Here at Reloop, we enjoy all kinds of music and love discovering new DJing talent. Therefore we launch a competition for all up-and-coming DJ stars. Simply upload your best DJ mix on soundcloud, mixcloud or similar streaming platform and post the link till next monday below our #MixtapeMonday post on Facebook.
You decide which genre because the motto is: Everything is allowed! We’ll take a listen and announce a winner within the following two weeks. Furthermore there will be a winner of the year chosen by the Reloop jury.
DJ Rick Baron
DJ James Hayes
➤ DJ Correct: Winner Mix
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➤ DJ Correct: Mixcloud
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Why did you become a DJ?
The love for the music basically and being involved with some many subcultures where i grow up, house and tecno where a big scene in my city, plus the fact i skate gave me the chance to meet lots of different people with different backgrounds, i was into a bit of everything from punk to reggae, and the hiphop was exploding, i was a mc first, and we start hanging out at a friend place for some freestyles sessions, he has a pair of turntables and he was already doing scratch tricks and beat juggling, i guess at that point i thought that was cool and that i want to do that.
What has been your personal career highlight?
From 2011/ 2012 together with some friends we start Union Sounds, we where playing and promoting dancehall and drum n bass in my city, that went kind of big and we had the chance to be really busy, with a regular weekly night in our hometown Aveiro and also traveling mostly around the north and center of Portugal. In 2013 we played more then 200 gigs i guess that is the highlight of this journey so far.
Why is Reloop equipment indispensible for you?
I did not own Reloop equipment till 2014 when i move to Norway, i was living in Tromsø and had the chance to play once at a open deck kind of event, they had the Reloop-8000 and i felt really good with them, end it up purchasing a pair of Reloop-7000 and those are my weapons to practice and record my sets at home, and of course when needed i take them to my gigs.
Where would you like to DJ at?
I would like to play with some of my currently favorite artists and there are two festivals, one in England called Shindig Weekender promoted by a Label called GuettoFunk, and other in Canada called Shambhala Music Festival, both host lots of artists i´ve been following for the last years and more then play there i would also have the chance to watch them perform. I would also like to have back my weekly night back where i am from but its kind of impossible now, but maybe here in Norway one day i get the chance to do it again.
When did you begin DJing?
I had my first “dj” gigs around 2002/ 2003 at a local bar, the owner was a friend and he like to have different music all the time, so basically everyone was playing some cd´s, the payment was beer and it was cool because one day it was punk, other metal, next day reggae, hiphop you name it, and everyone was into everything, eventually i go my pair of turntables in 2006 while living in Zurich, i basically left Portugal to make money for a home studio and a pair of turntables beginning of 2005, but i can say that all really start around 2010 when i move back to Portugal and start promoting my own parties with friends and trying to make something happen regarding to urban music, sensibly two years after Union Sounds born, and we made something happen.
Which gig turned out to be your nicest evening?
In 2013 we were closing the biggest night at the local students festival, big names headlining and all of them artists we follow since young age, some time was lost with the first acts and our one and half hour set went down to half an hour, luckily the last act was also a Sound and they cut 20min of their set so we could have the chance to perform for 6000 people for a bit longer the 30min, bigup to The Mighty Pow Pow Movement, that nigh turn out amazing.
What are the things you would never leave your house without?
I guess my Cap, my phone and wallet, but eventually sometimes i forget something or i just brush my hair.
Which things do you always take with you to your gig?
My mixer, my dvs system, pickups, laptop, adaptors and a towel.
Festival or club?
Live or presequenced?
Turntables or CDJs?
Oldschool or newschool?
Old school and new school, one complete the other and vice-versa.
Spaghetti or pizza?
Thats mostly what i eat, spaghetti, pasta and pizza. ( laughs )
Shoutouts for everyone that support me at this event and everyone that has ever support me, my Family, my homies Union Sounds, Homeboyz, MpKrew and all the promoters that book me. Big Shoutout for your guys at Reloop for doing this Mixtape Monday thing and open the doors for diverse genres and styles, and all the djs that participated and share their music with all of us, and of course for the producers that had been making and remixing amazing music.
Concorde or headshell system?
Rotary or a 4-channel club mixer?
4-channel club mixer
Turntable setup: Battle or classic?
Showcases or clubset?
DVS or pure vinyl?
DVS and sometimes vinyl at home.
Crossfader or pads?
Crossfader but now most of the mixers have pads, they are cool to use sometimes.