WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL DEFINITION OF WHAT A DJ IS?
A DJ is a type of musician who's main instruments are 2 turntables and a mixer. A DJ's main job is to select songs and play them in a manner that rocks the party. A turntablist is a type of DJ who specializes in using the turntable as a musical instrument, like a piano, guitar, drums. etc.
DO YOU FEEL TODAY'S GENERATION OF TURNTABLISTS RESPECTS THE OLD SCHOOL THAT PAVED THE WAY AS MUCH AS THEY SHOULD?
From my experience with today's generation of turntablists, yes, they respect for the old school. Turntablists are the hip hop purest of the DJ world, and purest generally have a great respect for the artform, and know their history well.
IF THERE WAS A TURNTABLE HALL OF FAME WHO WOULD BE THE FIRST 10 ELECTED?
In my book, "Turntablist Hall of Fame" and "DJ Hall of Fame" are 2 separate categories. with too many to name in both. DJs like Kool Herc, Grand Wizard Theodore, Cash Money, DJ Alladan, Steve D, Jazzy Jeff, Joe Coolie, Jam Master Jay are just a few to make the list for sure.
I READ THAT YOU ARE A HUGE FAN OF JAZZY JEFF HAVE YOU MET HIM? TELL US ABOUT HOW THE MEETING WENT DOWN.
Yes, Jeff is a friend of mine, and we have performed together many times. I first met him in Philly when i was on tour with Branford Marsalis & Buckshot LeFonque. He picked me up from the hotel and brought me to his crib. I was amazed at all the gold records on his walls. I couldn't believe i was kickin it with "The Magnificent" one himself, having a scratch session in his studio. Epic! (for me)
IS THERE A SINGLE TRICK THAT SORT OF DEFINES TURNTABLISM?
Not really. Turntablism has endless tricks and techniques, styles upon styles upon styles. That's the beauty of it all... it's endless.
SUPERSTAR DJS MAKE BOATLOADS OF MONEY THESE DAYS PARTY ROCKING AND PLAYING AT LARGE FESTIVALS, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THOSE THAT DON'T NECESSARILY INFUSE TURNTABLISM INTO THEIR SETS TO SORT OF PERPETUATE THAT SIDE OF THE DJ CULTURE?
There is a time and place to either DJ to rock a party, or rock a showcase type turntablist performance. In my opinion, DJ's should be well rounded and be able to do both.
WHAT IMPRESSES YOU MOST AMONG THE NEW SCHOOL OF TURNTABLISTS?
What impresses me most is all the innovative scratch patterns, juggles, and tricks that will forever be evolving and advancing the art form, solidifying it's place in music history.