In our first interview on PhillySupportPhilly.com we bring you Matthew Lawrence Fishman-Dickerson aka DJ PHSH who is a great fixture in the Philadelphia Nightlife complex. From DJing his Tuesday night epic known as Superdope or doing many gigs around the city.
1. Where did you get the name DJ PHSH?
My full name is Matthew Lawrence Fishman-Dickerson. The “PHSH” came from a flip of the “Fishman…” but I didn’t want to be associated with the band “Phish,” so I took out the vowel. This was in the 10th grade, “before that I was calling myself Mix master Fishy, haha”
2. How long have you been DJing?
I’ve been DJing since the 9th grade (14), but didn’t start playing out until I was 17. I’m 22 now, so I guess I’ve been doing this for 9 years (yikes).
3. What was your first DJ setup and First paying gig like?
My first DJ setup was the Stanton DJ-in-a-box. It was two straight-arm turntables & a three-channel mixer. My first paying gig was my best friend’s sweet 16, so it was pretty chill.
4. What is your DJ Current setup
My current setup is 2 Technics 1200s, Serato Scratch Live, My Macbook & a Rane 57 mixer (w/ the video SL to scratch & play video).
5. What is the Phenomena known as Superdope you created with F.A.M.E. One and Vanache (Istarted going to Superdope in 2009 when I randomly seen the flyer and YouTube video on fiftyonefiftyone.com saying “We Sweat out Weaves” the fact that the party didn’t end till like 5AM and had a “Dope” crowd keeps me coming and bring more friends)
Superdope is a party I started in the winter of ‘09. Originally, it was just me, F.A.M.E. ONE & Ag3nt M.O.E. (R.I.P.), with help from Suga Shay & her friend at the time. Vanache showed up around March, helping with promo. We’ve been at 2 venues since, and now have found our home Tuesdays at Fluid Nightclub, right off of 4th & South.
The party stems from hip-hop, but a broader understanding of the genre itself. It’s not just about what’s current, even though that’s part of it. It’s also not just about the classics, which is part of it as well. It’s a combination of the two, creating a new understanding that we identify as “Timeless” music. New & old together, as long as it’s good music that will last forever in our hearts & minds.
6. Describe your “Scene” and what is going on with it?
All I can say is that the “scene” is in a strange place…not just in Philly, but everywhere. I feel like there aren’t enough leaders that are representing for the right reasons…just microwave concepts that won’t last, mainly because their hearts aren’t behind it.
7. Recently you left Philly to Preform in SXSW 2011 what was that experience like? What does that mean for DJ PHSH the Brand?
It was pretty hectic…soooooo many people. It was my first time, so I was a little frazzled, but next year will be way better. I did get to see EPMD perform…pretty dope.
As far as my brand, it shows people that are looking in my direction that I’m making moves other places, which is always a plus. I’ll definitely be traveling more very soon.
8. The Afro, What’s the deal and thought process that went into your most identifiable DJ characteristic? How long have you been growing it?
There’s not much behind it, just a hairstyle. Ladies like it haha. I’ve been growing it for over 3 years now.
9. Any Collaborations, Projects or Mixtapes in the works?
Well I’m DJing for STS of the Money Making Jam Boys consistently, and helping with his upcoming mixtape “The Illustrious.” The SUPERDOPE mixtape will be done and put online by May. I also have an instrumental album in the works that’ll I’ll hopefully put out by the summer.
10. What are the local artist, brands, and venues you would like to shout out?
Shouts out to
-Money Making Jam Boys
11. Tell us your online identities, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Sound Cloud, any others?
Join PhillySupportphilly on FACEBOOK and TWITTER (@thePSPblog)
-Stanley Griggs II