I know you’ve collaborated with a lot of people, who’ve been your favorites?
Recently, TroyBoi, he’s having a real good career right now; he’s really blowing up. And my boy from turntablism is A-Trak, and love all the scratch DJ’s. Plus, I was Kanye’s tour DJ, and just being around him was really inspiring.
Tell me about working with Kanye.
I was his tour DJ for the Glow in the Dark tour in 2008–2009. It was really cool -- it was Rihanna, N.E.R.D., and Kanye. For the European tour it was Santigold, Kanye, and Rihanna. I would wake up every day and watch Rihanna.
What’s Kanye West like?
He could have his little moments, but in general he’s amazing. I’m not just saying that cuz it’s Ye, but he really inspires the hell outta me. You can’t say no to him -- you can’t not feel the energy when he’s talking. He could sell you the dumbest stuff and you’d believe it, like, “Oh my god this pen, this is the most amazing pen, holy s*&%t, Ye, you’re right!” He’s like a guy where when he’s around, you can’t help but feel the hustle and the grind.
Which DJ’s do you admire the most?
DJ Qbert, cuz there’s nobody like him on the planet. He’s the greatest scratch DJ of all time, he constantly keeps pushing the envelope, he’s constantly the best at what he does. He’s my #1 influence when it comes to the turntablist side of it. But the whole-package side of it, being a DJ, being a brand, being an entrepreneur, being a tastemaker, I would say A-Trak.