Although he has a Grammy nomination, sold out appearances, and once
opened for Pete Seeger before 25,000 people in Manhattan’s Columbus
Circle, he is neither famous nor a real musician. Waletzky’s name
sometimes winds up in newspaper profiles such as ones in the New York
Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal
Mirror, France’s L’Humanité or Germany’s Berliner Tageszeitung, although it will usually be misspelled. You may recognize him from his many television appearances, from the A&E Biography of Bill Gates to America’s Most Wanted to C-SPAN. You may have heard him on the radio on WBAI-FM, XM’s Indie Channel, or German National Public Radio. You may have seen him or some of his work on stage off-Broadway or at downtown nightspots from Quebec, Canada to Washington, DC. Waletzky is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, where he was the editor-in-chief of McGill’s humour magazine, the Red Herring, for three years. A Brooklyn native, he has been to Finland twice.
Quotes about D. J.:
“Outhipped all the hipsters in Williamsburg” —television’s Nick Kroll
“A charming mix of sandbox Machiavellianism and Jesse Jackson” —the McGill Tribune
“Local Dadaist” —Montreal Mirror
The last time someone asked D. J. for this bio, they sent it back with a request not to make so many things up. The above are all true.