Doc Jnr won the coveted title of 2008 BBC 1xtra Mixtape Champion and has worked with major names such as Trevor Nelson, Ja Rule, Ne-Yo and many more. DJ Yaz is honored to warm up for Doc Jnr every Sunday at Vodka Revolutions so had some time to find out what goes on in the life of this legendary DJ.
First off, CD players or vinyl?
Vinyl’s what i love to use, i came up on turntables although most clubs these days have cdj’s, i still use vinyl where possible but I’m learning to love the cd decks, you gotta move with the times.
When did you make the transition from live DJing to specializing in mix-tapes?
I’m not sure if there was a transition, i’ve always been making mix-tapes, i actually made mix-tapes before i spun live in the clubs.To me mix-tapes are more for showcasing your skills and playing certain tunes that dont quite make it to the club dance floors, although this totally depends on what the mix is for.
How did you develop your insane scratching ability?
When everyone else is chilling………… i practice. Scratching was one of the things that drew me deep into djing, i just thought it’s so funky and adds a little more to the music, i gotta learn how to do it. It also allows dj’s to express more individuality and flavor.
What has been your favorite club to play at throughout your career?
It’s difficult to name clubs, to me it’s more about the crowds, if people are up for a party and the vibes right it makes djing the most fun thing in the world to me.
Who has been the biggest artist you’ve ever worked with?
Thats difficult to say, i’ve supported quite a few big artists, Ja Rule, Ne-Yo, Cassidy, Mario Winans, Coolio, Fatman Scoop to name a few.
Do you have any advice for new DJs?
If you get into it because you love the music and being creative you’ll last, if you get into it to look good or get kudos you wont last long…… Real recognizes real !
What are your plans for the future?
So many plans, I’m currently working on mixes for club nights, mixes for dj city, podcasts for lovedough and my own series of “best of” mixes called the documentaries which will be available on itunes very soon.Aside from that there plans for radio shows and appearances and plenty more club nights at home and abroad in the pipeline, i also want to concentrate on my own production but its rare to find enough time to commit.
Thanks for chatting man, see you Sunday! Make sure you check out Doc’s mix-tapes and online world, add him on Facebook for links to mix-tapes, videos and photos of Doc doing his thing.