DJ Hegemony

The music that I create is a combination of my love for spoken word performances and the diverse collection of music I have been exposed to over the years. 


content-img hegemonyEven at a young age I was obsessed with music ranging in styles from my father’s collection of classic rock, to my mother’s do-whop, and even the hip-hop & metal bands that I had to hide from my parents back in those days.  Once I reached high school I went to my first hip-hop concert and saw a turntabilist cutting up vinyl records and I knew that was what I wanted to do, I was hooked.  I used to study mix-tapes, old vhs videos of dj battles, and attend any event I knew I could get into until I finally got my own set of turntables.  My style has progressed from providing a soundtrack for a spoken word piece into creating my own sound by scratching up the spoken word samples into a rhythm uniquely my own.  Though I am always looking to improve my skills and knowledge of DJ equipment, my love will always be scratching up vinyl.  I view each record as a book of sounds that I can manipulate into something that becomes my own and align it with the mood of the crowd to provide an atmosphere with a delivery that may be vintage in approach is new in sound & experience.  The many collaborations I have been lucky enough to have worked with have influenced me in my ability to adapt to any person’s sound and compliment it with my own influence.  My goal is to collaborate as often as possible with other musicians, artists, and performers and continue to grow not just as an artist but also as a person.

DJ Hegemony (Matthew Skirving) was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981, but has spent most of his life living in Chicago, IL and Denver, CO. Hegemony received his first set of turntables 12 years ago but has been performing live for 8 of those years, he specializes in scratching up his large collection of spoken word vinyl over a variety of instrumental beats ranging from: house, hip-hop, rock, techno, and disco beats. After graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in sociology and philosophy Hegemony performed with live acts like The Sons of E.D. & White Van before he joined up with the Infusion Project. Currently Hegemony’s efforts have been focused on increasing The Infusion Projects presence in Chicago, along with managing the weekly “No Requests” Podcast. He has a monthly residency at Sportsman's Club & is the resident DJ for Bryan Sperry's "Warriors of the Apocalypse" art exibits and has performed at such venues as: Harbees, Township, Lacuna Artist Loft Studios, The Mutiny, Exit, Beauty Bar, Rodan, Congress Theater, Double Door, as well as traveled throughout the Midwest as south as Memphis, TN and as far west as Arizona for the past two years at the annual Firefly Gathering festival held each June.

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