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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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Adil C and his journey after his debut album Good Enough

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Adil C is a Canadian artist, lyricist, artist. In his initial profession, in the wake of delivering his presentation melody Good Enough, his fan base has blown through the roof from that point forward and has been perceived by VIPs like Addison Rae, Scooter Braun, and some more.

After the vocalist’s achievement in all of 2018, Adil C began composing his single ‘Where Are You’. He had composed this tune during the promising beginning of the year and communicated to his fans via online media that he had an immense pop single he’s been dealing with for quite a long time. Coming April 2019, following quite a while of secrets and sneak pinnacles of the new tune, Adil C delivered ‘Where Are You’ which is currently known as perhaps the greatest tune. ‘Where Are You’ was delivered together by Dylan Werle and Adil C.

Late 2019/Early 2020 Adil C flew out to Los Angeles, California to meet with companions, artists, makers, chiefs. After he spent the 2020 new year in LA, Adil C was welcomed by Ricky England to do a visitor vocal execution at Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk where Adil C sang ‘Love Yourself’ by Justin Bieber alongside a single by Ricky England called ‘To Be Bold’. Ricky England and Adil C sang all together for his visitor appearance for all of CityWalk.

After he returned to his city in Canada, he started going to many zoom gatherings and calls with Charlie Walk and showed him selective music that he had been chipping away at in the studio. One of those melodies turned out to be Perfect Glow. In March 2020 Perfect Glow was authoritatively delivered. Adil C moved back from the passionate ardent sound he initially had with his initial two deliveries, and zeroed in additional on an elevating fiery dance feel. The melody was additionally created again by Dylan Werle, and Adil C yet this time Dylan’s sibling, Shaun Werle ventured into the creation cycle to help finish and expert the tune. Perfect Glow was another achievement melody for Adil C being gushed over multiple times.

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A Moment Back in Time: The Musical Journey of BeTru and the Late PM

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Rap music as a genre traces its roots back in the early 1970s at block parties in New York City when DJs began isolating and extending the rhythm breaks of funk, soul, and disco songs. Ever since, rapping worldwide has become a way for many rappers to transcend the streets and the harsh worlds they come from. Similarly, for Kosovo-born rapper BeTru, Music has been the only thing that has kept him going amid the struggles that life has thrown at him.

BeTru and PM were on the precipice of what seemed like a massive career. Armed with both talent and a hip hop mogul by their side, it was evident they were set for taking the Kosovo industry. BeTru’s musical journey started more than 17 years ago before he met PM. Both musicians, they two bonded immediately over the harsh conditions they faced in their small war-torn nation, as well as their shared love of music. There’s no way to overstate the role hard work and ambition can often play in ascending to the top of the rap game. Right place, right time, and right entourage can all be crucial in elevation. 

Possessing a near unparalleled command of English and a breathtaking freestyle game, BeTru and PM appeared to have all the raw materials acquired to etch their name into the pillar of the great. The duo honed their craft over time; that’s now an afterthought for the overwhelming majority of modern artists. Perhaps that explains why Hip Hop fans favored the pair. Even after PM’s death, BeTru continues to make great music in memory of his brother.

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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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