• Watch DJ Vice and Comedian Jo Koy Go on a Taco Run

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    DJ/producer Vice has returned with a new episode of Electric Taco, this time featuring rising comedian Jo Koy.

    A native of Washington, Koy has been receiving a lot of press lately thanks to his new special on Netflix, Live from Seattle.

    Watch above to see him and Vice catch up as they make their way to Casita Taco Al Carbon in Los Angeles.

    Related: Watch DJ Vice and Perez Hilton Go on a Taco Run

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  • Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire Talks All Things Dancehall

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    Walshy Fire in the mix at Tuxedo Junction in Danbury, Connecticut. (Photo credit: Dan Nilsen)

    Leighton Paul Walsh, a.k.a. Walshy Fire, is best known for being a member of Major Lazer. The Jamaican-born MC, selector (DJ), and producer has had a successful career outside of the group, though. In 2004, Walshy joined the Miami Black Chiney sound system. He toured with it for 8 years and also hosted a popular radio show in the city. It wasn’t until 2012 that Walshy joined Major Lazer. Yet, despite the group’s success and busy schedule, he has still found time to continue his solo career. On Wednesday, Walshy dropped a new riddim album called “Chicken and Dumplin” with soca producer Kubiyashi. The project includes songs from heavyweights Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Shaggy, among others. On Friday, Walshy will headline Mad Decent’s takeover of Avalon’s Control party in Los Angeles.

    We caught up with Walshy before the show to discuss all things dancehall.

    As someone who was born in Jamaica and has been involved with dancehall for their entire career, how do you feel about its current popularity in the mainstream?

    It’s great. Dancehall is for everyone, for the masses. Hearing it world wide is a great feeling.

    Some pop artists have been criticized for appropriating dancehall culture and not giving credit where credit is due. Do you agree with that criticism?

    Credit is really all anyone wants in life. Every genre of music, every artist, every musician. So credit should always be given. Allow people to know where you sampled from.

    You once said in an interview that your sole purpose with Major Lazer is to “bring back some glory and international exposure [for] reggae and dancehall.” Do you think you’ve achieved that aim?

    I wouldn’t say, but I have a lot more work to do.

    Walshy Fire and Kubiyashi’s “Chicken and Dumplin” riddim album. Download select songs on DJcity.

    You’ve been credited with coining the term, “future dancehall.” What’s your definition of it?

    Future dancehall is dancehall mixed with EDM influences. It stays at the same dancehall tempo (94 to 100 BPM) but has rises and drops. And I don’t want the credit for making that name up. A lot of folks were calling it that before me. I might just be the one who made it popular.

    What is your favorite dancehall riddim of all time?

    The Answer Riddim.

    In your eyes, what are the similarities and differences between Jamaican selectors and American DJs?

    For Jamaican DJs, it’s not about the music as it is about the personality of the DJ. You can play an obscure song no one’s heard and with your personality make it big. You can make people laugh and do things they didn’t plan on doing, etc. Also, Jamaican DJs mix very quick. For American DJs, it’s more about shutting the club down with the big songs, scratching, blending, etc.

    Your role in Major Lazer is an MC and producer, but you also have a solo career as a DJ and producer. Is your approach different?

    Yeah, I bring the Jamaican and Miami style of DJing.

    A recap of Major Lazer’s historic concert in Havana, Cuba on March 6, 2016.

    How did your experience as a radio host in Miami influence you as an artist?

    I miss it a lot. It allowed me to be able to be humble and relate to the average person who just wants to have a good time. It’s not about trying to be this untouchable celebrity DJ. That will never be me.

    In 2016, Major Lazer became the first major American artist to perform in Cuba since diplomatic ties were restored. What was that like?

    It was the Highlight of my DJ life. Check out the documentary we did on it called Give Me Future.

    Are you or Major Lazer working with any Cuban artists?

    I work with Yotuel [from Orishas]. He’s a dope dude. I also work with Ari Lopez who now lives in Jamaica.

    Who are some newer artists that you’re feeling right now?

    Meleku [Sizzla’s son], Jah9, Masicka, and Ricardo Drue.

    Walshy Fire and Sillva’s back-to-back set at the 2017 Rum Set Boat Party in Miami.

    Follow Walshy Fire on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, and Twitter.

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  • A Look Inside the Beat Junkies’ DJ School

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    In April, the legendary Beat Junkies crew launched a DJ school called The Beat Junkie Institute of Sound. Located in Glendale, California, the school offers fundamental and specialized DJ courses, workshops, and private lessons, all taught by members of the crew.

    The Beat Junkie Institute of Sound puts on an emphasis on the foundation of DJing. For example, students start by learning with original vinyl and then move to digital. Its state-of-the-art facility features 12 workstations, a merch store, and a “longtagon,” which is a table for group scratch sessions.

    Power 106’s DJ E-Man recently took a tour of the institute and spoke with instructors DJ Babu and Mr. Choc. While he was there, he saw a scratch session that included DJ Premier. Afterwards, E-Man spoke with Premo about what it means to be a DJ today.

    Watch the video below.

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  • Destructo Talks DJ AM, Real DJs, Blending Hip-Hop and Dance Music, and More

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    Destructo and Too $hort. (Photo source: Facebook)

    HARD Fest founder, DJ, and producer Destructo stopped by Power 106 on Tuesday to announce the lineup for this year’s HARD Summer festival. The Los Angeles native, who worked at the station in the ’90s, discussed a variety of topics relating to DJ culture and the convergence of hip-hop and dance music.

    The interview began with host J Cruz asking Destructo who his favorite DJs are.

    “One of my heroes as a DJ was DJ AM,” Destructo answered. “I think he was one of the first superstar DJs, so I always give him props and respect for crossing over. He was that first guy to break through in Vegas. He blended stuff like rock and rap. He’s a DJ’s DJ, a real DJ.”

    Destructo recalled his most memorable moment with AM, his performance at the first HARD Haunted Mansion in 2008.

    “[AM] had the [Daft Punk] helmet and everything and he went on [stage] and started playing every Daft Punk song,” Destructo recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh my god. Daft Punk is gonna get really mad at me.’ It kinda looked like we were like punking the audience. But then about 40 minutes in he took the helmet off and hit the Speak & Spell [that said] DJ AM.”

    Cruz followed up by asking Destructo if he thinks DJs get enough respect these days.

    “Oh yeah, 100%. I think they might be respected a little too much,” Destructo said with a laugh. “We got it so good. Be happy. Don’t take it for granted because I’d been around for 20 years when nobody liked DJs and nobody gave a f#ck about it, and now everybody’s into it. And I think a lot of DJs; they take that for granted.”

    Speaking about HARD Fest, Destructo explained how it’s different from other festivals.

    “It’s like I’m bringing [Los Angeles] to the rest of the world because I think my perspective on music is completely different than anyone else’s in electronic music,” Destructo said. “And it’s from growing up here [and] listening to this station.”

    He added:

    “I blend all kinds of weird things together that no one would think [of]. The first HARD [festival] we did [featured] Justice. 2 Live Crew played. Steve Aoki played the second one. I had N.E.R.D. We had Pharrell. And this was in 2008, and now everyone’s like, ‘Put electronic and rap together,’ and [I’m] like, ‘Where have you guys been?'”

    In a larger sense, Destructo believes hip-hop and electronic music are one in the same.

    “Rap music to me is electronic music,” Destructo said. “It’s made with the same computers and machines, it’s just got different flavor.”

    Even the meaning behind the name of his new EP, Renegade, fits in line with his open-format philosophy.

    “I feel like the people that like my music, the people who come to my shows, they’re renegades because they’re open to something new and trying something different,” Destructo said.

    Watch the full 25-minute interview below and download Destructo’s single “All Nite” featuring E-40 and Too $hort on DJcity.

    Related: HARD Summer 2017 Lineup Revealed

  • Grandmaster Flash: Technology Is a Gift and a Curse

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    DJ and hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash discussed the role that technology plays in DJ culture during an interview with CNET at SXSW. The conversation took place before the debut of part two of Netflix’s The Get Down, which Flash associate produced.

    “The audience wants to see you perform. And as a DJ, the best platform will always be turntables,” Flash said when asked how he feels about DJs scratching with the Touch Bar on Apple’s new MacBook Pro.

    “Especially if you play multiple genres of music, the [beats per minute] fluctuate on all songs, you’re constantly trying to lock it in so that one beat connects on time to the next one. People want to see the constant battle going on. It’s something for them to look at, as opposed to [having] something that does it for you. I won’t say that it’s right or wrong, left or right, black or white. But why?”

    Flash added that DJing, like everything else, goes in cycles.

    “There has never been this much awareness for yesterday, of what was taking place in the ’70s,” he said. “So many people are trying to replicate what was.”

    However, Flash doesn’t disapprove of all new technology.

    “I used to have a room full of all the hardware. Two things happened: The room is increasingly hot — your power bill is out the window, it’s a mortgage. And it breaks down quite a bit. So, the scientist that I am, I went on a tear in the early ’90s when a lot of technology companies were making software versions of, like, a base module. Once I bought the app version, I took the hardware version and put it away. Slowly but surely, I put all my stuff away, because the wonder about technology is you can carry it with you. That’s a gift in it.”

    The curse, he said, is when the technology does the work for you.

    “I find that to be an insult to the audience. If you ain’t really mixing, then go try another profession. Don’t cheat the audience like that.”

    Watch a clip of Flash’s master class for The Get Down cast below. Part two debuts April 7.

    Related: Watch Grandmaster Flash’s Lecture on the Development of Hip-Hop DJing

  • Mike Will Made-It Talks Producing on The Breakfast Club

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    Fresh off of releasing his Ransom 2 album and producing Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.,” Mike Will Made-It stopped by The Breakfast Club for an interview.

    The Atlanta native discussed a variety of topics, including how he stays relevant, his current production gear, Rae Sremmurd‘s success, his desire to work on movie scores, how he breaks records, the producers who inspire him, and recording more socially conscious tracks.

    Watch the full interview above.

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  • Chris Karns Discusses His Live Setup for Pretty Lights

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    Chris Karns performs with Pretty Lights in Morrison, Colorado in 2016. (photo credit: Jesse Borrell)

    Serato recently caught up with former DMC World Champion, Chris Karns, who’s currently on tour with the Pretty Lights band. The Denver native has been working with the group for the past three years.

    Karns discussed how his approach to DJing has changed since joining the band, the various components of his setup, and how he uses Serato DJ. Specifically, Karns explained how he uses the Pitch ‘n Time expansion pack and Ableton Link.

    In addition to the interview, Karns put together an eclectic hour-long set for the SeratoCast.

    Watch the convo and stream the mix below.

    Related: Chris Karns Performs With Reloop’s Mixon 4

  • Sonny Digital Interviewed by Nardwuar

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    Nardwuar went hard at SXSW. The legendary interviewer spoke with a bunch of artists, including Snoop Dogg (his ninth interview with the rapper), Desiigner, Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, and Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic. However, one of the standouts was an interview with renowned hip-hop producer, Sonny Digital.

    A native of Atlanta, Sonny’s most popular productions include hits like ILoveMakonnen‘s “Tuesday,” 2 Chainz‘s “Birthday Song,” Future‘s “Same Damn Time,” and YC’s “Racks.”

    Watch the convo above.

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  • Brasstracks Discuss How They Produced Chance the Rapper’s ‘No Problem’

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    Rising production duo Brasstracks recently sat down with Genius to discuss how they produced Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem.” The song, which features Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, won a Grammy this year for Best Rap Performance and peaked at No. 43 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

    In a six-minute video, Brasstracks break down the story behind the song and how they used stock sounds in Ableton Live to create it. The duo insists they didn’t use samples in the track, though it was inspired by Kanye West’s old style of sampling.

    Brasstracks also explain how they connected with Chance. “Everything we’ve ever put out, we get so many people saying that Chance the Rapper should get on it, and one day we tweeted that exact thing,” they say. “He retweeted it, and then he followed us. So we DM’ed him.”

    The duo recently wrapped up a tour with Big Gigantic and Keys N Krates and dropped an EP, Good Love. In 2016, they contributed to Anderson .Paak’s single “Am I Wrong” featuring Schoolboy Q.

    Watch Brasstracks break down “No Problem” above.

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  • Watch DJ Premier’s Interview With The Breakfast Club

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    After years in the making, DJ Premier finally paid a visit to Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. The legendary DJ and producer covered his entire career, from growing up in Texas and joining Gang Starr to working with The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, and Nas. The hour-long conversation is a must-watch for fans of classic hip-hop, production, and DJ culture.

    Watch it above and grab his new single with Miguel, “2 Lovin U,” on DJcity.

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