When did you start DJing and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I first learned to scratch records when I was about 12 years old. Seeing the work of Dj Jazzy Jeff, Funk Master Flex, Dj Premier and, the movie Juice drew me into it.
What challenges do you have currently as a DJ?
The largest challenge that I face is playing and getting into the groove of music that I don’t like. Another challenge is when you may be playing hip hop, and someone will request an off-genre song like Mambo #5.
What is your go-to DJ preparation methods before doing a set?
My usual prep method is usually picking my favorite beats and scratching; I feel like scratching gets my flow going because it allows me to lay my craft out there how I hear and feel it. Display of personal technique.
If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
A lot of people come to mind when I think of collaborations but to narrow it down it would have to be Dj Jazzy Jeff because that would just be the legendary technique in action. The other would be Dj Premier because I closely identify with his brand of sound.
The most fascinating person DJ’ing has brought me into contact with is DJ Yoshi, not only did he teach me a lot but to see something that started as a small subculture has traveled this far overseas to inspire people to pick up and enjoy this technique.
Please recommend two DJ’s to our readers which you feel deserve their attention?
When it comes to mixing and scratching, I recommend looking up DJ Nu mark. I’m also a fan of electronic dance music (EDM), right now a DJ called Excision is on the top of my list.