The Freshest DJs [Interview]
Vancouver, B.C. – Comprised of DJs Seko, Marvel, Kutcorners, and Rico Uno, The Freshest group is dominating the party scene in Vancouver at the moment. These boys spin everything from electro rock to dancehall and everything in between, showcasing their versatile tastes and talents. Hip-hop, however, is what truly dominates the soundwaves when these kids are in the house and on the tables, and their taste in hip-hop is indicated by their name. Each DJ has their own special touch, but the four of them together maintain an untouchable status as the Freshest in Vancouver. They love music, and it is evident in their craft, for they move from popular club bangers to dancehall and reggae songs, and on to sexy house sounds with easy confidence. The boys are on a West Coast tour as we speak and we caught up to them at Shine nightclub, on a night that they were all on the tables together as a team.
HipHopCanada: You boys just returned from Cali, how was the trip?
DJ Marvel: We started out in San Diego. We played at a place called Dynamite. It was fun. We played with a guy named Beatnick. It took us a really long time in traffic to reach there from L.A. About six hours in eight lane traffic. But it was worth the beautiful scenic drive. On Tuesday night we played back in L.A. at a place called The Dime on Fairfax. And the final night was on Thursday and we it was at a joint called Senior Fish in L.A. We played with Drew Byrd and the night was called Lemonade. It was in Little Tokyo, so that made it interesting. And really fun.
Kutkorners: We went surfing in Malibu too.
HipHopCanada: What is really different about a place like L.A compared to Vancouver when you’re spinning at the clubs?
Kutkorners: Well being that L.A. is much bigger, you would think that there would be crazy crazy nights, and there are! But it’s just like Vancouver in a lot of ways being that there is an underground scene. There’s a D.J. scene, a community and they want to play music that they like. So they get to do that thanks to the boutique-like clubs over there, whereas in the big-ass clubs you hear all the top forty and junk like that. We were fortunate to be able to play the boutique clubs and we had a great time. We went to a dope party down there called the Do Over too and saw some really amazing artists from L.A.
HipHopCanada: Such as?
Kutkorners: Dam Funk and Steve Arington of Slave and Peanut Butter Wolf.
HipHopCanada: What do you guys love about Vancity?
DJ Seko: Van City is nice. It’s clean and safe. The weather is nice and the people are friendly. The food here is so good cause you can get any type of food you want from Italian to Japanese and it’s so delicious. Coming from Guatemala for myself this is like paradise.
HipHopCanada: What are some of your favorite albums of 2009/10?
Rico Uno: During our trip down to L.A. we were listening to a lot of the Dream album, Love King, which is my personal favorite of this year I think, The Big Boi album for sure. It’s hard to decide.
Seko: Clipse was pretty fresh.
Marvel: Jay-Z Blueprint III, The Onra album we were listening to, and Rick Ross!
Kutkorners: I’m gonna go a little leftfield here. I’m really enjoying Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti album.
HipHopCanada: Do you have a favourite genre of music?
All Four: No.
Kutkorners: We all love hip-hop. It’s our main source of music, but we love music. All of it. It just has to be good.
HipHopCanada: Marvel, what’s good about Seko on stage?
Marvel: Seko’s gonna give you a great show. For those of you who grew up liking Mobb Deep and stuff like that, he’s gonna give you the closest thing to seeing a Mobb Deep show as you’re gonna get. He knows his golden Era and he has a love for it and it shows when he’s on the tables. He puts on a show in his attitude and he’s super fun to spin with. That’s why I DJ with him so much.
HipHopCanada: Seko, whats good about Rico on the tables?
Seko: When Rico is on the tables you can expect the ladies to be on stage dancing to all types of music that you have never heard at a club before. So it makes a really dope shuffle party with a great flow and amazing sound. It’s like when you put your iPod on shuffle and all these dope songs come on that you just wanna dance to.
HipHopCanada: Kutkorners, what’s good about Marvel?
Kutkorners: Marvel is really, really enthusiastic. He loves music so much. So you’re always gonna get a really exciting performance from Mike. He is probably the most keen to scratch and manipulate the music, so you’re gonna get a lot of different sounds from Marvel’s set. It’s high-energy and diverse.
HipHopCanada: Rico, what’s good about Kutkorners when he’s on the tables?
Rico: When Kutkorners is on the tables you get a real music lover that controls the room. He gives a fantastic selection of all sorts of dope songs, and whatever the night needs. At the hip-hop nights on Sundays, he hits the crowd with little dipsets and Southern anthems, and obviously the New York Rap. But if he’s doin a Rradtimes party, which is a dope little East Van dive party you’ll here anything from the Pixies to the Zombies and more.
HipHopCanada: You guys always have the newest ish on the song market, how do you keep up with the newest songs available for you to mix with?
Rico: It’s our love for music and our obsession with the newest freshest stuff. We all cover different genres and we help each other out and we cover all sorts of ground concerning what’s new and that kind of helps us to stay on top of everything that’s out there.
HipHopCanada: How do you know what the kids want to hear?
Kutkorners: Well that is a hard one to answer. There are always trends and so forth but a lot of what we have done with making mixtapes is having the community dictate what they like to hear. We expose dope music through the mixtapes and we can share this way.
Rico: We are all really open minded to hearing new stuff, and I really think the kids really feel like they want the new stuff and the newest sounds, and not just what is being handed to them all day everyday by the radio stations and what not. So just being open minded to listening for new sounds helps us get the sounds that kids want to hear out there.
Kutkorners: I think that most people know what good music is when they hear it. Fortunately we like a lot of different music, and sometimes we stumble across the really good stuff.
HipHopCanada: So what makes you so fresh?
Rico: We all got different versions of being Fresh and we just want to do it the best we can as a team. Having each other makes us what we are, and that is The Freshest! There is no I in Freshest!
Interview conducted by Samantha Cairns for HipHopCanada
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