sorry for the delay on this interview, hope its not too late.
1. When was your first contact with the hip hop culture and when did you began with djing?
My first exposure to hip hop culture was seeing Malcolm mcclaren's buffalo gals vid back in 83'. when i saw that it literally changed my life. i started poppin and breaking, doing graffiti and then got into DJing at around 85'. A school friend of mine showed me what scratching was all about and i just flipped out when i saw it. after that, being a scratch DJ was all i wanted to do.
2. Who were your main influences for scratching?
there are so many djs that inspired me, but the important ones were kool herc, bambatta, jam master jay, flash, jazzy jay, whiz kid, dst, chuck chillout, theodore, charlie chase, howie t, dj cheese, jazzy jef, mixmaster ice and cosmic jam. but the most important one was dj cash money, he got me off on the 'just scratching' thing.
3. How you came up with your unique scratching techniques? Even people like Q-Bert reciting you as their influences!
when i first started scratching my aim was to be the best scratch dj out there. when i listened to all the great scratch dj's before me, they were legends that advanced the art form and people around the world knew their names. i too wanted to advance the art form, get the same respect and have the same worldwide legendary status that those guys have. So i practiced lots to make sure my scratch styles and patterns would be so different, so amazing that people wouldn't believe it. I just played around for hours everyday until scratch styles revealed themselves by thought or mistake. I knew if i could do amazing stuff then I would achieve all my goals. I guess all that really mattered in the end was that some scratch dj somewhere in the world knew my name, my skills, and could say they had learnt something from me or that i contributed to the advancement of scratching.
4. Have you entered competitions and if, who you battled against/which competitions you entered?
no. i didn't do competitions. they were silly and unfair back in 87'-90'. the judging was really bad and most times the best dj's didn't win. I saw my style as being more rhythmical and technically advanced while the competitions seemed more about 'putting on a good show', so it was pointless for me to enter. back then an incredible Uzi scratch would get beat by a baby scratch using a pool stick!! haha. I'm happy to say now, in 2006, competitions are more about skill.
5. Could you give us a brief history of you old crew Hijack, a true hip hop classic!
man, that story is way too long. How about you go check out my new DVD, The Turntable Trixters, which is all about the HIJACK history. Visit my website, www.djsupreme.com, for clips and buying online. haha
6. You ever thought 'bout a reunion? Kamanchi Sly just released a 12" last year that was nice... =)
right now, its not something i think about, a reunion would depend on a lot of things.
7. In General, what you think 'bout the Hip Hop culture in 2006 ?
Hip Hop Culture, i.e. the original 4 elements, is very much alive on the underground scene especially out here in Europe. Rap Music or mainstream hip hop is bigger than ever, and i'm happy about that too, although what we see in the mainstream today doesn't do 'hip hop culture' much justice. I love ALL hip hop whether underground, overground, conscious, gangsta, crunk, dirty south, jiggy or whatever. I've seen the music grow, develop and evolve with each generation, BUT I would much prefer to see more variety in the mainstream - more underground acts should be seen, more message raps heard, more breaking, more graffiti, more dj-ing. All the elements should share the mainstream spotlight if a true representation of 'hip hop culture' is to be truly understood in 2006 and beyound.
8. What you're doing nowadays, any projects you're working on?
right now, i do allot of club gigs in Switzerland and Europe, spinning hip hop and funk. I'm also promoting My Turntable Trixters film about HIJACK. Current recording projects include doing another mix CD and producing two colabo LPs with features from some legends of uk hip hop. More news of all this on my website, www.djsupreme.com
9. What would you do if the electricity on the whole world turned down?
10. Your message to the turntable world...
Make babies...haha....no. keep pushing the art form and the culture, be yourself, be original and follow your ego!
Your Top 5 Tunes about Battling
1.scratching to the funk - cash money
2.rock the go-go - jazzy jay (philly)
3.hip hop on wax vol 1 - chuck chillout
4.rocket - herbie hancock & grandmaster dst
5.bang zoom - roxanne roxanne & howie t
Your Top 5 Tunes for Party Rockin'
1.hijack the terrorist group - hijack
2.fight the power - public enemy
3.time 4 sum aktion - redman
4.don't sweat the technique - erick b and rakim
5.mama said knock you out - ll cool j