First up in this series is DJ Whiteowl. If had to describe this guy's career using one three letter word...it would be "W-I-N!" There are few deejays in the hip hop game that can rival his numbers. He's skillfully managed to master the perfect recipe of quantity plus quality,
releasing his "Drop That" series on a weekly basis (179 mixtapes and counting), but somehow without over-saturating the mixtape market. Although you can’t log on to a hip hop site without seeing one of his easily recognizable covers, he’s still a pretty private guy. He wouldn’t even let me take a photo of him. Lol. I sat down with Whiteowl to get a feel for what it’s like balancing a low-key life, while being one of the most recognizable players the mixtape game right now.
So Whiteowl, first off thanks for taking the time to chop it up with me. So you were chosen by our readers and twitter followers as one of the hottest mixtape DJ's of 2011. So I want to give the blog readers a chance to get to know you on a more personal level.
First off, where’s your favorite place to DJ?
"I don't DJ from city to city like that, but my favorite city to have my mixtapes & music in are all of them! I'm not really the party type of DJ anymore. I'm more of a Producer/Mixtape DJ. I concentrate more on making music/working with new artists/marketing/promotion/etc."
So when you were still doing parties, what was your never fail, "go-to" track if the crowd just doesn’t seem to be feeling it?
"Depends on the crowd but usually Biggie “Hypnotized"
Anything strange ever happened during one of your events?
"There's actually never been a strange one. Clubs, parties, birthdays, it's all the same."
So why did you stop doing shows?
"I stopped doing parties and b-days because I'm not the type of DJ to just play whatever people like. I decided to concentrate on artists and production."
So what artists do you really get excited about getting new music from?
"Wow! This might be a BIG list! Lol. Well I just run 'em down in no specific order. Styles P, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Wu Tang , Jay-Z, Storm P, Two Five, L. Black Da East Coast Bully, Haffa, Shyheim, Rekomstop, Skeemz, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, Juelz Santana, Game, Corporal Asskick, Pokerface, N.O.R.E., DJ Doo Wop & The Bounce Squad, Apathy, DMX, Mazaradi Fox, A.T, Beanie Sigel, Drag-On, Grafh, Peedi Crack, Mobb Deep, Big T, Rick Ross, Pusha T, Billionz, Scram Jones, Shyne, Skillz, 1Hot & Vandam, etc, etc, etc."
Wow! That's a pretty extensive roster. That was like my entire Facebook friend's list! Lol. No, but all jokes aside you had some names on there that I hadn't heard in a while. I didn't even know a few of those cats were still putting out music. I was happy to hear the homey Storm P in there though. That's actually my favorite unsigned rapper.
I know deejays can be pretty critical of one another, so what's your favorite mixtape to date by someone other than yourself?
"Anything by DJ Dirty Harry! He is the best mixtape producer/DJ ever! Hands down!"
Okay, Dirty Harry is definitely one of my faves as well. So what's your favorite DJ Whiteowl mixtape?
"They're all my favorite."
“I started making mixtapes just to hear what I liked and I've kept it the same ever since. If I had to choose one though, it would be "Jay-Z & B.I.G" (Blend/Remix/Exclusive Mixtape) with Massive Trip. It’s the best Jay-Z & B.I.G. mixtape ever made and part two is coming soon!"
Are there any mixtapes that you released and weren't happy with and just can't seem to live down?
"No, I can’t say that there are."
In all honesty, I can’t remember a bad one either. Lol. Okay, so let’s say you were going to a deserted island and could only take three albums with you, what would they be?
"Wu-Tang Clan”36 Chambers,” Biggie “Ready To Die” and DJ Whiteowl “Massive Trip” (Jay--Z & B.I.G mixtape.)"
What can fans look forward to in 2012?
"I’m just going to stay doing what I do. I just released my first produced track called
“People Want My Power” Ft L. Black Da Eastcoast Bully, Haffa, Big T, VanDam, Shyheim, Corporal Asskick, RekomStop, Skeemz and Pokerface." Here’s the download ...“Besides that, the rest will be a surprise." Cool. Any last words?
“I just want to say a quick, thank you for the interview and support. Thanks to all the fans, artists, DJ's, producers, record labels, graphic designers, etc and most of all my family.”
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