What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is of me climbing the inside of my bedroom doorway listing to Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover" on my kiddie record player.
Tell us about your first ever DJ gig/live performance.
My First ever DJ gig was at a bar/club in Detroit, Michigan called "Alvin's." I used to beg my friend, DJ Head to let me spin a few records and he would always tell me "NO!" One day (and I remember thinking that he must have won the lottery or something because he was being very nice to me), he finally said "yes, you can play." So, I started going through his records and while trying to figure out what I should play, he leaned over and said "You can play only 5 records!" There's always a catch, lol. I made my DJ Debut with these records: MK - Tumbling Down, Kano - I'm Ready, George Kranz -Din Daa Daa , Ralph Falcon - That Sound and Cisco Castelli - Life's Changing.
Who or what inspired you to start a career in music?
I was pretty much inspired by my family and surroundings. I knew when I was 5 that when I grew up, I was going to do something involving music for a living, but I didn't know exactly what it would be.
What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievement?
I consider having the opportunity to work with so many great Artists & DJ's that I love, a great achievement. I feel really lucky to have been given the opportunity to work with Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Shaggy, Timmy Regisford, David Morales, Frankie Knuckles and Tom Moulton, just to name a few. I am forever grateful. This gift of music is a true blessing.
Any advise for budding young stars?
I cannot stress enough how important it is to learn and know the history of what it is you plan to do. If you want to know where you're going, it's critical that you know where it came from. I'm not saying that you should live in the past, that's just plain silly, but I believe that it's important to take what we know of the past and incorporate it into what we do today and then use our knowledge, experience and willingness to take chances to create our tomorrow.