DJ Transform [Prolific Profile]
Calgary, AB – For over a decade, DJ Transform has been holding Calgary down as one of their premier DJs. Find out more about DJ Transform after the jump, including what his fans can expect from him next.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
DJ Transform: Hip Hop gave birth to the four elements in the late 80s, early 90s and now they are all grown up.
Breakdancing moved out and is living common law with funk. They have a good relationship with Hip Hop.
DJing married beatmaking and they had 3 kids, Turntablism, Hype man, and Party Rocker. They also have a good relationship with hip hop.
Graffiti moved out, but is still single and getting around! Funk, rock, hip hop, punk, drum and bass, dubstep, you name it, graffiti’s does it all. Graffiti and Hip Hop’s relationship has been a little diluted, but it’s still there on holidays and special occasions.
MCing still lives at home in Hip Hop’s basement. MCing dated Rock and Heavy Metal, but it didn’t work out. At least Mcing pays rent, owns a nice wip and pays regular child support to beat boxing.
Personally, I started hanging out with DJing and Beatmaking just after they got married. I considering them both and all their kids good friends.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
DJ Transform: There are two ways to influence the direction Hip Hop takes: 1. Buy music from and support artists that are making the music you want to hear. 2. Make the music you want to hear. I love this culture and I’m doing both.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
DJ Transform: The big homies of Dragon Fli Empire. I got mad love and respect for Cosm and TK. They are both humble, chill, grounded, positive dudes that make fresh music. It was exciting to watch them spread beyond Calgary.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
DJ Transform: Shad K, a long shot given his response on your collab question last year, but that just means I know it’s divine if it comes together.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
DJ Transform: I’m excited to be dropping my first 3P in the “anti conformity” series featuring Playdough (Texas), Transit (Calgary) and A.O.N. (Calgary) on the mic, and me (DJ Transform) on the beats and cuts of course. This project will be available in online music stores January 31, 2012. My goal with the 3P series is to Introduce Canada to some of my favorite underground MCs, and shine light on some of the talented MCs here in Calgary.
I’m already working on the second “anti conformity” 3P. This one will feature Nii G (Calgary) and Joel Pleasant (Calgary), both founding members of the Freed Artists Society, and both really dope rhymers. I’m amped about the tracks these two are working on. I’m still working on the third MC for this 3P. I’ve been chatting with some really fresh MCs, one in NY and one in LA. I don’t want to say too much until it’s nailed down. In the meantime, give me a call Shad!
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