Please tell us a little bit about yourself, where are you from and what inspired you to become a professional DJ and who has been your biggest influence in your life?
1. Where are you from and how long have you been on Radio/DJ/Artist? First I wanna say thanks for having me in you mag and I'm impressed with what Morena Records/Magazine is doing.. The grind don't stop. I'm from Chi-Town, Not Chi-raq. lol. Born and raised. I've been a recording artist since 2004 when I released my first album. I began deejaying in 2001; a cross between street Dj and club dj, and lastly I've been a radio DJ for 4 years now.
2. Who taught you how to be a radio host and what type of music do you spin/sing? I actually studied journalism and broadcasting in college. Unfortunately, I partied too much and didn't get that degree. Mom was pissed. I spin mostly "Urban Party Music" as I call it..which includes but is not limited to Funk, House, Electronic, Steppin' Hip-hop, R&B and Disco. I was taught how to spin by the late great DJ Stoney (r.i.p.).
3. Is your culture important and does it define your artistry? Yes, my culture is very important because my roots and family are born from my culture. Even though it influences my artistry very much I wouldn't say it defines it because as an artist and evolving human being I like to stretch out and reach for the next level of creativity. Sometimes that next level may be at a place that my culture and roots haven't yet explored. So I gotta spoon feed it to 'em in nice safe doses like medicine.
4. How has music changed your life? Well I can honesty say that I had no real ambitions or goals in life until I discovered the music of Parliament/Funkadelic, Prince, Morris Day and The Time and the productions of Chic (Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards) Those acts showed me how powerful music can be especially if your tracks are hot!! They made me want to learn how to write songs, play keyboards and produce. I was impressed with how they turned their music into a whole scene, It was more than music..it was a movement. Years later a lot of hip hop acts/labels took the same approach like Death Row, Native Tongues, Wu-tang ect. Also being from Chicago and witnessing the birth of the house music scene was a life changer as well. Everybody in the hood had a drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer and a 4 track and were making track at the crib. Including myself. It was music for the youth and we all thought we were special because nobody else in the country were partying like us. At least that's how we saw it. I could write a whole book on how music changed my life so I'm gonna leave it at that lol.
5. What kind of services do you provide, wedding, clubs, venues? Well, even though I do weddings, clubs, reunions, picnics, bachelor/bachelorette parties ect I haven't been doing them as much as usual for the past year. I've been focusing more on my radio shows and forthcoming music releases. My first new release for 2016 is a hot club banger called "In Ya Damn Panties" which should just be dropping around the time this issue of your magazine is published.
6. Do you produce and work with other artists to expand your brand on radio and artistically? Yes, I do. This year I'm working with a handful of artists that I've never worked with before. I'm not gonna reveal who they are at this moment. I like the element of surprise..right before it drops if you can dig that.
8. Where can we find you? Do you have sets or links where we can buy your music and listen to your radio show?