Tonight, four of the areas finest DJs are squaring off in a battle for 7" record supremacy. Jake One, DJ Supreme La Rock, DJ John Doe, and James Pants are going at in tonight's Red Bull 45 competition held at Trinity Nightclub. The battle starts around 9 p.m. and it's free to the public.
I chatted with Supreme La Rock yesterday and picked his brain on his strategy going into the competition. He's fairly relaxed about tonight's battle and insists that he's just in it to have fun and swears he's not fixated on winning at all. Don't be fooled though. He's still got a few trump cards in his back pocket that he'll undoubtedly pull out tonight. Check out more from 'Preme on his record collecting history after the jump, plus more on his latest digital mix.Which of the DJ's record collection's are you most concerned about?
"I'm not really worried about none of 'em. We all do what we do. It's more fun than anything. I'm not really looking at it as a competition. I never imagined that I'd get to play all these 45s of mine in a major nightclub in the first place so that's cool enough."
When did you start getting serious about collecting records?
"I started digging early compared to everyone else. I started in the late '80s. I didn't know what I was doing back then. I still don't (laughs) but it was a lot easier back then to find quality records and they were all cheap."
Where have you had the most success locally as far as digging for records goes?
"Second hand stores, swap meats, garage sales...honestly, as funny as it sounds, you can't really find anything in the record stores. I guess because everyone else already goes there. But I've definitely graduated beyond that. You really find the good stuff where nobody else thinks to look. Like driving out to the Value Village in Monroe cause nobody is checking for it there."
What are your thoughts about what you're going to spin?
"The thing is, me personally, and all of us as DJs, we want to really dig deep in our own crates and drop that thing that nobody's heard before. The one that makes the DJs in the room go, 'oooh.' But a lot of the crowd wants to hear something they're familiar with and just to have it on 45 is a treat for them. Something that's been sampled in a hip-hop song and you've got the original. The crowd participation is a big part of it too. I don't want to get too far out there with rarities that nobody recognizes either. But no matter what, as long as we all have fun, it'll be all good."
And to check out his latest mix, called Soul Style Truth...the Boogie Edition, click on this link. It's 57 minutes of rare soul and funk that keeps getting better song after song.