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Lord of the turntables

DJ for Public Enemy talks politics and progression of hip hop



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A self-professed diehard vinyl junkie, Lord talks wistfully about the analog and dusty sound, coupled with the tactile nature of contact vinyl.

“A primary point that I really miss is that point of the night where you’re doing the party, and you know a certain record would… set the whole club off, and you’re digging through your crate and you see that cover,” he said, “Yeah, I miss that moment.”

And while he also sings the praises of technology like Serato, which allows DJs to have a massive library of music at their fingertips, he points out that it isn’t magical.

“Quite frankly, if you’re a dope DJ, you’ll be a dope DJ with Serato. If you’re a whack DJ, you’ll be a whack DJ with Serato,” he said. “It just gives you access to music, it doesn’t DJ for you.”

While Lord is still busy DJing for PE, he also has a lot of other projects on the go right now.

He admits he’s been slacking on the studio side of things lately, but has gone back in recently to record The Dubstep Project, producing a dubstep mix CD with Paul Swytch of Trill Bass, and he plans to jump back into the studio with Flavor and PE soon.

He’s focusing on distributing his energy very carefully amongst the various projects he’s working on.

“You can get swamped. You can get lost in the fog, and all of a sudden you look around and, ‘where the hell am I?’”

He’s played massive shows in front of thousands of people, but he really looks forward to playing intimate gigs, like his upcoming show at Maxx Fish with Swytch, which involves four turntables, two mixers, and a whole lot of bassline, scratches and straight-up sickness.