Michael Zapata was first connected to his love of hip-hop while writing in college, covering a public graffiti mural event. By 1995, his DJ aspirations became reality when he was asked to join a hip-hop DJ collective that hosted a weekly night, leading Witnes to become a Lifestyle Marketing Rep for Universal Music in 2005. In 2008, Witnes relocated to New York City and later to Florida to continue managing brand activations and became a well-known DJ in Tampa’s party district. In 2016, Witnes shifted gears and became a registered nurse. With his heart left in Houston, he’s internalized his passion for stories from the city and intrigued by the social and cultural anthropology he lived through.