DJ Essential Interview
Distribute Kings exclusive interview with DJ Essential. 5 Million Downloads for song titled "Technic Turntable Styles"
1. Distribute Kings: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
DJ Essential: I was born in Grand Haven Michigan, lived in Telluride Colorado most of my life and have lived in San Francisco, New York and now I am living the island lifestyle on Kauai in Hawaii.
2. Distribute Kings: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING MUSIC?
DJ Essential: I started doing radio around 10 years old with my friends from school. We would have the late show so it was pretty much a bunch of kids running the station. We would all bring music from home or browse the station for old records and CDs. This was a community radio station so we could play really anything we wanted as long as they were radio edited versions. We had a blast. Around that same time I started playing the Saxophone, learned music theory and it wasn't until High School that I started Djing.
3. Distribute Kings: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO MUSIC?
DJ Essential: Man, music takes you to another world. Everyone has a soundtrack to their lives. You've got songs for those summer days hanging out by the bay or the lake, songs for rainy days, songs to get you through a break up, or just tracks that make you feel good. I loved hearing all these different styles of music but once I was able to create my own music I then became apart of the sounds I loved so much. Its one of the best feelings in the world.
4. Distribute Kings: WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST & WHY?
DJ Essential: I am an Old School Hip Hop head and out of all the amazing artists out there I have to say People Under the Stairs. Thes One produces and raps and Double K djs and raps. Seems year after year I go through numerous artists when I am listening to music. Some have lasting power and some don't but year after year People Under the Stairs has stayed in my collection. Timeless and really sets an amazing vibe for the day.
5. Distribute Kings: WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO DO A COLLAB WITH?
DJ Essential: If I could collaborate with anyone it would be Dr Dre. Id have him produce a beat, I would remix it, then I would bring in some 2Pac verses from the archives and add Xzibit, Ice Cube, Snoop, Eminem, just to name a few. Maybe throw in some classic Nate Dogg for the Chorus.
6. Distribute Kings: WHAT WAS THE NAME OF YOUR FIRST SONG?
DJ Essential: The first track I made doesn't even have a name. I took a bunch of hip hip instrumentals, found samples to create a story with hip hop verses, mixed them all together and added scratches over the track. It came out amazing. It took you on a journey. My friend Sean and I worked on it for three days straight in San Francisco about 15 years ago
7. Distribute Kings: WOULD YOU RATHER BE A INDEPENDENT OR MAINSTREAM ARTIST & WHY?
DJ Essential: I Enjoy being an Independent artist. You really have the freedom to create the music that you want to produce. The sound is more genuine and real. Often mainstream artists are slowly molded and manipulated by record execs who distort the artists original idea. Being Mainstream sounds more like a nightmare than benefit
8. Distribute Kings: NAME 1 MUSIC ARTIST THAT YOU WOULD BRING BACK FROM THE DEAD & WHY?
DJ Essential: Man thats a hard one. The music in heaven seems to be way more musically inclined than some of the music on earth right now. Man from Jim Morrison, Jimmy Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Freddie Mercury, Jam Master Jay, Jerry Garcia, to Bob Marley and even in todays artists like Mac Miller, Amy Winehouse, and Nipsey Hussle. There are to many great artists and so many more to mention but I would have to say Biggie and 2Pac. 2 for 1 special haha. With that Makaveli concept 2Pac had going you'd change the world!
9. Distribute Kings: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A DISTRIBUTE KINGS PLATINUM ARTIST?
DJ Essential: Its amazing! Keeping real Hip-Hop alive is very important for me and Distribute Kings is really doing there part to spread the sound of really talented artists. Its a very important roll. Keep it up guys!
10. Distribute Kings: TELL OUR READERS HOW THEY CAN BOOK YOU & YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA INFO
You can book me on Instagram Dj_Essential__ I do everything from DJ clubs, parties, festivals, weddings, conventions, to produce, and run sound boards for bands. I am always up for a good collaboration so anyone who has the drive I am always in to create new projects. Lets make some great music!n