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Τετάρτη, 20 Απριλίου 2011

Interview Corner: DJ 7L




Ο Dj 7L, κατά κόσμον George Andrinopoulos, είναι γνωστός από το hip hop duo 7LES (7L & Esoteric), τους AOTP (Army Of The Pharoahs) και όχι μόνο.. Οι συστάσεις είναι περιττές πιστεύω, καθώς ο,τι χρειάζεστε θα το βρείτε παρακάτω.
Ζητώ συγγνώμη, αλλά δεν κάθομαι να μεταφράσω, οπότε όποιος δυσκολεύεται στο να την διαβάσει στα αγγλικά, ας χρησιμοποιήσει τον μεταφραστή στο πλάι.



1) Which were your first steps on the hip hop scene, and how did the name "7L" come up?
For the in depth details, my bio on www.DJ7L.com , but in short after first being introduced to hip hop thru like Whodini and Run Dmc it was Doug E Fresh and Slick Ricks 'The Show' that sorta solidified it for me. From that point on I been pretty much all in. 7L came from my name being George, G is the 7th letter of the alphabet, so hence the 7L...I initially was going by G Swift when I started out, then a graffiti artist had done a mix cover for me and put 7L's in the background, so I thought it wasa cool and went w/that from then on.

2) Not many DJs nowadays, are there any great difficulties that make people stay away from being a DJ?
Well, I think its actually the opposite, at least stateside everyone a dj! Especially with Serato, Tractor and all that, its just a new game now. Its easy for anyone to have an instant library of songs. I think before, let's say 10 years ago, yea it was difficult cuz u could carve your own lane and have a wide selection, and maybe be outside the box, spend time hunting records down ect, and that could have been just one 'edge' u could have over other dj's, but now, I feel, and see, for the most part, everyone has everything, ur edge now is make your own edits and remixes, and that what I been doing as a member of The Bladerunners, altho that's geared a lil bit more towards club related stuff. But Hip Hop DJ wise, beatwise, or producer related and stuff like that, which I think is what maybe u meant,so of course having the classic samples and a good deep record collection is first off. But knowing music, labels, the producers...and connecting the dots that way...like 'oh this guy played drums on so and so's album, and he's on this one as well, just becoming familiar w/names and such'.

3) It seems that 1212 went pretty good on sales. are you satisfied with that or you expected more, from your comeback -after 4 years- album?
Yea I mean sales aside, I was satisfied w/how it came out. It was fun to do again, Esoteric had stayed busy for that 4 year period and released some of his(even our)best work. From Egoclapper on. But I don't really care about sales anyhow, no one buys music anymore.

4) Which is the best and worst beat you ever made?
A lot of the stuff on Soul Purpose, aside from maybe 'Operating Correctly' I detest...I don't know for best, I have a lot of beat I like, from 'Watch Me', or 'Rules of Engagement' to 'The Handle' or '12th Chamber'...but I think the stuff I am doing now is my favorite..

5) Does any beat have a crazy story from which came up?
No, more crazy stories maybe from record hunting, going up to college radio stations and rummaging thru their collections there, those are always fun, taking so many records that my muffler on my car dropped out...

6) Greek music is full of pretty good-look in samples. Have you ever sampled one, or maybe have it in mind?
Hmm...I haven't but my man El Greco, who mixes all our stuff he's worked with a lot of Greek artist, both here in the states and over there, as well as samples etc.

7) So, If I am right, you have roots in Greece you have any relatives here or friends?
Yea I am 100 % Greek, my parents are from Kalamata, I have my aunts and cousins over there now. I was in Greece in 03 for Battle of the Year to perform, but last 'visit' was in '95 to visit my aunt and grandmother.

8) Do you check any other hip hop scenes, like european or latin American?
Hmm...I haven't had too much time to check it out, but the Warrioz and ppl like that are all dope...


9) I saw you have some collabos with Greek artists like warriorz and Goin Through. How did those come up?
Goin Through was again thru El Greco', and Warriorz we linked up while we were out for Battle of the Year. We went to their studio they played a bunch of dope beats we just jumped on one.

10) And a tricky one. Let's say, Waka Flocka Flame is about to make a feat with Eso. Eso finds that idea perfect, and is on fire for that collabo. Waka wants to rap only on a beat of yours, paying hell lot of money, of course. Would you just go on, or try and change Esoterics' mind?
Yea I'd do it, I mean why not. I understand the context of the question but hey If there's money in it, yea of course.

11) Based on the previous Q, have you ever had any proposals from any mainstream artists for makin a beat?
Hmm...no, no mainstream stuff, but its all relative now...I make what I make, so if a mainstream artist (for some reason) wanted a beat of mine, it'd be what it would be. But also, I'm really not pursuing production like I did 8 years ago, I just dj and make edits more now. Hip Hop really isn't what it was.

12) Bars of Death or 1212?
Hmmm....1212

13) What's the last vinyl you bought?
Just bought a small DJ's collection, a lot of nice 80's and 90's hip hop stuff in there...stuff I had, but u know, it was a great deal...I buy pretty frequently from Turntable lab and stuff of Discogs,

14) What do you prefer, 20gb of Mp3 in a hard drive or 20 vinyl?
The vinyl of course, u can't compare the sound quality


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