Featured artist: DJ FLuk3D099 (FlukeDogg) – Dusty Old Dinosaur Refuses to Give Up Using Vinyl
Below is a short interview with the upcoming underground artist DJ FLuk3D099 (FlukeDogg).
How did you decide to become an artist?
DJ FLuk3D099 (FlukeDogg): One of my main influences that made me want to become a DJ was Bad Boy Bill, a House music DJ from Chicago. Watching people like him and DJ Qbert over 20 years ago made me catch DJ bug, and I have been a record skrachin Break-beat junky ever since. This year (2018) marks my return to the craft after overcoming my battle with alcoholism. 2018 also marks my first year to try my hand at producing. I had always been priced out of that realm by all of the expensive hardware that used to be required. Now, thanks to advances in equipment emulation and more Open Source options to produce with, I am able to write my own tracks pretty much for FREE. I use a Linux operation system, and a combination of different Open Source software made available through the Linux software repositories. The programs that I use are:
>Linux Multi-Media Studio (LMMS) A very powerful and free Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
>Hydrogen Drum Machine A free drum sequencer comparable to Fruity Loops
>Audacity A handy free editing station to finalize and tweak my tracks.
And that is pretty much it. Upon further request I will supply links to the free sample drum kits made available by the different drum kit websites
Early on I remember an older sound guy/producer tell me to make tracks feel like a leisurely bicycle ride. Smooth, and mechanical, and not stressed. I still think it is sound advice. I try to pay it forward and help MCs come into their own and find their voice. To be able to "come correct" for full effect if you will. If the MC's delivery is light or doesnt grab and shake the audience , I will tell the MC to picture themselves obbing a bank and they must bark orders at the people inside. They audience has to know you mean business. If you dont take yourself seriously, they audience wont take you seriously either. This is especially important now that the market is being flooded with mediocre sounds due to wider access. That is not a necessarily a bad thing, One just was make an extra effort to really grab the audiences attention and stand out from the rest. So essentially, I tell MCs to "yell" at the audience. It will just feel like yelling if the MC is not used to it. Usually that practice gets us right to where we need to be. One MUST to get the audiences attention or they wont remember you from MC Mumble rap.
What about concerts? Do you play live?
I have gigged as a DJ/Turntablist off and on for almost 20 years. In that time I had the privilege to meet some of my DJ idols. The man credited with inventing the skratch Grandwizard Theodore, DJ Qbert, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Rob Swift of the X-ecutioners to name a few. I really dug those times, they were awesome.
Best punchline you ever wrote?
You can go march out there tough guy, 10ft tall and bulletproof. I will be out somehwere in the woodline, ducked down in a guille suit