I have many influences. As a DJ, I’d hafta say people like DJ Man (ATL legend), Jazzy Jeff, DJ Jaycee, DJ Spinna, Rich Medina, J. Rocc, so many others. As a producer, I’d have to say Teo Macero, Quincy Jones, Leon Sylvers, Spearhead X, Pete Rock, Mantronik, DJ Spinna, among others.
Favorite Records at the Moment:
Right now, I’m really into the PRhyme album, the Keifer album Kickin It Alone, Roc Marciano’s RR2: The Bitter Dose, the Khruangbin album, Con Todo El Mundo, and this SUPER DOPE gospel album by The 21st Century Singers.
Best Digging Story:
I remember being at at record fair and seeing a copy of Ike White’s Changin Times for $275, and I ALMOST broke down and bought it. Good thing I didn’t. Found it a week later for 5 bucks!!! LOL
Favorite Mix and Why. Any Genre, Any DJ.
I have a few actually:
Kid Capri- “52 Beats”, and also his “Old School, pt 2.”,
DJ Spinna- “Wonder Wrote It, pt.1“,
J. Rocc- “James Brown & Friends”,
DJ Jaycee- “MJ: The Soulful Years“, and also his “Pizza At Primo’s” mixtape.
All the Con Men, Soulman and On Track tapes
DJ Shame- Adventures In Sampleland
DJ Qbert- Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Muzik
To me, they all embody genuine love for music and the care that SHOULD be put into presenting a mixtape with integrity.
LP, 12”, or 7” format?
I have ’em all, and I’ve played them all out at one time or another, but I can’t say I have a “favorite” format. Kinda just depends on what the moment/gig calls for.
Junk Food You Can’t Live Without:
As a vegan, I TRY to stay away from junk food, but Thin Mints (out of the freezer), Reese’s Cups (also out of the fridge), Butterfinger, Apple Cobbler, and Key Lime Pie from Publix are always winners.
Most Memorable Gig Played:
There have been quite a few over the years, but I’d probably have to say the inaugural Godfather (James Brown tribute) party in Miami for Winter Music Conference in 2007. I dropped my edit for “Bodyheat” and the crowd loved it. J. Rocc gave me props, and it meant the world to me because his mixtape really inspired me to start the party with Injex and Dazikue.
Record That Never Leaves Your Record Box:
“In The Raw” -The Whispers
Shout Outs, Last Remarks, and Gig Info:
I wanna give a shout out to DJ Jazzy Jeff and my Playlist Retreat family. One time for my peoples DJ Jaycee aka REEkardo Tubbz, Supreme La Rock, Skeme Richards, Jake One and Gene Brown. Shout out to Arcee at Cratery, Big Jacks, Bozackula, and Ari at Cosmos Records in Toronto. One time for Houseshoes, Mona Lisa, The Beat Junkies, Mike Wallace, Jules Inkswel, Buscrates, Sadar Bahar, Joc Max, Illvibe Collective, my peoples at Record Breakin, DJ Stylus, Mell Star, Boogie Blind, Rob Swift, DJ Bee…so many people I’ve had the honor to meet in this game, I’d be here all day. To all the DJs out here playing good music, and doing it with SOUL AND SKILL, I fucks witcha!!!
Check me out at www.djapplejac.com for links to all my social media and music pages. I also have a clothing line to correspond with my “Unhooked Generation” party series, which can also be found on my website. I do a compilation that I kicked off on Instagram a couple years ago called “Shecky’s Sunday Coolout”, which is an all vinyl comp of just some cool records I may be listening to at a particular time, unmixed, and not particularly rare, that usually center around a theme (haven’t done one in a while either lol). I also started a monthly playlist a few months back exclusively for Spotify, that gives a glimpse into what I’m rocking with at the time or the kinds of things you can hear at an Unhooked Generation party. In terms of new music, I just dropped a remix for my homie SiR’s “The Canvas” on my Soundcloud page (available for free download). I also have a remix for Teflon Dons feat. Gregory Porter that will be on the Moulton Music “South Beach Sessions 2018” compilation. I’ll be releasing my first House Music EP, “The Adinkra EP”, which features Miles Bonny on the title track on Shadeleaf Music out of the UK in May, and I’m in the home stretch of mixing for an upcoming EP with vocalist Maleke O’Ney slated for a Summer release. For DJ bookings or production/remix inquiries, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for allowing me this amazing platform to talk about records. Salute!!!