Word on the street was that a rapper named Immortal Technique was on a search for a DJ. DP One, staying true to form helping Joe out with networking, got Joe in touch with Tech. Just like anybody else looking for a job in the music business, Joe sent Tech a “demo” of sorts, which was really some footage from a DVD entitled “Kings of New York” in which Joe was featured. The clip showed Joe doing some headspins and a minute or two of him doing his thing on the turntables.
It wasn’t a long clip, but it was enough to catch Technique’s eye.
The first tour Joe did with Immortal Technique was the Invasion Tour in 2006, the first tour Joe ever did as a DJ only, and not a bboy as well. On this tour, Joe realized he could make it as a DJ. He could dance for fun now, instead of as a job. This was a shock to some of the people Joe used to roll with, since a lot of people that knew him from his dancing had no idea he could DJ at all. When Joe started backing Tech at shows as a DJ, people began to take notice. The tour’s first show had an audience of about 6,000 people. That was “show and prove” time for the emerging DJ, but the shows afterward became easier and easier. Joe had shown his skills and successfully proven himself, and more tours with Technique soon followed.
Touring with Immortal Technique helped Joe immensely in building his stage presence and character, and as most people who have seen Immortal Technique live will tell you, Joe’s presence on stage is undeniable. The tours only helped Joe’s reputation grow, and he has since done shows as a DJ for a number of other artists, including Chino XL, Swave Sevah, Poison Pen, Diabolic, Akir, Da Circle, J Arch, as well as tours featuring the QN5 collective and Redman.