There Can Only Be One: Reed Rothchild


You know Reed Rothchild’s in the house if you smell the smoky deliciousness of freshly cooked bacon wafting in the air.  Yeeeeeahhhh buddy!  It’s always time for bacon when Reed Rothchild is around.  He loves bacon so much that he comes equipped to each of his shows with a bag of delicious bacon, or what he’s now dubbed as Rave Bacon.  Now tell me, how many DJs do you know who will feed you a tasty breakfast side dish while you rage to his tunes?  I only know of one.  The Baconator himself, Reed Rothchild.

Rothchild is one of the most fun and diverse DJs I’ve seen in the DC area.  He literally plays EVERYTHING.  No matter where he plays, whether it’s at Starscape, Mega, or any other Steez Promo rave, you’ll hear a nice mix of moombahton, electro, hip-hop, and Baltimore club.  He’s all over the place, in a good way.  He’ll keep you interested all night and he actually looks like he has fun doing it.  The energy transfers very well.  One of my favorite events he throws is his bi-monthly party, Reed vs. Reed, at Little Miss Whiskeys in DC, where he teams up with Obeyah for an all-night jam session of drunken debauchery.  Little Miss Whiskeys crafts up this deceptively tasty creeper house drink that’ll put you on that next level.  Combine that with Rothchild’s expert selecting and you really have a night you couldn’t forget even if you wanted to.

On that note, this Sunday we’ll be celebrating a magical holiday also known as Reed Rothchild’s Birthday.  He’s made it to see thirty years on this here Planet Earth all while keeping that boyish figure.  I dunno how he does it but it might have something to do with the breakfast mafia so I don’t ask questions.  Either way, he’ll be throwing a birthday rager at Rock & Roll Hotel in DC called Moombacon Massive.  (See what he did there?)  The party starts at 8PM and if you get there early, you can even join him in a Feast of the Godz featuring fried chicken and bacon.  If that doesn’t give you a heart attack, check out this killer line-up of DJs – Baltimore club legend Scottie B, King Tutt, James Nasty, Uncle Jesse, DJ Smudge, Keenan, Denman, and the birthday boy himself.  One look at the line-up and amenities and it feels more like a gift to us than it is to him but I think he really gets off on watching people get gluttonous in the club.  I’m not mad at that.  Party on, Garth.

Fun Bonus Fact:  Moombacon Massive also serves as a celebration of the re-launch of his notoriously hilarious corner of the World Wide Web, Head of Rothchild.  HOR serves as a bacon-centric hub of disgustingly delicious recipes, sophisticated critiques of shitty MySpace rappers, and all that other weird Internet shit.  HOR is gut-wrenching on the regular, either from constant uproarious laughter or the thought that your insides might explode if you ate anything he cooks up, like The Dog Child (WHAT IS THAT?!).  But now he’s taking one step closer towards world domination by adding a rack of like-minded individuals who are eager to contribute to the Power of Pork.  And your girl might could be involved in that. 😉

So in the interest of really getting to know The Baconator, I hassled The Man for a little bit of information.  This is me sharing the wealth.  Below, we talk about Baltimore club, bacon, and what we can do to prepare ourselves for Sunday’s Moombacon Massive.

Cool Breezy:  Normal Protocol.  For the people who aren’t familiar yet, how long have you been DJing and what’s your favorite genre to spin?

Reed Rothchild:  I started playing out in DC around 2000.  My first “gig” started in a basement of an Irish Pub where college kids would come down with their Kinko’s IDs and nearly drink themselves into a coma.  Oddly enough, that place is still there today. My favorite genre to spin has and always will be Baltimore Club.  It’s what really opened my eyes to other music before getting into DJing.  Back in the mid 90’s my friends and I would drive down to a club in DC but would stay in the car listening to the 92Q live broadcast because it was one of the only times we got to hear it.  Then we would go in all hyped up.  A lot of the music I play, even if it isn’t straight Baltimore Club, you can hear the influence in a lot of tracks.  That’s about it for genres.  I keep my sets as an open book, you’re going to hear a little bit of everything, plus I have mad A.D.D. so I like to go fast in order to keep interested.

CB:  I’ve been to plenty of your shows and I’m getting the feeling that you really like to facilitate the madness.  Do you have any crazy stories you wanna share from one of your sets?

RR:  I could go on about a few memorable gems but would need to check the statute of limitations first.  I’ve been doing it for almost ten years now so a lot of it is starting to become blurry memory-wise but I have to say for whatever reason I’ve seen a lot of fights.  When I lived in Vegas a few years ago, I played at a pool party and saw a couple fucking in a Cabana.  I thought it was awesome but apparently that’s about as common as Nikes out there.

CB:  I really wanna get down to business though.  I’ve seen you two on the streets, in the club, and in DC’s finest eateries.  How long have you and bacon been in a committed relationship and how is it working out for you?  I don’t wanna get too presumptuous but you seem pretty happy together.

RR:  It’s a great relationship, no doubt.  Bacon has been with me through the hard times and the good times.  Never complains and is always there for you. The only time we got into it and 911 was called, it was for an ambulance.

CB:  Word on the mean streets is that Head of Rothchild is gonna be seeing a re-launch next week.  What’s in store for everybody?  Will we still be seeing your heart-stopping bacon recipes, endless social commentary, and of course, Ziplok’s dope rapping skills?

RR:  Your source is correct as usual.  The H.O.R. is coming up on its two year anniversary and I thought it would be a good time to expand the brand by bringing in a few more creative faces who I think share the same mindset as me.  It’s going to have a new look, even have advertisers, but fear not, you’re going to see the same fatboy recipes, great music, and discovering some of the crazy creatures the Internet has to offer.

CB:  Tell us what we need to know to get prepared for Moombacon Massive.  How should we avoid getting carried out on a stretcher?

RR:  Come with an empty stomach, rested liver, and an open mind musically.  Have to give a huge thanks to Smudge and the crew over at One Love Massive who have been super helpful in pushing this event.  It’s going to be a melting pot of activity with Free Bacon, Free Fried Chicken, and Free Condoms.  Also celebrating the H.O.R. re-launch along with the miracle known as my 30th birthday.  The massive basically reflects on everything that the H.O.R. is about: food, music, and a shit show.  I’m super excited to have some of my favorite DJ’s come aboard for it – Scottie B, King Tutt, Uncle Jesse, James Nasty, Smudge, Keenan, and Denman.  Thank GAWD Monday is a holiday because we’re all going to need the recovery time.

Gettin’ Fr33ky with Steve Starks


As a certified party rocker and one-third of DC’s party crew, Nouveau Riche, Steve Starks is quite the force to be reckoned with here in the DC EDM scene.  He maintains a heavy presence in the city by frequently collaborating on productions and live-appearances with Nacey, releasing original tunes on T&A Records, and playing for all different kinds of party people.  Last Friday, he played for a rooftop of glowing ravers and moombahtonistas at Ibiza for Steez Promo’s MEGA event with Boys Noize.  Next Saturday, he’ll be playing with Craze at U Street Music Hall.  But if you need more evidence that he’s got the dopeness factor on lock, see below:

Exhibit A:  “Fr33ky in the Club” – Starks’ utilized DC’s hometown advantage in the moombahton scene by releasing an original production, “Fr33ky in the Club”.  This track turned out to be a moombahton anthem from the jump, as it encouraged party people to enthusiastically lose their shit in the club.  Girls, you know what I’m talkin’ about.  “Fr33ky in the Club” received some major love from Mad Decent and was also featured on many early moombahton mixes, including Brodinski’s European Introduction to Moombahton.  Because of this song, all of us moombahton-lovers are now known as “fr33ks” and for damn good reason too.

Exhibit B:  “Problem” – Most recently, Starks dropped a banger, “Problem”, for free download!  “Problem” is most definitely one of my favorite Starks productions so far.  It’s a classic dance track, full of bass and a touch of Baltimore club, all the while sampling an unlikely throwback, The Cardigans “Love Fool”.  (RIGHT?!)  With “Problem”, Starks not only rescued and revived “Love Fool” but also transformed it into a massive dance tune that totally bangs.

Exhibit C:  KIDS – Starks was one of the originators of DC’s old-school hip-hop dance party, KIDS.  For a few years on the first Saturday of every month, Starks joined his friends Nacey, DJ Jackie O, and DJ Lil Elle at DC9 to take you back to the old school by playing all the throwback hip-hop jams you could handle.  KIDS was inspired by the 90s cult classic film of the same name and embraced city culture the best way they knew how.  KIDS ran for a few years until they collectively agreed to end that chapter a few months ago.  But in its time, it was a rager for sure, usually packed wall-to-wall with sweaty party people gettin’ busy to Montel Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It”.

Exhibit D:  Nouveau Riche – On the second Saturday of every month, find Starks at his second home at U Street Music Hall for Nouveau Riche, a monthly dance party/shit show run by him and his friends Nacey and Gavin Holland.  As one of my favorite monthlies in DC, you never know what to expect at this one.  These self-proclaimed “party hunks” (I’m not arguing) play everything from dubstep to Baltimore club to electro to their very own productions.  Anything goes at this party and the unpredictability of it all is extremely exhilarating.  The only element you can truly rely on is everybody having an amazing time.  Hands down.  Starks and the rest of the Nouveau Riche boys rock that party like it’s their J-O-Bs (I guess it kind of is…) and they do a damn good job of it.  If everyone is crawlin’ out the club lookin’ like a hot mess, I’d say it was a successful night.

Keep watch for new tracks from Steve Starks comin’ atcha at random times via the innerwebz.  Unpredictable, but it’s happening.  Trust me.  It’s easier if you just stay ready.  In the meantime, if you wanna see him live in action, catch him and the rest of the Nouveau Riche crew at U Street Music Hall this Saturday starting at 10PM.  It’s bound to get totally w3ird so bring your favorite fr33k flag and let it fly high.

I recently caught up with Steve Starks to talk about his new tune, “Problem”, his favorite memory from Nouveau Riche, and what kind of goodies we can expect in the near future.

Cool Breezy:  How’d you get into DJing and producing?

Steve Starks:  I first started messing with production on an old demo program that I installed on my parents computer.  I would just make weirdo beats all day until that computer crashed.  I got one of my own in college and my homie, Nacey, showed me how to use Fruity Loops.  I learned all the basics on that program and have been making music since.  Along the way, I figured I should learn how to DJ so I could do the performance part.  I saved up and got some turntables and started playing parties here and there.  After school I moved to DC and linked up with Gavin Holland and started doing Nouveau Riche with him and Nacey and have been doing it ever since.

CB:  You just released “Problem”, which is a total monster of a track.  What’s next?  What are you working on now?

SS:  I got a new EP in the works for T&A Records and my Fr33ky in tha Club (moombahton) EP will be out shortly.  In the meantime, I wanna keep putting tracks out on my soundcloud.

CB:  Who are some of your influences as a DJ and producer?  Is there anybody you’re trying to work with in the future?

SS:  I grew up on hip-hop.  When I young I was really inspired by old Missy (Elliot) and Timberland tracks.  Being from Maryland, I also listened to a lot of Baltimore Club music on the radio [and at] house parties and school dances.  Once I got turned on to dance music, I found a place to tie together all my influences.  Blaqstarr and Green Velvet are still two of my favorite DJ/producers.

Right now I’m working on some collaborations with my hometown heroes Nadastrom and Tittsworth.  I’m also hoping to get up with Baltimore’s DJ Pierre in the near future.

CB:  What tunes are in your iPod rotation right now?


SS:  I’ve been real into Lex Lugar and Juicy J’s mixtape. Brodinski, Brenmar, Movado, Munchi, The Dream, Eric Rincon, Tittsworth and Alvin Risk are in heavy rotation. Lots of hip-hop old and new and the most random tunes from Dolly Parton to Pantera to Jodeci.

 CB:  Got a favorite memory from one of those crazy ass Nouveau Riche parties?


SS:  One that stands out is when the music cut one time.  Some one had kicked the plug out, but the vibe was so strong that people were clapping to the beat for like a minute straight.  Once the music cut back on it was pandemonium.  People lost their minds!  Also, our first time playing at U Street Music hall was really special.  I still can get over what a good job they’ve done with that club. I’m so happy to call it home.

Meet Your Moombahtonistas (#5): Jon Kwest


A man of true diversity and versatility, Jon Kwest soars under the radar.  It’s not his style to be out in the limelight, flaunting his creativity.  He’s more of a “behind the scenes” type guy, and while that’s extremely humble of him, unfortunately it often leads to him being quite underrated.  Currently a resident of Philly, Kwest hails from my charming city of Baltimore.  He produces amazing Baltimore club music and despite my selfish desire to see him perform a club set in Baltimore, he is fully submerged in the moombahton scene.  I’m not mad at that at all.  He’s one of the most productive and meticulous moombahton producers in the game right now, only releasing tunes that are top of the line productions.  You won’t see any throw-away tracks coming from this guy.

While his moombahton productions vary in vibe from time to time, he’s known for creating this particularly smooth, soulful sound by replacing sirens and rave horns with house grooves and R&B vocals.  One of my favorite moombahton productions of his is “Dreamin’”, which samples vocals from that Christopher Williams’ tune, “I’m Dreamin’”.  Not exactly the standard moombahton rage tune, Kwest’s “Dreamin’” has this morning glory vibe to it.  He excels at producing tracks that are just outright super soulful, straddling the line between moombahton and moombahsoul, the hybrid of moombahton and R&B, which explains his heavy involvement with David Heartbreak’s Moombahsoul Compilation releases.  Kwest has seen his own productions featured on Heartbreak’s moombahsoul releases, as well as tracks he’s collaborated on with Heartbreak and DJ Melo.  This is where he thrives.  Don’t get me wrong – dude can rage.  But he stands out when he makes moombahton for the ladies.

As far as the subgenres of moombahton go, so far we’ve heard moombahcore, the hybrid of moombahton and dubstep, and moombahsoul.  But last week, Jon Kwest extended his creative reach by releasing Dust Mask, a compilation of new tunes that present a brand new hybrid of moombahton and UK hardcore (listen above).  Despite the lack of an official moombahname, Kwest found enough parallels between the two genres to be able to form a fresh and energetic hybrid, funneling the heavy synths of UK hardcore and the familiar dubstep wobble into moombahton zone at 108bpm.  On Dust Mask, Kwest slows down UK hardcore and revives these classic rave tunes by adding the sexiness of moombahton, reeling in all sorts of party people by appealing to both new school moombahton heads and old school ravers.  With these types of musical innovations, the moombahfamily just gets bigger and bigger by the day.

As a fan of moombahton, you owe it to yourself to see Jon Kwest live and in action.  He played a killer set at Moombahton Massive Tres in April.  And two weeks ago at the Artscape festival in Baltimore, he performed a set that was so heavily saturated in moombahton exclusives.  Tonight, he’ll be at Red Maple in Baltimore for Serious Dynamite’s first ever moombahton showcase.  Admittedly, the party people in Baltimore haven’t latched onto the moombahteet as well as its DC counterparts, but who better to open the floodgates than Jon Kwest himself?  And finally, if you can’t make it to Baltimore tonight, you better make plans to see him at U Hall on August 18th for Moombahton Massive VI.  It’s gonna be the biggest problem DC’s seen since Marion Barry.

(Tonight, Serious Dynamite begins at 10PM.  Get there early to enjoy $5 mojitos and boombas, and $3 Red Stripe until 11:30.  Plus, moombahton all night!  It’s a no-brainer.  Where else would you wanna be?!)

Anyway, I was really lucky to be able to catch up with Jon Kwest.  I had so many questions for him but I didn’t want to stifle his productivity so I kept it short.  We talked about the characteristics of moombahton that drew him to the genre, which producers are currently rockin’ his world, and what kind of advice he has for up and coming producers.

Cool Breezy:  How long have you been DJing and producing?  What came before moombahton?

JK:  [I] started DJing when I [began] high school, mostly hip-hop and some house & hardcore breaks.  My first real gig was in ‘94 playing jungle at a party in DC at that five-story “Bomb Shelter” warehouse. I remember Diesel Boy was playing too.  I was pretty hyped.

Production began around ‘98/’99, I guess.  When I started working at Music Liberated, [I] met up with Ian Carey.  Dude hooked me up with studio time here and there and that was it – I was hooked.  Around 2000 or so, Reason came out and the “room full of credit card debt” type studio wasn’t necessary.  Production became a daily thing.

CB:  What initially inspired you to start creating moombahton tunes?

JK:  The tempo is what primarily drove me to moombahton.  It was new, not just a half time snare over an existing genre.  It doesn’t mix tempo-wise with any other type of music so you have to really want to play it to play it.  I like the fact that there was pretty much every style of music represented.  It wasn’t all just noisy and hard, like it seems every new genre goes all too quickly.

I had been messing with mid-tempo type tunes for the last few years, but basically never had the balls or standing to really pursue it like Nada did.  Dude definitely went about it the right way.

CB:  Your name is at the top of many DJs’ lists of “favorite producers” right now.  How does it make you feel to be that dude?  And who are some of your favorite producers right now? 

JK:  I’m super hyped that like-minded people relate to what I do.  That’s why all of us let people hear our music.  I just do me though.  I’ve been going at this rate for a long time now.  Luckily, I found an outlet that motivated me to push myself again.

My favorites is a tough question… lotta folks.  Heartbreak, Munchi, Nadastrom, DJ Melo, Uncle Jesse, Sabo, Pickster One, Billy The Gent, Cam Jus and all the OG’s pretty much go without saying.  Tactic, Smutlee, Ckrono, Boyfriend, Neki Stranac, Sazon Booya, Soron, A-Mac, JWLS, Long Jawns, Nate Metro, DJ Theory all killin’ it right now.  Some cats I’ve only recently came across DJ DIce/Chicago Deadbeats & Habanero Posse out of Japan been sending me some nastiness lately.  I know as soon as I send this I’ll notice who I left off of this list and kick myself.

Every week I’m hearing from someone new that motivates me to go harder.

CB:  You have a lot of influence not only in the moombahton scene but also in the Baltimore club scene.  How do the two currently compare?

JK:  Current Baltimore Club is almost a grey term. It’s expanded and re-invented itself over the last few years.  Dudes like Benny Stixx, King Tutt, Murder Mark, DJ Say Wut [produce] tunes [that] can sound any number of different ways, which shows a versatility pretty much unseen since the term “Bmore Club” was termed in the early 90’s – no disrespect to anyone.

That, I believe, is the common ground.  We all wanted something new and instead of waiting for it, we made it.  We made it; expanded it; forced its evolution and made it our own voice.  That’s what makes influential music, not pandering.

It’s not supposed to be for everyone.

CB:  Do you have any words of advice for up-and-coming DJs and producers out there?

JK:  Do you 100%.  If you half ass your ideas to make dim wits happy, you should just throw in the towel and quit muddying up the craft.

Just as important, though – be humble, be polite and give credit where credit is due, but nothing of value ever comes from ass-kissing or dick-riding.

Who Ya Rock Wit? James Nasty!


Ohhh that James Nasty!  Karaoke superstar, freaktrain advocate, and lover of all things deep fried – the dude lives and breathes Baltimore club music.  You’ve probably read his name somewhere in the City Paper or the Baltimore Sun – he’s all over this city.  You can find him punishing some tacos at the local Mexican joint, daydrinking on his stoop, or playing maestro at his Friday night party, Physical Education.  Hosted by The Ottobar every Friday night, Physical Education, or Phys Ed for short, is one of the most active parties in Baltimore right now.  The fun thing about Phys Ed is that you never quite know what to expect week after week.  It provides a different experience every single time.  Sure – you can always count on James Nasty to play a full hour of Baltimore club at 1AM, but each week there’s a new guest DJ who can play anything from Top 40 to dubstep to moombahton.  These different genres draw so many different types of party people to Phys Ed – from art school kids to ghetto mamis, cowboys to hipsters, nerds to bboys.  You can literally assemble The Village People every week.

The myriad of people who roll through The Ottobar on Friday night contributes to a specific dynamic that is truly unique to Phys Ed.  But one thing that everybody has in common is that they are all WYLIN’ OUT come 1AM.  The moment James Nasty steps up to the decks and the Baltimore club starts pouring out the speakers and smackin’ you in the ass, everybody starts to lose their shit and it truly is a beautiful sight to see.  I’ve seen girls movin’ their bodies in ways I didn’t even know was physically possible.  I’ve seen people gettin’ freaky and eating cupcakes at the same time.  I’ve seen a bride gettin’ down in her wedding gown.  I once saw a dude stuntin’ in a red cape.  But my absolute favorite sight I’ve seen at Phys Ed was four people gettin’ in on a freaktrain all while sharing McDonald’s burgers and fries.  That’s love, people.  Or maybe just vodka.  But seriously, there’s always at least one point during Phys Ed where I rub my eyes and ask, “Is this real life?”  Nope.  This is Phys Ed.  Every fuckin’ Friday.

But you might need a little something to get you through the week.  James Nasty is always in the lab and regularly releases brand new tracks over on his SoundCloud, but if you don’t have The Truth About James Nasty, you need to download it immediately and add it to your mixtape collection.  Released earlier this year, this mixtape is bound to make you involuntarily bop your head to the beat.  You also might get the sudden urge to shake your ass on the next person that walks down the street.  That’s just what Baltimore club music does to a person.  Listen for favorites like, “Lemme C Wat U Got”, “Them Do It Horns” and especially “We No Speak Bmoreo”, which is consistently featured on Baltimore club hours on 92Q.  While The Truth About James Nasty maintains a classic Baltimore club sound, it’s doing a lot to spearhead the newest transitional movement in Baltimore club music, which involves less sampling, more original vocals, and an overall cleaner, more polished feel to the productions.

But Baltimore club music can only be so polished.  It’s supposed to have this grimey feel to it and James Nasty keeps it real.  He thrives on gettin’ that bass knockin’, lettin’ them horns blow, and keepin’ it all sexual.  Rockin’ his tracks will leave you feelin’ some sort of way and hopefully it involves impure thoughts.  James Nasty is all about bringing out your inner freak so don’t fight it too much, ya heard?

Take some time to get to know the guy who’s providing the soundtrack to your Friday night:

Cool Breezy:  When did you start DJing and producing and who are some of your influences?  Also, why Baltimore club?

James Nasty:  I started producing in college in 2001 while still in school at UMBC.  I used to make beats and go to the recording studio on campus with my homies, get fucked up, and record them.  [I] started DJing in 2006 playing house parties in College Park.

Influences are alcohol, watching girls jiggle their asses and titties, The Neptunes, Armand Van Helden, 2 Live Crew, DJ Funk, and Rod Lee.

I can’t think of any other genre of music that has the energy that club music has.  Don’t get it twisted – [it’s] not the only genre I am into but at the end of the day, there really is nothing like it and I’m proud to be from the city [where] it comes from.  I don’t understand how some folks around here don’t feel that sense of pride and ownership of Baltimore club.

CB:  What’s good with Physical Education?  How’d the party get started and what makes The Ottobar the place to be on Friday nights?

JN:  The party started about two and a half years ago by a group of guys and was called Moustache back then.  I was eventually brought in as a resident DJ.  Throughout the course of the two and half years, everyone, besides Ponyo and I, has moved on to other opportunities in other cities.

It’s the place to be because the party is just fun – simple as that.  [It’s] more fun than any other party in the city, I feel.  Diverse crowd [and] diverse music means [there’s] something for everyone.  I want to keep things simple.  Come drink if you want to drink, dance if you want to dance and meet people to hook up with if you want to hook up.  What more do you really need from a night out on the town?  Plus, we happen to play some pretty awesome tunes throughout the night.

CB:  I’ve seen you spin with so many different DJs at Phys Ed, from Reed Rothchild to DJ Sega.  Are there any other artists you’d really like to work with?

JN:  [There are] so many people I’d love to work with.  I’ve been really feelin’ LMFAO recently and would love to produce a track for them.   And Rye Rye.  I have beats that I’ve made already that I can imagine them on, don’t think the time is right though.

As far as people I’d love to come play at PHYS ED – there’s a few DC homies that I know would murder the party:  Stereo Faith, Jerome Baker III, Trevor Martin, Will Eastman… Other than that, Oh Snap, Tim Dolla, DJ Tamiel, Roxy Cottontail, DJ Pierre, Murder Mark, Starks & Nacey, and somehow get Blaqstarr to come home and play a club set.  There’s so many more people.  I see a lot of people doin’ big things elsewhere.  I want them all to come play Phys Ed and get their life in my house.

CB:  Earlier this year, you dropped The Truth About James Nasty.  What’d you want to accomplish with that mix and are you working on anything new?

JN:  Most of all I wanted to just put out a mix.  I hadn’t put out a mix in a while.  I wanted to preview some previously unheard and unreleased tracks.  And I just wanted to show people my style and the diversity of the tracks I make and that I had that many good tunes.

I’m working on a longer, more official mixtape right now.  I’m working with a lot of difference MCs and vocalists on some tunes.  I want to get away from remixing and sampling so much and make songs with people while still making authentic club music.  I want this next mixtape to be the soundtrack to the best house party ever.  Some shit you could put on at home, invite some people over, start drinking and just get wild to.

CB:  What do you think about the current state of Baltimore club music and how would you like to see it progress?

JN:  It would be nice to see 92Q add more club music mixes to their programming schedule and hire more DJs (points at himself).  DJs in clubs around town need to start playing more new club tracks.  We need more new mixtapes.  Someone has to come with something that defines what is hot and current in club music like the Jump Off tapes.  Club producers need to start thinking bigger and making songs that can be copywritten and pushed as singles.  It’s no secret that a lot of major label producers have borrowed a lot of our style.  There’s no reason to complain about it or whine that ‘they stole our sound’ or ‘[they’re] making fake club.’  At this point we need to compete and give the listening public a polished but authentic product.  We have a special sound in this city.  Let’s remind the world again of how amazing it is.

 CB:  What’s your favorite Baltimore club track of all time?

JN:  Really?  That’s impossible!



IF IT’S YA BIRTHDAY, MAKE SOME NOIZE!  My boy DJ SEGA is turning twenty-four this week so we’re celebrating another year in his life and thanking him for dropping hot tracks for us on the regular.  Sega hails from West Philly and ever since he entered the music game, he’s been trying to put Philly on the map.  Taking influence from our beloved Baltimore club, Sega had an itch to create his own version and since then, he’s taken Philly club music into his own hands.

Mad Decent affiliate and Vice President of the Philly chapter of Brick Bandits, Sega is constantly bringing something new to the club music conversation and constantly pushing the boundaries of the genre.  When was the last time you heard somebody remix the “Bill Nye the Science Guy” theme song and actually drop it in the club?  To Sega, everything is fair game for his mixes.  Every sound, every bang, every boom, blip and crash is music to his ears.  He’s always tuned into his environment, pulling sounds from classic television theme songs like the “Bad Boys” intro of Cops to 8-bit beats in video games like Tetris and Mortal Kombat to hit singles like Kanye’s “Runaway” and Beyonce’s “Ego”.  When he says he spins everything, he really does.  At this rate, he’ll never run out of material.   Thank the Club Godz for that.
Back It Up (Ego) by DJSega

So what’s he been doing with all his talent?  Fuckin’ everything.  While you’re busy sleeping, he’s awake all night producing mixtapes and singles and when you wake up in the morning, they’re all over the interwebz.  He’s like, a Club Music Santa or something.  Most recently, he did the production and mixing for Rye Rye’s mixtape, RYEot powRR – shout outz to our BMORE PRINCESS!  Also, he’s been curating his own six-pack remix series called the Sixer Series.  Parts One and Two are already out, so if you don’t have them, get them!  I hear parts Three AND Four are already done, so be on the lookout for those.  Back in 2009 he released a pretty crucial full-length album called New Jack Philly, which includes 28 club bangers and throwbacks.  You need that – trust me.  Sega has touched the Power Rangers theme song and it is golden.  Also, just check his SoundCloud page for the latest hapz.  While Sega finds success in recreating the club genre, he constantly pays homage to his original Baltimore club influences, plus I think he has one of the best drops in the game right now, so listen for those elements in his music.

Rye Rye – Party in the USA Remix

If you like what you hear, you need to see him live.  Find him.  Do whatever you can to get him to come to your city.  I’m telling you – it’s worth it.  Every show is different because he thrives on being unpredictable.  He knows just as much about what’s going to happen that night as you do.  Every time I see Sega spin, it gets wilder and sweatier and just all around WALNUTZ.  I’m not sure what it is about him and his music – maybe it’s the nostalgia you feel from hearing your childhood themes remixed; maybe it’s just refreshing to hear your favorite song from a new angle; or maybe he’s just killin’ it with the kick drums and handclaps!  But any way you wanna cut it, he brings out the primal side you never knew you had.  Or maybe you know you’ve got one but either way, Sega makes it okay for you let the beast out.  The Sega Experience is something like heavy cardio meets sweaty catharsis meets religious experience.  I really don’t want my description to be taken as hyperbole, so trust me when I say you just need to experience it for yourself if you haven’t already. It’ll be the most fun you’ve had out at the club in a long time.
The Mighty Morphin’ Theme (AKA The Power Rangers Theme) by DJSega

Sega and I had a little chatty chat the other day about bein’ a hood nerd, working with Rye Rye, and why he doesn’t use headphones when he spins.  Keep reading!

Cool Breezy:  You said you started making music when you were 18.  What drew you into the scene?

DJ Sega:  That’s two different things [you’re] talkin’ about.  I was drawn into the scene itself when I was 12.  That was my first teen party; as well as my first time hearing DJ Technics’ “Ding-A-Ling” and music bump in a club.  I was hooked!!!!!  We had these teen parties that [had] been going on for years before I came into the picture.  And yes, the main music being played at these parties [was] Baltimore club.

I started making music as an outlet and a hobby.  I ended up taking a survey that led to me to getting a beta program for music productions.  Around that time I was going through a journey in my life that either made or broke me; and club music just came out of me onto that program. The first two years I made club music nobody knew about it except close friends and relatives.

CB:  This might be a total noob question, but how would you describe the regional difference between Baltimore Club, Philly Club, and Jersey Club?

DS:  I’d say the style differs about as much as the cities themselves.  We all are a product of our environment and our music is a result of it.  While both Baltimore and Jersey have more of a House or Club feeling to the music, I try to bring more imagination and the mega-mix feel to my music.

CB:  Some of your tracks explore certain places that extend further than where some DJs and producers traditionally draw from for material, i.e. the Bill Nye remix, the Fifth Element Opera remix, the Pinky and the Brain remix.  Where else do you draw your influences from?

DS:  I always had this mind that made everything into music.  Every sound I heard and every thump felt all was music to me. When I would hear the Bill Nye theme when I was small, I’d dance and play my own version in my head.  That’s how I was with a whole lotta things.

CB:  One of the first times I saw you spin, I noticed you don’t use headphones.  What’s up with that?!

DS:  I like the element of surprise.  I get goosebumps when I hear what’s mixing along with everybody else.  Plus, I know all my music…I don’t need headphones.  Not even for hip hop and other genres I spin.

CB:  How did you get involved with Mad Decent and Brick Bandits?

DS:  Once again, two different questions involving to different time spans.  I hooked up with the Brick Bandits around 2006. At that time, I kinda was doin’ my thing in the teen club scene.  I was faithfully coming out with fresh mixtapes for the kids to grab really cheap.  I was honored when Mike V called me to set up a meeting at his house in Jersey.  I’ve already been a fan of Mike V, DJ Tameil, and DJ Tim Dolla since I was in high school.  We met up, shared some vibes, and linked up.  We been goin’ hard as a family ever since.

As far as Mad Decent, I was trying to get my mixtapes into the local record stores. I met Dirty South Joe at Armand’s Record Shop in Downtown Philadelphia. Through him I met Diplo.  Shortly after, Diplo, Joe, and Switch all came to check out the weekly teen night at Jamz Skating Rink.  At that time, my rock remixes were creating a huge buzz and Hollertronix 8 was a result!

CB:  You recently did some remixes and production on Rye Rye’s latest mixtape, RYEot powRR.  What was it like working with Rye Rye and what was the creative process like for the mixtape?

DS:  I never worked so hard on a mixtape in a long while.  At first, I was supposed to produce only 3 or 4 songs.  Somewhere along the line I ended up mixing the whole 18-track mixtape; plus produced half of it.  She made it feel really easy though. I knew when she hit me up to do it that it was going to get huge.  People been asking me about a collab tour with her ever since doing a 3 city tour up in Canada some years ago.

CB:  Describe the craziest gig you’ve ever played.

DS:  Hands down, it’s the Mad Decent Block Party here in Philly this past summer. Words can’t explain what i felt before, during, and after my performance. To say that it was incredible is a COMPLETE understatement. I can’t say much about the details of it. But it involved EVERYTHING including Four Lokos before they got [to be] a huge scandal. Check out my Youtube Channel.

CB:  What are some of your favorite tracks to play?

DS:  Most likely, ones I have the most fun with. Bill Nye, Power Rangers, Mortal Kombat 1&2, Angry Birds (oops).

CB:  What have you been listening to lately?

DS:  EVERYTHING!!! I listen to all genres but only really good music. Sometimes I feel like listening to club music…and other times I feel like listening to classical music or movie scores.  It depends on my mood and mindset.

CB:  What are we gonna see you doing in 2011?  Any big plans?!

DS:  I have big plans, but I also think there’s going to be a lot of spontaneous happenings.

CB:  Do you have any advice for up-and-coming DJs?

DS:  Yes, if you only doing it for money and bitches, give me your fucking turntables, mixer, speaker, and serato!!! I’ve been producing for 7 years now, and DJing for 5. Still til this day, I never had turntables or a serato kit. I do this for the love and support. And the money goes to support my family. I don’t nor ever have practice my sets at home. When I’m home I work on my music. When I spin live, you actually hearing me “practice”. But your also witnessing me live out my dream!!!! Be honest with yourselves and make a career out of something you truly love to do or create!

Sega’s having a HUGE birthday party tomorrow night at Fluid in Philly!  Go here to get the info on that as well as more info on his other birthday parties.  Party on yall!