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The DJ Interview With Master Stepz
What made you decide to become a DJ?
My uncle influenced me because he had a sound system so he always played music and that made me want to be a DJ. I used to do disco parties when I was young. When I was about 19 I started to make tunes then I got into the garage scene and it kind of took off from there.
What music do you like playing at a gig?
I like playing everything. It depends on the event but I’m a really diverse person. Materstepz is an entertainer so I love all kinds of music, from dancehall to r&b to, hip hop, to funky house to garage.
You have interviewed a lot of artists who was your favourite and your worst?
My favourite was T.I and Mariah Carey. T.I was very humble and after I interviewed him he contacted me a few times when he came to England. Mariah was quite good and she called the radio station a few times too to say hello. The worst was Mario Winans – the one hit wonder we never heard from since! He arrived late, he wasn’t paying attention to the questions and he was reading a magazine. I had to walk round and take the magazine away from him.
What was the reason behind you leaving Choice FM last month?
I made the decision to leave Choice FM. There was no need for me to get fired, as I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I had been there for six years; I helped make Choice FM what it was at its peak, with the Junior Jam and Peace on The Street campaign and Choice being nominated for awards. I felt it was time to venture on to some new stuff. I loved doing what I was doing on the radio but I kind of felt restricted with the music I was playing. I couldn’t creatively put my own input as Masterstepz.
MasterstepzSo what’s next?
I have a lot of things in the pipeline and Lime will be the first to know once the deals have been finalised.
You are the first and only UK DJ to sign to New York’s Violater DJ All Stars agency; can you tell us more about that?
Violater has a massive roster including music artists and DJ’s including 50 Cent, LL Cool J and Mariah Carey. When I go to America I do a lot of interviews on BET, for example and I was also the only UK judge on a BET Dance competition. I have been interviewing many artists on radio in the States. I am doing a lot more in New York as now I have the time. I’m also working on a mixtape with Souljah Boy, who is also an artist on Violator’s roster. I’m really excited about this project as I can spend more time doing what I want to do.
What’s the best gig you have ever done anywhere in the world?
Playing in Dubai is amazing, its one of the best places I’ve ever played! New York and Jamaica were brilliant too.
You have been nominated for a few awards and in 2001 won the Sony Radio Academy Awards for ‘Peace on the Streets’, what is your most valued achievement?
The Peace on the Streets campaign is on a whole different level as younger kids appreciate you. I feel privileged that I can talk to kids and if I can make an impact and they listen, I feel quite happy within myself that I’ve achieved something. There are not a lot of role models in this country so I love doing things like that outside the music. If I had the money I would love to open up a school or something for the kids to teach them there’s more to life than gangs and gun crime.
What do you love most about being a DJ?
The best thing about my job is I love making people happy; I love playing music and making people dance.
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