AUGUST DJ OF THE MONTH:
I am so excited about this month’s Spin Kings feature on Tech Supreme. He is a very talented music producer and DJ in St. Louis. Tech Supreme won the Riverfront Times Hip Hop Producer of The Year award in 2007 and was nominated in the same category four years in a row (2008-2011). He was also named 2013 Producer of The Year by the St. Louis Underground Music Festival. In addition to his accomplishments as a producer, Tech has also been a successful deejay on the nightlife scene in St. Louis, rockin’ places such as Lola and The Gramophone. Get familiar with the name because you will definitely see, and hear, more of him and his work in the future!!
TIFFANY LASHONDA: Hey Tech Supreme!
TECH SUPREME: What’s up, how are you doing?
TIFFANY LASHONDA: I’m doing great and yourself?
TECH SUPREME: I’m doing fine. We finally meet.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: Yes finally! (laughing) So are you ready to get to down to business?
TECH SUPREME: Yup.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: How did you get into deejaying?
TECH SUPREME: I’ve been doing music since I was 16. I had a college roommate that had some Technic 1200s (turntables) and I used to play around with them. One night at Blueberry Hill, Traxstar was showing me how to blend and mix on his turntables, and I really liked it. I also had other friends show me how to deejay.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: How long have you been deejaying?
TECH SUPREME: Since 2007, but mainly I’m a music producer.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: What was your first gig and how did it come about?
TECH SUPREME: I was at Gramophone and there was a group performing there called Pac Div; they were signed to Atlantic records. It was super packed and I was kind of nervous, but it turned out great.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: In your opinion, how do deejays from St. Louis differ from deejays outside of the area?
TECH SUPREME: The deejays in St. Louis are really skilled and are amazing on the turntables. DJ Sno, DJ Charlie Chan Soprano, Nappy DJ Needles, DJ Epic, DJ Sir Thurl are all very gifted at deejaying.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: What are some qualities that you feel you must have in order to be considered a “master” at your craft?
TECH SUPREME: Talent and consistency. You need to be dope at what you do and have years of experience doing it.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: I totally agree with you on that. What are some of the venues you’ve deejayed at?
TECH SUPREME: Gramophone, Atomic Cowboy, Blueberry Hill, and Lola.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: I miss Lola so much! I used to love going there on Friday nights.
TECH SUPREME: Yeah it was nice spot. I used to do graphic designs for them plus I had a real good friend that was a co-owner.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: Have you ever participated in a deejay battle? If so what was the outcome?
TECH SUPREME: I haven’t yet. I’m very good at blending but still need to work on my scratching ability. I wouldn’t dare enter in a battle and I don’t have that together, but I have respect for deejays who’ve done battle.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: Do you have any mixtapes? If so how many?
TECH SUPREME: I have mixes on my mixcloud page www.mixcloud.com/techsupreme and on www.techsupreme.net. I am also working on an instrumental mixtape that’s going to have trap and EDM beats. It’s going to be called Technicolor.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: What is your favorite piece of deejaying equipment?
TECH SUPREME: The Pioneer DDJ SX; it’s great for deejaying versus turntables. I don’t have to worry about whenever I have a gig, and a girl is dancing real close to my table and bumps it by accident, and the needle goes off the vinyl. It’s like when people who do production started with Fruity Loops and then progressed to a newer program with more technology in it. I always like getting new shit to see how it works.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: Any upcoming projects that you’re working on?
TECH SUPREME: Right now I’m finalizing a ‘Best Of’ series. I did one a couple of years ago that showcased The Neptunes. This one will be with DJ Grynd Tyme and DJ Spec. It will be local music that nobody has heard before.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: Where can the local people see you spin?
TECH SUPREME: I do Rap City once a month at Blank Space located at 2847 Cherokee St. in South St. Louis. The next gig will be Saturday August 9 with myself and Nappy DJ Needles, and hosted by Tef Poe. The last two gigs were The Best of Timbaland and Pharrell. This next one will be on Southern classics.
TIFFANY LASHONDA: Is there anything else you would like people to know about Tech Supreme?
TECH SUPREME: I’m not an asshole. I like to be positive all the time and I love to deejay.