Red Bull is presenting another episode of their Sound Select series tomorrow night in the ATL. As always this one has also been curated by DJ Jelly. Performing will be newcomers Two-9 and Baby Baby alongside the headliner Rittz. The whole thing is going down at the Drunken Unicorn tomorrow night, February 20th. To get in and enjoy some fine southern rap music you simply need to RSVP here.
The February installment of my monthly radio mix show for German radio station PULS went down this past Saturday. As always you can now stream the entire 2 hour show right here. Check it out below and tune in live at www.deinpuls.de every first Saturday of each month.
I have to say that I’m very proud of this producer, dj and good friend DJ KO. Proud of his persistence and courage to step out of the red clay of Peachtree city and right into what he sees fit to contribute to popular music. I had a chance to catch up with KO at one of his Residencies (Club Opera) the other night here in Atlanta and he was rocking like no other! So here we go, jumping off our first producer profile for 2014 with an emerging talent and humble dude.
Who am I:
Well I am Justin Spillner Aka “Dj Ko” 1 half of Phivestarr Productions
How did you start doing what you do?
Actually I grew listening to Dj Jelly mixtapes south of Atlanta. I’m talking actual compact cassette tapes at the start. Every weekend we would drive up to Atlanta’s flea markets and record stores to buy the latest Southern Style Dj mixtapes mixed by Jelly & Dj Montay for Big Oomp Records. I don’t feel old to often but telling this story makes me understand the classic saying “Back in my day”. Some friends in my neighborhood were the first people I knew to have an internet connection that could handle downloading a song from Napster, a early file sharing/ p2p pc program. At this time you could only get music that your local stores carried so when Napster came along it was one of the koolest feelings to download a fresh new song. So you know one of the 1st things I did was type Dj Jelly into Napster’s browser and bam! a 50 or so minute mixtape was downloaded. Because the file was 50 minutes long I thought that it would be cool if I could put it on a burned cd and have track markers or numbers to skip to songs in my car cd player. Headed straight to buy a computer, cd burner and program to place the track markers and burn the cd. Man I felt ahead of the times, I was about 14 or 15 years old and the only one I knew with cd burning capabilities. Ended up buying Sonic Foundry Acid a early music/ dj program which later was sold to Sony. At this time I began downloading songs and using the dj program to put together compilation cd’s in an early Dj Ko arrangement with basic fades and explosions between songs. The transitions I’m sure to be on the optimistic side were a good attempt to be like the mixes I looked up to. Never the less all my friends were jamming the weekly releases of music I would put together in my Low Budget Production’s studio. The next step was to buy some turntables, you had to be rocking Technic 1200′s to be a real dj and at this time there wasn’t Serato or CDJs just records. It was time to reach out to Dj Jelly. [read more...]
The first episode of my monthly 2 hour radio mixshow for PULS went down this past Saturday. Now you can stream it in it’s entirety below. You can also tune in live every first Saturday of each month over at www.deinpuls.de