right. After perusing the Internet for a suitable pseudonym, he came upon the term Isobe, which means master of the universe in Japanese. The name is fitting; Isobe’s decision to become a DJ and the circumstances that built up to it are proof that he is the master of his own universe.
“I moved to Orlando in November 2013 and I was promoting shows just to be able to go for free,” Isobe said. “The person I stayed with happened to have a cheap DJ controller and during downtime at the house I’d mess around with it. A couple of friends told me I wasn’t too bad so I bought one myself.”
When one of Isobe’s fellow promotional team members decided to leave and pursue a master’s degree, he took his controller to the going away party and performed. The man who books talent for the promotional team messaged him the next day and asked if he wanted to open for One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk. Isobe carried his momentum all the way to 2014 iteration of Miami’s Winter Music Conference, a gathering place for artists, DJs, record producers and label representatives.
Isobe’s rapid rise through the electronic music scene came to a halt when he was forced to move back to Northeastern Pennsylvania for personal reasons. Isobe returned to DJing; he hadn’t given up on it completely, but the tables were there for him to lean against during his new-found free time. He has found it hard to flourish in his new environment, though.
“The tough part is, a lot of the venues around here aren’t prone to electronic music,” Isobe said. “It’s off-putting for some people because they have the misconception that it automatically means drugs and bad things. I’m trying to approach venues in the area or run my own events, but I can’t hone my skills here so, unfortunately, I have to seek that outside the area.”
Isobe had an affinity for electronic music from a young age. He played the piano in his youth, but something about electronic tracks like the ones used in the video game “Dance Dance Revolution” piqued his interest more so than other genres. Now that he makes his own, he does it on his own terms; a master of his musical universe.
“I figure it out on my own because I’ve never been taught to use the software I’ve been using,” Isobe said. “I’ve been figuring it out myself by twisting and turning knobs. My approach is a little different because I’m not doing it the way everybody else is where they’re all using the same sounds. It’s still 70 bpm dubstep, but I try to not make what everyone else is making.”
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