Deejaying is such not a normal job. But the more that I treated it like a job, like being there on time, and like doing a really good job, and like weird, little things instilled from my dad, the better I felt. Like I didn't get all drunk and wasn't sloppy at work, or like not showing up on time and just did a good job. I kind of kept my head down and like just stayed really, really under the radar.
When you look back to your early days at Exit, in what ways has your deejaying style changed or evolved? Had I seen you in action 10 years ago, what would be noticeably different?
To be honest, I think my direction has really stayed the same. Like I really always love to come to the club and just play great music. A lot of times I would actually, especially from my earlier CDs, I would kind of push people's envelope, and try to like play different things and play new things. Back then, you played hip-hop or you played house.
There was no in between. There was no gray area. Like you didn't play eighties. You didn't play rock ‘n’ roll. You just played hip-hop. And when I would play stuff like that, people would be blown away. I always loved doing that. I love mixing house and hip-hop together! Man, I can remember when ["Kernkraft 400" from] Zombie Nation came out. I used to mix [Jay-Z’s] “Big Pimpin’” with it. So I was already mixing genres – at the age of sixteen. It feels like it’s been really a long time, but my approach to deejaying really hasn't changed. I just like to play really great music.
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