“I’m just a regular Mexican American guy born and raised in Dallas,” says DJ Fishr Pryce, though we find that claim hard to believe. Whether it’s his irreverent sense of humor (in full effect on his blog—Mullet Mondays, anyone?) or knack for flipping a hip hop mix with a surprising dose of both old and new, we’d say Fishr is anything but “regular” and that’s exactly how we like our DJs. Just in time for those back-to-school daze, Fishr toys with a podcast created exclusively for our Arcade Players. As his “Flawless Victory” takes us from Steely Dan to Bun B, we can’t help but wonder: Is this “Computer Love” or just lust? Either way, Fishr Pryce has got us feeling like kids again.
As a lifelong music head, when was the moment when you knew you had to make music your career?
I fell in love with hip hop as soon as I heard “Walk This Way, “ and NWA and the Posse Tape. I have always loved music, but hip hop just seemed to grab me like no other music could. My step cousin was in a little DJ Crew in the early 90s and I think that is what put the seed in my head about DJing, but it wasn’t until I saw and heard DJ Qbert and Mix Master Mike that I wanted to be a DJ. I wasn’t able to purchase equipment until I was 20, and its been a roller coaster ride ever since.
After going on my first tour DJing for rapper Mic King I was bit by a bug, and I knew then that this is what I was meant to do, and that I needed find a way to keep doing that. There was no way I could go back to working at a high school.
What’s got you excited about music right now?
It’s sad to say that we are in time where it is hard to find anything exciting about music. The true music lover is not what is driving music right now, but that means when I can find something exciting, it makes it special. There are some dudes I featured on this mix that are exciting, like Gotham Green. Damaged Good$ are out of Dallas and they just make good party rap music. Mic King, the rapper I DJ for, keeps me excited for music. What really has me excited to is finding older music that I can sneak into sets that will still keep the crowd dancing, and DJs like Rich Medina, Z-Trip, and Kon & Amir are dudes that keep me wanting to go digging for old school gems.
How did you get your DJ name?
Like many DJs who started before the technological outburst, I practiced for years before ever going out in public and DJing. I remember just recording tapes of myself mixing instrumentals (because I was scared to mix in vocals) and then listening to them to see where I messed up and just seeing where I still needed work. When I recorded the first tape that I was happy with, I gave it to my boy to listen to, and as a play off the old Fisher Price “my first…” toys I wrote “My First Mix Tape by Fisher Price” on the tape. My boy took the tape and was like, “Yo, Fisher Price? Man that shit is dope—that’s your name.” I too thought it was kinda cool, then changed the spelling so that I wouldn’t be sued.
- Summer Madness – Kool N The Gang
- Tell Me Something – Gotham Green & DJ Quickie Mart Ft. Jes Hudak and Freddie Gibbs
- Walkie Talkie – DJ Shadow
- 6 Underground – Sneaker Pimps
- Computer Love – Zapp
- Mr. Loverman – Shabba Ranks
- Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix) – A Tribe Called Quest
- Dear Summer – Jay Z
- No Diggity – Blackstreet
- Lean on Me – Club Nouveau
- ABC – BKIDZ
- Hey Ma – Cam’ron
- So Close So Far Bun B ft. Colin Munroe
- Sky is the Limit – Notorious BIG
- Paris Tokyo – Lupe Fiasco
- Everyday People – Arrested Devlopment
- Sitting on The Dock of the Bay (Fishr Edit) – Bob Marley
- Don’t Feel Right – The Roots
- Airplanes – B.O.B. ft. Hayley Williams
- My Sneakers – A-Trak Ft. Lupe Fiasco
- I’m Your Puppet (Fishr Edit) – Bobby and James Purify
- Krispy – Kia Shine
- Music Makes Me High – Lost Boyz
- Murder She Wrote – Chakka Demus
- The Life – Mystic
- Dirty Harry – Gorillaz
- ATLiens – Outkast
- Nothin – NORE
- She’s Crafty – Beastie Boys
- This DJ – Crooklyn Clan
- Outstanding – Gap Band
- Juicy Fruit – MTUME
- Fly Robin Fly – Silver Connection
- Shutterbug – Big Boi
- Cutie Pie – One Way
- Just Buggin – Whistle
- I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
- Electric Sky (Mash Up) – Kanye West
- Across the World – Pitbull
- Back in Love Again – L.T.D.
- Dopest Flyest – Damaged Good$ Ft. Johnny Moog
- Love Come Down – Evelyn Champagne King
- Cool It Now – New Edition
- Rock Steady – The Whispers
- Peg – Steely Dan
- Off The Wall – Michael Jackson
- Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
- Got to Give it Up – Marvin Gaye(Junkie XL Remix)