Q. How old were you when you first started mixing?
I guess I was probably about 14. I started by just messing around with my parents hi-fi, so I don’t know if that counts as actual DJing!
Q. Which Producer/DJ has been the most influential on your style or has provided the most inspiration.
I don’t think there’s been one particular person, but I’ve been inspired by countless DJs and producers. I remember growing up on tapes by old hip-hop DJs like Ron G and Doo Wop and that being a big part of it.
Q. Through the years, where do you tend to source your breaks?
There’s no formula to it. I think my brain is constantly in a mode where it picks up on cool samples — so I could be listening to the radio, watching a movie, whatever — and I’ll have to make a note there and then.
Q. What’s your set up? Which gear do you use to make your sound?
It changes year in, year out. Right now I use a Pioneer 900 SRT with a Pioneer SP1, alongside Serato and two trusty Technics 1210s.
Q. What’s your view on the current state of UK hip-hop?
There’s one or two things here and there, but the scene as a whole is bad. There’s better MCs working with grime than hip-hop in the UK. There’s been some great new US hip-hop over the last few years.
Q. Apathy featured on your 2006 album; ‘The Amazing Adventures of DJ Yoda’. Whilst he has not achieved the commercial success of say Eminem, his status among the heads is pretty major. How highly do you rate him? Is he the best MC to have featured on a Yoda beat?
Yeah that’s why I wanted him on the track, because I think he’s a sick MC! Is he the best MC on one of my tracks? I’ve had so many features from classic MCs, that would be hard to pinpoint. For me personally, getting Biz Markie on a track was a childhood dream realized.
Q. Outside of music, what else holds a major interest in your life?
Movies. Food. The usual!
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