The Spotlight is on…
its a beautiful thing when hip hop artists from different parts of the world meet to create undeniable dopeness (dont u love these made up hip hop words? ;)
DJ SoulClap, a fellow German head who obviously Djs but also produces music for some of your favorite MCs has earned the Spotlight this week, but lets see what he has to tell you all about himself and his love for H.E.R.
* When did you fall in love with H.E.R.?
I fell in love with H.E.R in early 1998, when I was 12. The first Hip Hop CD I bought was Busta Rhymes – When Disaster strikes. After I got that, it was over. I started buying CD’s from the artists I saw on a weekly Hip Hop show on the German music channel VIVA, which was called Word Cup. There was another show on MTV called Fett MTV. I also used to videotape the best videos so I could watch ‘em over and over again. In 2000 I started buying the German Juice Mag and learned more and more about the culture and the music. Around that time my brother and me put all our money together to buy our first turntable and since that I’m a vinyl addict.
* MC/DJ/Producer/Graff Writer/Bboy ?
I started as a DJ around 2002. I used to make a lot of Mixtapes (yes, TAPES) for my friends. They were always asking for more, so I knew I did a pretty good job. In 2004, when I moved to Kiel, Germany, to study Business I started making beats too. During that Summer Masta Ace and Edo.G were on the “A Long Hot Summer Tour” and it was the first time I saw Ace live. That was the day I decided I wanted to get involved. Since then I’m making beats when I find some time, which has been pretty rare the last 2 years.
* Dayjob or no Dayjob?
I’m in the final steps uf my studies. I just finished my thesis 2 days ago and will get my Business diploma this summer. After that it will be a dayjob, but the chances are good that it will have something to do with music and marketing.
* 5 All time favorite records?
1. Masta Ace – Disposable Arts
2. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – The Main Ingredient
3. Reflection Eternal – Train of Thought
4. Gang Starr – Moment of Truth
5. Nas – Illmatic
* Internet: gift or curse?
Both. It’s a gift that you can connect with so many people all over the world. I recently got hit up by a dude from Serbia who told me he’s a big fan of my music. This is the stuff I love! I met a lot of great people through the internet. Plus I got pretty much all of my musical connects through pages like myspace. The curse of the internet is definitely that you get flooded with music. Everybody with a home computer can make music and put it up, which means there is a lot of bull**** out there. There are people saying they got their own label and they make wack music, got no budget and don’t even have a studio. Just because you say that on your myspace doesn’t mean that you’re a businessman. It’s just hard to find the really good stuff with so much stuff that’s out.
* Biggest accomplishment:
I think my biggest accomplishment was the track I did with Masta Ace & Edo.G. Like I said, when I saw em back in 2004 I decided to make beats, 5 years later they are back together on tour and they are on stage in my town, premiering the joint that I produced and shouting my name on stage and making the audience scream my name. That was the best feeling in the world. I mean, that was my dream when I started making beats. Plus they came to my crib afterward to watch Monday night football. Y’all know these dudes are crazy about Football. Akrobatik, Strick and DJ Moe-D came through too.
The first official release was on Superstar Quamallah’s “Invisible Man”. It was asong called “Purity” which was supposed to be a song for my album, but he liked it so much that he wanted to use it for himself. So that’s a big one for me too.
* Why should people check you out?
I make music from the heart, for the people. I think you can hear the love I put into every single beat. I don’t send out beats if I’m not 100% behind it. I got a lot of ish on my computer that is just laying around. When I play them for my people they say it’s crazy, but if I’m not totally behind it I won’t put it out. Plus I’m not stuck in the Golden Age. I can make soulful songs or really hardcore Hip Hop beats, but I also make beats with no samples at all. I’m open to all kinds of music (except techno, lol) and I think that’s important if you wanna be creative. I just try to take the best from different directions.
My biggest inspiration is my son, who is 14 months old now. I never felt love like that before. Musically I gotta say Premo, Pete Rock, Dilla, Dr. Dre and DJ Hi-Tek. Those are the Producers I look up to. Some people say my beats sound a lot like Premo from time to time, I take that as a compliment, although I don’t try to sound like him. I don’t wanna jack anybody’s style.
* Favorite song you produced/?:
This has to be Masta Ace & Edo.G – Authentic.
* Why do you still love H.E.R.?
I hate people that are always complaining or saying Hip Hop is dead. That’s just stupid. You just can’t get stuck in your ways. You have to be open for the new stuff instead of always just bumping your mid 90’s Hip Hop. I admit, it was my favorite period too, but today’s Hip Hop is still dope. Just think of Little Brother, Slum Village, Masta Ace, Talib Kweli. It’s also good to see people having commercial success like B.O.B. That dude is crazy talented.
* Where can we check you out?
Y’all can check me out online on all your favorite networking pages. www.myspace.com/djsoulclap is where you can listen to music and you’ll find some free downloads as well. If you wanna read about some really random stuff follow me on www.twitter.com/DJSoulClap
I also got Soundcloud, where you can get some music too: http://soundcloud.com/dj-soulclap/tracks
Here`s a FREE collections of 14 songs he produced: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5N775U4V
Asphate Woodhavet – Time Benders
DJ SoulClap & Souleez feat K. Sparks & Donny Goines – B-Boy
DJ SoulClap feat Superstar Quamallah – Purity
Has-Lo – Before Then
Masta Ace & Edo.G – Authentic
OX – Death of A Salesman
Praverb feat. Master 3 – Dedication
Punchline (of eMC) – Go Wit Me
Respect (of Perverted Monks) feat. Koll & H.Stax – I know
DJ SoulClap feat. Esperado, Dundee, Martys, Superstar Quamallah,
Albino, Stranger Day – SoulClap Theme pt. 1
The Soul Occs – Most Real
The Soul Occs – My ChildHOOD
The Soul Occs – Up Again
Wyldbunch feat. Punchline – Change
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