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How has DJ AM influenced you as a DJ?
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Tre Smith
Sep 02, 2020
man, theres so much to be said! As the next generation and experiencing a couple of renaissances of DJ-ing, I think the biggest thing I took from adam early on was music IQ & the power of just looking and searching and listening to anything. when I first discovered him, I was 15. experiencing a huge boom of content. with daft punk out the way and project x, jesse marco, and electro really now in a polished beginning of a commercial state, myspace era was finishing up and facebook was really picking up. music was limited, but I always craved learning as much music as possible and just connect with as much music that actually speaks to you as possible. we all just have those records that like pushes us as listeners you know? some of them were daft punk. some of the were a tribe called quest. some were in between. I love that I could play different genres and just mix things that everyone could feel, no matter the artist, genre, year. I felt so free as a DJ that my creativity exploded. I wasa huge rock nut, leading into high school and researching seattle grunge, and 80s hair rock, and 70s classic rock, and stuff that I knew people my age were affected by, but weren't really listening to. they were listening to Nicky Da B & Dip. good fridays, and early 2010 blog stuff. Music IQ always gave me an edge when I was visiting and listening to the bigger DJs in my city too, during the early times, 10 years ago. I knew that if I listened to the songs, did the digging, did the homework, I knew that music and DJing could get me to anyone or anywhere I set my mind to. now, with some much access to things and having the ability to create things, its never goes away and has actually gotten even more gross how much I'm digging. (whosampled.com hahaha) but yeah, that crate digging mentality never goes away even when I'm on the pools, on soundcloud finding 15 year olds flipping dilla samples . or just finding an original sample to a song I've listened to for years and years. I have Adam to thank for that. I never close my mind to new music. no matter how old or young it is or what age I'm at. we can really tell some really really good stories with the tables & emotionally experience others in unique ways. its start with good ingredients and great creativity that pushes the people, we have the privilege to help with our service to the craft, the people, & each other. that what its about to me and I teach my other homies while we're making DJ edits & remixes on ableton and watching our friends from college, dj giant stuff like electric forest and edc, with all original music. we gotta stay wide eyed & fiening for dope ingredients. long live the legend. - a young man from the next generation he was trying to help, Tre Smith.
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