What inspired you to become a DJ?
I love music in general. That’s my
inspiration. I love playing records and seeing people’s reactions to what I
play. On the hip hop side of things just the respect that the DJ got really
inspired me. Not to mention the personal styles and turntable flexing that I
have seen from other DJ’s. When I see something new or different that
inspires me to this day.
How did you hook up with the
Solseekers and the Inklings?
A long time friend of Future Shock
moved from San Diego to Sacramento where he saw me perform. He told me about
Future Shock and later booked me to do a show with them. From there we just
pretty much hit it off and I started performing and recording with them.
What made you decide to sign
with Bomb Hip Hop Records?
Hop is one of the most important labels in the history of the “hip hop dj”.
The Return of the DJ series pretty much sums up what there about, letting
DJ’s do there own thing as songs. In 1995 Bomb Hip Hop was putting out
MixMasterMike, Qbert, Rob Swift, Cut Chemist, Babu, Ztrip, Peanut Butter
Wolf and more back when no one really new there was this kind of movement
an honor to work with Bomb Hip Hop and to have my name released along the
likes of the above mentioned artists.
about your latest release, Impressionism, what will listeners hear on this
Impressionism is a personal album in the sense that Im really showing the
listener where Im coming from. I have many comparisons to DJ Shadow, RJD2,
Krush but that is just because of lack release that are categorized as hip
hop instrumental albums. The listener will definitely get a Non-Shadow and
everything from B-boy anthem type tracks, futuristic synth, emotional to
chaotic. I cover a wide range of feeling.
Do you typically start with the
sample or the drums as your primary inspiration?
It’s different all the time. Sometimes
Im moved by drums other times its samples. Pretty much whatever Im feeling
at the moment.
What equipment do you use and why?
MPC and turntables is my main piece
but I also use Motif, MicroKORG and CDJ.
I do not dis cats who make beats on a
computer but I prefer the MPC because I can use it live like an instrument,
and live is a big part of being a DJ.
What do you feel most comfortable
doing: Producing or live DJing?
Honestly I think Im split 50/50. There
are good and bad qualities on both ends. I love doing both.
What role does emotion play in your
It’s huge. I think hip hop was birthed
and still created today on 80% emotion. My music especially, starts out on
the feeling of the sample or drums then I worry about the technical pieces
What's it like to balance family and
work in the studio and on the road?
Its crazy. Fortunately I have a very
Other than hip-hop, what music genre
are you drawn to?
Pretty much anything from any time
frame except country. Im just not a fan.
What can we look forward to
in the near future from DJ DNA and the
Impressionism is out now!
Future Shock has
a series of EPs and a full length album coming soon.
working with some other emcees.
I will be on
several guest spots including Ohmega Watts, Braille etc.
I will begin
work on my new album after the new year.
Any last words?
Thanks to everyone who has been
supporting what I do. I am extremely excited about the new year and the
great music that will be coming.
Please pick up my album DJ DNA
“Impressionism” out now on Bomb Hip Hop Records/Caroline Distribution.