Gavin Koppell

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Gavin Koppel
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Background information
Also known as DJ Lyfe
DJ1987[1]
Kid Lyfe[2]
Mr. 1987
G. Koppell
Genres Nu metal, alternative rock, house, trip hop
Occupation(s) Musician
DJ
Graffiti Artist
Video Editor[1]
Music Producer[1]
Instruments Turntables[3][4][1]
Scratching
Decks
Keyboard Sampler[1]
Beats[1]
DJ mixer
Years active 1995-present
Labels Immortal Records
Immortal/Epic
Sony Music
Associated acts Incubus

Gavin Koppel, better known by his stage name DJ Lyfe, was the turntablist and co-songwriter of the band Incubus between the years of 1995 and 1998, as well as being a graffiti artist.

Career[edit]

Koppel got his start in music in 1987. He met the band Incubus, at that time consisting of vocalist Brandon Boyd, guitarist Mike Einziger, drummer José Pasillas, and bassist Alex Katunich in 1994 at the S.I.R. Theater.[5] He joined in 1995[3] and performed with the band for their 1997 EP, Enjoy Incubus and the following album later that year, S.C.I.E.N.C.E., on turntables[4] under the stage name DJ Lyfe. He is credited as doing "Turntable Kung-fu" on S.C.I.E.N.C.E. [6][7] He also appeared on the track "Familiar" from Spawn: The Album, which Incubus performed with DJ Greyboy. He was replaced by DJ Kilmore after being fired in 1998.[1]

In 2003, Gavin Koppel sued Incubus for failing to account properly.[8]

His graffiti art has been featured on TV show Cold Case Season 7 episode 13.[9][not in citation given]

Discography[edit]

With Incubus[edit]

The following is a partial discography of Incubus, documenting the releases on which the DJ is credited.

Solo filmography (as a mixtape DJ)[edit]

  • 87 Ways DVD Mixtape Vol. 1 (2005) - As DJ 1987

References[edit]

Preceded by
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Incubus Turntablist
1994-1998
Succeeded by
DJ Kilmore