Interview with DJ Whoo Kid
DJ Whoo Kid and rock phenom Travis Barker have teamed up to release their mixtape 'Let the Drummer Get Wicked'. In his busy schedule, which he even shares in detail with us (well not everything), he took some time off to talk with me. We talk about his career & flare, the idea behind the mixtape & 'Come N Get It'-video and his love for video games...
Artist: DJ Whoo Kid
Title: Let the Drummer Get Wicked
Release date: 02/21/11
Single: Come N Get It
Buy at: Amazon
[Q]: First off, congratulations with your new mixtape 'Let the Drummer Get Wicked'. What's the story behind the mixtape?
DJ Whoo Kid answers [A]: I've known Travis for a while now. When I started experiencing his crazy remixes with Snoop, Drake and YouTube videos, I went mad. I hit him on Twitter and gave him an idea to do the drum production on new unreleased songs instead of current songs people already knew.
[Q]: How do you define your own flare? How do you add this to original songs?
[A]: It depends on the song and the artists - you can't really do much with a wack artist. I also did some original production on the Jim Jones record. I add the effects, and do the song line up of the mixtape. And of course I approve what songs need to be on the mixtape .
[Q]: Which song on "Let the Drummer Get Wicked" took the longest to complete? Why?
[A]: Too $hort's record was the longest. It has over a hundred drum sounds!
[Q]: Which one do you prefer: Xbox Kinect, WII, PlayStation? How did you come up with the idea to use a Xbox Kinect for the "Come N Get It"-video?
[A]: I have all three and love them all! I'm a video game geek, and always went crazy when I saw myself over the years getting cameos and characters in videogames. The Kinect combined with Infra-red was an idea brought to me by Dan the Man. We brought in some cool nerdy tech guys to break into the Kinect and bring it to life on screen. Possibilities are endless.
[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?
[A]: I start with the idea, search for artists that would make sense with this idea, then we start on production. It's a long process! Chasing hot artists down while I do radio and tour the world is another annoying headache.
[Q]: Any tour-event, or fan-moment, you like to share with your fans?
[A]: I've got a "Catch Me if You Can!" Club Tour hitting 22 countries in two months, feeding over 100,000 ears Hip Hop, House and Techno. The girl-on-girl moments in the DJ booths are getting more crazy!
[Q]: What can your listeners and fans expect from your tour?
[A]: They can expect simply hot music and free mixtapes!
[Q]: You have been releasing mixtapes for quite sometime now. During the years what has changed the most (music-wise)?
[A]: I've decided to stick with single artist-based mixtapes. They work better due to the fact you concentrate more on their fan base - like me and Snoop, me and Tech N9ne, me and Lloyd Banks. They mutate into web albums when original production comes into play.
[Q]: A DJ, your own website, mixtapes, etc... In what way can you keep up with these different activities?
[A]: You've gotta keep up with every aspect of entertainment in order to stay relevant. I even co-own KRSP.com, which is a new clothing line loved by all genres. We did a collabo crewneck with Wiz Khalifa, J.Cole and Curren$y, to name a few. Everyone wears it, not just rappers.
[Q]: What (other) collaborations could we look out for in the future?
[A]: DJ Whoo Kid and Lenny Kravitz, more UK and French artist collabos.
[Q]: What is your main goal to reach as a DJ/artist?
[A]: My main goal is to retire in two years, so enjoy my mixtapes while they are out there. There will never be another idiot DJ called DJ WHOO KID! lol
[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?
[A]: 8am - Kids to school
9am - Radio show meetings
10am -12 - Video editing for RadioPlanet.tv
1pm -2pm - Artists meetings and marketing planning
3pm - Pick up my kids
4pm - KRSP clothing planning
5pm - Twitter updates and publicist meeting
6pm -7pm - Studio with mixtapes
730pm - Kids basketball practice
830 - Kids homework
930pm - Tour and Monthly calendar planning
10pm - Kids sleep
11pm - 2am more promo, Twitter, website updates
2am - sleep
This is done Monday through Thursday, and then Friday through Sunday I'm at paid events overseas or in the US ---- then we start all over again!
[Q]: Final words?
[A]: PIZZLE -POW!
Check DJ Whoo Kid at the following sites http://krsp.com and DJ Whoo Kid Twitter - naturally he is also on DJ Whoo Kid Facebook.
"Let the Drummer Get Wicked" by DJ Whoo Kid - release date: 02/21/11..