This months feature is a International DJ with special performance flair…. lets watch the spinning of the 1’s and 2’s with Deejayirie
Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your DJ name?
Deejayirie: My actual name is Irie. It’s a Brazilian Indian name and it means white star. A lot of people think it’s a chosen name referring to the Jamaican term Irie (which means something like being in peace with your current start of being). Although I don’t use the name for that reason, I feel it does suit me well, since I’m very much in peace with who I am and what I do. Some (mostly Americans) give me a hard time because they think I stole the name from Miami heat’s DJ Irie. I even get emails saying I’m wack and a biter for stealing his name. Those people fail to realize that I’ve been using this name since 1993. There was no internet back then, so it was nearly impossible to check if the name was already taken. Besides that it’s my real name, so if anyone should change their name it should be DJ Irie. But I don’t sweat it. I did add Deejay in front, instead of DJ, since most social media names were already taken by the gentleman out of Miami.
Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop/music scene like there?
Deejayirie: I’m born in São Paulo, Brazil. But I grew up in Holland, Europe. For the past decade I’ve been living in the city of Groningen (G-town, Ghosttown, G-City Titty Committee where the girls are always pretty). The scene out here is good. Lately we’ve been having a lot of Funk, Breaks and Groove parties. There’s a strong vinyl collecting scene over here. In terms of Hip Hop we got a few artists that’s been blowing up nationally and internationally (like
Dope DOD). We have a strong beat society here. Way more great producers than MC’s.
Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?
Deejayirie: I grew up listening to my Mom’s music. Since she grew up in the UK we listened to mostly The Beatles, Stones, 60’s music overall. I’ve always been fascinated by the live album of Supertramp. That album is one of the reason’s I started to play piano. I’ve been a fan of Hip Hop since the early 90’s. Public Enemy, Ice-T, NWA. Later I became a huge fan of Gang Starr, Tim Dog, KRS One. All east coast. In my block nobody listened to westcoast stuff. We used to be very strict about that. I can be inspired by a lot of things. Sometimes it’s a DJ set I see live or online. When I hear a fresh song I get inspired to create music. But movies or documentaries also could inspire me. Last couple of years I’ve been really inspired by the LA beat scene. Artists like Mono/Poly, Mr Carmack, G Jones. It fascinates me the way they can create such huge sounds with synths and still keep it funky. It’s like next level Hip Hop beats to me.
Mistajay: You describe your style as ‘eclectic’, mashing and mixing hip hop, reggae, funk,
soul, rock, breaks and bass what brought you to this evolution of sounds?
Deejayirie: When I started to do DJ Battles I more or less neglected the whole world (including music) and just studied DJ Battle VHS and DVD’s. I had a bunch of battle records and all I did was practice and watch other DJ’s. After my battle career I slowly started to get back into music, making my first mixtapes. First it was strictly Hip- Hop. Later on I started to figure out where all the samples came from and I began collecting and digging for breaks. I’m not a deep crate digger like some people out there. I do think it’s dope to have the essential breaks like Funky Drummer, Big Beat, Funky president. When Serato came out I jumped right into it. It gave me the
opportunity to mix all styles and genres. Could be really old stuff, brand new innovative beats, and foreign music. There are really no boundaries now. If it’s funky and it gets the crowd going, I will play it.
Mistajay: You Released Sample Chain Found Vol.1 – 2, The Other Side Of Valentine, Hectic Eclectic, Vol.1 - 2 - 3 & Reggae & Dubstep Mix What is your best project recorded to date and why?
Deejayirie: I think both Hectic Eclectic 1 and Sample Chain Found 1. For Hectic Eclectic I used all vinyl. The mix was made with mp3’s but then I decided it would be cool to go dig for all the records and redo the mix. So my wife and me went to San Francisco and LA to visit all the beautiful record shops there and I managed to get all the records I wanted. Sample Chain Found was an idea I had for a few years before I started recording it. In my mind it was growing into enormous proportions and it seemed like so much work to put it together. And it really was a lot of work. So I’m extra happy about that one, because I found the courage and energy to pull it off.
Mistajay: You shared the stage opening for and performing with, acts like Mixmaster Mike, Gaslamp Killer, KRS One, Jeru Da Damaja, Black Milk, Q-Bert, DJ Fly and Odyssee. If you could share the stage with any other 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?
Deejayirie: I would love to create a show with DJ Woody (UK). He’s by far the most innovative DJ in the industry and I think I could learn a lot from working with him. Would love to share the stage with Jurassic 5. They got the best Hip Hop show out there. And I think I would have a blast performing with the Dap Kings. They really got that dirty raw 70’s funk sound.
Mistajay: Performing you are involved in producing musical and visual content for Ish’ theatre shows. You successfully adopted video scratching in his mix around 2008 Please explain the effect on the audience and What is the feeling you got pulling everything together?
Deejayirie: I get plenty of feedback from the audience after shows. A lot of them tell me they have never seen anything like it before, and I think that’s great! One other thing people tell me is they get nostalgic because of the footage I use. It might bring them back great memories. What they also tell me is that they feel it’s easier to understand DJ’ing (and turntablism) because of the direct translation and correlation between audio and video.
Mistajay: A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?
Deejayirie: I guess you have to start off with ambition. As an artist you just want to create and I get that. I’ve been like that for many years myself. But the last couple of years I’ve been way more involved in the business side. Getting to network, getting your online profile right. But I still keep it 100%. If I don’t get along with you, or I don’t support your product/brand I’m not doing business with you, no matter what.I never released any official music so the publishing and royalties story doesn’t really apply to my work.
Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop/music going in 2016? How do you see yourself fitting into that?
Deejayirie: The, what I call, pop Hip Hop is getting pretty bad. Wack beats, terrible rhymes, stupid topics. I feel bad for the kids nowadays. But on the positive side we got artists like Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson
that are killing it. I’m not sure where it’s gonna go, but overall the signs are good. I see a lot of youngster doing research and wanting to hear some classic Hip Hop. They’re re-inventing the 90’s sound, putting their own twist to it and that’s great. What I specially love about Hip Hop in 2016 is that it’s global. It open up tours for doing shows all around the world.
Mistajay: What are your future plans?
Deejayirie: Last couple of years I’ve been taking my productions way more serious than before. Really taking my time to figure out how to create certain styles of music. I’m taking in consideration the fact that producers are getting DJ gigs based on their productions skills and not their DJ skills. So the plan is to release my own music. It might bean album, singles or maybe some remixes. Once I have enough music I want to create an audio-visual show
thatgoes with it. There are plans of doing several international tours, but I don’t want to jinx it, so I leave it at that.
Mistajay: Any last thoughts?
Deejayirie: Live it short, don’t waist your time on bullshit.
Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?
Deejayirie: You can follow go to my website www.deejayirie.com. There you will find all the links to social media. You can get all my mixtapes and radiomixes on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/deejay-irie), Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/deejay-irie/ and iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/podcast/deejayirie/
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