File Under Hip Hop caught up with US DJ, DJ Koolhand.
Introduce yourself tell us where you are from?
I go by the stage name of DJ Koolhand. I’m originally from the Greater New York area but have been residing in Birmingham, U.K. for the past 6 years. Smh, that long already, yea!
How did you get your name?
I got my DJ name….deep sigh…through a lot of soul searching. For me was what I truly was passionate about. My natural state as a person is laid back; I peep and observe everything…Kool, calm and collective. Well, most of the time at least.
How did you get into Hip Hop music?
Oh man, Hip Hop has been “it” ever since I came off the “porch” so to speak. Early on, lacking a true father figure, “Hip Hop” taught and moulded me on the ills of life plus much more. Good music always has a strong message in it, especially to inner-city youths coming from broken families. It’s truly a powerful tool if used correctly.
Who where your musical influences and why?
Hence, I am old skool so musical influences from back in the day would be the best teachers “Hip Hop” had to offer. Not the ones in school. Names like the G.U.R.U (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) R.I.P. Q-Tip, KRS-1, really come to mind even in today’s time. Large Professor, Yea Buddy!! Definitely can’t forget the likes of Black Moon and J.Dilla, Timeless…
How did you start DJing?
It’s something I always knew that I would do. However i didn’t spend my younger days productively. Although I did manage to play a lot of sports eventually the streets would take over.
DJ’ing is something you have to be dedicated and committed to. That’s if you want to be known let alone respected in the hip-hop/DJ community.
I started out early messing around with my boy’s belt-driven turntables. But didn’t come to industry till 2010 with a more mature and serious frame of mind. This would enable me to make my mark in the “Game”.
Do you prefer CD’s or Vinyl and why?
I like using a digital vinyl set up. I also do enjoy a proper CDJ set up at times. Man lol, I still buy vinyl too, all around “Hip Hop” junkie!
What is the biggest difference between the Hip Hop scenes in the UK to the USA?
The biggest difference between hip hop in the UK from the USA, I would say is Hip Hop rules the culture in the States. You can sense it pretty anywhere you go. Although, Hip Hop it’s prevalent in the UK I don’t believe it’s yet to be a dominating force.
What are your top 5 Hip Hop albums of all time?
Gangstarr – Hard to Earn,
Raekwon and Ghostface – Incarcerated Scarfaces,
Jeru the Damaja – Sun Rises in the East and finally Mobb Deep – The Infamous.
As a DJ, you DJ in clubs, Radio and do mixtapes where can people check out your radio/shows?
Radio Mixshows can be checked out on the following links:
Fleet DJ Radio – Saturday 4-6PM EST
K100 Radio – Friday 3PM EST
Dirty South Radio Online – Monday 8-10PM Central
Platinum Radio Online – Sunday 5-7PM EST
Big Shot Radio – Tuesday 6-8PM EST
Where can people check out your mixtapes?
My mixtapes can be downloaded on the following sites: www.Mixtapewire.com , www.Livemixtapes.com , www.MixtapeHeat.net www.24KMixtapes.com , www.Spinrilla.com , www.Mymixtapez.com , www.Mixtapefactory.com , www.Nervedjsmixtapes.com , www.Tapehustlers.com , www.WorldwrapFederation.com , www.ScurryLifeDjs.com , www.IndustryyFixxMag.Com
What are you social media platforms if people want to check you out or send you music?
Social Media Platforms:
For music submission reviews email firstname.lastname@example.org. I also have song rotation packages with promo and mixtape slot placements for all major mixtape sites. Enquire within.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to continue living in the U.K. bridging the gap between USA and UK Hip Hop!!