On The Record: DJ Fap Lord
BY KALANI WILHELM / Special to the Star-Advertiser
DJ Fap Lord’s debut came about because he was in the right place at the right time.
Instead of fulfilling his usual duties of setting up turntables and throwing on a pre-recorded mix at The Republik, Devin Long ended up jumping on the decks for close to two hours, proving a great opportunity can come when you least expect it. That is the mantra that sums up Fap Lord’s entrance into Honolulu club scene.
In a career that spans a mere six months, Long has quietly put together quite the performance resume. Highlights include playing Addiction Nightclub on Halloween and the “Party of the Year” at Kakaako Waterfront Park.
Instead of wasting time on the challenges of being a new DJ in a competitive market, the 22-year-old focuses on the opportunities placed in front of him.
“Just being the new generation, I can bring a different crowd compared to the more known DJs,” he said. “For me, it was just knowing the right people, staying humble (and) not minding people who talked down (to me). And practice.”
The presence of the Fap Lord, who gets his DJ name from his upstart street culture brand Fapfap and a love for New York rapper A$AP Ferg’s album, “Trap Lord,” was evident Jan. 22 at The Republik during Pusha T’s performance.
While opening a concert is never an easy task, Long showed no event is too overwhelming as he dipped into the groove consciousness of the predominately hip-hop crowd, winning them over with an off the wall twerk and trap set.
“I like how you can just change the way a crowd responds just by the type of music you play,” said Long. “Words can’t describe the feeling when you see the crowd dancing to your selection of music.”
Long was also quick to acknowledge the support and tutelage of Jonathan “DJ Compose” Ablan, who he said is “one of the main reasons for my success.”
Employed at popular sneaker boutique KICKS Hawaii, Long also draws inspiration from a pair of turntable veterans who work with him — Kyle “DJ Sssolution” Cardenas and Chris “DJ Delve” Kam. While learning the finer points of DJing began as “something fun to learn,” he still considers it a hobby.
“(The) best part of the learning process would be when you figure out what song goes best with another one,” he said. “It’s an indescribable feeling, like I just discovered something crazy.
“I really enjoy finding music the normal person wouldn’t listen to, but would interest them after hearing it.”
Catch DJ Fap Lord every Wednesday at The Republik during “Crush,” on Fridays during happy hour at Bar 35 in Chinatown, and on Fridays and Saturdays at Limelight Lounge, 1235 Hopaka St.
Kalani Wilhelm covers nightlife and music for the Pulse. Contact him via email or follow him on Twitter.