Changing careers isn’t that uncommon these days. However, 82-year-old Sumiko Iwamuro a.k.a. DJ Sumirock is a rare case.
The Japanese native, who works as a dumpling maker during the day, started DJing in her ’70s. She had been inspired by choosing music for her son’s birthday party.
Sumirock now performs at clubs across Japan — usually for younger audiences. So far, she has only played in her home country, but she hopes to make it to New York City one day.
As the saying goes, you’re never too old to reinvent yourself.
Watch a short video about Sumirock above.
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Italian DJ/producer Stonic is known for his creative turntablism videos.
Now, Stonic has returned with a “stop motion” animation that features a crew of Lego turntablists. (Stop motion is a technique in which an object is physically manipulated so that it appears to move on its own.)
Watch the impressive video above, which was produced by Nosheek Film.
“YuMi” and DJ Yoda
Robots are making their way into just about every industry — including the DJ world.
An example of this is a robot named “YuMi,” which recently performed alongside DJ Yoda at the unveiling of Ford Motor Company’s next-generation Fiesta.
YuMi was specifically programmed to perform the one-off set and was mentored by Yoda, who spent two weeks on the project.
“I’ve collaborated before with a classical orchestra a beatboxer and a brass band but teaching a robot to DJ has been crazy. There were times when I didn’t know if it was going to work or not,” Yoda said. “The biggest challenge was trying to teach rhythm to robot coders. There were a lot of calculators.”
YuMi is a collaborative robot, also known as a co-bot, and works closely with workers on the assembly line.
Watch Ford’s behind-the-scenes video below.
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