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DJ GEE Exclusive Interview With Redxmagazine

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DJ GEE, The Canadian DJ is on a mission to wake the music industry from the “nightmare” it’s currently in, with his upcoming sixth studio album, ‘The Industry Nightmare’, releasing later this year on YGRECORDS and DJGEETV.

The new record, a follow up to his 2018’s ‘The Comeback’,  is a collaboration with rapper Tree Dogg MR ATM, and also features other artists from YGRATMBOYS.

Throwing it back to a time when DJing was physical and all about turntablism technique, the new album is heavily inspired by ‘80s and ‘90s hip hop and rap, as well as the current rap charts, as we discover in our exclusive interview with DJ GEE. Ever eclectic, the influences on his music stretch from 2Pac and DJ AM, to beyond the barriers of  your average hip hop album to country and jazz, DJ GEE tells us.

We spoke to the rapper about The Industry Nightmare, learning Turntablism from DJ Qbert, and working harder than DJ Khaled… 

Tell us about your new album, The Industry Nightmare – where does the name come from?

DJ GEE: The name for the album was an idea from my label mate, rapper Tree Dogg MR ATM. It’s all based around our experience of the Billboard Top 10 and the hip hop and rap charts. We’ve targeted these chart tracks and have come up with our own unique versions.

What’s been your favourite memory from making the new album?

DJ GEE: Honestly, the whole process of making it. Everything that goes into getting the album started  – from the beats, to our time in the studio, to the remixing of the tracks.

What is your favourite track on the album and why?

DJ GEE: It’s impossible to pick a favourite track on the album, because you can take something away from all of them. Each track has its own vision, realised on the final album.

What sets your music apart from other artists?

DJ GEE: We work as hard as DJ Khaled or harder. YG Records and DJGEETV Records are the best label in the business. All of our music is made independently, without being signed to a major label – so far. Our music is a throwback to the way rap music was founded, based on the four elements of hip hop.

How did you learn turntablism?

DJ GEE: I learned Turntablism from many well known turntablists: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Canadian DJs Skratch Bastid, Sara Simms, DJ Grouch, DJ Dopey, DJ Vekked, DJ Starting From Scratch, and most notably, American legend DJ Qbert from The Invisible Skratch Piklz, Thudrumble, Qbert Skratch University and Rock Steady Crew. I also learned from the late great DJ AM – his way of mixing music, open format, while scratching and using Turntablism inspired me to want to learn and master the same type of style. I also attended Scratch Lab in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to finetune my skills.

Talk us through some of the biggest influences on your music?

DJ GEE: My biggest influences, to name a few, are 2Pac and The Notorious BIG, 50 Cent, The Game, and then ‘80s and ‘90s hip hop and rap. There are lots of DJs who have inspired my music – A-Trak, DJ AM, DJ Shadow, DJ Premier, DJ Qbert, DJ Craze, DJ Shiftee, Jam Master J, DJ Shortkut, DJ Babu, DJ Melo D, DJ Skratch Bastid, DJ AM, Cut Chemist, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Mix Master Mik, DJ Spider, DJ Green Lantern, DJ Khaled, The X-Ecutioners, Roc Raida, Beat Junkies and DJ Rob Swift.. And those are just some of them.

You cite an eclectic mix of music genres – from hip hop, to jazz, to country. Could you tell us about how those different genres come together to make your sound?

DJ GEE: Tree Dogg MR ATM and I have done beats and remixes with a lot of other genres – jazz and country, like you mention, as well as R&B, to name a few. We can adapt to any style, while keeping our main genre, rap and hip hop, at the forefront. DJ GEE likes all genres of music.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

DJ GEE: There are many artists I’d like to collaborate with – if I could collaborate with anyone it would be DJ Qbert, Drake, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eminem, 50 Cent, and The Game. We have big plans for the future.

You’re from Hamilton, Ontario – how has that shaped you as an artist?

DJ GEE: Hamilton, Ontario is a robust and diverse mid-sized music market located handily close to Toronto, Ontario. Hamilton is known for its rich and crazy ecosystem of independent artists and bands in all genres – we even have a community concert band. The scratch DJ scene here is a tight community that reaches to many parts of Ontario, too. It’s very competitive and unique. I truly believe that music can change someone’s world, in the same way music has shaped me into the person I am today. My city is a great community, full of great hard working blue collar people. Music has always played a huge role in my life, allowing me to make sense of all of life’s hardships and triumphs and I truly hope to help others through my music.

A lot of DJs shows now involve watching a DJ stand behind a laptop – turntablism doesn’t particularly lend itself to that. What’s your own live performance setup like?

DJ GEE: My performances consist of open format mixing of all genres, beat juggling, scratching, and remixing. Very soon, I think computers will be built right into the DJ mixer. Everyone can have fun being a DJ, but it still takes a lot more to be a turntablist and scratch musician.

What can fans expect from a DJ Gee live show?

DJ GEE: These days, every DJ knows how to push buttons, play music, and smash the beat-sync button. But how many DJs can prove themselves on the crossfader when it comes to being able to scratch? In the early days of hip-hop especially, you had to be able to manipulate vinyl like a god before you could even call yourself a DJ.

What do you think about modern DJing from just a laptop?

DJ GEE: Today, the artform of scratching is seemingly becoming lost thanks to the advent of digital DJing. To put it simply, scratching is a technique where the DJ/Turntablist moves a record back and fourth on a turntable in order to produce the unique sounds and effects – that’s what we call scratching. The DJ will also be using a crossfader on a DJ mixer to cut between two records simultaneously.

Scratching originated during the emergence of hip hop music in the 70s and is still primarily associated with the genre. It’s also still widely regarded as one of the most valuable skills a DJ can have. Which is why you’ll find a number of dedicated scratching competitions held all around the world including the renowned DMC World DJ Championship heavily sponsored by Rane & Serato. Following on the points above, scratching is a part of DJing history. Before there were digital DJ controllers and beat-sync buttons, you couldn’t call yourself a DJ unless you knew how to scratch. So what better way to pay homage than to learn the skills of the DJs that came before you. It’s only going to increase your rep as a DJ and improve your skills in all areas on the turntables! As a DJ, you express your personality through the songs you’re playing during your set. Add scratching into the mix and you’ve got just another outlet for adding your own personal flair to your performance. Think of it like being a chef, everyone spices things up in different ways. Scratching gives you the opportunity to add your individual seasoning to your performance!

What’s your dream for the future – where do you envision your music taking you?

DJ GEE: My dream for the future is to keep making music and inspiring others while hopefully gaining more fans, more recognition, and working with more well known artists to expand my reach.

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TaniAKyllikki’s soul-stirring new album Why Chapter One

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TaniAKyllikki is a British singer and songwriter who hails from a small town just outside of London. It is not a secret that she is making a name for herself in the music industry. She is quickly becoming one of the most popular rising independent artists in the world thanks to her skill as a songwriter and her incredible, ethereal, raw, and dramatic vocal range. This has allowed her to win the hearts of millions of people all over the world. 

The song “WHY” was the inspiration for TaniA’s first studio album, and it served as the album’s lead single. An emotional reaction is prompted in the listener almost instantly by the first sentence, which states, “far too many breaks now in my heart for me to truly heal.” It could be challenging for some individuals to watch the music video while also listening to the song at the same time. As a direct result of the honesty displayed by TaniA in this song, a greater number of people are becoming aware of the dangers of not only physical but also emotional abuse. TaniA is also a survivor of domestic violence, which makes the message of her song even more inspiring and accessible to listeners.

On the 30th of January 2022, TaniA presented the world with her newest album, which is titled “Why Chapter One.” The album is deeply autobiographical, and each of its nine songs conveys its own potent message in its own unique way. It has been possible to compile a list of songs by TaniA that are emotional in nature. The lyrics are primarily driven by the musical emphasis placed on story telling. The audience is given a glimpse into TaniA’s personal journey through the use of real-life experiences that are woven into the lyrics of the songs on this extremely personal album. This album gives hope to all of those who have had their lives broken as a result of abuse or neglect.

TaniA, who lives in London UK, and Garry D. Hairston, her fiancé and music partner, who lives in Greensboro NC United States, worked together on the production and writing of this album. Garry D. Hairston is also an accomplished behind-the-scenes musician. Some of the topics that are discussed in “Why Chapter One” are as follows: being broken, enduring abuse, finding love, learning to trust again, forgiving oneself, and healing from the past. The album debuted in the top 100 most popular new albums chart during its first month of release and has since amassed 2 million streams. 

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Michael Andre Braxton Releases “Purple In My Cup”

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Philly native Michael Andre Braxton shares a captivating instrumental from his forthcoming album. “Purple In My Cup” is out now on streaming platforms. Braxton offers an arrangement of varied melodies and tones. The hard, yet striking bass thumps throughout the track while the violins provide a calming before the storm. This combination executed by Braxton emanates an edgy, cinematic vibe.

Braxton leaves an out the box impression for the track to be interpreted by listeners. The skillfully curated track is awaiting an emcee to deliver thought-provoking lyricism, or the opposite, laid-back, chill storytelling.

Stream “Purple In My Cup” and connect with Michael Andre Braxton below. Be sure to check out his podcast, The Blue Check Podcast. The podcast is by invite only and guests need to be certified on Instagram.

Hailing from DarbyTownship in Sharon Hill, Pa. Michael Andre Braxton is an up and coming Lyricist, Singer/Songwriter and indie film director with a penchant for writing infectious tunes and relatable narratives. Inspired by Hip Hop, Braxton’s music journey began with various underground recordings that surfaced with his work.

He later started to make reference recordings over tracks which amassed a significant amount of interest, bringing Braxton to take a more serious approach in his music. And if you enjoy podcast shows. He’s also the host of the blue check podcast show. The show is by invite only. The only way guests can get on the show is if they are certificated by Instagram with a blue check.

Do you want to learn more about Michael Andre Braxton? You can connect with him through his social media pages:
Official Instagram pages: @getmoneyfilmz215 and @getmoneyfilmzllc

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Meet Rising Entrepreneur, Producer & Engineer “808Spinz”

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Meet Harris, most people know him as 808Spinz. Spinz is a 19 year old producer from
Charlottesville, Virginia but grew up in Tucson, Arizona. Spinz has only been making beats for about 5-6 years. He specializes in production and takes passion in creating songs directly with artists. 808Spinz has his fair share of placements, but his love lies in executively producing and watching songs go from one shots to mixed, mastered, and radio ready. We got to connect with 808Spinz & ask him some questions about his come up!

What Made You Get Into Music?

“I’ve always had a passion for music. When I was young my father introduced me to
Eminem, Snoop, and Dre. I fell in love with hip hop instantly. I never learned how to play an instrument, but started making beats in high school. My audio teacher/mentor pushed me to learn new things and let me stay to use the school studio almost every night from 4 to 9. I wouldn’t be on the path I’m on now without him and am forever grateful.”

How Is It Doing Business As A Music Producer?

“I have enjoyed the challenges of working with people who are at different stages of their lives. Many people see my work ethic and hustle, and assume that I am much older. Although, sometimes people assume that because I am young, I don’t understand the business, and think they can take advantage of me.”

In 3 Words How Would You Describe You Sound & Why?

“Atlanta, DMV, and Memphis. I have always loved the Atlanta sound and listened to a ton
of Future and Gucci growing up. Zaytoven, Sizzle, and Metro will always be some of my greatest influences.”

Who Are 3 Major Producers You Would Like To Work With In The Future & Why?

“I’d love to work with Zaytoven, TM88, and Twisted Genius. Their sounds have always been influential and stuck out to me.”

What Are Some Things You Have Coming Up In The Near Future?

“I’m currently working on some singles and a project. I’ve released 2 projects so far, but it’s been over 2 years since I’ve dropped my own music. It’s time for me to put something together. Other than that I’ve got 2 upcoming shows in Georgia with my partner BagTalk Zach. I’ve never had the opportunity to host a show so I’m looking forward to those! Also coming out soon is my new line of merch. In the past I’ve done hats, ski masks, and hoodies. I’m currently working on the design for my new shorts and shirts.”

If you would like to stay tapped in with 808Spinz check out his music/social media links all linked below!

https://linktr.ee/808SpinZ



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