WITH DJ QUEST
interview/dj profile courtesy of Hip Hop Slam
The first record you ever bought?
"La di Da di" by Doug E. Fresh
The first record you ever owned?
one by the Beatles
Most influential records in your life?
"Push the Button" by Newcleus is my favorite jam. That shit is just
so fucking dope. And just the fact that what he's talking about...computer age...all
that shit is what's happening now...and that shit is twenty years old! It's got
that electrofunk feel with some melodies. It's sort of what inspired me to get
into this type of music.
When did you first DJ?
The first time I ever deejayed was a nightmare. I deejayed this party at my
middle school. It was the last day of summer school. I had some borrowed equipment,
and busted-ass speakers. I remember I was so fucking nervous that my hand was
shaking. I couldn't even put the needle down on the record! That's the kind of
shit that just makes me want to improve.
What made you want to be a DJ?
I just love music. I love playing music. When I first got into collecting music,
I didn't even own records. I would just collect tapes of tracks I recorded off
KPOO. I started compiling different types of music for my own listening pleasure.
When I saw Beatstreet, and those old movies, that shit just blew my mind! I was
so fascinated by that shit! Breaking came first, and then I tried rapping and
failed at it completely. It was mostly 'cause I started DJing around the same
time and it just took over. It was just fun. It wasn't a sport. I didn't start
battling till the Nineties. I didn't give a shit. I just wanted to do it all!
What is most memorable performance of your DJ career?
Definitely the Live Human festivals in Europe. They were huge shows...almost
like a dream. The Montreux Jazz Festival stands out as a clean show. In reality,
a lot of these underground shows had moments that have just blown my mind as much.
I might be playing with a group, and there's people dancing, there's all this
energy happening, and the crowd just elevates with you. When that shit happens,
it leaves you high for a couple days.
How do you transport your records and/or gear to gigs?
I use my son's skateboard. I put my records on the skateboard and I drag it.
I also transport stuff on my bike. I have a Huffy 2000.
Do you play CDs ever at gigs?
Nah, I'm not saying that I never will, but the type of DJing that I do is not
about playing CDs.
What Music do you spin?
I love playing things that have breaks...really pumped hip hop shit...that's
got a lot of energy. I love playing electro.
In your opinion who is best DJ of all time?
DJ Quest. To some point, I just got to give myself credit. Only I know what
I've gone through. I see DJs come up and go all the time. Although I never really
broke through, I'm still here. Besides me, there's definitely Cash Money. The
reason why I like Cash Money so much is because he was out doing the DMCs in '86-'87.
Now in 2003, he's still got all his skills. He's still on top of his game. He
can produce. He's got titles. Not to mention the fact that he's super funky and
he's still doing it. The longevity of a person being here doing something is worth
more than having 3 DMC titles for a couple years or whatever...
featured on various albums including ones by Sacred Hoop, Peanut Butter Wolf,
Blackalicious, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Mi Selecta compilation, Kubiq, the
Future Primitive Sound Collective's 12" (Black Hole) & Urban Revolutions
comp, and the recent Variable Unit comp. Also Quest is on BPST's Hamster Breaks
Volume 1, Space Travelers' Hamster Breaks 3 1/2, The Dark Ages BPSH 1996 mix-tape,
Hip Hop Slam w/ Billy Jam mixtapes from 1995/96, Live Human Featuring DJ Quest
12" from 1997, Improvisessions Live Human 12" 1997, Cue's Hip Hop Shop
Volume 1 (w/ Live Human & Space Travelers), 1998, Attack Of The Killer Cuts
mix-tape, 1998 Space Traveling 101 mix-tape, 1998, Etchings of the Upper Dynamic
Frequencies LP (w/ JWicked), 1999, Monostereosis: the new victrola method Live
Human, 1999, Orange Bush 12" 1999, Elefish Jellyphant Live Human, 2000 Elephant's
Bliss 12" Live Human, 2000, Cue's Hip Hop Shop Volume 2 (w/ DJ Cue), 2000,
Turntables By The Bay Volume 1 (with Eddie Def), 2001 Built To Last Bullet Proof
Space Travelers, 2001, Questside DJ Quest, 2001, Live Human Live (COD) 2002, Mutation
Mann mix CD 2003.
QUEST DJ BATTLE HISTORY 1991-96:
1991: Sound & Sight, 1991: Manor Music, 1992: Club Inn, 1992: DJ Extravaganza,
1992: DJ Trixx Off, 1992/93: Dynamic Sound & Lighting, 1992: West Coast DMC,
1993: Communities in Harmony, 1993: West Coast DMC, 1994: New Music Seminar (Superman
DJ Battle), 1994: West Coast DMC, 1995: Club 181, 1995: Vestax (USA), 1996: Music
to learn more about DJ Quest visit www.questdj.com