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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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Get to Know This Coveted Artist Brown Mamba

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Brown Mamba is already hitting the music scenes with singles and music projects out of San Diego. He started rapping while in University, where he even dropped a music project, which consists of a nine-song mix-tape that helped him build connections in the industry. He is already a force and an inspiration to many.

Music Highlights 

Brown Mamba is an independent artist and owner of the record label Mamba Mentality. His song Alpha Chi Omega has been used in 250 Tiktok videos. He has further been meticulously networking and has features with Jay Critch, 24hrs, Darrick Ofenloch, and Dylan Reese. To top it up, he just dropped his deluxe album, which ranked at #19 on the iTunes Hip Hop Top 100 and top 200 overall genres. His upscale features eight new songs and 24 songs in total, honoring the late Kobe Bryant. His album Mamba Legacy Deluxe has over 100,000 plays on Spotify. He has further written and composed over 50 tracks.

His Music 

His song Alpha Chi Omega has been used in 250 Tiktok videos. He has further been diligently networking and has features with Jay Critch, 24hrs, Dylan Reese. As if that’s not enough, he has just dropped his deluxe album, which debuted at #19 on the iTunes Hip Hop Top 100 and top 200 overall genres. His exclusive features eight new songs and 24 songs in total, honoring the late Kobe Bryant. His album Mamba Legacy Deluxe over 100,000 plays on Spotify. He has further written and composed over 50 tracks and has started making some serious noise out of Diego

Success Factors

Passion is the main force behind Mamba’s success. it drives him to go past all obstacles to follow his passion. Networking is another. He has established healthy working relationships that have opened doors for various opportunities, such as working with artists and reputable producers.

Conclusion 

Brown Mamba has made a name for himself at the age of 25 in a very competitive industry, and anyone willing to follow his course can undoubtedly learn from him. Follow him on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/apbrownmamba.

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Do You Doubt Starting From Scratch? Meet This Mentor-Tony Solo Hearst

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This icon is Buffalo’s heart, and Texas town is a highly sought-after businessman with an incredible inspiration to his society. Tony “Solo” Heart is making headlines in the business world with an inspiring narrative to make any hopeless individual have second thoughts about their life.

Tony Hearst’s Background

Tony has always been clear of his success story, unfolding the events that resulted in his new existence. As a teenager, he was in and out of detention, and a federal case in 2004 led him to prison. The situation triggered him to change his life completely. 

His Comeback

Tony “Solo” Hearst has brought out several businesses, most of which is a way to give back to his society. He owns Solo Group Entertianment, a restaurant (Solo Eats), a lingerie store, a collection agency, a unisex salon, a trucking company, and is a real estate investor. He also has incredible projects coming up, such as a clothing line brand (OG Thirty-Three), a record label, and has also landed in a movie film as one of the main characters, filming a story related to him. 

Achievements

He is the founder of various businesses under the Solo name. Solo, a word that came from his and his father’s trait of preferring alone time. The businesses include a restaurant (Solo Eats), Solo Unisex Salon, a trucking company, a collection agency. He also ventured into bigger projects such as launching a recording studio this April, a sports agency, a clothing line named OG Thirty Three. He is also featured in a movie that relates to his life as one of the main characters to be released in June. 

Conclusion

If you do have the will to change your life, nothing can stop you. It requires hard work, tenacity, a strong mindset, and a can-do attitude, as Tony “Solo” Hearst permeates. Follow solo Group on Instagram.

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Three Principles That Led to the Success of Multi-Talented DJ and Broadcaster Alex T, AKA Alex

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Working your way to the top doesn’t only come with opportunities and experiences to further your career or business. Most of the time, it also instills principles and values that are crucial to the development of a person. 

For Alex T, more known for his on-air radio name Alex, there are three principles that allowed him to reach success as a DJ, broadcaster, and performer. 

The first is setting a clear goal which helps him focus on what he has to do to become a better performer in the long-run. 

Next, is to work hard as becoming a successful performer isn’t something that comes naturally while just sitting around. To become a recognized performer, Alex has to take on projects and gigs that he can both enjoy and further his career with. 

Lastly, Alex remains kind to others along the way since success isn’t something that should change his personality and approach towards others. Remaining humble is one of the key values that many established personalities practice. 

If you nail these three things, there’s nothing you can’t achieve,” Alex said.

How to Become a DJ Like Alex 

Both Alex’s dad and uncle were DJs. Later on, he realized that he had the same talent in his blood.

“I knew I’d always wanted to perform in front of crowds whether it be at parties, gigs, or thousands of people at a large-scale music festival,” Alex said. 

At the age of 13, he borrowed some equipment and DJ’d his first-ever party which was full of 18-year-olds so it was intimidating, but he pulled it off. It led to an adrenaline rush which prompted him to want more. This led to more bookings and by the age of 16, I was DJing regularly in nightclubs and bars across Liverpool, England. 

To those who want to become a DJ, Alex offers the following advice: 

The work of a DJ and performer is pretty wild, it can lead to some long days, even longer nights. But the most amazing memories come with it, so never give up. Keep focused on your goals, whether that’s working on a local radio station, just becoming a DJ for your friends’ parties, or even making a name for yourself as a world-famous record producer, it’s all possible.” 

More Advice for the Aspiring Performers 

Alex also has additional advice for those who want to follow in his path of success, whether it’s DJing, broadcasting, performing, and more. 

“Always be determined, don’t let anyone get in the way of your goals and aspirations. Always be kind along the way, as you never know who’s path will cross yours at a later date,” he said. 

Get to know more about Alex by visiting his website, www.alex.tl. Or check out his Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and Twitter accounts. 

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