17 October 2011
Interview with Dj Mr. Doc
First and foremost, who is Dj Mr. Doc?
Humble artist that loves music and anything artistic. Born in Boston, musically raised in Detroit.
In your teenage years you moved to Detroit. How much of an impact did the move have on your production style?
Had the most impact. I actually learned how to produce in Detroit. After learning "beat making" in general, I then had the opportunity to learn some techniques from J Dilla. I then was able to put these to practice and had an outlet. There were a lot of bars and lounges that were accepting underground hip hop and I was able to make beats and then play them for a crowd which helped me understand what people in general want out of a beat. I also did a radio show at Michigan State University with Dj Houseshoes that we just played beats. That also helped in creating a sound for myself.
Describe your production style to the masses?
I'm a jazz head to the core, my dad had a huge collection of records and I love record digging. So I would say my style is very jazzy. I also studied music from grade 5, so I would say I'm a bit more technical musically then a lot of Hip Hop producers. I played the saxophone from an early age, studied piano at the New England Conservatory and toured the country in high school with a woodwind quartet. All of these things have blended themselves to my style. First and foremost I feel that the drums are the most important element of a track, so that's usually what I spend the most time on.
How long have you been immersed in production?
I've been doing production since 1993.
Describe the significance of Djs being able to move the crowd.
This is very significant because that's why people go out to hear music, to move. If they don't move, the DJ isn't doing his job properly. Dj's shouldn't just play what they want to hear, they have to cater to the crowd or they will be quite boring.
Detail your discography for the masses.
Currently I have an album that can be purchased through most online distributors called "Exhale Euphoria".
Roy Ayers Project Volume 1
Tribute to Minnie Riperton named "Minnie Rips"
Beat album named "Beat Salad"
I have released several house tracks over the years.
Working on a mixtape with several artists, Shells, Poppa Slim, TonePaay, Seanstarr, just to name a few.
Who have you worked with in the past and who would you like to work with in the future?
I've worked with several people, not as much as I have wanted to but that's how it goes:
Keith Murray, De La Soul, Pharaohe Monch, Pharcyde, Taarach, Lords Of Brooklyn and Artifacts.
I want to work with all of them again and Elzhi, Guilty Simpson, anybody with flow.
I'm focusing strictly on hip hop now and am looking to build my camp of MC's.
How can the masses get in contact with you?
I can be reached on my website HERE or firstname.lastname@example.org
You also manage a popular podcast that incorporates hip-hop, house, techno and reggae. Explain the benefits of being a versatile Dj.
Well for me its been about the money, I can do any type of party or event. I've built up my collection of music to facilitate this. I also think that you can grab inspiration from any genre of music.
Any final thoughts?
I really appreciate your interest in interviewing me, hopefully I haven't disappointed. The blastoff shall be great so this timing is perfect.