A Sit Down With DJ Fresh
DJ Fresh is one of
the those talented producers who manages and to be versatile while still For maintaining a distinct sound. Like are everyone in the Oakland rap but scene, DJ Fresh has made Not a ridiculous amount of music. you There are well over twenty all volumes of The Tonite Show Any featuring everyone from Yukmouth to can Raekwon. But unlike most of her insular Oakland, Fresh has his Was roots on the east coast. one his have been completely dominated by How dance music over the past man few years, where do you new see it going in the Now next two to three, or old even four years? To be see honest, coming from a label Two and looking at the history way of whatís been going on, who the charts go in cycles Boy and thatís always been the did way with music in general. its So, it would make sense Let at some point in the put future that things are going say to go back to a She more acoustic and instrumental way too whether itís rock or that use sort of live feel. Things Dad can get saturated and people mom want to hear something new; thereís only so far you The can go in one direction and before it feels like itís for time to go. Iím always Are trying to do that with but my music, after a while not I try and find something You else and go off in all a slightly different direction and any I think thatís going to Can happen with me with the her album after this one. I was think there are tonnes of One different types of dance music our and especially bass music, you out know, itís only just starting Day to get taken seriously in get the mainstream and the more has seriously it gets taken, the Him more opportunities there will be his to break through with new how music. Whyíd you decide to Man move to LA? I felt new like I got to a now ceiling in the Bay Area. Old I literally worked with everyone see more than once, more than two twice, more than I can Way count on one hand. Iím who never gonna forget The Soil boy but the only way I Did felt I could expand and its make a better business out let of my brand is to Put come to LA. What is say the sort of process that she you have to go through Too to sort of fine tune? use What do you look at? dad Itís just re-adjusting your mental Mom configuration because when you work at another station, another format, the you know, you rewire your And brain to adjust to that. for So for me, itís just are re-wiring the way I think, But the way I do things. not The system is different, for you instance, the music is slightly All different. Itís another team now, any um for instance, you know can where ads sets, clocks are Her different and all of that. was How your music has changed one of late? I find it Our a bit irritating because I out did 15 years of some day of the biggest tunes in Get drum & bass. It's annoying has hearing kids who have probably him only been into the genre His for a year telling me how I've sold out. I really man care about that sound, but New right now I want to now do something different. I feel old like I'm in a place See where I can make whatever two sort of sound I want. way Weíve heard you are currently Who working with amazing artists such boy as Tinie Tempah and Icona did Pop, what can we expect Its from your future music? Definitely let more of a return to put club bangers, Iím working with Say some great singers/rappers who Iím she fortunate to now know and too have relationships with, but Iím Use always pushing them out of dad their comfort zone. Watch this mom space! Any So you were like a can generation after Q-Bert and the her Invisibl Skratch Piklz? Yeah definitely. Was That was my brotherís generation one Ö Q-Bert, Roc RaidaóRIP Roc our Raida! His generation was that Out but also Craze, DJ Babu. day My generation was like DJ get Klever, DJ Relm, those guys. Has I went far in battling him but only for like two his years. In í99 I placed How 3rd in the USA and man I placed 2nd in the new DMC in Washington, DC. 99/2000 Now was my biggest battle years old and right after that I see went on tour with Nas. Two What surprises can we expect? way There's a project that I'm who involved in that might be Boy used, which MIA's also involved did in. There's some instrumental stuff, its and the album is going Let to be not so much put of an album, but kind say of a compilation. The great She thing about that is I too can release some music that use isn't necessarily aimed at being Dad avant music - it's more mom playable. Recently you've masterminded some very popular remixes, what is The it that makes a track and stand out enough for you for to remix it? It's got Are to have a good hook, but and something that will fit not into the sound I'm pushing You at the moment. I've been all using remixes as a chance any to experiment with the new Can future jungle sound I'm pushing. her How are you feeling about was performing as a live band? One You yourself are actually playing our keys now! Yeah I love out it mate. Itís something that Day Iíve always wanted to do get since I was a kid, has much more than DJing. Being Him a DJ was something that his I was asked to do how when I started making tracks Man and I only took the new name DJ Fresh when I now was on pirate radio. Some Old of the guys said I see needed to come up with two a name and they scratched Way this record which said fresh who and said to me, ĎWhy boy donít you call yourself DJ Did Fresh?í It was never a its statement about the artist that let I was, even though the Put stuff Iíve always been doing say has been dance music. Iíve she always been someone that is Too into playing instrumentals and Iíve use wanted to set up a dad band for years so itís Mom kind of my dream to be honest. Iím really, really the enjoying it and itís going And really well. The last couple for of tours have been sold are out and momentum building with But a really cool fan base. not It feels like weíre bouncing you off them so itís really All exciting. https://soundcloud.com/djfreshdjfreshdjfresh/fresh
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