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Entries in DJ Jazzy Jeff (2)

Monday
Mar262012

Sonically in key with Mick Boogie

Mick Boogie

He’s the master at making Mixtapes, an artiste in fact. DJ Mick Boogie has worked with the likes of legendary Jazzy Jeff, Talib Kweli, Little Brother and more recently his work with Slum Village the ‘Dirty Slums mixtape’ due to drop tomorrow.

From 80s, Rock & Soul to disco and of course Hip-Hop mash-ups, there is no limit to what Mick Boogie can do, he has the ability to mash up different genres to create a masterpiece you’d watch over and over again. We catch up with Mick Boogie about why working with Jazzy Jeff was the highlight of his career, what his playlist would be if he did a 90’s party in Australia, and an exclusive on his latest mixtape with Slum Village ‘Dirty Slums’.  Margaret Tra writes. 

The first thing you think about when you think of Australia?

Kangaroos. Sorry.

Can you divulge anything about the Dirty Slums mixtape you’re working on?

It comes out next week; it’s a whole new version of Slum [Village] including T3 and J Dilla's Brother, Illa J. It’s pretty dope. Slum for a new generation, but still ‘Slummy’.

What would be on your playlist if you did a 90’s Hip Hop party in Australia?

Tribe, De La Soul, Outkast, Biggie, Souls Of Mischief, Wu-Tang. Nice & Smooth.

You are a mixtape genius; walk us through your production process.

It's all about the idea. Find a concept that no one has done, find the right team to pull it off, and make sure the quality and creativity are there.  After that, good marketing is essential.

You have worked with a lot of Hip Hop legends, who would has influenced you the most?

Jazzy Jeff!  An honour! Jazzy Jeff is the reason I became a DJ, and to be a friend and collaborator of his is a highlight of my career. Maybe “THE” highlight.


It would be unfair of us to ask if you have a favourite mixtape, but is there a mixtape that was close to your heart?

‘Viva La Hova’.  It changed my life. Viva La Hova opened so many doors, in both the hip hop and rock communities for me.  People honestly treat that mix as an album.  MTV featured it on television; Coldplay had it on their site.  It really blew up and got my brand in front of people who would never have downloaded a mixtape before.

Is your work centred around the artists you admire? Or do they approach you?

Both.  It's a two way street... One I'm happy to live on. (Laughs)

You allegedly pursued a career in Hip Hop after your mum bought you a turntable, is this true? And why did she do this?

This is true. She saw me messing up her record player, and decided it would be better for me to have my own.  The rest is history.

You seamlessly mash up different genres together, from Adele, Colplay to Jay-Z, how do you do this?

It has to make sense and be logical.  You can't do it, just to do it.  It has to be believable and real, and sonically in key.  Then... it wins.

The most unbelievable thing that has happened to you whilst DJing?

I met my wife while DJing. When I saw her, it was one of those magical moments where time stood still and she had a glow.  Not a soul-glow, but a nice glow, none the less.  Our first date lasted from that night until four days later, and we got married exactly a year from the day I met her.  She's awesome.

What stimulates your soul?

Soulful music, good food, and a nice sunny day.  As weird as that sounds.

To listen to Mick Boogie's mixtapes click here. 

Download The Dirty Slums here.

Thursday
Aug042011

Back for more with Ayah

Ayah

Being a self-taught singer, songwriter and composer, 25-year-old Ayah has the voice of a sultry soul singer. Designing her own brand of music with fusions of RnB, Hip-Hop and Soul, Ayah recently released an album she did with DJ Jazzy Jeff ‘Back for more’. She reveals what it was like working with DJ Jazzy Jeff and the obstacles she faced with her one true love; music. Margaret Tra writes.

 

You released a project with Jazzy Jeff ‘Back for more’, what was it like to work with him? Were there any funny moments?

To work with Jeff is just natural. The chemistry in the studio and on a personal level is great. We've had many funny moments. Jeff is a great story teller and makes everyone around him laugh. 

You're a self-taught artist, what encouraged you to believe in your music/self?

Probably the knowledge that if I don't believe in myself/music, no one else will. The more I'm excited and a fan of my art, the more everyone else will be. It is my first and biggest love.

You describe music as your one true love, were there any obstacles you came across with this love?

As with any love, obstacles are everywhere. Everything I've done, I've had to encounter challenges. It takes hard work, money, time, patience, confidence, vulnerability, sacrifice, drive, persistence, and honesty.

As an inspiring and empowering female artist, your music reflects this. Was this your intention?

I'm not sure that I had an intention other than making great music, and being honest while doing it. I've been working on my own personal growth and empowerment/independence, and so I'm sure that that has reflected in my music. 

How does it feel to know your music has touched hearts here in Australia? Any plans of a possible tour?

Wow. It's amazing. With will anything is possible. Music is an international language; it’s the most well-known, accepted, and understood one. I'm grateful for all the support. I hope to come there soon and meet and learn the people and culture.

Are you working on any other projects?

I'm always working on more music of course, and constantly trying to grow. DJ Jazzy Jeff & I have much more in store.

What stimulates your soul?

Everything does. From making eye contact with a ‘stranger’ on the street, to being around great people at a gathering, to the stories of others, and of course, the sound of music.