What made you want to DJ?
In the early 90’s I was introduced to underground clubs and became close friends with a lot of the local DJ’s. While hanging out with them in the booth and at parties, I noticed how people reacted on the dance floor when they heard their favorite songs and that’s when the DJ bug bit me.
What was the first track you bought specifically to DJ with?
It was actually a trio of tracks. T99 – Anastasia, Trigger – Stratosphere, and The Prodigy – Charly. I was a bit of a Raver when I first started out!!
Everybody wants to be a DJ these days. What ignites your passion to continue, despite the competitiveness within club culture?
It’s that feeling that has no substitute. You’ve been digging for tunes, organizing tracks, and gearing up for your set. Then when you get on the decks and connect with the crowd there’s nothing like it!! Having that dance floor freaking-out during your set is special. It’s the sheer joy of playing music for others.
If you could go back in time and be involved in the club scene of any era, when would this be and why?
There’s two era’s really. The first is in Chicago during that iconic Frankie Knuckles and Warehouse period. No further explanation need there. The second one I was actually playing during that time but I’d like to switch countries and visit England during that legendary 1993-2000 era of UK Garage!! Tuff Jam changed my Life!! LOL!!
Who would be your dream guest on your show?
Without a doubt it’s a Tuff Jam reunion with Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown and Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont! I would have them do the radio show, then have them play a 4 hour set at Groovehaus Cleveland! Now if I could get Master At Work to go back 2 back with them I’d do a mic drop, retire, and walk off into the sunset!
If you could go B2B with any DJ on the planet, who would it be and where?
That actually just happened LOL! It was at the Groovehaus Monthly in Cleveland. It was with Todd Edwards and it was amazing!!! Dream come true and he’s one of the nicest guys around!
What was the last tune that was stuck in your head before this interview?
That sick Rob Hayes remix Lily Allen – Sheezus. Good God It won’t get it out of my head!!!
If you could have made any of the records you have played which one would it be and why?
MJ Cole – Crazy Love. That track changed the game and is one of the most beautify crafted pieces of music that I’ve ever heard. It still gives me Goosebumps when I hear it.
What’s your musical guilty pleasure? – Don’t be shy 😉
Oh no shame here. It’s 80’s pop!! Level 42, Roxette, Go West, T’pau, Information Society. That bassline in ‘Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait’ is iconic!!
If you could only listen to the same 5 records for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Inner City – Good Life
Michael Jackson – PYT
Zapp & Roger – Heartbeaker
Jill Scott – Golden
Ian Pooley feat Esthero – Balmes (a better life)
strong>Get up or Get Down?
Too Hot or Too Cold?
Piano or Bassline?
Ughhhhh!!! This one is tough but my heart says Baseline.
Yoda or Gandalf?
Yoda!!! All day, every day. I mean seriously how is this a question?
Facebook or Twitter?
It pains me to say it but it’s Facebook. It’s a love hate relationship.