AUDIO: THE COMBAT JACK SHOW INTERVIEWS DJ RED ALERT

Combat Jack & crew drops another incredible podcast interview…..this time they interview the legendary Dj Red Alert!

Combat Jack says: Kool DJ Red Alert [brings it] back to the early days of Kool Herc and Afrika Bambataa to the BDP Juice Crew beef to the birth of the Native Tongues to the creation of Hot 97. It’s all here. Yeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhh!

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VIDEO: RHETTMATIC INTERVIEWED FOR NBC LA’S “LIFE CONNECTED: ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH”

The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This past Saturday (5.2.15), our very own Rhettmatic was interviewed for NBC LA‘s “Life Connected” TV Special in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. NBC reporter Hetty Chang interviews Rhettmatic about how their Asian American heritage influence his music career & how he connected with other cultures. You can watch the interview here: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/LIFE-CONNECTED-AP-HERITAGE-SPECIAL—HIP-HOP-HISTORY/302214051

VIDEO: TUXEDO (MAYER HAWTHORNE & JAKE ONE) INTERVIEWED AT RECORD LIBRARY FOR RADIO FRANCE

The duo of Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One got interviewed by Radio France inside their their record library, picking records & talking about their history of music. Peep the cool interview below! Tuxedo album out right now!

FACT MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS DJ KUTMAH – “THE BIRTH OF THE LA BEAT SCENE”

Our good friend Kutmah, a once main staple of the LA Beat Scene who now lives in London (due to some his legal status) gets interviewed by Fact Magazine. Kutmah talks about his history coming up in LA, his club ‘Sketchbook’, & the history of the LA Beat Scene.

Peep some excerpt of the interview below & read the rest here: http://www.factmag.com/2013/04/03/prince-came-to-my-club-the-birth-of-l-a-beat-scene-as-told-by-kutmah/

Would it be fair to say that all you guys – Tom, Ras, Nobody etc… – shared this common thing where you liked hip-hop but didn’t always dig the MCs?

“For me it was one of those things where I wanted to mix whenever I wanted to mix, I didn’t want to have to wait for the hook to come in to start mixing. When you have the instrumental you can dive in, it’s more fun to play with. You can ignore certain things as long as it’s still in time or whatever, which half the time I wasn’t, so I’d just dive in. It was more fun, and I think that’s partly why I got into instrumentals more. I wasn’t feeling the MC and I didn’t want to have to wait for the hook.”

“Actually I just thought of something that’s really important. There was this club called JuJu that Sacred played at, with Rome and Al Jackson. It was in Leimert Park, which is hood as fuck, and it was just a Saturday night party. No alcohol but they’d make their own drinks with ginger and stuff like that. It was the kind of place where they would play a Dilla beat, Jay Dee beat back then, for like four minutes and everyone was cool. No one listened with their ears or eyes, people were just vibing out, everyone was just… it was the best fucking vibe of any night I’ve been to, still not been beat. Sacred was the first one to play Dwele. He went and found this track, I can’t remember which one, right around the time we’d first heard of Dwele after Carlos Nino had played him on his radio show. So we’d all heard this song and Sacred goes and presses up this shit on 12”, then plays it the next Saturday! He was that dude. He’s got a sick jazz collection too.”

“He now works in this store called Frequency, probably the only record store in Los Feliz. Juju was the night, man. The hottest girls you’ve ever seen in your life, everybody was cool as fuck, everyone smoking weed. There was no bullshit, the best fucking vibe. I’m a mixed race kid and it was nice to not feel… if you go to a black club you feel the difference. And I went to this and I didn’t feel shit there. It was one of those things, where you didn’t know how you were going to be treated you know?”

D-STYLES: THE HIPHOPGODS INTERVIEW

Our very own “Scratch Scientist”, the one & only D-Styles gets interview by the legendary Chuck D‘s own “HipHopGods” website. Peep some of the interview below & then read the rest of the interview here: http://hiphopgods.rapstation.com/news/d.styles.interview

Did you have anyone you looked up to as a kid as far as music went?

My neighbor John. He was a little older and had a DJ set-up also. He would show me all the records and how DJs were mixing and scratching. John’s best friend back then was this guy Chris Cut who later changed his name to Peanut Butter Wolf. I went to school with Peanut Butter Wolf’s younger sister, Amy. So we would go to Amy’s house to hang out and whenever Peanut Butter Wolf wasn’t home, I would go through his records to see what he had. I used to write down artists and songs and then go to the record stores to find these songs [laughs].

What was the musical climate like in your household when you were growing up?

Growing up, my parents used to play a lot of the old fashioned stuff like ABBA and Disco stuff like Donna Summer. I had neighbors though that would bump Rick James and Sugar Hill Gang. We used to play basketball outside of their house and they would always have the boombox outside playing this stuff. So I got my early musical taste from those older cats.

AUDIO: THE CYPHER INTERVIEWS DJ PRINCE PAUL (PODCAST PTS. 1&2)

Peep out this extensive podcast interview of the legendary Dj/Producer, Prince Paul, conducted by The Cypher.

In part 1, Prince Paul talks about Stetsasonic, De La Soul, The Rza, 1970’s Radio & many more: http://theciphershow.com/episode/98/

In part 2, Paul talks about his albums Psychoanalysis & A Prince Among Thieves, as well as working with Everlast, MF Doom, Dan The Automator & more: http://theciphershow.com/episode/99/

VIDEO: CHAIRMAN MAO INTERVIEWS DJ MARLEY MARL FOR RBMA JAPAN

Over the Fall of 2014, Chairman Mao was asked to interview the legendary Dj Marley Marl for the Redbull Music Academy in Tokyo, Japan. If you are a true Hip Hop fan or a music conneseiuer, this is a must to watch!

INTERVIEW: NOISEY INTERVIEWS TUXEDO (MAYER HAWTHORNE & JAKE ONE)

While in Toronto, Canada for a DJ gig, the dynamic duo of funk, Tuxedo which consists of singer/producer Mayer Hawthorne & platinum record producer Jake One, did an interview with Noisey, discussing their love for Funk & Boogie, how they connected, & why they say ‘Funk & Disco has never left’.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview

Now disco and funk seems to be making a comeback.
Hawthorne:
 Oh yeah, now it’s huge. I mean the top two records last year were disco.
One: It was kinda weird for us in particular because we probably did the first record in 2007, the first song for this project. So building songs over the years, and Mayer Hawthorne kind of happened in the middle of that, which took him to a whole different place, obviously, in life.
Hawthorne: Jake was doing beats for Drake and Rick Ross and everybody.
One: It was just something that we were doing for fun.
Hawthorne: Every once in a while we’d get together for two weeks or a week and knock a couple out and go our separate ways and come back and do it again for a week. The whole record we did actually make in the same room together, though.
One: Going back to your question—last year we heard “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk) and “Treasure” (Bruno Mars). So I was like, “fuck man, we had these!” The whole time, we had them. I was kind of like, man I don’t want people to think we’re biting their shit. That definitely wasn’t the case, but it made me feel like there was a place for this. It was just sort of confirming our passion. It is weird that it’s a thing, you know?

To read the rest of the interview, click here: http://noisey.vice.com/en_au/blog/Tuxedo-Hawthorne-Jake-One-Tattoo-Toronto-venue-Interview

VIDEO: LAB LIFE PRO INTERVIEWS DJ RHETTMATIC ON PRODUCTION & MORE!

Bootie Brown of The Pharcyde has a new website called Lablife Pros (www.lablifepro.com) where they interview different music producers in the game. Their featured artist/producer spotlight is none other than our very own Dj RhettmaticLearn more about Rhett’s history as a producer, what products he uses, working with The Beat Junkies and much more….peep the interview.

DJ Rhettmatic for LabLifePro from LabLifePro on Vimeo.

AUDIO: PRHYME (DJ PREMIER & ROYCE DA 5’9) ON THE COMBAT JACK SHOW

It’s always good to listen to indepth interviews conducted by The Combat Jack Show crew cause you can tell they know their history of music & their passion really shows. This particular interview is no different.  This time they interview Dj Premier & Royce Da 5’9 aka PRhyme along with our good friend music producer Adrian Younge. Peep the science!

INTERVIEW: “AMEN, BROTHER: BREAKBEAT LOU & THE LEGACY OF ULTIMATE BREAKS & BEATS”

Here’s a dope interview on the legendary Breakbeat Lou by the homie Sweeny Kovar on the “Passion Of The Weiss” blog.  BB Lou breaks down the legacy of the Ultimate Break and Beats compilation series as well his opinion on the 45 craze & the Dj culture.

“When you came back, what was it like to see the older heads that were still around as well as the younger generation?”

Breakbeat Lou: “Let me tell you this, it’s amazing seeing guys in New York like Biz rock and even re-connecting with Red Alert and Jazzy Jay and Bam and seeing Flash still rock and then seeing guys like DJ Lean Rock, who is a young guy from Boston that lives in LA now, know the history and have the collection. Seeing guys like The Beat Junkies and DJ Platurn and Agent 45 down south and the guys in Chicago, it’s all enlightening to me because the true attribute of a true DJ is how he keeps that crowd happy.

The skill factor is dope but if you please that crowd, that’s it. Like I said, a memory and sore feet. If I can’t leave you with that then I’m not doing my job. I’m the type of dude that can still rock James Brown on a 45 like I’ll rock a Pharrell record on a 45, or Eric B & Rakim on 45 and an Outkast 45, Justin Timberlake on 45. I got that whole spectrum. I can play that. The same way I might play Marvin Gaye I might play White Stripes or Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana.”

Read the rest of the interview here: http://www.passionweiss.com/2014/11/21/amen-brother-breakbeat-lou-and-the-legacy-of-ultimate-breaks-and-beats/

The Ultimate Breaks and Beats party with Biz Markie, Peanut Butter Wolf, J.Rocc, & Breakbeat Lou this Sunday, November 23rd at The Echoplex.

UNKUT INTERVIEWS LORD FINESSE (PART 1)

The good peoples at Unkut.Com interviews one of the best Emcee/Producer in the biz, our good friend, the legendary Lord Finesse. They discuss which albums that Finesse like the best between “The Funky Technician”, “The Return Of The Funkyman” & “The Awakening”, his progression on production, & coming up in the music industry. Peep the excerpt of the interview:

Was working with Dr. Dre part of the reason you moved on from the SP-1200 to get that fuller sound?

People always get it misconstrued. When I used the SP-1200, it was never for the sound. It just happened to be that was the best sound available in the 1200, and it gave us a distinct sound like a 1200. But we never looked into it like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna get the 1200 for that sound!’ No, we wanted the shit to sound better! We would spend six to eight hours trying to get that shit to sound right, because the hiss and you gotta add more bottom – shit, you gotta do more work in the studio! The 1200 is the brain. It was always the brain, it controlled the 950. It sequenced all the sounds together, it was the mastermind of the whole track. That’s why it’s called The SP-1200 Project because it was made with the brain of the SP. When I put discs into the SP-1200 and the 950 – yes, I’m using the 950, but without that 1200 the magic can’t be created. From a sequence aspect, from a programming aspect, from how you’re hearing the songs echo – the 950 don’t do that! You using the SP-1200 as the mastermind. We never looked at the 1200 for the sound, I looked at it for the swing and the style, because it was very simplistic to work and the funk that you got from the drums? How you could make them drums bounce? You couldn’t do that with no machine. Even now, you could try to do it with the Renaissance and the 3000, but you have to make this go later and you have to shift the swing, it’s not a natural thing. You gotta know the algorithms and the swing of the 1200 to reduplicate that sound and style.

If you are a true Hip Hop fan, a Lord Finesse fan, & a big D.I.T.C. fan, this is something you need to peep out!

http://www.unkut.com/2014/11/lord-finesse-the-unkut-interview-part-one/

INTERVIEW w/ PRHYME (DJ PREMIER & ROYCE DA 5’9)

Hard Knock TV interviews Dj Premier & Royce Da 5’9 about their upcoming collabo effort of “PRhyme”. They talk about their creative process, how the project was supposed to be a Slaughterhouse album, Eminem & Guru, & more……PRhyme comes out December 9th.

(AUDIO): NPR MICROPHONE CHECK w/ DANTE ROSS

If you are a true Hip Hop music afficianado, especially a 90’s Hip Head, you would know the name Dante Ross! This is the man that is responsible in bringing De La Soul, Leaders Of The New School, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, Del Tha Funky Homosapian, & many more to public’s ear.

NPR along with A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhaamed sits down with the A&R Extraordinaire walking down memory lane up to the present.  This is an interview that you do not want to miss!

IN CONVERSATION w/ J.ROCC & PEANUT BUTTER WOLF ON KCRW 89.9FM

A few days ago, the Funky President was on 89.9FM KCRW‘s own Anthony Valdez‘s Radio Show to promote the upcoming Ultimate Breaks & Beats show w/ Biz Markie, Breakbeat Lou, & Peanut Butter Wolf at the Echoplex on Sunday, November 23rd. J breaks down his growing up in the OC & becoming Djing. Speaking of PB Wolf, he makes an appearance on the show. Peep out J’s interview below and the exclusive mix here.

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EXCLUSIVE BEAT JUNKIE INTERVIEW w/ CUT CHEMIST of JURASSIC 5

This man is well known within the Dj & Record Digging Community and has put in alot of work for many of years. His work with his two groups, Jurassic 5 & Ozomatli, as well as with his work with the incredible Dj Shadow, has garned him respect all over the world.  And his turntable skills & production is what makes him part of a chosen few that cannot be matched.  Ladies & Gentlemen, his name is Lucas Macfadden…..but you know him as Dj Cut Chemist.

In honor of the Renegades Of Rhythm Tour with Dj Shadow, our good friend Cut was gracious enough to take time from his busy tour schedule to do a little interview with us to help promote the Los Angeles show that’s happening this Friday, October 3rd at The Hollywood Palladium, as well as promoting his special edits on our Beat Junkies Digital Record Pool (for all our subscribers, go to www.beatjunkies.com & get them while you can….it’s only for a limited time!)……

1. Thanks for the doing this quick interview Cut!  We’ll start off by asking you “What got you into Djing & what was your first record you ever bought?”

I saw Flashdance and the Breakdancing got me hooked. Once I saw it was an entire culture, I took up djing and kept going with it. The first record I bought while I was djing was ….wait for it… Rockit by Herbie Hancock. This was December in 1983.

2. For our generation, the next logical step for Djs to evolve was to go into production.  Can you tell us what was your first production gear that used to make beats all the way to what you are using now?  Also, who were you’re biggest inspiration for production?

In 1987 I was handed down a reel to reel 4 track by my dad and I bought a Roland keyboard sampler from my friend who became known as Thayod and did production for Xzibit. My biggest inspiration for production was Jungle Bros and 45 King.

3. As a well known Dj/Producer/record digger/collector yourself, with so much technology going on, record diggin has now become “viral”, meaning that people are now “internet diggin”.  What are your thoughts on that?  Do you go internet diggin yourself?  What are the advantages & disadvantages of internet diggin?

If you mean buying physical records and product on line then yes, I buy records, tapes, and even CDs on line. I also buy downloads when that’s the only form the music is available on. I’m all for obtaining music buy any means necessary. 

4. What records are you now into in terms of diggin?

Odd things like records with stickers that have the title and info typed in Braille. Stuff I’ve never seen before.

5. We’ve asked this question to Nu-Mark, we’re going to ask the same question. For those that do not know, how & when did you meet the fellas (Jurassic 5) & when did you officially became a group?

2na, Marc 7 and I have been a group since 1987. We met Zaakir and Akil at the Good Life probably around 92. We then met Numark in 93. Even though we did our first single in 94, I would say the group officially became Jurassic 5 with all of its 6 members in 95 after the single got picked up by Blunt records. 

6. You dropped a few projects in the past such as The Audience’s Listening, The Litmus Test, The Hard Sell, Sound Of The Police, etc…….What can you tell us what is the difference of some of your projects that you recorded vs the ones with Jurassic & even collabos with Shadow?

Each project is so different from the other. Most of these projects you mention are mixes. Audiences Listening was the only artist endeavor. That was a very personal journey of where I’ve been as a musician. The others were reflective of the types of music I like to collect and my need to share it with my fans. Mixes like Sound Of The Police and my latest Funk Off mix are meant to set up future artist albums as sort of a ‘this is what I like to listen to and will most likely pull from these influences to express myself. 

Even my soundcloud mixes such as American Pie: Fall Backwards demonstrate a variety of sound textures that I will explore in future artist releases. World, folk, new wave, etc… It’s all represented in my work in some fashion and I feel its important to let my audience be aware of these different types of music before I expose it in my own work.

The collaborations with Shadow like Hard Sell, Brainfreeze are mostly flexing what’s in our crate. 

7. Speaking of Shadow, how did the concept of the “Renegades Of Rhythm” tour came up? And how were you able to use the actual records of Afrika Bambaataa for the tour?

About a year ago an art and music collector in New York named Johan Kugleberg brokered the deal between Bambaataa and Cornell University to acquire and archive his record collection. He asked us to do a mix to commemorate Bams legacy using records from the collection. We of course were interested but wanted to do a campaign as we always do with our mixes. We asked Bam and Cornell if we could take his records on the road once we constructed the mix. They were all cool with it so here we are.

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8. Will there be any official recordings & release for the Renegades Of Rhythm show for your fans?

We would like to have the mix available at some point on line for free download. It’s an important  keep sake for those that are interested in hearing or revisiting the narrative of the hip hop timeline that we have created for these shows. It’s historical and a huge honor for both of us to even be apart of the story.

9. You & Shadow have great chemistry, but you know we have to ask this question…We ask this question to Nu as well…..Will there be any of a chance that an official “Less Than Six” aka Cut Chemist & Nu-Mark album be recorded and officially released?

I hope so. As Jurassic 5 reunited, Nu and have been toying around with the idea of doing sets again together. Who knows. We both have so much going on it would be great to figure something out after we finish these projects currently on the table

10.  Thank you Cut for taking the time to answer questions for us, we know you’re a busy guy.  What can the people expect at your LA show this coming Friday (October 3) at the Hollywood Pallidium?

On Friday October 3rd, we will perform a 90 minute set using all vinyl from Bambaataa’s record collection on 6 turntables. We will play his influences such as James Brown, Sly Stone, Malcolm X and into his wide taste for music around the world. He was into so many things such as funk, calypso, soca, disco, and African music. From there we move from what influenced him to what he then influenced. Early hip hop, electro, later 80s classics that His colleague Red Alert broke like BDP. From there we get into his own material on Tommy Boy and Celluloid. 

We also use a nice vintage drum machine that I like to call a show highlight. This set displays his taste of music that influenced everything that hip hop in all it’s various stages even contemporary music. We will also have a visual accompaniment that goes with the music to help tell the story. Lastly we have Edan and Paten Locke opening who do an amazing job of telling the story of the evolution of hip hop through rapping and performing. We then tell it through djing using the very copies of the records that built culture. Remember, these aren’t just any copies. These are the copies that Bam played in the Bronx in the late 70s and early 80s.

Make sure to check out the Renegades Of Rhythm LA Show with Dj Shadow & Cut Chemist + Edan & Paten Locke, this Friday, October 3rd at the Hollywood Palladium. Tickets are still available!

Photos by the legendary Joe Conzo

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TODAY – SEPT. 25TH: SLIMKID3 & DJ NU-MARK AMOEBA HOLLYWOOD INSTORE + DJ NU-MARK INTERVIEW & RECORD POOL MUSIC PACK!

Today, September 25th at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, Slimkid3 & Dj Nu-Mark will be doing a special Live In-store at 6pm.  They are promoting their new self-titled album on Delicious Vinyl which is available now. In honor of Slimkid3 & Dj Nu-Mark‘s new album & Amoeba In-Store, we have an exclusive interview with Uncle Nu himself.  Not only that, for our Digital Record Pool members, we even have a special “Dj Nu-Mark Music Pack” to download.  For those who are interested in getting the music pack & joining the Beat Junkies Digital Record Pool, go to http://staging.beatjunkies.com & sign up today!

Here’s our interview Jurassic 5‘s very own Dj Nu-Mark:

1. Thanks for the doing this quick interview Nu!  We’ll start off by asking you, “What go you into Djing & what was your first record you ever bought?”

At the age of 7 I started to show interest in drums.  I played at that age but my parents didn’t take my attraction to music seriously.  It wasn’t till I was 12 that my Dad bought me a Slingerland drum set and I took lessons and joined my Junior High Jazz Band.  In that Jazz class my best friend, Chris Cooke played bass and we would play 5 Minutes of Funk (by Whodini) on bass and drums before class started.  Chris and I use to break together and his uncle was a DJ.  Chris’s uncle use to live with Chris and would make us mix tapes to break to.  One day I watched his uncle double up on the “Duck, Duck, Duck” part of Malcolm MaClaren’s (“Buffalo Gals”) and was blown away.  Shortly after I bought some Technic Servo belt driven turntables.  It took a long time for me to get both the Turntables via the newspaper second hand and a shit Realistic mixer that gave me blisters while transforming….trying to act like (Jazzy)Jeff and shit really.  Eventually my job at Carvel Ice Cream and my bus boy job at a Jazz club helped me buy all the gear I needed to rock a house party.

2. For our generation, the next logical step for Djs to evolve was to go into production.  Can you tell us what was your first production gear that used to make beats all the way to what you are using now?  Also, who were you’re biggest inspiration for production?

Well, I actually bought my Roland 606 (Drum Machine) before my Technic Servo’s (Belt Drive Turntables).  I use to plug headphones in that tiny drum machine and practice chain sequences.  Somehow my parents made the connection from Drums to drum machine but I got an earful about how I’d stop playing drums once I got a computer to do it for me…..they were right….I can’t front.  After the Roland 606, I started DJ’n all the parties in the San Fernando Valley under the crew name Bum Rush Productions.  We would do 2-3 parties a weekend which put me in a good financial position to buy a SP-12 which carried a whopping 2.5 seconds of sampling time on it.  This was a good time for me in experimentation and making the most out of a piece of gear that had very little horse power.  I was introduced to Brother Soul…. a man with VERY heavy crates for back then and now for that matter.  Brother Soul was introduced to me through Trevor Lawrence, his Dad was the sax player on “T Play’s It Cool”(by Marvin Gaye).   Trevor told me that Brother Soul was the guy to hook up with if I liked sampling and trying to sound like Main Source etc…  Shortly after that Brother Soul showed me the original breaks for 3 Times Dope, Pete Rock, Just Ice, Marley Marl and countless other artist I had already admired and played during drunken High School house parties with excessive Jungle Juice.  I later graduated to the SP 1200 / Akai S950 combo, then went the MPC 60 / EMAX II Combo then caught the MPC 2000 solo for a bit.  Later I graduated to making beats just on Pro Tools, then decided it felt to stiff and predictable so I got down with Reason but didn’t trust that Rex file thing, then went to Ableton Live / Maschine which is my current set up.  I’m sure I’ll change again soon.

3. For those that do not know, how & when did you meet the fellas (Jurassic 5) & when did you officially became a group?

I met Chali (2na) and Cut (Chemist) at a rehearsal for a night called Rat Race.  This was probably my first club gig out of the Valley around 1991 or 1992.  I was the resident DJ and it was at Rudolpho‘s in Silverlake which is now Home I believe.  Anyway, Rat Race would recruit Hip Hop groups to rhyme over their live in house Funk Band.  It was pretty dope and just a tad bit before The Roots blew up under that same formula.  At one of the rehearsals, I decided to hook up a guitar wah wah pedal to the output of my mixer and started cutting and filtering my cuts simultaneously, as that happened Cut Chemist walked in and said “Whoah, DJ Hendrix”!  We got along famously after that.  J5 wasn’t formed quite yet because Chali, Cut and Marc 7 were still in a group called Unity Committee and Akil and Soup were in Rebeles Of Rhythm.  We quickly realized after recording “Unified Rebelution” together that we needed each other to make it in the music business.  Both crews plus myself and Brother Soul had been actively shopping demos with no luck.  It wasn’t till Jurassic 5 formed as one that we got our first break with Blunt/TVT and later on a sizey deal with Pias in the UK then Interscope here in the states.

4. You dropped a few projects such as the Blend Crafters with Pomo, Broken Sunlight, & just recently, an album with Slimkid3 (formerly of The Pharcyde) which is out right now……I know that all of those projects have a special place in your heart & were a labor of love, but out of all the projects, which one was the most difficult to work on & which one was the most fun you had working on?

Well “Broken Sunlight” was my debut artist album so that would definitely be the album that was the hardest to record.  It’s a little bit like painting a picture an inch away from the canvas when you create 14 songs dolo.  I was able to recruit Quantic on one of the joints but for the most part, I was dealing with Bumpy Knuckles, Large Pro, J-Live, Quantic, A-Skillz and Laudir de Oliviera directly.  Coming up with video concepts and creating the DJ Needle Usb Drive took many tries until it was complete.  My DVD “Nu-Conduit” which featured my live Toy Set was very difficult to complete: http://youtu.be/Bb4etMWgEyU.

God bless Luke Lynch for doing such an amazing job with editing of that DVD.  All the hard work really paid off in touring an when “Tough Break” got licensed to “Battle Of The Year” on Sony Pictures.  People seemed to enjoy “Dumpin Em All” featuring Bumpy Knuckles: http://youtu.be/oqVvFYoQ2uY and “Tonight” featuring J-Live:  http://youtu.be/jqx1FT9RvXY

Rewind a bit, in 2004 I collaborated with one of my oldest friends Pomo.  I would get off of these 4 month long J5 tours and just feel like I needed an outlet other than J5.  We would play beats to each other and give honest critcism to each other.  We decided to put out some of those beats on an EP.  Was really just a simple project and might have been the only time I told a label not to promote it lol.  One of the joints ended up on a Vodaphone commercial in the Uk and “Imagine” has done really well for us!

The Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark album had to be the easiest of the 3.  I think there was just something in the star alignment or something??  Our original idea with this album was to form a Middle School Super Group…..maybe a member from Hiero, Phife, Lady Bug etc… but we started recording and kept lookin at each other like “damn…maybe we should just continue with just us?”  It just sounded natural and unforced I guess.  I mean out of the concise 10 song album we had 4 singles….that’s the best average I’ve had yet in my duration as a producer.  On top of that Tre was the easiest MC I’ve ever dealt with.  His open minded approach in the lab made it both fun and easy for us to reach the finish line.  Another strange thing happened in the last stage of this albums creation.  When we sat together to sequence the album….we quickly realized that there was nothing to think about.  As I played the songs in order off my disc drive, they just felt right and stayed in that EXACT order on our final album.  We didn’t re-arrange anything…..very fucking odd if you ask me.

5. As a well known Dj/Producer/record digger/collector, the newest level of digging I like to think is multi-tracks….it’s almost like a secret society to be diggin in THAT circle.  (Btw, your edits on your new mixtape “Tre’d Mark Mix” for 101 Clothing is incredible!) Do you think diggin for multi-tracks has made you lacksidasical to go record shopping or do you consider multi-track diggin just another way of diggin for new inspiration?  Before that, please explain to our blog readers what are “multi-tracks”?

Yeah….Jesus….I’m breaking out in sweats just thinking about Multi’s.  God Damn It!!  These multi’s are gonna to be the end of me.  Yeah, so a relatively small amount of us are collecting multi-track recordings from our favorite groups crossing many different genre’s of music.  You can hear the isolated Bass, Vocals, Drums from a group you always admired etc…  There’s a strange feeling that comes over you when you listen to a multi you’ve been wanting.  Right off you know you’re doing something wrong yet you feel amped up….almost like you’re in the room with the engineer and the artist!  It’s a little bit like finding a rare record except that …..well… Multi-Track trading is like the crack of digging.  It’s a bit hard to return to regular albums after you’ve heard all the isolated parts on “Impeach The President” etc…  I’ve made myself dig for rare albums again but it’s almost like going from Cocaine back to Weed…..btw, I’ve never tried Coke, just trying to paint the picture here player.  Touring with J5 on our reunion runs have also helped me become more level headed about diggin for albums.  It also kinda makes me feel like I’m a teen again!!

6. What records are you now into in terms of diggin?

I’m getting a bit more serious about my heritage lately and finding more Persian music is important to me.  I also have been trying to step my dialogue catalog up a bit.  I have zero interest in 80’s Hip Hop…. I know that’s the big craze now…could care less.  I still search for melancholy loops….stuff I could never exhibit on J5 albums but could easily get away with on the Slimkid project.  Always interested in breaks but I’m mostly searching for foreign sounding loops that change the way I feel.  I’ve gotten further and further away from heady music and more into music that evokes feeling.

7. Will there be any of a chance that an official “Less Than Six” aka Cut Chemist & Nu-Mark album be recorded and officially released?

I don’t know man?  Cut and I spoke before J5 reunited and I just remember telling him that I need to work harder to catch up to his success (that was 2 projects ago) in order for it to feel balanced.  I feel like I have so much more to share with the world before Cut and I join.  I have homework man.  I spent many years worrying about getting J5 off the ground ….it wasn’t until 2004 that I released my first project outside of my crew.  So I’m kind of playing catchup ya know?? Not sure if he’s 100% down with that idea yet either?  Would be a ton of fun though!  You can’t front on the Libra (Cut) and Gemini (Nu) combo…that’s def in the stars  (Lennon / McCartney)….same signs.

8. Last question…..we know you & your girlfriend are a foodie.  What are you favorite spots to eat  in LA & that you can recommend us?

Oh snap.  Ready, here it is player!

1.  Soot Bull Jeep – By far my favorite Korean BBQ….and yes it shits on Korea’s BBQ.  I go to Korea all the time and this place is puttin a woopin on that ass.  Ask for the spicy Pork and Spencer steak.  Located in Korea Town.

2.  Shamshiri– I’m getting to be a very fine Persian cook but when I don’t have much time (which is usullay 98% of the time) I like to enjoy Persian Cuisine at Shamshiri. They have one in Glendale and Westwood.  It’s all about the Fesinjoon there.

3.  Hy Mart (Papa George’s) Sandwiches – This is a spot in Teluca Lake that has killer sandwiches.  Everything from Meditteranean wraps to “Ben’s Pastrami”.  I don’t normally advocate a sandwich spot but this place does big things in little Havana plus they named a sandwich after me!  Ask for the “Uncle Nu Nu” it’s a chicken gyro…simply wonderful!

Thanks for having me peeps.  The Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark LP is out now!!  See you Thursday at Amoeba.  Catch me at www.unclenu.com

Thank you Uncle Nu!!

Here’s all of Dj Nu-Mark‘s social media links & his music videos with Slimkid3:

www.facebook.com/djnumark
www.twitter.com/djnumark
www.instagram.com/djnumark808
www.youtube.com/unclenu

“Bouillon” feat. Del & Murs Slide Show: http://youtu.be/WuBsTtEr59A
“Bom Bom Fiya” Full Video: http://youtu.be/cPKBNjlbz3o

“I Know, Didn’t I” feat. Darondo (CURRENT SINGLE):

Behind the scenes making of the Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark LP.

THE COMBAT JACK SHOW w/ ICE-T (INTERVIEW)

If you’re not up on The Combat Jack Show, you should peep it out. It’s a podcast show with great deep interviews with Hip Hop artists. Example of the Combat Jack Show is the latest episode with the legendary Ice T.

“Ice T’s been around for a while and came through the show to share his journey from the death of his parents in New Jersey to encountering gang culture in Los Angeles. From drugs to robberies to rapping to a record deal. A step by step of how the Body Count song “Cop Killer” changed his whole life, and how he and Coco (she’s here too) managed to keep their marriage alive. There’s a whole lot here. Ice T, uncensored.”

Peep out other Combat Jack Shows with Chuck D, Bumpy Knuckles, Damon Dash, & more here:
http://www.soundcloud.com/thecombatjackshow

SOURCE MAGAZINE PREMIERES D-STYLES’ “FLAVORS FROM BEATJUNKIES.COM” + RHETTMATIC INTERVIEW

The Source Magazine did a spotlight on the Beat Junkies’ Digital Record Pool. To help celebrate this service that they’ve set up, D-Styles created a 25 minute mix Jazz, Hip-Hop, Funk, and Dance music. They also interviewed Rhettmatic about the Record Pool.

Peep the article here:
http://thesource.com/2014/09/10/premiere-d-styles-creates-all-kinds-of-audio-dope-with-flavors-from-beatjunkies-com-vol-2-interview-with-dj-rhettmatic/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

You can also listen to D’s exclusive mix here: