ORTOFON: Eskei, what inspired you to become a DJ?
- There were two things that spurred me: for one, hip-hop and German rap were booming in Germany in 1997/1998 - everyone at my school was listening to Massive Töne or Absolute Beginner. I was hooked. DJ Mad was in the limelight, particularly in Absolute Beginner. Not only were they responsive to him lyrically, but he was also part of the band, since he was responsible for the beats.
That’s when I started producing beats on my computer. But I also wanted to scratch over the beats, so it was only natural to add two turntables to the mix. The scratching wasn’t really working using my parents’ turntable. In Bautzen, where I was playing football at the time, there was a record store I used to go to where I bought my first hip-hop records and my first DJ set-up with belt-driven turntables. I used that to DJ my first gigs and record my first mix tapes.
The other factor was that at the time, my friends and I frequented the so-called “Jugendhäuser”. DJs used to perform a lot at those places. I watched them mix and scratch records, and I just loved it.