AWARD WINNING MIXTAPE DJ, D.J. POWER RELEASES THE 4TH INSTALLMENT TO HIS DANCEHALL MIXTAPE SERIES!!
THE CD FEATURES NEW MUSIC FROM VYBZ KARTEL, MAVADO, SERANI, JUNIOR REID, ELEPHANT MAN, BEENIE MAN & MORE!!
IT ALSO INCLUDES DJ POWER EXCLUSIVE DANCEHALL REMIXES FOR “POP CHAMPAGNE”, SERANI’S “NO GAMES” AND BEYONCE’S “DIVA” REMIX WHICH HAS BEEN RECEIVING AIRPLAY ON STATIONS WORLDWIDE INCLUDING NY’S HOT 97.
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Give those who don’t know a brief history on Power.
I started my DJ career in basement parties in the west end of Toronto. My first radio spot was the “Masterplan Show” on 89.5fm in Toronto. I also had a label Blacklist music, we started with Hip Hop artists UBAD, MOTION & EBONY. I formed Soul Controllers with DTS and started putting out the “Reggae Meets Hip Hop” mixtape series as well as many other different CD titles. In 2000 I left the Masterplan show and was back and forth to NY playing clubs and releasing different CDs. In 2002 I joined my Soul Controllers partner Jwyze on the “Trauma Unit” on Flow 93.5fm Toronto weeknights. I left there after a year and soon the hard work in NY paid off and won a Justo’s mixtape award for the “Reggae Meets Hip Hop Vol. 8” CD. After that I knew had to take advantage of the opportunity so I relocated to NY. Since then been doing club dates, touring, radio and new CD releases. I’ve done radio appearances on Hot 97 NY, BBC (UK), Mixx 96 (Miami), 96.1fm (Australia), JapanFM and more. My CD’s have been in the NY Times, Vibe magazine, Riddim (Germany), Scratch mag, 3dworld (Australia) etc. I tour different cities worldwide doing my club dates and DJ’ing for reggae artist Junior Reid.
When is the last time you listened to community radio in Canada?
I listened to it when I was up in Tdot for Caribana. I try to listen to it everytime I’m up there cause its always good to hear what people are playing, ’cause there’s so much music out there and there might be a hot Canadian track I’m missing. I try to push stuff from Canada if it’s hot on the radio and my mixtapes.
How has the Toronto hip-hop community changed since you moved south of the border?
I think more artists understand what it takes to make a good record in these times, cause you gotta think radio and club play to get your music heard. The artists who produce tracks and do R&B got the best chance of making it in the U.S. I think the industry in Canada needs to get behind the artists a lot more though, its real slow that’s why most serious artists end up coming here.
How strong is the US influence Canada?
I think its real strong but at the same time good artists keep the tdot flava as well. People respect them more for keeping it real to their sound like Kardinal, Point Blank, July Black, Mayhem, etc.
Is Johnbronski 50 or 60 years old?
Haha, this is the best question I ever heard! He won’t tell nobody but my guess is he’s pushing 60 but he looks like 30, so he must be doing something right! Shout out to big JB!
Describe your relationship with Junior Reid?
One of my “Reggae Meets Hip Hop” CDs had a remix I did for the track with him and Game. The radio DJs in NY were playing it heavy and he heard it when he was at the radio station. The DJ at the radio called me up with him on the phone and he told me he loved the remix. It was crazy ’cause at the same time I was thinking me and him need to hook up and do a CD together. So I guess it was meant to be. He went to Miami and heard them playing my remixes in the clubs and my CDs on the streets. After that we decided to do a mixtape together to promote him and we did the Junior Reid “Why I’m Hot” mixtape. After that it was official I became his DJ. Big up the One Blood family.
Is the NYC reggae scene miles ahead, on par or behind Toronto?
The NYC reggae scene is ahead just because to most major reggae artists this is their 2nd home and they are here for longer periods and more often. Plus the industry is bigger here. Some songs bust in Canada first though like Sizzla “Give Me a Try”. Everyone in Canada was playing it first and when I played it in NY it wasn’t big yet and took a while to blow. But in general NY is ahead most of the time.
How many Reggae Meets Hip Hop tapes/CDs have sold?
You trying to get me locked up! Haha, Basically I will say the CD game has changed a lot in the past few years. Now its about free downloads but I know my CDs have reached 100’s of thousands of people. Every CD I put out gets bootlegged instantly on the streets, so if I do 10,000 I know at least 10 times that many people are hearing it with the bootleggers and free downloads. I’ve gotten emails from U.S soldiers in Iraq bumpin my CDs to people in New Zealand, Japan, etc. If you Google ”dj power reggae meets hip hop” you’ll see how crazy it is.
Who have you produced?
I do a lot of unofficial remixes that get played on the radio and in the clubs. I’ve done remixes for tracks from Game, Mims, Ciara, Beenie Man, 50 Cent, etc. The remixes I do first come out on my CDs and then I send them to all the DJs worldwide so they can play them too.
Right now we are working on expanding my syndicated show, “Outta Control Radio”, I do with host Mad Linx. We are reaching close to 4 million people weekly now and it airs in a lot of markets internationally including Canada, Australia, the Caribbean, etc. Also doing a lot of international events and working with MySpace and some other companies to help them reach the Caribbean market through my promotion channels like mix CDs, radio and my club dates. So basically more music more vibes, can’t stop won’t stop! I wanna say big up the whole Tdot, Canada and Peace Magazine for doing this interview, and don’t forget to check out www.djpowermusic.com and www.outtacontrolradio.com!!! One love.