Name, Location, What You Do:
DJ C-Reality, New Jersey. I currently do a weekly online radio show called Flip The Script Radio with my co-creator/co-host Greystoke, and co-host Mateo. I consider myself a tastemaker on the show, featuring hip hop music from all over the world that I feel should have a platform. I’m also an active club DJ, if the venue is right and suits my needs.
I was heavily influenced by pioneers like Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc, Bambaata, Red Alert, Marley Marl, DST, and Jam Master Jay. These were the people that sparked my interest in the art of DJing in my early, formative years. Especially Red Alert from a radio perspective. Years later, I received further inspiration from the turntablist and battle scene, with such DJ’s as Steve D, Alladdin, Richie Rich, The Supermen, X-Men, and the Scratch Pickles.
Favorite Records at the Moment:
Being exposed to so much new music its a hard pick for me. I will say that Rasheed Chappell’s First Brick and Oxygen’s Age Appropriate have stayed in my rotation for a while now though.
Best Digging Story:
I’ve had a few interesting digging stories over the years that’s for sure, but the one that stands out was records I pulled out of a dumpster behind an apartment complex once. There were some classics in there from artists like, The Meters, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, and even a couple Strata East joints.
Favorite Mix and Why. Any Genre, Any DJ.
As far as favorite mixes, there are way too many to remember, and so many great ones by some incredible DJs. One that I always find myself going back to though are J-Rocc’s Syndromes series, and DJ RIz’s Live From Brooklyn volumes.
LP, 12”, or 7” format?
I always relied on 12inches as the main source of music, I was fascinated with them for a long time actually. In the last few years, I’ve been using a mostly digital format (Serato) especially since beginning the radio show and featuring lots of stuff that isn’t released on wax as much. Plus, I’m nearing senior citizen status so convenience is also an issue..haha.
Junk Food You Can’t Live Without:
It’s not so much a food, but more of a drink. I love soda, I’ve cut down drastically on the amount I drink in later years, but nothing beats an ice-cold Coke!!
Most Memorable Gig Played:
I was part of an 8 piece band called Sunny Daze and we recorded a live album in front of an audience at The Crossroads, a pretty well-known club for performances in NJ. The crowd was really receptive, and it was just one of those nights where all the planets were in alignment. That gig was definitely memorable for me.
Record That Never Leaves Your Record Box:
The Ohio Player’s “Ecstasy” is a go-to joint for me. It’s not only a great tune with super energy, it works across a whole different demographic of people.
Shout Outs, Last Remarks, and Gig Info:
I have to shout out my super supportive wife Sandra for putting up with this DJ crap for decades, all the people that have followed me and supported me at gigs for years, and to anybody that opened up opportunities for me to be a part of that were really life-changing. Lastly, a super-strong shout out to Greystoke and Mateo, my partners in Flip The Script Radio for their endless effort and work to make the show as awesome as it’s become. Can’t forget the homie DJ Prestige for including me in “Big Ups”, its an honor and a privilege.