Do you listen to KTUH these days?
Yes, HPR, 95.9 and KTUH are the ONLY radio I listen to. (They) are the only stations worth listening to.
Talk a little bit more about the history of Positive Regime.
Positive Regime started in 1988 w Gonzales and a friend of his in Pico Rivera, CA.. The two djs playing together as Positive Regime for a few months but dismantled when Gonzalesʻ partner focused more on raising his family. When Gonzales and i met up in 1995, we found we had similar tastes in music so we began linking each other with radio spots and gigs around town. It wasnt too long after this that we decided to partner up, and Gonzales mentioned the name Positive Regime is what he used in LA. It was perfect. We played Triphop, Reggae and Old School, music w positive messages...never any top40. Positive Regime Sound didnt start up till we started djing at Virtual Experience. We were djing the back room and had to plug into the house system, which was WAY blown. We soon decided to invest in our own system. Having a sound system as a dj was important to us, not only did it give us the freedom to play anywhere but we didnt have the cost and worry about anyone elses sound system. Since then Positive Regime Sound has djed many concerts and events ranging from Christmas parties for the homeless to Private Beach parties w international reggae artist.
What gets you going about the downtempo sound?
MY LOVE FOR REGGAE AND THE DUB SOUND COMBINED WITH HIPHOP AND JAZZ W A TOUCH OF WORLD BEAT MADE THE 60-100 RANGE OF DOWNTEMPO MUSIC A NATURAL PROGRESSION FOR ME IM A REAL LAIDBACK PERSON AND THE LOUNGEY VIBE REALLY FITS MY PERSONALITY.
How exactly do you mesh reggae and downtempo?
DOWNTEMPO MUSIC AND REGGAE BLEND BECAUSE THEY ARE OF THE SAME ROOTS. ALOT OF DOWNTEMPO OWES ITS ORIGINS TO HIPHOP. INTURN HIPHOP CAN FIND ITS ROOTS IN REGGAE. DJING THE TWO GENRES IS QUITE SIMPLE WHEN U THINK OF IT LIKE THAT.
How do you intend to close out the year DJing and what do you hope to accomplish in 2012?
I hope to have a few riddims and beats finished for playing by new years. Maybe even get some artists on them as well. in 2012 I wanna play more internationally... Philipines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Italy, Mexico... Hmmm, maybe I need a manager.