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Respect the DJ Interview with DJ Savir @savir.the.dj

Amanda Giordano

@Bklynz

@Bklynz

How did you get into DJing?

I started by being influenced by DJs like DJ Scribbles, DJ Enuff, and DJ Camilo. I used to record HoT 97 mixes on blank cassette tapes and listened to them on repeat. This generation has no idea.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

Started watching videos on YouTube of other DJs live and got more in depth with Serato. Utilizing these new controllers to their full capability has made my mixes more clean and crisp.

What did your first set up look like?

My first setup was a Gemini Starter Pack: 2 Gemini 500 Turntables, and the most simplest 2-channel Gemini mixer. Took my dads Sony 40” speakers and bought an amplifier to hold the power. Used that setup and only vinyls for the first 5 years.

@Bklynz

@Bklynz

What does your current set up look like?

Now I use a Pioneer DDJ-SX, it’s my baby. I use a MacBook Air with a 1TB external.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

I took my last name (RIVAS) and flipped it

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

Made in America, Rolling Loud, or Woodstock if that every happens... (I’m hearing rumors)

@Bklynz

@Bklynz

If you could DJ in any 3 cities what would they be?

Los Angeles, Tokyo, or Atlanta

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

Dead: Bob Marley / Alive: Snoop Dogg

What is your goal when you play live?

Keep the energy once you build it up

@Bklynz

@Bklynz

What's your go to song right now?

Chimbala & Farruko - Maniqui (Remix)


What is your dream as a DJ?

TO LEAVE A LEGACY

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

Make it your passion and don’t let anything get in your way. You’re style is your style. Just keep it fresh and it’s sky’s the limit

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

@savir.the.dj on IG / Savir TheDeejay on FB

B-EZ 'VIB-EZ' Interview #BEZMUSIK

Amanda Giordano

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Why did you make this album?

Following a period of discouragement and lack of self-confidence, I took time for myself to reflect on Life and what it meant to Live. The happiness gained, the memory of pain, and the daily struggles were all key components into making this project. Thematically speaking, ‘ViB-EZ’ explores the feeling(s) one may have when experiencing the sensation of Good/Bad Vibes. Whether it’s pleasure, self-assurance, passion and rage, or even self-doubt, all of us as a people can relate to it. This project primarily deals with the fight towards self-euphoria, yet also touches on decadence, escapism, necessities of life, pain, romance, belief in oneself, and gratification. No Matter Who YOU are... This Album is For You. #BEZMUSIK


What inspired the title 'VIB-EZ'?

To be honest with you it was a Snapchat filter. About two years ago I was just swiping thru some of the filters, trynna make my picture better than it was, and one of them said “Good Vibez”. At first glance I didn’t pay it no mind but after looking back I immediately saw my name.. B-EZ. I knew right then and there that this was going to be the next name for my project, no matter what. And every day after that the name “ViB-EZ” grew on me more and more which then influenced the concept of the album as a whole.


If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

Many people I know have been begging me to do a remix to my second single “Wassup Wit’ It”. The sound is just so different plus the hook is catchy so I understand. But the one song I would really love aspiring artists to remix is “Bad Guy feat. St. Droper”. That beat, produced by yours truly, is just so ferocious to me and I would be honored if any artist would just Black Out on that track, with my permission of course. Do whatever you gotta do, just make sure it’s fuego amigo.

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

First and foremost I must give a shoutout to my father/mentor/favorite emcee Optometrist. Without him B-EZ doesn’t exist and he definitely helped with some aspects of the album. Also would like to shoutout and thank my family and wifey for always supporting me through thick and thin. Whether that’s by having them listen to unreleased songs or streaming my singles every night, I will forever be grateful for you all. Lastly would like to thank and give a huge shoutout to the features of this album/“Da Smack Squad” Major (SBM), St Droper, and my boy Moose. They’ve been supporting me and this album from day one and will always be my brothers.

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What is your favorite track? Why?

I have two favorite tracks on this album and they are “Live My Life” and “Waste Time”. I let it all out on these songs and honestly felt emotional after producing the beats and making the final mix down. They both were created during moments in my life when I was dealing with pain and even depression. They each give off a similar yet different message all can relate to and will always get me through the hard times. Looking back and remembering the struggles to even make these two songs to see that today they are finally released to the public is a true blessing. I hope that these songs and many more will get you through your struggles too.

What is your goal as an artist?

My goal is to simply inspire, and that statement alone can mean so much to so many. I can have all the hate in the world, have people bash my name and disrespect all that I’ve done thus far in my musical career, and have absolutely no revenue or profits from any of my songs/projects. But as long as my music can touch one person to where he or she feels connected, confident, and even happier, then I have reached my primary goal as an artist. The money, the fame, and the glorification are all secondary to me when it comes to my goals. As long as I can inspire that one person, connect with them through my music, teach them the lessons that he or she needs to hear to survive in this world, and show them to never give up on oneself, I will feel more than successful as an artist.

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I wanted to make music ever since I was young and saw my father and uncle Psyclonus work on the critically acclaimed album “Super Rhymes: The Pen And Pad Chronicles”. The love and talent for music is in my blood, and that alone is an understatement. I have been perfecting my craft and skills everyday since I was about six or seven. It wasn’t until I released my debut album “EZ Pass Fastlane Status” that I felt the confidence I needed to continue as an artist/emcee. But if I can pinpoint a specific date to when the rap gods called my name, it would definitely have to be when I was a young boy.

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

My Dream is to keep succeeding in life so that my mother and father won’t have to pay another bill in their lives. If my music can take them and the rest of my family to the “promise land” then I will do any and everything in my power to make that happen. So many people have made sacrifices for me throughout my life and now it’s my turn. I will continue to break the stereotypes of being another statistic on society/the hood, of being another Hispanic/Black man who will eventually die on the streets, and of being a nobody from Staten Island. To give up now is to give up on my family, and that will never be an option.

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

The first lines I said on my song “Bad Guy” came to mind when I saw this question: “They always told me I wasn’t gonna be sh*t, lonely a con yeah a convict. Teachers failed me for every project but now I remain the main topic...”

People stereotype me everyday and tell me what they think is best for me and my career. I overcome them by being the strong individual that I am through my music or just in life in general. None of these people who talk down on me will ever walk in my shoes, deal with the cards I have been dealt, and will never be me. With all of the pain and struggle I have endured in my life I have no option to give up and I will continue to move the way I move and be the man I’m supposed to be. You don’t have to like me, but I will make sure that with everything I do to better my family, friends, and myself... you WILL RESPECT me 

What advice would you give to something that is looking to pursuit their dreams?

As cliche as this sounds, just don’t give up. No pun intended but it won’t be easy and life will hit you hard as hell. Yet as long as you keep fighting for what you want, you will succeed. Take the criticism, learn but don’t run from it, work on bettering yourself, and chase your goals until you are tired and even then keep going. Love the Hate, grow from pain, and just be You. You Know The ViB-EZ!!!

Respect the Producer Interview with PopeBeats @popebeatsc

Amanda Giordano

Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (   robbent.com   )

Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (robbent.com)

What is your Producer name?

PopeBeats

How did you get your name?

My friends call me Pop which is short for my last name Popov; In Serbian Pop means Pope, so that’s how my name “Popebeats” came to be.

Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (   robbent.com   )

Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (robbent.com)

How did you get into Producing?

It all actually happened very spontaneously. While I was hanging out with my longtime friends, like usual, we were freestyle rapping for fun. Then, an idea popped into our heads: why wouldn’t we try this for real? My friends wanted to be rappers and I figured I could be the one who made the beats. Despite the fact that I had no knowledge about music production, surprisingly enough it motivated me, even more, to give it a try. I went home that night, installed FL and it was love at first sight

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

In addition to spending countless hours experimenting on the FL studio, I improved my skills by exploring and watching tutorials about everything that I aspired to learn.

What did your first set up look like?

Just my PC, my headphones and FL studio.

Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (   robbent.com   )

Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (robbent.com)

What does your current set up look like?

Aside from new VSTs I bought, my setup is pretty much the same as when I first got started. My creativity has drastically evolved while my tools have pretty much remained the same.

How did you get your Producer/Artist name?

There's no real special back story behind my Artist name. It's a play on my last name and what I love to do which is to make beats.

If you could produce for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

It would have to be Mac Miller, without a doubt, he was and still is my biggest inspiration. Young Lean or Travis Scott would most definitely be my second choice, I really appreciate how creative and authentic they are. I believe that with each and every one of them, I can create an ‘out of this world’ banger.

What is your goal when you create?

When I create, I aspire to make use of every idea that pops into my head. When I’m feeling inspired, I make sure not to waste any second of it, and to continue working until I feel satisfied with the outcome.

Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (   robbent.com   )

Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (robbent.com)

What's your go-to song right now?

Sold out dates by Lil Baby x Gunna.

What is your dream as a Producer?

As for, generally in life, and in producing, my motto is to keep working on myself, and improving myself in every way possible. In the long run, my dream is to get to the point in my career where I can collaborate with well-known, acclaimed artists, and that one day, “Popebeats” appears on the Top 10 billboard charts.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a Producer?

In my opinion, the key to success is working hard and staying focused. As long as this is actually your dream, you shouldn’t even consider it as work, but rather as pleasure. Never mind what anyone has negative to say about you or your work, as long as you stay focused on what you dream and believe in, they won’t distract you. It is useful to consider criticism, but only if it’s constructive. It will get tough, but don’t let that bring you down, just keep your head held high, and keep striving.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCACZzobPRiiK-9Od4KMl3Jw

Souncloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/popebeatsc

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/popebeatsc/

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/BeatsPope

Respect the DJ Interview with DJ Lukem

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into Djing?

It all started in 2016. I‘ve always had a taste for electronic music. But in 2016, I was inspired by a local festival DJ which hung up at a party organized by me.

When I saw how he could influence the mood of people with his music, I knew that I wanted it too.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I sat in front of my equipment almost every day & tried to get better.

I also tried to get a better feeling for building a song. In the end, it helped a lot to know when and where I can best make a transition.

What did your first setup look like?

I had a Pioneer DDJ RB controller and intially a standard windows laptop. After two weeks, however, I bought a Mac Book from a friendly DJ, because this had much more power.

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What does your current setup look like?

Currently I have a DDJ RX controller and still my Mac from back then. As headphones, I use the „DT-80 pro audio“ from Beyer Dynamics. I also started producing music, so I count the „FL Studio“ program as my piece of equipment. In FL Studio I mostly work with the plugins „Sylenth 1“ and „Nexus“.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

My artist name is made up of my first name and surname. My name is Lukas Kaemnick. The „Lu“ from „Lukem“ comes from thr first two letters of my first name and the letters „kem“ are a mixture of the letters of my last name.

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

Tomorrowland, Ultra Miami, EDC Las Vegas

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If you could DJ in any three cities what would they be?

Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

It would have been Avicii earlier, today it would be Kygo.

What is your goal when you play live?

I always try to fill the dance floor as fast as possible with not too familiar tracks.

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What is your go to song right now?

My latest song is called „Stay Down“. I released it on March 9th on the label „Beatdealer Records“.

What is your dream as a DJ?

I dream of being on the stages of big festivals someday. I would like people to see my songs sing & how happy they are.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

In case of setbacks, you should never give up! Do not let anything stop you. Learn new and meet other DJs!

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)

Instagram

Facebook

Spotify