We caught up with DJ Suspect ahead of his debut here at SOUL 45 in Southampton (Saturday 14th June 2014) and asked him a few questions to find out more on the Soul brother from Paris.
Please tell us a bit about your background and how you got into collecting records/Djing?
I started getting into music very early when I was a kid. I’ve always listened to a lot of different music. As a listener, I started to catch on to the records early on and its never stopped.
Do you have an early memory of buying records, your first digging experiance?
I was in a record shop in NYC in ’93, and some of the first records I found I still I love a lot today: Digable Planets, Jazzmatazz and YBT
What inspires you to do what you do?
I’m inspired by every moment of my life, the good and the bad ones. I’m also inspired a lot by the people I meet when I get the opportunity to travel.
What are your 3 favourite 45s that you are playing in your sets right now?
Rufus Thomas – Itch and scratch (Stax 1972)
Joseph Henry – Who’s the king (Desco 1998)
Spanky Wilson – Sunshine of your love (BGP 2003)
but I always change my records, each gig is different, for me it’s important as a dj to bring something different each time
Are you excited about your SOUL 45 debut here in Southampton? What kind of vibe will you be bringing to The Cellar?
I’m very happy and honored to play at Soul 45, UK means a lot to me for the music. I don’t know what I’m gonna bring because I always choose my records at the last minute, but expect some good grooves!
In the last 5 years, people have started coming out to the clubs to hear “vinyl only” djs again. Why do you think vinyl has become popular?
I’m not sure vinyl has become popular in every genre but certainly for funk and soul, I think vinyl is the best format to hear and spread music around. Maybe the people are upset with listening awful mp3s and laptop djs when they go dancing.
Your favorite break?
The Winstons – Amen Brother (Metromedia 1969)
Are you a strict vinyl junkie or have you embraced cdjs, mp3 and other such technolgies?
Strictly vinyl, all day everyday!
What new music are you currently listening to at the moment? (any genre/bands/acts/producers)
I’m really enjoying ‘Stone by Stone’ the new LP by Brooklyn Afro funk band ‘Ikebe Shakedown’ on Ubiquity Records. Check out http://www.ikebeshakedown.com/
Tell us about the new 45 you are putting out with DOC TMK on the Dusty Platter record label?
A guy from this great indie label told us that he wanted to do a release together, so of course we said yes! We’re gonna put a track with ‘A State of Mind’ which is almost finish, and we’re working now to put something fresh on the other side
Any other projects are you working on… What’s next for the Soulbrother from Paris?
There’s a lot of projects I’m working on right now…. I’m gonna do a mix for the mighty Truth & Soul label, with only french rarities which I’m really exited about. I’m part of a crew called KenJanai and we’re releasing a vinyl in September with dope guests like Elzhi, Oddisee and more, then there is my second album with Doc TMK that is well under way and also I’m continuing to do dj sets everywhere I can! Lots to look out for.
And finally, some advice for people who are looking to start a record collection?
My advice would be to always be curious and open minded with music, you can find some really interesting sounds that you’re unlikely to discover if you dont check out a lot of different styles. Dont always stick to what you know.
Catch DJ Suspect with Richie A + the Soul 45 residents at The Cellar in Southampton this Saturday night!
Advance tickets available from The Cellar website http://www.southamptoncellar.com/ or direct guildhall box office. £3 8pm-2am. 4 djs playing 100s of the best 45s on the block.
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