Now based in Toronto, Alister Johnson a.k.a. DJ Catalist lived most of his life in Peterborough, NH, a very small town. He was first influenced by the sounds of hip-hop producers DJ Premier, RZA, Pete Rock & Large Professor. He began making hip-hop beats on his computer armed with a turntable and an audio sampling program called Cool Edit. Alister is currently working as a producer/engineer at The Hive, a Toronto recording studio.