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Nine Questions

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Hermilo Guzman constitutes half of the Tortilla Factory DJ crew. He spins everything from scratchy funk 45s to soulful disco to Latin dance floor burners to '80s electro to vintage soul, never straying far from his first true love: hip-hop. You can catch him spinning four nights a week at Heart Five; in the meantime check him out online.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Midnight Starr, Klymaxx, The Fat Boys, Force M.D.'s and Whodini at TCC. I was 10, and it was then that I learned that the freaks do indeed come out at night.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Trae's Restless, Murs' Murray's Revenge, Sunny and the Sunliners' Smile Now Cry Later, some Chingo Bling and DJ B. Cause's Superdiscohyphy mix.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Approximately 7,000 LPs and 45s, 1,200 CDs, 1,000 cassettes and 16 8-tracks.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

Let's just say that I am that guy that has the CD weeks before it comes out and the first person to buy it at Best Buy on the release date.

What was the first album you owned?

Cassette-wise, it was the swap meet version of The Fat Boys with the sloppy print job and the flip-flopped track listing. Vinyl-wise was Quiet Riot's Metal Health. The $1 sticker is still on it. I'm currently taking offers.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

Bone Thugs' "Crossroad" (OG version) and Ice Cube's "Dead Homiez" (clean version), followed by my mom singin' "Dorme" (my favorite childhood lullaby). DJs Bonus, Deeko, Phatsoul and Illette will rock the afterparty.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

I have no guilt. I proudly sing along to Disney soundtracks, '60s girl group songs and early '90s happy rap. (The latter is usually done in conjunction with the Kid 'N Play kickstep and/or the running man.)

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

When I was 10, I got busted stealing Circus magazine at Alpha Beta. Heavy metal made me its puppet. Thank God Run-D.M.C. came along to cut the strings and set me free.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Portishead's Dummy. No, wait, Curtis Mayfield's Curtis/Live! No...Brenton Wood's Greatest Hits. Hold on, De La Soul Is Dead. Aww, forget it, just pull the trigger.

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