DJ Drastic X Talks Phish vs. Hip Hop

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

Art by Krave

You ever seen Phish play?
I never seen 'em play live, but I've seen all their videos. All their live shows. I'm really familiar. The next time they're in the area, I'm there. I'm definitely going to all three days.

Have you had any response from anybody on the album?
That would be a great honor if they heard it and responded! That was not my expectation. These artists and Phish are so big, it might take a while for them to hear it. I just want to show that you can take two kinds of completely different music and make it work with a little creativity. And if it didn't work, I could say I tried.

What can you say about the combination?
The hip-hop people are exposed to Phish. And the Phish people are exposed to hip-hop. And the two worlds meet. And it's good.

What kind of reaction have you gotten so far?
I've got a lot of great reaction online. My Twitter feeds and my email blew up with a lot of people. The energy is really positive. A lot of Phish fans are featuring it and telling people to check it out.

How did you get started originally?
I was in high school and one of my first experiences was at a high school party. DJ Hans, I think was his name. I asked him if I could look through his records. At the time, I was a collector of everything Bad Boy put out. I had all their CDs, all their singles. I came across a Biggie "One More Chance" remix, and I begged this guy to sell it to me so I could complete my collection. And he did! I had to go out and get a turntable to play it. Then I needed a mixer. And then after high school I got into FIU's WRGP Radiate FM. And that's when I really developed into wanting to be a DJ and producer. I interviewed Pitbull, and Rick Ross, Flo Rida, Akon, and it all started there.

And they were just like little guys back then, right?
Well, Pitbull and Ross, they had been working hard for years, making a name for themselves. But they really respected the college radio scene and they always came through. And they're huge now, but even after they blew up, they would still do phone interviews and everything. It's amazing that I was able to experience that. I even got to produce some records for Ross, and also Pretty Ricky. It's been a great ride.

What have you produced?
For Pretty Ricky, I remember we did "Hey Girl," with Jim Jonsin. And for Ross, I did some mixtape tracks called "Touchin Traps" and "I Wanna Talk To You."

What you gonna do next?
Just produce more projects, more mashups, more radio features, and more guest mixes. I did a lot of hip-hop before, and that's always number one in my heart, but I also wanna expand into other things, be more open format, and show more appreciation for all types of music.

How'd you get Krave on the cover artwork?
Aaah, Krave, man. So glad to have gotten with him on this. I know Krave through a friend, met him a couple of times, and I have really respected his work for many years. I went to him, sat with him, showed him the idea, let him hear the music, and it was all love. He's such a talented artist, and on top of that, in my opinion, he's one of the best graffiti artists in Miami. To have him on the cover is amazing. I really appreciate Krave for what he did.

What's your website?

Any final shout outs to the people out there?
Thanks for listening and shout to everyone who supports my music. Shout out to DJ Obscene, he actually has track doing some nasty cuts, some really ill cuts, like Primo-, DJ Premier-style cuts. Shout out to my boys who lit a fire under my ass to get this done and who inspired me. Shout to Phish and all the artists. Shout out to my boy Brian of Boomzini Hit Crew who helped me a lot with this project. And shout out to Judah, one of my homeboys who I was kickin' it with, listening to Phish music when this all started.

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