I wear many hats, but my main mission is to spread great music worldwide through my productions, DJing and internet store and company. I am constantly reminding the world of Philadelphia’s contribution to our rich music history.
How would you compare other places to Philly?
New Zealand, I have to say, is very similar in vibe as far as togetherness of creative minds. But all in all, I love coming home.
How important is the sense of place to your work?
Your environment always seeps into your work, no matter what you do. For me, creating the soundtrack to the city, it is of the utmost importance that my surroundings are positive and free.
What about Philly inspires you?
Everything that surrounds me: smells, tastes, visuals. All the [sights] and sounds go into my work. This is best displayed by my album When the Funk Hits the Fan, which is a mini-audio movie of growing up in Philly.
How would you describe Philly to someone who has never been here?
I always say Philly is the sh*t, because it is. The history of America to the history of popular music is all here.
What is one of Philly’s best-kept secrets?
Back2Basics on Mondays at Silk City is the longest-running dance/live party. We don’t really advertise a lot, but the word-of-mouth has been amazing.
How would you describe Philly’s parks?
What is something a person wouldn’t know about Philly unless they live here?
That Astrud Gilberto lives in Society Hill.