What made you want to DJ?
I spent my formative house years during the 90s at Chicago’s Shelter, Smart Bar, Red Dog and many other clubs. At the same time I was also playing guitar in a few locally popular underground rock bands as well as co-owned an underground record label (Urban Legends Records), so being a DJ wasn’t on my mind. Around 1997/98 I began transitioning completely from the rock scene to the underground house scene. Soon after that I decided that if I learned how I could probably DJ just as well as many of the local DJs I was hearing at the clubs. When a local DJ graciously offered to give me lessons I jumped at his offer (and I quickly realized it was going to take a lot of work to actually become good at it and not another monkey). It’s been my passion ever since.
What was the first track you bought specifically to DJ with?
Wow that’s a tough one. I want to say possibly ‘Rain’ by Kerri Chandler
Everybody wants to be a DJ these days. What ignites your passion to continue, despite the competitiveness within club culture?
I know that every time I get behind the decks I’m coming from a place of passion & truth, and I completely lose myself in the flow of the mix as I share those waveforms with others. If I can’t feel it deep within me, I don’t play it. It doesn’t matter to me what another DJ is doing, how much they are making, how popular they are, etc. All that matters is that when I DJ I’m coming from a place of passion & truth and that I share that with the world. It’s sonic art. The act of creating is the product. That’s how I approach it.
If you could go back in time and be involved in the club scene of any era, when would this be and why?
1989 Chicago. I’d love to be ready to go just as the 90’s house scene in Chicago was beginning.
Who would be your dream guest on your show?
Kerri Chandler and/or Jeremy Underground Paris
If you could go B2B with any DJ on the planet, who would it be and where?
Jeremy Underground Paris at Smart Bar in Chicago, Concrete (Paris), or with him at an underground club in London.
What was the last tune that was stuck in your head before this interview?
An original production I’m working on. From somebody else it would be “Need Want’ by Alex Agore
If you could have made any of the the records you have played which one would it be and why?
Wow what a question. There’s so many, but if I can only choose one it would have to be …. “All Day, All Night” by DJ Romain
What’s your musical guilty pleasure? – Don’t be shy ?
I always dug the band ‘Electronic’ fronted by Bernard Sumner (New Order) and Johnny Marr (Smiths).
If you could only listen to the same 5 records for the rest of your life, what would they be?
‘The Thing for Linda EP” by Kerri Chandler
“Praise EP” by Alex Agore
“Hip Hop Underground Soul Classics” by Pete Rock with INI and Baby Pa
“Lazy Dog Volume 2” mixed by Ben Watt and Jay Hannan
“Live and Dangerous” by Thin Lizzy
Get up or Get Down?
Too Hot or Too Cold?
Piano or Bassline?
Yoda or Gandalf?
Facebook or Twitter?
Long drives on my motorcycle