New Jersey born and bred DJ Sliink first came on my radar by chance last year. While perusing Soundcloud as I do, I stumbled across his remix of Grimes “Oblivion” and that was that. At the time, I also happened to be collecting tracks for a Dirt collaboration with our friends at Gotta Dance Dirty and knew that I had to include this remix. If you read the post over at GDD, you’ll see my comments on the remix are pretty straightforward: “D.O.P.E. No seriously.” So when I had the chance to interview Sliink of course I jumped on opportunity. In my chat with DJ Sliink, I ask him about the New Jersey music scene, how he got started and most importantly, his feelings on the new Kanye album. This of course is all leading up to his performance at DC’s Trillectro Festival happening on 8/17 and yes, you should definitely come.
Nancy: So thoughts on the new Kanye, Jay-Z and Daft Punk records? Be totally honest here.
DJ Sliink: My thoughts on the new Kanye album – I actually like it . I didn’t expect it to be that dark. Jay-Z’s album is amazing and he showed why he is a OG. Get Lucky I could see myself remixing that on one on one of my off days.
Nancy: I feel like you came up pretty quickly but I know that’s never how things really are. I remember first hearing about you when I featured a remix you did back in October of 2012 in a Dirt collaboration with Arod at Gotta Dance Dirty. Can you tell me about how you got started?
DJ Sliink: Growing up I started off producing Jersey club music for years. I was always one of the dope young dudes. I actually started a production team called ” New Breed” and it was full of dope young dudes. I always had leadership type tendencies and wanted to look out for people. My big break was actually when I met Dirty South Joe and he had some remix work for me. I did a remix of the record ” I Think” on Pelican Fly. Down the line I met up with Joe’s good friends Sam and Jerome from Body High and from there I released my Vibrate EP with their label. Further down the line a group organically came together called “Cartel Music” consisting of some of my best friends. Coming up I’ve met so many great artist like MikeQ, Flosstradamus and Brenmar. We all colllabed on some pretty great music.
Nancy: How do you feel about mashups and bootleg tracks? Do you think that’s still a viable way to get started as an artist?
DJ Sliink: I’m very big on remixing and mashups. Sometimes as a artist you might want to rework a song the way you like. I believe your audience can really get a piece of your personality and style by the way you remix something. Remixing and mashups can give you great input on your original work as well.
Nancy: What’s the music scene in NJ like if you could describe it?
DJ Sliink: The music scene in NJ is so great! Many states have a lot of culture but I think Jersey nails it to the bottom. Jersey feeds off of Jersey club, basically it’s an offshoot of Baltimore club ranging from 130 to 135 bpm. Right now the scene is pretty cool and they make a lot of videos to the music that’s made. The videos give the audience a better insight on the music.
Nancy: What do you think of the current state of the music industry and music promotion?
DJ Sliink: I love the current state of music and promotion. Promotion wise I think Coundcloud is a label running itself. It’s a great outlet for new artists to breakout and show the world their talent. Most of the time all an artist really needs is that good look. The way music is going now is great; it’s kind of like “do what you want”. Making music without any rules is an amazing thing.
Nancy: What do you hope your music conveys to people?
DJ Sliink: I just want my music to make people happy; I want my music to take them to a great state of mind. People might be having a bad day and might hear my music and it puts them in a better place. I also just want them to turn up and get ready for my next show!
Nancy: Last year you released your Vibrate EP and also recently released a trap collaboration with Flosstradamus. What else is coming up for you?
DJ Sliink: I’ve been working on my next solo EP. They say your first EP is important but the follow up is really a big deal. I’ve just been working hard to feed my audience music on another level. I’ve also been working on collaborations with Brenmar and MikeQ so stay tuned!