TEEKO | THE INTERVIEW

State your stage name and profession, for the record.

Teeko – producer / dj / musician / innovator

How long have you been DJing, and do you remember your first DJ gig?

Somewhere around 1997-98 I started rolling with bay area mobile dj crew “Divide & Conquer”. After being introduced to the crew by some members I was friends with in high school, I started rolling with them on the weekends setting up speakers and lighting systems. It wasnt until late 98 or 99 that they started letting me open up the events as a dj. I think the very first time was a small family party at a restaurant in top of the hill Daly City. I was terrified! Shoutout to my OG crew for giving me a shot and letting me get my feet wet!

What’s your favorite DJ era in the Bay Area and why?

Of the past – 1997-2003 – the battle scene was at its peak and the music of the time was still hype – digital djing hadn’t come into play yet so the scene was relatively untapped. You had to really want it and put that work in, there were no shortcuts (only Shortkut)

But really Im looking forward to the next era!!! I see some emerging djss that integrate the tech with their own styles and its starting to come together in the ways I had envisioned. And of course, I plan on coming out with some ideas I’ve been working on myself with the hopes to inspire.


“I don’t really feel like what I do is DJing anymore and as an artist I reserve the right to change my name for stylistic purposes.”


You dropped DJ from your nom de plume a while back — break down why you are known as Teeko these days instead of DJ Teeko?

Yea I decided to drop “Dj” for two main reasons – one is that I started feeling the over-saturation of the dj culture and felt like it was becoming less respected. Secondly, for me personally I started feeling like I wanted to be known as more than just a DJ; as a producer and musician. So it made sense to me to just use my nickname and set myself apart. I don’t really feel like what I do is DJing anymore and as an artist I reserve the right to change my name for stylistic purposes.

You’re on stage in front of all your heroes and you gotta rock a 5 minute all vinyl set to prove your worthiness. What records do you choose?

Fortunately, I’ve had a little chunk of my own music pressed on wax – so I’d grab all that shit and representa! Lately I’m really in the direction of pushing myself as a producer/musician so when I do my performance sets its mostly all my own productions and exclusives.


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You are a constant innovative creator and put out groundbreaking content on a regular basis. Talk about some of your current and upcoming projects, and maybe even touch upon some past experiences in the last couple of years that have gotten you to where you are today.

First off thank you for the respecognition. Currently I’ve been working on the new T3 (Slum Village) album along with my bro Ruckazoid. It’s such an honor and Im extremely grateful to have been recognized by someone who I’ve been a fan of for so long. He discovered me during last years Playlist Sessions at Jazzy Jeff’s when we were recording the “Chasing Goosebumps” album. There was a night in the “Wave Cave” (aka Jeff’s movie theatre) where I had set up a studio and I was IG snapping a bunch of clips of beats I had been making there. I guess T3 had started following me via Jeff and he messaged me saying he wanted some joints for his new album. I sent all the instrumentals from me and Rucks BeatDiscovery “The Findings Vol. 1 and 2” (available on wax at TouchingRecords.com). We recently released his first single as a teaser check that shit and support that – i’m really hype for him to bless the scene and put it down for Dilla and Baatin!

For more on BeatDiscovery the VST and albums go here (we released 3 albums using this revolutionary sequencer, all recorded live)…


www.beatdiscovery.com


Also, this past summer I had the opportunity to tour the US with the great DJ Shadow. Really amazing show and he’s definitely someone I’ll continue to support as he cares so much about the culture. Dude puts in work! We had a great time and all the shows were amazing. I really enjoyed opening up for him and being able to do my thing the whole way. For the most part, I was new to the crowds and really won them over playing all the styles I produce from boom bap, funk, turnt bangers and all the in betweens. Really great open minded crowd who just wanted the dope! Much love to my man Shadow for having me. I would close each set by performing a live version of my remix of “Best Foot Forward” from his Entroducing anniversary release. Check the recorded version here…

After our last show in Nashville, I headed straight to the airport for a flight to Philly for Jazzy Jeffs 2017 Playlist Retreat. Such an honor again to be invited and not only as a guest but this year myself and Ruckazoid were presenting BeatDiscovery. It was amazing to say the least. Like the previous year, we had another music challenge and I was hype to find that Dres from Black Sheep was on my team (along with DJ Jaycee and Maimouna aka MuMu Fresh). We made a crazy joint that will be released soon along with all the others (super heat in there!!). Dres and I continued to stay in touch and actually have been working since. He has a new mixtape in the works that myself and Ruck both produced on. Def look for that!

Favorite burrito joint?

Not only for the food (which is top notch) but the love and compassion shown for his community and family makes Papalote a top pick for me! I tell people that I was raised on his salsa – and I was! Every month back at Zebra Records on Filmore, Mr. E would bring all the djs chips and salsa!! My dude!!

You travel, like a lot. You just had a couple of healthy runs while rockin’ Jazzy Jeff’s “Playlist Retreat” in between. Please share some insight on how to stay healthy on the road and what it takes to stay focused and productive while being so busy and traveling.

Generally I try to keep it righteous when it comes to intake. On the road it’s definitely a bit tricky. I stick to lots of water and since i’m a vegetarian I like to pack dry snacks like nuts and chia bars. My rider tends to be consistent with my diet. My friend recently hipped me to this app called “Happy Cow” which locates all the nearest vegan/veggie options while on the road. I see health and productivity hand in hand, when my health is up i’m able to maintain high productivity levels and continue to heal the game. 😉

Curry or Kobe? Rane or Vestax? Soundcloud or Mixcloud (or none of the above)?

Curry, Rane, aaaaaaannnnnnnnd i’ll pass.

Shout outs to your folkers, and where folks can find you on social media.

So blessed to have so many amazing people around me who keep me on point – much love to my G Ruckazoid, Starship Connection (B.bravo), Mugpush, 4onefunk, B. Lewis, Diamond Ortiz, Jazzy Jeff and all my Playlist Retreat fam, T3, Dres and all my real ones who been on the wavestrength. Let’s keep riding!

Socials = ayything @TeekoMusic

TRUTHLIVE | THE INTERVIEW

State your stage name and profession for the record.

My stage name is Truthlive and I do a handful of things professionally, but for this interview it’s probably most relevant I’m a DJ.

How long have you been DJing? Do you remember your first DJ gig?

I first started as a self taught DJ when I turned 13. I took a long hiatus from DJ’ing to fully immerse myself in creating and releasing original music. I’ve come full circle as my current primary focus is once again DJ’ing. I’ve mos def come a long way considering my first gig was during my Freshman year in High School for a birthday party.

What’s your favorite DJ era in the Bay Area and why?

My favorite era in the Bay Area DJ scene is now. I think it’s an incredibly exciting time when tremendously creative and talented people are constantly given new tools and technological improvements to open up the possibilities and push the boundaries of what it means to “DJ.” Social media allows creatives to easily share their ideas and contributions. It feels very communal and cooperative, with a healthy sense of collaborative competition. It’s like people keep building on top of each other’s most recent breakthroughs to improve the baseline standards of the craft. The overall talent pool in the Bay is unrivaled in my opinion, in terms of both technical skills and diversity of taste. I’m frequently blown away by the things people come up with and share.

You’re on stage in front of all your heroes and you gotta rock a 10 minute set to prove your worthiness. What songs do you choose?

Wow. Fuck. 10 minutes on stage in front of my heroes to prove my worthiness, what do I play? It would depend on the nature of the event, so I can’t really say what songs considering I’m not a genre or sub-scene specific DJ. But I do know I’d go for some of the unexpected, semi-forgotten, underplayed feel good gems. Not too abstract or self indulgent, but the real shit that moves the casual crowd as well as the people emotionally invested in the music. My gut says James Brown, Depeche Mode, Outkast, Kendrick, Wuki, Little Dragon, Dilla, SpydaTek, Tom Budin, Prince, and a Baysik Moombah edit are clamoring to be blended together from left field.

Rebel Pop Radio has has become a bit of an institution here in the Bay. Talk about the history and influence y’all have had and what it means to be a part of such an important outlet in the Bay Area DJ scene.

That’s quite a compliment to call our radio show (Rebel Pop Radio) an institution. It’s sincerely an honor to be able to curate, produce, and ultimately invite such amazing people to contribute to the show. We air on Saturday nights on WiLD 94.9 locally and iHeartRadio globally.

We, my partner Cutso and I, have been at it for over 2+ years now. It’s been semi-surreal to go from my original pitch to a very controlled and corporate entity, to being so well received today. The concept is to embody DJ culture, club culture, break new music, and refresh classics. Which really means cover all ground, hopefully in an interesting, fun way. Vibe, not genre. It’s truly a HELLA open format interpretation of guiding Top 40/Pop familiarity along with lots of remixes and curveballs outside of the safe zone. The weekly guests and resident DJ’s we’ve had are so dynamic, it really makes the show unique week-to-week, yet easily digestible at the same time. It’s a privilege our bosses at the radio station allow us to step outside the general confines of traditional programming, as long as we hold it down with good selections/mixes. It’s been incredible how well it’s gone thus far and how it opens doors at major venues to provide similarly dynamic programming co-branded under the Rebel Pop banner.

To me, community is everything. Rebel Pop allows a space and forum to commercially appreciate and better expose the range of talents and music for Bay DJ culture, and DJ culture at large, on a mega iconic platform. Let the brightly talented lights of others shine. It’s a blessing to do it.


“To me, community is everything. Rebel Pop allows a space and forum to commercially appreciate and better expose the range of talents and music for Bay DJ culture, and DJ culture at large, on a mega iconic platform. Let the brightly talented lights of others shine. It’s a blessing to do it.”


Favorite burrito joint?

Shit, I know it’s cliche and often alcohol induced, but I love El Faralito burritos. There’s so many good choices, probably “better” places for the snob types or long time true SF born and raised in the city natives, but I’m partial to El Faralito… for burritos specifically.

Curry or Kobe?

Ha! Trolling me. Steph or Kobe? Of course Steph! I mean, Kobe’s career was amazing. He’s easily one of the most talented players of all-time with an unrivaled will power and determination. He’s probably the second best Two Guard/Shooting Guard of all-time. But where most saw 60 points in his farewell game, I saw 50 shot attempts!! Who in the fuck does that?! Even in that context. Disgusting and shameful to the game in my opinion. The guy liked scoring, more than winning, otherwise he probably gets 7, 8, 9 rings, not 5. And I’m not knocking the 5– huge achievement, but I really feel Kobe actually underachieved in terms of potential and legacy by being such a selfish decision maker and bad teammate. He’s the greatest ball hog of all-time, in the ultimate team sport. Fuckery.

Steph on the other hand, is the consummate “team first” guy and without question is the greatest shooter, ever. Catch and shoot, self created off the dribble, range, around the basket, mid-range floaters, free throws, both hands, after contact, etc. He’s unreal. And it’s all technique and self made development. He’s not bigger, stronger, faster, born physically superior like most of the other greats. That shit is work and living inspiration. And Dubs up, Beat LA, off top, automatic, duh.

What’s one of your favorite places to go unplug and unwind on the West Coast?

I don’t do it often enough, but I love to go to Bodega Head to unwind. It recharges me. I like it windy, sorta overcast, and less populated. It’s beautiful. I’m also a semi high maintenance fancy hotel staycation room service and do nothing type. I love hotels. Sleep, eat, lay around, fuck (hopefully), watch movies, shut off the outside world for a bit.

What’s a current favorite album you’re listening to that you think you’ll still be listening to 10 years from now and why?

Again, maybe cliche, but hella real– DAMN. I’m 1,000% certain I’ll still be listening in 10 years. I initially lightweight hated on Kendrick when Section 80 dropped. I like bold opinions, but don’t do for blog buzz from internet critics or sensationalized hyperbole. Once I truly took it all in though?! Game over. He’s the truth. DAMN is such important art to me. To be able to mass appeal in the moment, but not dick ride a sound, still take risks, and be authentic to yourself while making relevant insightful commentary, is special. He’s on the GOAT trajectory in my opinion. It’s like NWA, Outkast, Nas, Eminem, Public Enemy, Freestyle Fellowship/CA underground shit, and lots of Southern bass/boom got blended up in a mixer of creation. Dude is the voice of the generation. Dare I call him the 21st century Pac with much better technical skills? Yep. I’m sayin it.

Drop some shout outs and where folks can find you on social media.

Yo, you can find me @truthlive universally across social platforms and @rebelpopradio as well.

www.instagram.com/truthlive

Ant-One | The Interview

State your stage name and profession for the record.

DJ ANT-ONE. DJ/Producer. Representing the Ri$ky Bizne$$ crew, Krazy Kids Radio and the San Francisco Bay Area.

How long have you been DJing? Do you remember your first DJ gig?

Wow! I just thought bout it… 20 years. Holy! Wtf! That is a very long time. Geez… I started DJing in the Summer of 97. I can’t really recall my first gig, but I do remember when ANT-ONE was created though. I think it was like 1999 or 2000 and I entered my first Zebra battle in Lower Haight. I didn’t know what name to enter as and my friends who I was with at the time told me to “just add a “1” to the end of your name. Fuck it. Hella DJ do it.” So I wrote “ANTONE” on the sign up sheet and I remember talking to myself like “Fuck. It sounds like “Ant TONE” wtf”. I always wanted to change my dj name too, but never got to it. It just kind of stuck. What a shame. But I guess at the same time, my DJ name has some sort of significance attached to it today. Like I guess you can tell from a name like that, I probably came from the 90s. Like DJ names in this era has totally went away from that aesthetic with names like I dunno “DJ Email InBox” or “DJ Ice Coffee” or something like that.

My first club gig tho was “Sno-Drift” when I was 17, which is now some kind of UCSF building on 3rd and Mariposa, 2 blocks away from the future home of the Warriors.

What’s your favorite DJ era in the Bay Area and why?

1997, 1998, 1999. Those years left a deep impression on me, plus Bay Area DJs were just f*cking straight killing it worldwide at the time. In my opinion, it was a DJ Mecca during those years. My Mentors were the “Supernatural Turntable Artists” and in those years, they went in hard! Seeing them battle in DMC, ITF and Vestax was a major influence to me. Like they battled and knew the other legendary DJs I also looked up to like Craze, A-trak, Babu, etc. Sh*t. I can talk about just ‘STA’ shit for days, but we can save that for a different story. I guess one last thing to add was that era was all about buying DJ VHS tapes. I would cop those at Ultra Soundz in San Bruno and Ameoba in Frisco. Probably the best DJ VHS tape ever assembled was the “ISP vs X-men” tape, where you saw the X-Men of New York rock some memorable routines and then see ISP do their legendary team routine “clamz of death”. And remember, it was very ‘East Coast vs. West Coast’ times and to see some West Coast cats killing it in New York, getting hella crowd love in hostile territory…I mean what Bay Area Filipino Hip Hop Kid would not get influenced by that? Plus “Turntable TV” tapes started coming out during those years too, which featured a lot of the turntablist culture worldwide. And again, that sh*t is hella bay and again, holy sh*t, that was 20 years ago. Yikes!

You’re on stage in front of all your DJ heroes and you gotta rock a 10 minute set to prove your worthiness. What songs do you choose?

Interesting question. I don’t think I would go for specific songs to impress them. I think the respect I get from OGs is that I know what’s up, like on some “to break the rules, you gotta know the rules” type of sh*t. Like I know what I like personally in music, which is probably some f*cked up rap, classic soul, funk, rock, psychedelic, indie, etc. etc. But I’m from the school of “knowing your crowd” and being risky by breaking records. I feel that is what my style is all about when playing out anyways. So like I’d probably play some new sh*t I’m into, have that glued together with choice classics to uphold their trust and since they are my heroes, I would have to flex on some tricks, be clean and make sure the cuts are on point.

Krazy Kids Radio has undoubtedly become an institution. Talk about the history and influence y’all have had and what it means to be a part of such an important collective in Bay Area DJ history.

Damn! Institution! How flattering! Thanks man!… Krazy Kids Radio has just turned 10 years old! It was birthed from YouthRadio in Oakland, a non profit teaching kids production, media, journalism and more. Ben Frost, the music director of YouthRadio, offered my crew mate, Ruby Red I, an opportunity to do a online radio show from their facility and I guess the rest is history. I do have radio influences but they come from more of the sports radio side. I love Jon Miller of the Giants and Ray Woodson of KNBR. I think those guys are all about being clear, concise, funny, empathetic and the ability to paint a picture through their voice. But a direct influence on how we do our show? I would say no. Like I don’t think there was blueprint in doing a hip hop dj centric podcast. I felt we kind of just winged it all the way up to this point. The obvious magic of the show is that we do themed mixes and to me, Krazy Kids Radio was my outlet to show my range, an outlet to play the music I typically can’t play out at some kind of club or party. And thinking of creative themes all the time is a challenge which is most likely why I’ve stuck it out for so long. I love our audience and the challenge. Not too sure about taking the ‘important collective in Bay Area DJ history’ label just yet. I feel we still have more work to do. At the end of the day, this crew are my friends. I grew up with these folks and experienced so much with. Just being apart of those friendships outside of this is something that means a lot to me.


“At the end of the day, this crew are my friends. I grew up with these folks and experienced so much with. Just being apart of those friendships outside of this is something that means a lot to me.”


Favorite burrito joint?

As of right now, Bayshore Taqueria since I have been going there a lot as of late.

Curry or Kobe?

Curry.

What’s one of your favorite places to go unplug and unwind on the West Coast?

Vancouver.

What’s a current favorite album you’re listening to that you think you’ll still be listening to 10 years from now and why?

I like this new Tyler that came out a month ago. It’s smooth, jazzy and soulful. That sh*t never gets played to me. I’d probably bump 10 years from now.

Drop some shout outs and where folks can find you on social media.

Shout out to the RI$KY BIZNE$$ CREW, KRAZY KIDS RADIO, mi familia, The Native American Spiritual Wellness Center, Handsome Oxford, Hookt Donuts, Tokyo and TRUE!!!

twitter/soundcloud: @antrbc
ig: @antuno
snapchat: @antonio-uno

SLY STONE

Bay Area music legend and fashion icon Sly Stone — doesn’t get much funkier than this.


MARCH 9: Singer Sly Stone of the psychedelic soul group ‘Sly And The Family Stone’ walks down the street with a woman on March 9, 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)