DJ ND: You're born and raised in the Bay Area. Why are there so many talented DJs from this area? Is djing part of the culture there more than anywhere else?
- Well, we do have a large diverse DJ and music culture here. From the underground San Francisco House Scene, to Turntablists and Radio DJs. My generation was lucky to grow up with the groups like ISP. The DJs whom I looked up to on the radio end, had DJs Cameron Paul & Michael Erickson to look up to. So when you put all that together, it makes a lot of sense why we are and who we are out here.
DJ ND: Like any DJ who travels a lot, you might have crazy stories to tell, anything you could share with us?
- One that comes into my mind, is how much people overseas appreciate Classic American Hip Hop. I’d even say they appreciate it MORE than we do here in America... I was booked to play a party in Oslo, Norway once in 2015. In America clubs are typically 21+ and if there is an 18+ party, those young kids will only want the newest mainstream songs, or stuff from the internet. So I was playing a set that would work great here in the US - new hip hop songs. About 20 minutes in this young girl came up to me (she couldn’t have been older than 19) and asked me to play WU TANG….this blew my mind. I can’t explain this phenomenon, but our old school hip hop from the States is alive and thriving way more overseas than it is here.