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Some of you know that our forum member "DJ Hypnotiq" is serving in the U.S. military in Iraq. American DJ/American Audio gives respect and a big thanks to DJ Hypnotiq for serving our country. We wish him a safe tour of duty in Iraq.

Here is a press release we put together on Hynotiq (AKA US Army Spc. Corey Johnson)...

American DJ Teams Up With American GI In Iraq Company Sends Gear To Soldier-DJ, Will Sponsor Welcome Home Party

LOS ANGELES -- DJ Corey Johnson is planning to throw quite a party later this year with some help from his friends at American DJ. The 26-year-old Bronx native has rented a hall, arranged for food and decorations, and even lined up some guest DJs from Germany to provide the entertainment. Johnson and his fellow guests will have plenty to celebrate. Theyll be partying to mark the return of their US Army unit to Germany after an extended tour of duty in Iraq.

Johnson, who is also known as DJ Hypnotiq in civilian life, has been serving proudly in Iraq since March 2004 -- but still, hell be glad when his tour of duty ends. Looking ahead to that date, Johnson came up with the idea of holding a party to celebrate and honor the service of his fellow soldiers.

When American DJ learned of Johnsons planned Welcome Back Event, the company quickly volunteered to help out by donating invitations, banners and other promotional material at no charge. Much to its pleasure, the company also learned that Johnson had recently purchased an American Audio Pro Scratch 2, and was using the CD player to entertain troops and hold DJing classes in Iraq.

Inspired by what Johnson was accomplishing, American DJ has also donated gear to the DJing GI. "Were very happy to help Corey," said Scott Davies, general manager of the American DJ Group of Companies. "Hes a brave and remarkable young man, and were touched by the way hes brought his music with him to Iraq to make a difference in the lives of other soldiers."

Johnson has been DJing for nine years. "The first time I put my hands on some turntables was at a community basketball game in my building project," he recalled. "From then on, I couldnt keep my hands off them. I eventually became the "project DJ." I used to do house parties for different people. I never got paid for them. It was more than about money for me. I found out that through playing music, I could express myself in ways no one understood, but only me. To me, music is my life. "

About two years ago, Johnson said he "started becoming a digital DJ." He now prefers digital to turntable, because "you can do more," but is quick to add, "I will not knock vinyl because thats where I came from." Johnsons personal favorite DJs include Grand Master Flash, Kid Capri, DJ Red Alert, DJ Green Lantern, Funk Master Flex, DJ Epps, DJ Gerald and American Audio endorser DJ Skilz.

For now, Johnson is honing his own DJing skills during his free time in Iraq, and appreciating the escape it provides. "Music puts me in a place that is happy and wonderful," he said. American DJ is proud to be a part of that special, welcoming place that Corey Johnson and his music are creating against the backdrop of war in Iraq.

Please feel free to show your respect to DJ Hypnotiq.... Cool
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Originally posted by DJ SKILZ:
[qb] Yo Hypnotiq... You have my full and upmost respect. I wish you a safe return home, and hope to god that everything gets fixed in Iraq soon. God Bless your efforts in serving our country in the time of need. Come back home soon so that we can scratch it up. Wink [/qb]
Skilz, Thanks for all the support and well-being...I will try my best to make it out safe and sound. You know....that would be so great if you and I could scratch it up one day....Maybe I might teach you a thing or two (smile) As you know I'm having a massive event April 8th in Germany....ALL OF ADJ IS WELCOME TO ATTEND....YOU ALL WILL BE MY GUESTS OF HONOR!!!!
Also I wanna give a special thanks to Brian...for making this all possible!!!! Words alone can't express my gratitude to you, and the rest of the ADJ family.
Billabong....Oh you know I will take many photos....I would like to post some of them on the forum too....Again, thanks for all the support I am recieving throughout the forum. I don't consider what I'm doing over here heroic. I love my country, and I would do anything for it. This is my job, and I love what I do. (djing is first though!!!!) See ya guys!!!
I'm glad Brian and American Audio are able to help you throw your Welcome Home bash for the troops. I wish you the best of luck and wish you and all of the troops a safe and speedy return home. My Nephue is out there somewhere as well. Also if you want to post some pics, I will be more than happy to host them for you on my webserver.
dj hyp you do your thing man. i know what that tour of duty is like. i been over there twice already but am done doing that. recently got out of the military back here in june. i think what you and the fellow military is doing is great i would give it all up to do it again. now that i have been out for a little bit i wish i would have stayed in. but hey you got all our blessing on a safe and secured time over there kicking some ass for us
DJ Hypnotiq. I just noticed that your having your massive event on April 8th in Germany. Well it just so happends to be that i will be in Germany at that time. So is there anyway we can get a hold of eachother, so that American DJ Europe Team, and "myself" including my "MC" (Sparky B) can DJ a little on that day to show support for the troops? If anything i will have Brian Contact you... Just try to email Brian (Brian ADJ) @ I am looking foward meeting you.
Originally posted by DJ SKILZ:
[qb] DJ Hypnotiq. I just noticed that your having your massive event on April 8th in Germany. Well it just so happends to be that i will be in Germany at that time. So is there anyway we can get a hold of eachother, so that American DJ Europe Team, and "myself" including my "MC" (Sparky B) can DJ a little on that day to show support for the troops? If anything i will have Brian Contact you... Just try to email Brian (Brian ADJ) @ I am looking foward meeting you. [/qb]
Skillz, know you are more than welcome to DJ at the Event...I want to see you do your thing live...scratching away!!! Sparky B is also welcome and I'm pretty sure he will rock the house!!! Anyway...Thanks for showing your support and I appreciate all the help you and the rest of the ADJ family has done. See you April 8th.
Well Hypnotiq I'm back over here (Iraq) for my third tour. I decide to bring my laptop to do some computer djing. Turns out the re-center has weekly Hip Hop dance for us so I might try to get in where I fit in. I sure would love to have my system but when it comes to having them out here ...well I just would hate to have to replace them because of somekind of accident or something. Sounds like your party will be off the hook with Skilz and the whole crew. Man you are lucky for that one. Definitely post some pics of that. I can't wait till I'm back on the WESTSIDE chillin in San Dog again. Be safe man I know I will be. Cool
Originally posted by DJ SKILZ:
[qb] tigrsharc1..

You as well have my respects for what your doing. You & Hypnotiq are extremely brave in my book, and i wish the both of you a safe return home.

Tigrsharc1 is there anyway you can attend the Event on April 8th? It would be very cool to see you there too. [/qb]
I wish I could go but I have some months to go before we are done. We are just getting started again. We are pretty much up and running now. On my free time I mix my tunes on my laptop. It is different...less hands on but I can work on something different. Post pics when it all goes down for the party. Thanks to everyone who supports us. Sometimes you feel like people have lost sight of why we are here or have forgotten the military. I get on here and you guess speak loud and clear about how much you care. This makes being out here worth it. I plan on doing my 20 yrs plus and retire, but with that I will have several systems to play mobile gigs and knowledge to both work in the clubs and the road. We are already working the issues out for our Marine Corps Ball in November and yes I will be spinning again. I voted myself to do it last year and everyone agreed. This year they ask me well in advance so I'm there. i will be around the forum as much as I can to see what is going on. Later to all from the dirt. Cool
Originally posted by Dj_Hypnotic:
[qb] Hey Hypotiq keep doin it big and thanks from another Dj Hypnotic all the way up in the U.S and thank you for being out their so that all of us can enjoy wat we all love from here , freedom . Thanks Man
-Dj Hypnotic [/qb]
Hey Hypnotic, its nice to know that there is another DJ with that name...LOL...anyway, thanks for the support....But I love what I do, and I love supporting this great country we call America. April 8th is tommorrow, and I just cant wait for this event. I'm kinda nervous that many people won't attend but I know if skilz is there people will follow, as well as many troops. I always get nervous when big events happen. I am pretty sure it will off the chain....I'll be sure to put pics on. SO IF ANYONE IS IN GERMANY...PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SUPPORT THE U.S TROOPS IN THIS WELCOME BACK JAM!!!!

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