Gavin Koppell

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Gavin Koppel
Background information
Also known asDJ Lyfe
Kid Lyfe[2]
Mr. 1987
G. Koppell
Occupation(s)Musician, DJ, music producer[1] graffiti artist, video editor[1]
InstrumentsTurntables,[3][4][1] keyboards, samples,[1]programming[1]
Years active1995-present
LabelsImmortal Records
Sony Music
Associated acts

Gavin Koppel, better known by his stage name DJ Lyfe, is the former turntablist and co-songwriter of the band Incubus between the years of 1995 and 1998. He is also a graffiti artist.


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, 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]


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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "DJ 1987 on MySpace Music 12/14/2006". Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  2. ^ "DJ Lyfe Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  3. ^ a b Gauntlet-Incubus
  4. ^ a b Huey, Steve (2006). "Incubus > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  5. ^ "DJ LYFE of INCUBUS". Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  6. ^ S.C.I.E.N.C.E
  7. ^ "DJ Lyfe Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Cold Case" Bombers (TV episode 2010) - IMDb
Preceded by
Incubus Turntablist
Succeeded by
DJ Kilmore