David Abitbol has been making music since the early 90s. Known to the NYC music scene as Japanster, he first started making tunes for video games until he moved into DJing in the early 2000's learning the tricks of the trade from his cousin, DJ Punky Jewster, (a resident at Le Tigre Club & Castel in Paris). With that in mind, he has seen the many faces of the music scene in NYC and continues to shine as someone who is not your typical DJ.
"When I DJ I really like to play very different kinds of music in my set (from post punk to baile funk including hip-hop and garage rock) so people don't get too bored with one style," he said. "I'm not talking about playing randomly one punk track then one house track but more building a set up using tracks that can definitely go together well even if they are not from the same style," he said on his commanding and eclectic style that stemmed early on in his career.
As for his influences, he conveys that a Belgium based DJ duo, 2 Many DJ's, have "the most amazing musical background ever." Also, he has given them credit for having solid DJ skills by using beat matching; something he strives to reproduce in his own sets. "I think that's the secret to be a good DJ: good taste plus good technical skills," he said. He also explains that when he DJ's, his mood and selection depends a lot on the venue, the sound system, the location of the dance floor in the venue.
Japanster acquired a Friday night residency at Le Bain when it first opened in 2010. "It was pretty revolutionary because of the view, the terrace, the huge bathtub and the amazing sound system. I think the place is still revolutionary and unique.” He recounts his favorite places to spin in NYC being places that are no longer around anymore, one of them being Madame Wong's. “It was maybe the last real "dirty NYC" dance party, rough, raw, illegal and in Manhattan. You don't get that anymore, most of the "cool" clubs now are decorated with millions of dollars and NYC nightlife has maybe lost its soul with that kind of money,” he said of the Soho underground party.
Lately, he has been able to mix music and art as he has been getting a lot of museum gigs and to date he has made a couple of remixes that got released but he explains, that he is doing this more as a hobby than with a professional goal. “I don't want pressure to get involved with the way I make music, I think money usually ruins the artistic creation,” he said. To get a feel of what Japanster's versatile DJ style is check out his sets on thefuture.fm.