I had the good fortune a couple weeks back to chop it up with Throwback Champ & this is the interview that was birthed from that awe-inspiring conversation.
How did you first become interested in DJ’ing?
It was about seventh grade. I’ve always been a fan of the art form because I’m a hip-hop historian, I’m 45 & was born & partially raised in the Soundview section of The Bronx; so by the time I was coming up I couldn’t help but be influenced by the music that was being birthed around me.
How did you get your first dj setup?
I fell into it-The 1st turntables I bought through a relative of mine, he charged to a credit card & I had the techniques with a Gemini mixer.
What is one of the first records you fell in love with?
The Art of Noise: Beatboxing. It’s a break beat really remember I will just play that shit over and over again.
What is your favorite genre of music to spin? To listen to when you're not spinning?
That’s a tough question because I love hip-hop but I’ll be honest with you right up there with hip-hop are classics & I’m a big reggae fan.
Would you rather still use Vinyl or digital?
As I’ve told you I’m all about the classics vibe so I definitely love vinyl, but I can’t front being able to just bring a couple of flash drives & my laptop to any club in the world is definitely the move.
What is the one must have in your setup?
My sound effects drive for sure. Dropping a classic reggae track without blasting horns to hype it up; don’t make for memorably dope party.
Can you name a time where you were spinning and everything was going wrong?
Absolutely. It was just now in December I was one of three DJs that was spinning a birthday party,Lord Finesse & Psycho Les amongst others were spinning as well. The venue had their own controller, so I didn’t bring mine but of course they’re controller had a short in it; so I had to deal w/that throughout my entire set.
How about a happy memory that makes you laugh everytime it comes up?
I had a party in Jersey for my brothers birthday, which of course I didn’t get paid for because I’m not gonna charge my brother. I actually spent money because I had to go up there, get the venue & bring all my equipment & you know the time & work I put in; but the memories from that night can’t be matched in regards to having a grand old time w/my friends & family.
What was your favorite club to work in?
I have only spun in lounge type venues, you know I’m not a commercial type DJ, but I’d say there’s two spots I really like there’s a place over here (Florida) called The Aztec Room a cigar lounge (COVID put an end to that) & A little spot I was doing up in Jersey called Paulie’s it’s a little bar & we used to get it turned up out there.. The parties were so dope there
What do you love about dj’ing and what do you dislike about the profession?
The love is just basically, I lose myself when I’m spinning music; you know what I’m saying
I literally transport myself mentally to another time and place playing music.
That’s what my parties are man a journey.
What I don’t like is when you start transitioning into doing it for monetary purposes a whole lot of politics get involved & I find that whole scene totally unnecessary. Which is why you’ll never catch me kissing ass trying to get into some hoity-toity club, I do the venues I want to & I play the records I want to; I do this for me -not for anybody else’s imaginary brownie points so I could get a dream gig.