Mista Sinista (X-Ecutioners) | Interview
From Queens, NY, Mista Sinista’s first influence was at age 11, from the sound of his father spinning breakbeat records at home. The hip hop sounds of Mr. Magic and Kool DJ Red Alert on New York’s WBLS and KISS FM soon captivated the Sinista. In 1986, he bought a set of Technics turntables and spent the next few years practicing religiously. In 1991, Sinista met Dr. Butcher, a legendary hip hop DJ from Queens who taught Sinista the art of turntablism. In 1992, when DJ Rob Swift entered the Northeast DMC Finals, Sinista was on stage aiding him. Rob placed first and Sinista was able to witness first hand what a battle routine was all about. Inspired, Mista Sinista who was by now a member of The X-Men, had competed the following year. He attracted industry attention as the runner up in the 1993 New Music Seminar Battle, and also in the Northeast DMC Finals. Those performances led to collaborations and touring the world with Common and The Beatnuts. Sinista gained a reputation as one of the best tour and scratch DJs in the world. His work is highlighted on Common’s 1994 album, Resurrection, and Fat Joe’s 1995 album, Jealous Ones Envy. In 1996, Mista Sinista won the DMC East Coast title. He continued recording with Al Tariq of The Beatnuts and rejoined forces with Common for a few tracks on the 1997 album One Day It’ll All Make Sense. With the critical success of The X-Ecutioners’ 1997 debut album, X-Pressions, as well as the growing buzz of the crew, The X-Ecutioners secured a recording deal on Loud/Sony. The 2002 album, Built From Scratch, was released and viewed as a groundbreaking album for turntablism. Mista Sinista’s debut album, Heartfelt, is scheduled to release in the near future. The album will showcase his creativity and ability to experiment successfully with several genres of music. The album will feature collaborations with hip hop’s best emcees and DJs, as well as several cross-genre music collaborations.