Production Specs: DJ Skizz

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DJ Skizz, nato a Boston ma ormai newyorkese d’adozione, è DJ, produttore e membro del rinomato World Famous Halftime Radio Show dell’emittente radio WNYU FM 89.1 da oltre quindici anni. Grande alfiere dell’hip-hop underground, che programma regolarmente in radio, Skizz è anche un rispettato DJ del circuito hip-hop di New York, avendo suonato in posti chiave come SOB’s, B.B. King’s, CBGB e APT. Date le sue qualità, non è stato quindi strano che abbia fatto il DJ ufficiale per varie tournee, come il Lloyd Banks/Big Noyd US Tour (2006), il Group Home Japan Tour (2008) e il Large Professor/Cormega European Tour (2012). Più recentemente, ha fatto scratch per l’album Son of Yvonne, una collaborazione fra Masta Ace e MF Doom.

Grande appassionato di digging, Skizz è anche producer di ispirazione classica, che ha fatto beat per gente come Lil’ Fame (M.O.P.), Big Noyd, Havoc, Infamous Mobb, Group Home, Sean P., Roc Marciano, Masta Ace, Nature etc.
Al suo album B.Q.E. hanno collaborato Lil’ Fame, Ill Bill, Sean Price, Roc Marciano, A.G., Steele, FT, Torae, Masta Ace, Nature, Cormega, Craig G, Big Noyd, Havoc, Psycho Les, Rah Digga, fra gli altri.
Ultimamente, ha collaborato con la nuova sensazione newyorkese Your Old Droog.

 

First commercial beat sold/placed: Big Noyd “My Rhyme” and “Crazy Ass Click”.

How long did it take you to produce something that you were proud of: It took a few years before I felt that my beats were good enough to be heard commercially…

Favourite production set-up: MPC 2000XL, turntable, Macbook Pro, NI Komplete, MIDI keyboard, good monitors, good vibes brah…

Best digging advice from someone ever: Best digging advice someone gave me: “Spend more time in the rock section!”

Producer, in the last 3 months, that made you say: “Oh, shit, i have to go back to the lab!”: Nottz…he always seems to make me feel that way…

Your worst production mistake ever made: Biggest mistake is not being concerned with the mix and master. They are such vital pieces of the production process and when it’s not done well, it will totally fuck up a beat/song.

One essential mixing tip: Mixing tip…Take risks and do what feels good always. The song should make you feel something and the mix should help bring that out.

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