DJ Craze

With sharp ears, fleet fingers and constant invention, he is turning the sampling of old records into a new art form

Pick up the needle. Drop it on the record. DJ Craze, a.k.a. Aristh Delgado, is onstage at the 2000 DMC/Technics World DJ Championships in the Millennium Dome in London, and he's playing the crowd like a video game. Craze, 23, won the world championships in 1998 in Paris; he won again in 1999 in New York City. Most DJs just spin and scratch, maybe toss in a few behind-the-back tricks. When Craze spins, it's art--he twists notes in the air the way Jackson Pollock used to drip paint on a canvas. Now, at the London contest, he's adding something else that's...

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