When he was 16 he began DJ'ing in clubs in NY and also began producing his first Badawi tracks. Years later Mesinai developed his skills as a DJ and began a turntablist trio with DJ Olive and Toshio Kajiwara called ROTOR. Mesinai released his first records under the moniker Sub Dub with partner John Ward in '92. The released the self titled album (Sub Dub) on Instinct Records and later released two seminal ep's, Babylon Unite, Dawazangpo) on their own imprint.
Later Mesinai released his first solo album as Badawi, Badawi - Bedouin Sound Clash, on the legendary ROIR Records, sitting amongst artists like GG Allen, Suicide, Bad Brains, Adrian Sherwood and Lee Scratch Perry. After a constant flow of albums Mesinai began to draw attention from the downtown music scene in NY, including John Zorn, Sonic Youth, Elliot Sharp and Arto Lindsay. These relationships led to the release of three albums on John Zorn's label Tzadik. Mesinai is an outspoken activist against what he describes as "the occupation, gentrification and segregation of frequency combinations, otherwise known as genre".
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