You started out in the clubs and then moved on to become a radio DJ – but did you ever plan to become a traveling DJ?
I started out as a club DJ and then went into radio realm by accident. The first radio station that hired me, hired me as a mixer but then I got fired. Ironically they brought me back as an on-air host. The basis of everything I do is mixing. I always knew I wanted to travel, I didn’t know with who or how, but I knew it was going to be something great!
What would you consider your first big break in the industry?
My first big break honestly in the industry was getting into college radio. No matter how big or how small, all of that is a part of the story. When I applied my first semester at the University of Pittsburgh, they interviewed me and then I got call later that week and they told me I wasn’t qualified. I went back the next year and basically ran the radio station after that – it was a good little come back!
How did you link up with Wiz Khalifa?
I was the best at what I did in Pittsburgh and he was the best at what he did in Pittsburgh, so it was a match made in heaven. I have seen Wiz work since he was 15 years-old because I was friends with E. Dan who ran ID Labs. I booked Wiz at a show in 2004 at Pitt and he really worked at his craft since then. The timing was incredible when it was time.
You’re originally from Philadelphia but you went to college in Pittsburgh. How has Pittsburgh helped shaped your career?
I really learned the craft and I put any Pittsburgh DJ or producer against anyone in the world – they really take the time to learn the craft. Pittsburgh is also a hard city to break out of and once the people have your back you know you’re going to win something.
We all have friends in the industry from each city that do big things in their own cities. The Pittsburgh side was Digital Dave - the guy who didn’t hire me for my first radio job - DJ Nugget, and myself. It was a cool collabo because Cleveland and Pittsburgh have history, the Steelers hate the Browns, the Browns hate the Steelers, and we both hate Lebron!
Can we expect another “Pittsburgh vs. ?” mixtape anytime soon?
There is no “Pittsburg vs.” anything coming out soon, it’s just me versus the world!
You started a foundation called “Heart Beats,” can you tell us a little more about it and how it has helped people?
Last year I had a heart attack and after that happened, I wanted to spread the word of how heart disease can affect young adults. Hip hop is very young, about 40 years old, and all of this is happening for the first time… DJ’s are turning 30 and having to deal with health issues. I want people to realize heart disease is real, especially for DJ’s being in the club every night around alcohol and smoke.
What are you looking forward to most about your upcoming tour with Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, and Curren$y?
The tour is promoting the Mac & Devin Go to High School movie and soundtrack. If you’re an ’80’s baby like me, there used to be great movie soundtracks in the ’90’s like Judgment Night, New Jersey Drive, Don’t Be a Menace… Now all they have these days is stuff like Save the Last Dance. I guess this is like the stoner’s Watch the Throne (Tour) because you get to see Wiz and Snoop rap about smoking weed. Put it this way – when I was 13 I had a Snoop Dogg “Doggy Style” poster in my room and now I get to tour with him!
What can we expect from you in 2012?
I am putting out more music than ever! I recently found a treasure of confidence and I am going to do a lot of big releases in 2012. DJBonics.com has treated me so well, I get over 30,000 hits a month and expect a lot more from that! I have been doing this for 10 years on the record and I really have just only started…