He’s the DJ, I’m the Designer is a collaboration between me and my favorite DJ’s.
I've always wanted to be a DJ but never got around to it. It was an expensive hobby I just couldn't commit my money to. Instead of buying DJ equipment a lot of my money went to computers and design applications. I couldn't have both, so I pursued my career in graphic design. I didn't want to be a DJ so I can mix top 40 radio jams. I wanted to learn how to scratch and make dope mixes from my favorite underground acts at the time. (Aceyalone, Sacred Hoop, Subcontents or anything from Stones Throw)
Fast forward to 2010. I’m over 30 years of age, I’ve settled down with my wife and I have a full time job as a Graphic Designer. One thing remains: I still want put out a mix album. I met DJ Icewater through Lyrics Born. Somewhere between our e-mails I asked him “Do you do mixes?” That’s pretty much how the collaboration began. I barely have any mixing experience so why try and fuck it up when you can have a pro do it, lol.
The concept behind this mix is all about inspiration. These tracks inspire me to do what I do best- design. To me it’s that good hip-hop music you don’t hear on the radio anymore. Even acts like The Clipse or Wu-Massacre barely get any radio play. I could care less about Drake or Nikki Minaj, they’re a top 40 fad. The tracks I chose have meaning, inspiration and value. As for DJ Ice Water, my only request was mix these all together, do what you do best and scratch it up! I love the final product.
He’s the DJ, I’m the Designer is a collaboration between me and my favorite DJ’s. You’ll be seeing more of these. The best part is that they’re free! Just download the mix directly from DJ Icewaters site and enjoy! Special thanks to Lyrics Born for doin’ the intro! Download the mix right here.