This week's Dallas Observer Mixtape features the exotic beats of radio show host DJ Flying B. Through his shows The Flying Burrito Music Show and Global Beats, Flying B explores modern around the globe. This may go down as one of the strangest installments in this series. The mix itself is a weird blend of K-pop, hip-hop and Afro-Cuban vibes that's both accessible and totally left field — far from a traditional DJ mix. The unpredictable nature of the the track list will keep you wondering what is coming next, which (trust us) turns out to be a very good thing.
Dallas Observer: How long have you been in the DJ game and how did you end up in radio?
Flying B: I have been DJing live for five months, and hosting and producing my radio shows sine July 7, 2014. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in radio, television and film. Then I worked on films in NYC, worked as a stagehand in Houston, served in the Navy, worked on a cruise ship, lived in South Korea as a photographer, writer and actor. I currently work as a stagehand in Dallas.
Tell us about how The Flying Burrito Music Show started.
The idea for The Flying Burrito Music Show came about after coming back to the U.S. and re-acclimating back to life here. I wanted to get into multicultural marketing, and asked myself how I could show people that I know quite a bit about Asian culture and how to create a bridge between Asian and Western cultures. Since my strongest suit is music, I felt that starting a radio show that features Korean music, but also cross-pollinates this with local DFW/Texas music and culture, would be the best course.
How did you land on the particular format for the show?
The format for The Flying Burrito Music Show, playing music primarily heard in the Hongdae area of Seoul and at South by Southwest for the past several years came about because K-pop is so easily accessible world wide. What most people don't know is that there are incredible musicians in Korea of all genres of music.
And the Global Beats show?
The impetus behind Global Beats With DJ Flying B is to build a following big enough to pitch two television shows that I want to do to networks like MTV, the Travel Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, et cetera. The impetus behind my weekly mixes for Global Beats With DJ Flying B is hip-hop, reggae and blues from around the globe. In my first seven shows, I have featured artists from 22 different countries.
How was this mix made? Is there a particular theme for the track selection?
For this particular mix, I focused on Afro-Cuban beats and how they have been incorporated by other artists around the world.
Where do you like to dig for new (or old) tracks?
Since the music that I play on my shows, other than what guests challenge me with during the Kimchi SmackDown!, are not from the United States, most of my digging is done on Facebook, YouTube and iTunes.
Do you have a history with playing music?
I did have an 11-inch head conga drum for awhile, and a lot of my photography in South Korea focused on musicians and b-boy competitions. Recently on The Flying Burrito Music Show, I premiered "A Sweet Kiss on the Last Train," my mash-up of Demicat's "Last Train" (South Korea) and Xamen's "Sweet Kiss" (Spain).
What was the most profound musical experience you have had in the past year?
Spinning at an opening reception at Ro2 for three female Korean artists. I was able to play artists that were personal favorites of theirs, and most of the patrons I talked to didn't realize that they were listening to almost exclusively Korean music.
What gigs do you have in the near future?
Other than the two radio shows, I have an open schedule for bookings.
1. Gringo the MC - Hallelujah
2. Cartel de Santa - Es de Ley (feat. Draw)
3. Quadrough - Flow of Thought
4. Insurrecto - O el o Yo
5. Suboi - ??i
6. Yacko - Thang
7. CLAZZI - Love & Hate
8. Primary & Jinsil. - Happy Ending (feat. Jinsil of Mad Seoul Child, Gary of LeeSSang)
9. José González - Step Out
10. Onze:20 - Menina
11. ???? - One, Two, Three, Four (JeongYeongDon, Baen.deu Hyeog.o Vocal Version)
12. Mad Clown - Fire (feat. Jinsil)
13. MFBTY - Bang Diggy Bang Bang
14. Story Seller - Serva Me