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SPIN KINGS featuring Tech Supreme

AUGUST DJ OF THE MONTH:

 TECH SUPREME

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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.netI 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.

 

Tiffany LaShonda

tlashondarileyteamepic@yahoo.com

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SPIN KINGS FEATURING DJ NSAYNE

JULY DJ OF THE MONTH:

DJ NSAYNE

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I had the coolest conversation with DJ NSAYNE!  As President of Hitt Breaka DJs here in St. Louis, he is definitely doing big things on the deejay scene!  With close to 20 years of experience behind the tables, numerous mixtapes, and even managing a group, it’s evident that he takes his craft very seriously.  He is working hard to take deejaying to the next level and is dedicated to rebuilding his brand.  Sit down, get cozy, and get to know DJ NSAYNE:

 

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Hey DJ NSAYNE!

DJ NSAYNE:  What’s up!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  We finally get to chat!

DJ NSAYNE:  YEY!!!!!!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know!  Are you ready to get started?

DJ NSAYNE:  Yes.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay, so how did you get into deejaying?

DJ NSAYNE:  Well I sort of got thrown into it.  At the time I was working for Tossin’ Ted and managing a group that KING ODIE (DJ) had and it was a lot of DJ equipment around.  I started messing with the equipment and got good with it and been deejaying ever since.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How long have you been a DJ?

DJ NSAYNE:  For 17 years.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You almost at 20 years.

DJ NSAYNE:  Yes, it’s gettin’ there.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How important is it for someone to understand the culture of deejaying?

DJ NSAYNE:  It’s very important.  People need to understand that being a DJ today is different from back in the day.  DJs today have to be more personable.  You definitely have to use social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.  DJs today really don’t have to be as skilled like you did back in the day.  We have controllers now where a long time ago it was just turntables.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Can anyone become a DJ?  If so what are the necessary steps to follow in order to become one?

DJ NSAYNE:  Anyone can become a DJ with a great mentor working beside them.  It just takes a lot of practice and dedication to deejay.  You also want to like what you do.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What was your very first gig?  And how did it come about?

DJ NSAYNE:  I started off working for tossing Ted at Pro Jocks Entertainment doing wedding receptions.  He brought Lil Jon to STL to Incahoots and I was asked to DJ; it was my first big gig.  Incahoots asked me to come back and then I started deejaying clubs from that point forward.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any mixtapes?  If so how many do you have?

DJ NSAYNE:  I have three mixtapes that are in a podcast.  They are on my website at http://www.automatic.djnsayne.com.  I have also hosted mixtapes for Mista McFly, Ruka Puff, Country Brown, and many others.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How are deejays from St. Louis different from deejays in other cities?

DJ NSAYNE:  Well having traveled to different areas all over, I noticed that St. Louis deejays are technically better. St. Louis deejays can do better transitions in between records and have better mixes.  Other deejays outside of St. Louis can “hype” the crowd better, and that could be because they may lack certain skills when it comes to deejaying.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What’s your favorite piece of DJ equipment?

DJ NSAYNE:  The Hercules RMX (controller).  You can do so much with it.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What are some of the local venues where you’ve deejayed?

DJ NSAYNE:  I’ve deejayed at The Loft, The Monastery, The Wax Factory, as well as other venues.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any upcoming projects?

DJ NSAYNE:  I’m working on some mixtapes, and there are a couple of artists that I’m in talks with, but we are still negotiating.  My main focus is on rebuilding my brand.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can the local people see you spin?

DJ NSAYNE:  On Friday and Saturday nights I’m at The Lion’s Den.  On Sunday nights I’m at The Ambassador.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you want to give?

DJ NSAYNE:  HittBreaka DJs: King Odie, DJ Shock, DJ Sho, DJ Party Rock, DJ Wayne Moody, DJ Epic, DJ G-Spin.  Also Charlie Chan Soprano, Boogie Corleone, and DJ Sir Thurl.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  DJ NSAYNE, I loved talking with you.  We will have to do this again real soon and keep on doing your thang out here.

DJ NSAYNE:  Yes we do, thank you.  All I want to do is bring back the realness of deejaying.
Tiffany LaShonda Riley
tlashondarileyteamepic@yahoo.com

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SPIN KINGS FEATURING DJ STAN DA MAN

MAY DJ OF THE MONTH:

   DJ STAN DA MAN

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A few days ago, I had the pleasure of talking with DJ Stan Da Man. Stan has been deejaying for almost two decades.  He is a Derrty DJ and was voted St. Louis Best Hip Hop DJ in 2004 by the Riverfront Times.  It was a pleasure speaking with Stan, he was so cool and easy to talk to.  So here he is, this month’s featured Spin King, DJ Stan Da Man:

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Hey Stan!

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Wassup Girl!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How you doin?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Oh I’m good, how you doin?

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Much better since I got over my cold. (laughing)

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I’m glad you feeling better.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Thank you!  Alright let’s get started…how did you get started as a DJ?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Well I was a dancer/choreographer.  I was in a group and they moved out to Los Angeles, CA and I stayed behind in St. Louis.  Later on I started hanging around DJ Charlie Chan Soprano and DJ SNO.  They taught me how to deejay.  I was a late bloomer. (laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  There’s nothing wrong with that! So what inspired you to get into deejaying?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I am a die-hard music fan!  With me dancing and also trying to be an R&B singer, that seemed like it was going to be the next step.  I listen to multiple genres of music. Whenever people go to parties they see the DJ getting the crowd hype.  I always thought DJs were dope.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are so right about that!  So how long have you been deejaying?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Since 1997.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  17 years?  Wow, you’re almost at 20 years!

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Yes it’s around the corner.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are a Derrty DJ.  How did you end up becoming one?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  It all got started a few years ago.  We all had a meeting with Nelly.  The group was formed with me, DJ AJ, DJ CD, DJ Charlie Chan Soprano, DJ C-Note, DJ Cuddy, and DJ 618.  DJ Charlie Chan Soprano was only in the group for a year and he decided to leave.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Now I heard you used to work for 100.3 The Beat back in the day.  How was that experience?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Well let me set the record straight, I HAVE NEVER WORKED FOR 100.3 The Beat!  And the funny thing is a lot of people have come up to me and asked me the same question.  I was in negotiations a few years back with them, but nothing ever came of it.  Now I have worked for Q95.5, Hot 104.1, and Z107.7.  I did mixes for all of those radio stations.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Thank you Stan for clearing that up!

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I had to let people know.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You were the Tour DJ for the St. Louis group Abyss.  I liked their hit song “Catch 22”.  Tell me how y’all hooked up.

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I was on the Budweiser Platinum Club Tour with hip hop artists Da Brat, Lil’ Jon, Xzibit and R&B group Koffee Brown.  My supervisor at Q95.5 set the meeting up with me and Abyss.  They asked me to be their DJ and I agreed, so I went on tour with them opening up for Nelly.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any mixtapes?  If so how many?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I really don’t do mixtapes.  All my mixes that I do are on my website at www.mixcloud.com/dj_standaman.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Are there any artists, local or outside of St. Louis, that you enjoyed working with?  Who was your favorite?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  Lil’ Jon!  He was my favorite artist to work with based on his knowledge of music and the comedy (laughing).  He always kept me cracking up.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What is your favorite piece of DJ equipment to use?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  The Technics 1200s (turntables).

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any upcoming projects?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  I do, but I’d rather not say until I‘ve sealed the deal.  I’ve learned from the past where I would talk about upcoming projects and then something would happen to mess it up.  So my lips are sealed! (laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: I understand (laughing).  Where can the local people see you spin at?

DJ STAN DA MAN:  It varies so you can check me out on my Facebook music page and follow me on twitter for the latest events that I deejay.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  And there you have it!  Stan it was cool talking to you and I look forward to our next conversation.

DJ STAN DA MAN: Yeah it was.  Me too.

 

 

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY

tiffanyriley84@yahoo.com

 

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SPIN KINGS FEATURING DJ CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO

APRIL  DJ OF THE MONTH:

DJ CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO

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I recently sat down for a one on one interview with St. Louis icon, DJ Charlie Chan Soprano.  This man right here has achieved so much in his 30 year career.  From founding and being a part of a successful group of deejays known as the “24 SCIENTISTS”, to deejaying for hip hop legend DMC (RUN-DMC), Charlie Chan Soprano shared so much with me during our conversation.  I definitely felt his passion and love for deejaying as he told his story.  In addition to being a DJ, he also has a profound respect for the culture.  He is my FRIEND FOR LIFE and I certainly look forward to future conversations with him!  A master of his craft and a truly humble individual, I introduce to you DJ Charlie Chan Soprano:

 

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Hey Charlie!!!!!!

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO :  Hey hey what’s up girl?!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How are you doing?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  I’m good, I’m doing a mixtape for my friend.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Really?!  COOL!  I am so excited to talk to you.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  (laughing) I’m excited myself.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  YES!  Let’s get this going…How did you get started as a DJ?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well when I was growing up it was just me and my mother.  She was a single mom.  My mother had this record player (turntable) that played 45s when I was 6 years old. From time to time she would tell me to put the 45 on the record player and showed me how to do it.  Also I heard the song “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa.  I thought it was a dope record.  My cousin did a mixtape and just seeing him mix songs together made me want to be a DJ.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How long have you been deejaying?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Since 1982.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay now I have been so intrigued with the name of your group 24 SCIENTISTS.  Is there a special meaning behind the name?  And how did the group get started?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well back in 1994 me, D2 tha C, and Rod X were looking for a studio that we could record our mixtapes for free.  We came across this owner named Drexel and his friends David and Darrien, and at the time they owned SAINTS ( skating rink), The Ambassador, and The Loft.  David and Darrien had a recording studio called D2 Studios and they were also the first people to sign Nelly and the St. Lunatics.  They asked us who we were.  Rod X suggested that we become a group and come up with a really good name to tell those guys.  We then thought of the name 24 SCIENTISTS.  The name 24 SCIENTISTS is from revelations.  In the Islamic religion, 24 SCIENTISTS were also known as the Twenty Four Elders, or The Councils of the Gods.  Of the Twenty-Four, there are Twelve Major Scientists and Twelve Minor Scientists.  Now of the Twelve Major Scientists, there is one that is above all of them.  He is Allah.  The Twenty Four Elders were also responsible for writing history.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Very interesting!  I had no idea on the meaning of 24 SCIENTISTS.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Yeah……with us we’re not just a group. We are a brotherhood/sisterhood, we’re a family.  Anybody just can’t join 24 SCIENTISTS.    We have to feel a connection to you. It’s very spiritual for us. and we must know your character.  Take DJ EPIC for example; he introduced himself to me one day at Cuetopia.  We got to talking and I noticed a DJ controller that he had and it was real nice.  I said to him , “Hey that’s a nice controller.”  He told me, “here take it home with you to try it out” and then said I can use it whenever I want to.  I said no but Epic insisted.  Just the fact that he let me use the controller and told me I can get it anytime I wanted showed how nice he was and that he had a good character.  Another time Epic came over to my house and we hung out.  D2 tha C had been to talking with Epic via Facebook and later on came up to me and said, “Hey Charlie how come Epic ain’t part of 24 SCIENTISTS?”  Those are examples; it’s a personal connection.  24 SCIENTISTS is a family.  On Monday nights we get together at my house.  We sit around and play video games or as I call it “BEAT DOWN SESSIONS” on the Playstation 3.  I also have enlightening sessions where we will sit down and the older members will talk to the younger members and just try to give them some knowledge on life in general.  Sometimes we could start at like 8:00 pm and go as long as 3:00 am.  That’s just how we do as a family.  Nobody in the family ever needs or wants for nothing.  Four family members have their own home studio.  Two family members are graphic artists.  One has a degree in Engineering and another one has a degree in Mass Communications.  Three family members also are photographers and we also have one that is a Neo-Soul singer.  Every family member in our circle does something special.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That is awesome!  To have a bond like that is just a beautiful thing.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  It sure is.  I like keeping good people close to me.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are currently with HOT 104.1 doing the Throwback at Noon.  How long have you been doing it?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well DJ SNO and myself got hired by RADIO ONE on September 11, 2000.  At the time it was Q95.5.  That radio station was a R&B/Hip Hop station in competition with 100.3 The Beat.  I brought on Stan the Man, DJ Needles and C-Note as well. I did not know that they were trying to get me on board.  We changed music in St. Louis by playing local artists and 100.3 The beat wasn’t doin’ that.  My boss at the time told me it was a requirement to play the hottest songs in rotation.  He also told us that he better not hear the other station (100.3 The Beat) play it before us or else it was gonna be a problem.  I remember one time he came up to me and asked , “How come Lights, Camera, Action is not being played?”  There was a real popular song out by Mr. Cheeks called “Lights, Camera, Action”.  Everybody was calling in asking for that song.  I told my boss, “The song is in rotation and it has been played.”  He then told me, “Oh it is?  Well then how come you’re not playing it right now?”  We had to make sure that 100.3 The Beat wasn’t out doing us.  We was playing Chingy, Petey Pablo, and we was the first to play Kanye West’s song “Through The Wire”.  I hated when Crunk music, or what I like to call N**** S***, took over!  I tried to hold out as long as I could before playing crunk music.  C-Note was the one that really got me to play crunk music.   He told me, “Charlie you got to come on board with it man.”   At the time C-Note had these mixtapes called CRUNKFEST.  I always listen to people that want to see me succeed.  A lot of people would say  “You ain’t on nothing but that EAST COAST s***!”  But to me east coast rappers have this nice smooth R&B feel to their music and they can flow.  So I was playing cats like Jadakiss, Young Gunz, Jay Z and pretty much anybody from Roc-A-Fella period.  I didn’t mind Lil’ Jon, I met him a few years back and was familiar with his music.  In 2004 Q95.5 became a contemporary R&B station known as FOXY 95.5.  Everyone at Q95.5 got fired but then rehired later on when it became HOT 104.1.  I’ve been doing Throwback at Noon since 2006.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Well I tell you what back in the day I really liked listening to Q95.5.  And you on the Throwback at Noon, man you be showing out.  You be playing everything from my favorite rap group OUTKAST to Mobb Deep, De La Soul, Tupac, Biggie, the list just goes on.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Right, thank you.  Speaking of Mobb Deep, they had their hit song “Quiet Storm”.  Now before Lil’ Kim got on the remix, a lot of DJs wasn’t really playing it.  Everybody was like man that remix dope, but I was like the song was already dope before Lil Kim got on the track (laughing).  Right now, my boss at HOT 104.1 be like “Charlie you playing too much De La Soul or you playing too many hood records.”  I tell him that’s what the listeners want to hear.  He also told me I play too many male rappers.  I told him that the women listeners prefer the songs by male rappers over the ones by females.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are so right Charlie!  In my collection of rap albums, I have more male artists than I do female.  I have male rappers like DMX, Eazy-E, Yo-Gotti, Rich Homie Quan,Tupac, Biggie, Master P, NAS, etc, in my collection.  Some of my female friends be looking at me like, “Really girl?! You got Eazy- E in your car.” (laughing) I’m like “What’s wrong with Eazy-E?”  There’s nothing wrong with the female artists, but that’s what I like.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  EXACTLY, and that’s what I was saying. I know what I’m talking about.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Now you are DMC’s (Run-DMC) personal DJ.  I saw you on The Queen Latifah Show a few months ago. I saw DMC on stage rapping with Queen Latifah and then they showed you doing your thang on the turntables.  I looked and was like, “Is that Charlie Chan Soprano?”  I looked again and said “THAT IS CHARLIE!” (laughing) You was doing it!  How did you and DMC connect?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Thank you!  Well okay let me take you back to the night Tupac died, which was September 13, 1996.  I was in Lawrence, Kansas competing in a DJ battle competition.  I competed against a local DJ named DJ Rice.  I beat him and won the competition by using the “Peter Piper” record by RUN-DMC.  My prize was $500 and the chance to open up for RUN-DMC.  I found out that two of the judges did not want me to win.  They thought that since I was a popular DJ from St. Louis that I was going to be arrogant.  Two weeks later, I get back to St. Louis and RUN-DMC was at Club Evolution performing where I was a regular DJ.  They were coming off stage and I saw Jam Master Jay and asked him he could stand here for a minute. I got on the mic and announced to everyone that I won a contest in Kansas and would be opening up for RUN-DMC.  I performed the same “Peter Piper” routine that I did in the competition.  After I performed at the concert in north Kansas, Jam Master Jay and I got to talk a while and then he told me that Run-DMC was having a concert and asked me, “How would you like to open and close for Run-DMC?”  Jay also told me up front that there was no money involved but if I stick with him he would set something up for me.  I was like cool.  Then on Easter Sunday in 1997, I met Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat when I went to a SO-SO DEF party at Club Kaya in Atlanta.  DJ Nads was always the regular DJ at Club Kaya on Sundays and he was also rap group Kris Kross’ personal DJ.  While I was deejaying Jermaine and Da Brat was handing me my records.  Later on that night I got to talking with Da Brat and she asked me to be her DJ.  I didn’t find out until later on that Jam Master Jay had set that whole meeting up.  So from 1997-1999 I was deejaying for Da Brat but still at the same time was opening shows for RUN-DMC.  Jam Master Jay passed away on October 30, 2002.  A couple of years later I ran into DMC, and me and him got to talk and catch up on old times. DMC decided to become a solo artist and asked me to be his DJ and I have been since 2004.  I am also RUN-DMC’s DJ as well.  I have been all over the world touring with DMC.  Places like Japan, New Amsterdam, Columbia.  We was getting so much love overseas.  The people over in those countries would run up to us in the street and hug us.  DMC and I made history by performing in Vietnam.  We was the first to be able to perform in their country.  I also toured with DMC in the US.  I got a chance to be around LL Cool J a few times.  LL didn’t know at the time that I was DMC’s DJ until he said something about it.  LL looked and said , “ Who’s Charlie?” and then he looked at me and said, “Him?!  I thought that big muthaf**** was security!” (laughing) LL used to see me get people out of our way when they would run up to us.  I still have to be reminded that I’m DMC’s DJ.  Fans would come up to ask him for an autograph and I’ll be getting out of the way.  DMC would look at me and say, “You, come over here. You’re suppose to be over here with me.”  That’s how much respect I have for him.  I still get excited when I meet somebody in the industry that I have never met before.  I love being a DJ.  I could not imagine myself doing anything else.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That is so cool!  You have definitely lived.  To be able to experience all that and remain so humble is just very touching.  So since you have been deejaying, how many mixtapes do you have?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Awwww let me see.  Girl you gonna make me go back and dig through my stuff! (laughing) I would say between 25 to 30 mixtapes.  Now majority of them are a actual cassette tape because back in the day that’s what you used to make a “mixtape”.  At the time I didn’t believe in copying mixtapes until my deck broke (laughing), from that point on I was doing it.  I didn’t start using CDs til 1997.  I was selling my mixtapes at Mr. Manns and Deep Grooves

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay, are there any local artists or celebrity music artists you loved working with?  Who is your favorite?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well I liked working with Dangerous D a.k.a D-Rebel.  Him and I did a vinyl back in 1987 called “Power of Soul” and the b-side was called “He’s my DJ”.  The mixtape was a tribute to the late James Brown and we also shot a music video that you can find on YouTube.  D-Rebel passed away in a car accident in Killeen, Texas.  St. Louis producer Luqman and St. Louis rapper Ram Rilla (Ram Love) were my favorite artists to work with.  Ram Rilla had two popular singles in The Lou.  One was called “Background Check” and the other was called “ St. Louis City” where he was giving shoutouts to all the gang sets in the city.  Some people were like, “Wait a minute! This guy is shouting out gang members!”  Ram Rilla did the “St. Louis City” remix with Chingy and Richie Rich.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Cool, what is your favorite DJ equipment to use?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  The technique 1200s (turntables) but I do like controllers.  It just depends on the type of gig I have for me to see which one I will use.  I had a wedding reception I did one time and for that I took my controller.  Controllers are much easier to carry because it’s less equipment.  They have a lot of different effects on them that you can use which I think is pretty cool.  I recently deejayed at Macy’s at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters and at West County Mall in Des Peres.  I brought my controller and the people were very impressed.  One guy said , “Wow!  Look what he brought.”  He later told me that there was one guy they hired to DJ and all he brought was his laptop and just mixed the music on there.  You know there are software programs where you can mix tracks and you don’t need a controller or turntables hooked up to the laptop.  When that guy told me that I said okay I will never do that.  You know you still have to be professional out here.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That is so true.  Are there any current and/or upcoming projects that you have coming out?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Yes.  I currently have GANGSTA BOOGIE with DJ Boogie Corleone out.  Be on the look out for GANGSTA BOOGIE 2!  I have a mixtape coming out called “I USED 2 LOVE HER”, it’s gonna be a mix of neo-soul and hip hop.  I also have a mixtape I’m working on right now with DJ Kimmy Nu called “The Rookie Meets The Legend”.  It’s going to have neo-soul and hip hop artists such as De La Soul, Mos Def, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Troy Ave, and other similar artists.  Also DJ Witz and myself are working on a mixtape that will be acapella over reggae music.  I am producing for DMC as well.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s gonna be real good!  I love that GANGSTA BOOGIE mixtape!  You and DJ Boogie Corleone laid that out from beginning to end.  Where are some places in The Lou that the local people can see you DJ?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Thank You.  I can be seen at Cuetopia II in Florissant on Tuesdays, LOLA in Downtown St. Louis on Fridays, and EXO in Downtown St. Louis on Saturdays.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  And there you have it y’all!  Charlie I really enjoyed this interview. You have told me so much.  I look forward to the next time we do this again.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Me too.  We gonna have to talk again real soon.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  YES!!!  We will!

 

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SPIN KINGS FEATURING DJ SNO

MARCH DJ OF THE MONTH:

DJ SNO

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I had the most wonderful time talking with the legendary DJ SNO at LOLA.  DJ SNO has had a remarkable career that some people only dream about.  For the past two decades, DJ SNO, who is from Madison, Illinois, has worked as a DJ at various places around the St. Louis area.  He’s worked in radio and even had the opportunity to DJ for St. Louis hip hop artist CHINGY.  One interesting fact that I learned while interviewing him was that his maternal grandfather Normen Kramer was one of the organ players for the St. Louis Blues back in the 1960s.

            DJ SNO is a very cool and down to earth person.  I really hate the interview had to end because I could’ve talked with him for hours.  He had so much to talk about regarding his career and upcoming projects.  I also had the opportunity to watch him spin while at LOLA; this man is very talented.  With that being said here is our interview:

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I finally get the pleasure of meeting you DJ SNO!  (laughing)

DJ SNO:  WHAT UP!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I see you just got finished setting up your turntables.

DJ SNO: Yup…..I start spinnin’ here at LOLA at 10:00 pm.  Where’s DJ EPIC at?  I thought he would have been here with you.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Naw…..He has a DJ gig tonight.

DJ SNO:  Epic is a real cool person.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Yes he is…and a wonderful boss!

DJ SNO: (Laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay…..Now to the good part (laughing), how did you get started as a DJ?

DJ SNO:  Well back in the early 1980s, I was a break dancer.  I was in a group called MEGATRON BREAKERS.  We were really good.  We competed in a dance competition called RIVER ROADS BREAK 84’ and got 2nd place overall.  I also played the saxophone and drums in high school.  I decided later on I wanted to get into deejaying.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How many years have you been deejaying?

DJ SNO:  Since 1984

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s cool….What made you want to be a DJ?

DJ SNO:  I first heard the song “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa.  Just hearing that song with the different elements of sound effects made me interested in deejaying.  I also saw the movie BEAT STREET and was intrigued by how scratching was done on the turntables. I also saw another movie called BREAKIN’.  In the movie, I saw ICE-T’s DJ (DJ Glove) and how he was spinnin’ on the turntables.  I said okay so that’s how you move the record away from the needles.  I told my family I wanted to be a DJ.  Most of them was looking at me and saying you really gonna give up playing instruments for deejaying?  My paternal grandfather was the only one that believed in me.  He thought I could go really far with deejaying.  Before he had passed away, he bought me a set of turntables.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Tell me about some places you have been a DJ at?

DJ SNO:  From 1984-1988 I was deejaying at a lot of parties, skating rinks, and bars.  I even was a DJ at some bars that mostly had a white crowd.  During that time a lot of the white crowds at these bars didn’t care for hip hop music.  Me and my crew would be in there and they would call us all types of names.  We definitely weren’t welcome.  So a lot of times we would go to the clubs and bars in the black neighborhoods to DJ.  I got a lot of love down there. I was spinnin’ at PANAMA JAX in Collinsville from 1989-1991.  A guy I was working with in there knew how to do a live feed to where the mix could be broadcasted live on the radio.  It became MIX 97.1; I would spin records for 2 hours on the station.  It eventually closed down.  After that I went to DJ at Rickey’s (Now SOUNDBAR in Florissant, MO) and Rivers (Now Lumiere Place Casino in Downtown St. Louis).  I also was a DJ at Doghouse (formerly located in Ballwin, MO), but it closed down due to a fire.  And Stages (Now Gateway Racing Track in Madison, Illinois) but they got shut down due to a lot of fighting that was going on out there.  I helped open the Monastery in 1997 and was there until 2000.  That’s when the “CRUNK” era pretty much began.  I then went on to work at Q95.5 as a DJ.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You were CHINGY’s DJ at the time he got signed by Ludacris to his record label “Disturbing Tha Peace”.  What was that experience like?

DJ SNO:  I loved it.  I was CHINGY’s DJ from 2003- 2008.  We were on several televisions show: 106 & Park (10 times), MTV (5 times), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tyra Banks Show, MADD TV, and had an interview with VIBE magazine.  I also had the opportunity to go on tour with CHINGY.  We did the ROCK THE MIC tour with 50 cent and the Chicken N Beer tour with Ludacris in the U.S.  We also went on tour overseas in Norway, Germany, New Zealand, China, Japan, Brazil, and New Amsterdam. CHINGY and I started a show called STL Home Jamz on Hot 104.1 in 2006.  I also had another show called The Headliners where I was the co-host with Finsta.  Finsta eventually joined me on the STL Home Jamz show when CHINGY left.   I stayed on with the show until August 2011.  Hot 104.1 was my last stint with radio.  I tell ya, when I was on radio everybody was messin’ wit me.  Now that I’m not in it anymore it seem like don’t nobody wanna f*** with me.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any mixtapes?

DJ SNO:  Yes I do. I am only just deejaying on them.  The mixtapes I worked on were by St. Louis local artists.  I was on The Renaissance by DiSkreet, Seek Shelter- LIVE WELL with Finsta, J-Kidd, XO MOB, Phat Pheezy, and Slot-A-Lot presents CHINGY.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What is your favorite piece of DJ Equipment?

DJ SNO:  The Technique 1200s (Turntables)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What do you currently have going on?  Any upcoming projects?

DJ SNO:  Right now I’m a producer.  I have a studio in my house and I go to Phat Buddha Studio in St. Louis.  I am working with several artists: Academy Hill, Block Boyz, Basement Beats, Doorway, Ghetto Children, Kandi Girlz, Malevolent, Nite Owl, North Park Drive, Phat Pheezy, and Scooby.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can the people in the St. Louis area see you DJ at?

DJ SNO:  I’m at LOLA in Downtown St. Louis on Saturday nights spinning from 10:00 pm til 2:30 am.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Well there you have it.  DJ SNO it was really good talking with you.  You definitely have had a wonderful career!  I’m wishing we could keep talking but I know you getting ready for your gig.

DJ SNO: Yeah I do…..This was a great positive interview.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  It sure was.  I thank you for the interview.

DJ SNO:  You’re welcome.

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Tiffany LaShonda Riley

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