Hi, thanks for joining us on this interview with Minimal Mag. You were only 15 when you received your first pair of Technics, what can you tell us about the music and artists that were influencing you at the time?
Thanks for having me. At age 15 I was inspired by music such as Ghetto Tech, Jazz, Hip Hop, Old School, Disco, and of course House and Techno. Some of my favorite artists were DJ Godfather, DJ Daddyriff , Juan Atkins, Channel One, Digable Planets, A Tribe Called Quest & Donald Byrd.
You have a growing reputation in the electronic music industry and have worked with influential character such as the legendary DJ Pierre, tell us about your journey and some of your personal highlights.
Music has always been a part of my life. As a kid growing up in Detroit I remember cleaning the house listening to Paul Handcastle’s Rainforest
. When I got my first turntables it quickly turned into an obsession for me and I DJ’d high school parties and cabarets. Basketball took up a lot of my time and I went on to play in college and professional basketball overseas. That experience transformed the way I thought about music.
Living abroad and hearing songs like thousands of miles away from Detroit helped me realize how transcending music can be and how unique and special Detroit music is.
When I moved to Atlanta in 2008, I really went all in on my music and producing. One of my many highlights is djing with house legends like Gene Hunt and Kai Alce, but it was connecting with DJ Pierre that really helped me realize that I can take this to the next level. Being in the studio and watching the time he put into this craft was life-changing.
That led to me releasing my first EP, The Journey. Which was something I dreamed about as a kid.
How have you refined your craft since you entered the industry, and where or who are you currently drawing inspiration from?
As a DJ, at first, I was playing what was mainstream, but over time I’ve developed a level of confidence in my musical ear, and now I play what speaks to me, and I feel like people vibe with that. Right now, I’ve really been inspired by listening to the teachings of Sadhguru and Wayne Dyer.
Your upcoming ‘Detroit Gets Physical’ release seems to be a fusion of album and compilation and obviously follows on the heels of the previous Get Physical releases from Africa, Berlin, India and more. What can you tell us about the LP and the thinking behind it?
Detroit artists and music have been the center of my inspiration for so long. I’ve jived with Get Physical from Day one so to be able to bring that fresh sound to the world is pretty cool. There are so many artists, both from Detroit and other places that are really bringing it and I’m excited to have the platform to shine the light on them.