Questions by Matej Devčić (Muzika.hr)
When did you first get involved with music and when did you discover hip hop?
I started out playing drums at around seven years old. Eventually when I got into Junior High School I played in a jazz band at school. My best friend Chris Cooke played bass in that class and he introduced me to Hip Hop through cassettes mainly. He would always pop something in that caught my ear.
What made you start DJ-ing?
That same friend Chris, had an uncle that would DJ for us and make us mix tapes to break to. One day I saw him mix doubles of Malcolm McClarren and I was hooked. I needed to learn how to DJ. I eventually bought myself some belt drive turntables in my last year of Junior High. By the time I got to High School I was ready to DJ for people. I linked up with 2 other DJ’s in High School and we formed Bum Rush Productions and started to DJ all the house parties every weekend.
When did you first start using toys in a DJ set and how much important is to experiment with music?
It was just that….an experiment. I started to use one toy in my dj routines with Jurassic 5. I was just kind of testing the waters as to see if the toys could travel well but more importantly perform well in front of large crowds. Once the group disbanded in 2006, I decided to see how filling the entire stage with musical toys would sound and look. Seems to work well for both me and the crowd I guess. So from time to time I pull them out depending on the size of the stage and the promoter’s vision. They take up a lot of room.
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