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An Interview with DJ Yoda.

DJ Yoda is one of these artists that, when his music gets played at a party, everybody will nod in agreement, look at each other and say “TUNE!” All bow down to the king of cut ‘n’ paste…

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR NAME?
Actually I’ve never really liked the name DJ Yoda! But it got named “upon” me by a friend when I had a big Yoda toy by my turntables when I was much younger. I think I’m kind of stuck with it now, and when you think about any DJ name for long enough they sound a bit silly.

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE IN THREE WORDS.
Hip-Hop with everything.

YOUR BEST AND WORST GIGS.
Some of my favourite gigs have been in faraway places, as I can’t believe that I get to be in China or Brazil or South Africa and people can enjoy what I do so far from where I grew up. Worst gigs? I did my fair share of entirely empty clubs when I was first starting out. I mean ENTIRELY empty! Good practice though!

BEST AND WORST DECRIPTION OF YOUR MUSIC SO FAR?
Best – “like DJ Shadow but with a sense of humour”.
Worst – “can you play something I can dance to please?”

YOUR FAVOURITE TUNES & ALBUMS AT THE MOMENT?
“I Love My Life” by DeMarco, “Flight School Vol. 2” by Sparkle Motion… Any moombahton music!

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE BANDS/DJS/ARTISTS?
I play so many different genres and styles of music that it’s really hard for me to narrow that down! I have favourites within each genre I guess. So my favourite rapper of all time is Big Daddy Kane if that helps? Or Biz Markie. Or Lord Finesse.

WHICH OF YOUR RECORDS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
I did two tracks with Biz Markie on my first album, which was like a dream come true, as I grew up listening to his music. So, probably those two tracks.

HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT MAKING A TUNE?
It’s a different process with each track I make. But a typical starting point for me would be a small sample that I like – then I start manipulating it and adding to it.

WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR MUSIC TO ACHIEVE?
Put a smile on people’s faces.

WHAT IS YOUR KIT LIST?
When I perform it’s very simple – two turntables, a mixer and a laptop. I try and keep it as true to the original hip-hop DJ’s set-up as I can.

WHICH BITS OF MUSIC GEAR WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO THE MASSES?
Ableton Live or Serato Scratch.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A DJ LOOKING TO GET INTO MUSIC PRODUCTION?
Don’t overload yourself with technology. Just think about what you are adding to a crowded music scene – whether you’re adding something original or new.

WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR YOU?
I’m going to take the dog for a walk. Also I’m putting the finishing touches to my second artist album. Probably in that order.

TELL US A FUNNY DJ YODA STORY.
I once pulled the hair of a girl who stole a taxi from me outside Fabric nightclub in London. And her hair turned out to be a wig and came off in my hand.

IF YOU COULD’VE WRITTEN ANY SONG IN THE WORLD, WHAT SONG WOULD IT BE?
93 Til Infinity by Souls of Mischief.

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