Theo Interview + New Tracks + Video
DJ-ing is the foundation for me. I taught myself how to write, flow, like, I don't even know how to count bars I just write with instinct.
DJ turned Emcee Theo has been making waves with his last mixtape
Arize: So I've been checking your blogs and such and you were a DJ before you started working on the rap side of things; how has the transition been from DJing to emceeing? and was it hard to finally choose an outlet to push full force into?
Theo: Yea, I started DJ-ing at the age of 14 around then really dug the crates and all that. .nobody wanted to teach me so I ended up teaching myself, which was a very rewarding process. I would go and watch Rap City and watch the DJ's cut and spin and really mimic that, from there it was golden, I was in clubs by 19. But it wasn't hard man. .performing has been the core of my passions, I was just really shy as a kid, thanks to my big sister for her push. DJ-ing is the foundation for me. .I taught myself how to write, flow, like, I don't even know how to count bars I just write with instinct. So its been a blessing in disguise I taught myself the core of what music relies on: DJ-ing.
Arize:Takes alot to say that as an emcee? You definately have the determination if you went about things that way. Really shows that you, no matter what, wanted to learn the essence of hip hop
Theo: Most definitely man, nothing has been forced, DJ-ing, music, production. .it all comes in time. I've been boo'd at parties I've DJ-d (as a kid, lol, I'm a beast now, haha) I've had my music shut off on me. My record collection literally takes up my basement. I've worked for my spot.
Arize: haha...damn they were wrong for shutting the place down..you were just a kid?! Well that is hip hop, made you work harder i guess?
Theo: Lol yea man, I was like 17. I was shook as all hell. My mom came to pick me up @ 2 in the morning uh, memories. Thank God its over haha.
Arize: haha...trying to hold it together in the ride home huh? "don't cry in front of mom, don't cry in front of mom"
Theo: Haha. My mom man, she's held me down so much. But for sure man, passion is what held things together...its like I was going through a bunch of things and it cultivated into something.
I've been boo'd at parties I've DJ-d (as a kid, lol, I'm a beast now, haha) I've had my music shut off on me. My record collection literally takes up my basement. I've worked for my spot.
Arize: So with your latest mixtape release earlier this year "The Birth" how have people accepted you as an artist? Especially those that have come to know you as DJ?
Theo: Some people still call me by my DJ name (S-Class) but this latest project my goal was to really just give all I could give the support and backing has been really great and I am very grateful of what things have become.
Arize: Since a lot of artists have had much success due to the mixtape game now, who have you worked with that really challenged and made you dig deeper?
Theo: Honestly, I only surround and work with those who challenge me musically, its very encouraging so I would really say collectively everyone that I've worked with. The producers gave me major records so I wanted to work hard to make it work.
Arize: Sounds like the formula for success...So with the game being alot more instantaneous than its been in the past, which is a good thing I think, how has the production to the master to the online distribution via bloggers and websites helped people know who Theo really is as an emcee?
Theo: Its been a process. .you have to show people that in the midst of fast food rappers that you really are the new wave of good musicianship. I can't get to caught up with trying to please bloggers and blogs because that's when the focus becomes off key, but I really just continue to push until people see what is at hand, good music is undeniable.
Theo x Mickey Factz x UNI: "Beautiful Day" Remix:
Arize: Gotcha, So whats in store for Theo for 09? Any collaborations in store? Album? Another Mixtape?
Theo: I'm somewhat tight-lipped for what's in store...but I will be visiting some cities, definitely a lot of collaborations. You actually just caught me as I left the studio. As far as a mixtape yes. .'The Birth' was a little more 'straight to the hoop' persay, but this new joint planned is going to be real fun, very very fun.
Arize: Cool shit! We'll definitely be on the look out homie! Thanks for sitting down with us
Theo: Thank you for having me, much thanks.
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