On Monday, veteran DJ and mixtape legend Neil Armstrong performed the first-ever all-vinyl set on DJcity’s MikiDz Show. Equipped with dozens of records, Armstrong reminded DJs of what it was like in the pre-Serato days. He also schooled viewers on the art of sampling, by playing classic tracks back-to-back with the hip-hop hits that sampled them. It was a journey through music history.
Armstrong’s interview with hosts MikiWAR and DJ Dainjazone was just as interesting. The New York native discussed his legendary mixtapes, what it was like being Jay Z’s tour DJ, Shortkut’s influence on him, among other topics.
Watch Armstrong’s entire set and interview below and download the audio via iTunes.
DJ Neil Armstrong with hosts DJ Dainjazone and MikiWAR
Born and bred in New York City, Armstrong is best known for co-founding the legendary 5th Platoon turntablist crew and serving as Jay Z’s tour DJ in 2008 and 2009. He’s also a global brand ambassador for Adidas and a renowned foodie.
DJ Neil Armstrong and Poh in Sedona, Arizona. (Instagram)
DJ Neil Armstrong is one of the busiest guys we know. Though best known for being Jay Z’s tour DJ from 2008 to 2009, the New Yorker has built a successful solo career as a club DJ and currently serves as a global music ambassador for Adidas.
Armstrong is also the proud owner of a dog named Poh, which he adopted from an animal shelter back in 1999. Unfortunately, the 15-year-old canine has several health problems and veterinarians have concluded that he won’t live much longer.
Torn between working on the road and spending time with his long-time companion, Armstrong, his fiance, and Poh began driving cross-country in early March. So far, they’ve visited 35 cities and traveled around 12,000 miles.
“My life is kind of hectic,” Armstrong told ABC News. “I’m always traveling, but Poh is my home, my child. I think this resonated with a lot of dog owners. They wish they could do stuff like this with their dog and spend these moments, but sometimes life gets in the way.”
Being the savvy marketer that he is, Armstrong went one step further and created an Instagram account to document Poh’s travels. Within weeks, the profile blew up and Armstrong has received a lot of positive comments — not to mention news coverage.
Here’s some of our favorite photos from the trip.
It’s good to mix things up sometimes and our Friday Fix podcast for this week does just that. New York City native and former JAY Z tour DJ Neil Armstrong has delivered us with 30 minutes of R&B and R&B-influenced hip-hop, including Nas’ new remix of Schoolboy Q’s slow-burner, “Studio.” As a global music ambassador for adidas, Neil is constantly on the road and we appreciate him taking the time to hit us with this mix.
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Beyonce – XO
Robin Thicke – Lost Without You
Miguel – Adorn
Robin Thicke – Get Her Back
Burd & Keyz ft. Shi Wisdom & KJ – LoveSpeak
Kid Ink ft. Usher & Tinashe – Body Language
Drake ft. Majid Jordan – Hold On We’re Going Home – Neil Armstrong Remix
JAY Z – Ain’t No N#gga – Neil Armstrong Remix
Beyonce – Partition
JAY Z – Venus vs. Mars
Schoolboy Q ft. Nas & BJ The Chicago Kid – Studio – Nas Remix
Beyonce ft. Kanye West – Drunk In Love Remix – Neil Armstrong Remix
Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake – Poetic Justice
Janelle Monae ft. Miguel – Primetime
Sevyn Streeter – It Won’t Stop
DJcity’s Friday Fix podcast features the hottest club tracks mixed by East Coast DJs. Every week our New York City Director Latin Prince showcases a different DJ with a 30 minute mix. Press play and start your weekend right!
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