By Maurits Elen
Representing the West Coast in the Pearl of the East this Friday at Zeal is non other than DJ Jam, also known as the official DJ of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre on the infamous Death Row Records. Having toured with greats such as Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy Jam is most likely to take some California sun with him. We got to know Jam behind the gloomy, yet chill sun shades and talked about profound life lessons, Snoop Dogg, and the lingering music industry in China.
1. You have worked with names such as Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, and Notorious BIG. What was the most important lesson you learned from working with them?
Always be on your A game, handle your business correctly and surround yourself with the right people.
2. What was the biggest challenge that you overcame to get to where you are today?
Getting past people that are jealous and try to hold you down in the business. You just have to worry about yourself and keep moving forward.
3. What’s your favorite song you’ve created or co-produced?
The remix of G-Thang on the Death Row Greatest Hits Album.
4. It seems like Snoop Dogg has a lot in common with Wiz Khalifa. They even made a collaborative album together Mac & Devin Go to High School and also a hit single Young, wild and free. Do you see Wiz Khalifa following in Snoop’s footsteps ? What do you think is the biggest difference between them?
Wiz has been in the media a lot lately and with him teaming up with Snoop it really put him on another level. I think the biggest difference between them is that Snoop is very business minded and always has his hands in different business ventures.
5. What music is playing during:
a. A long weekend in bed with the girl of your dreams?
b. The night after you break up with her?
c. The climax in the movie about your life?
Dr Dre & Snoop
d. Your funeral?
6. Would you rather:
a. Take or give.
b. Eat noodles or spaghetti.
c. Be young, wild or free.
d. Vote Obama or Mitt Romney.
7. You discovered Bow Wow when he was young, which upcoming artist in the hip hop scene do you think we should follow closely?
A young artist named Lil Niqo signed to Def Jam. He’s from my city San Diego. He’s only 11 years old.
8. China will take over the US’ leading position in the world economy within 5 years according to experts, yet China’s music industry is lagging far behind. Do you think it will ever take off or is the language (English/Chinese) a big barrier?
I think for it to take off in the States it has to be in English, for example Far East Movement. I would think the artists there have the opportunity to sell a lot of records because Asia is a huge market.
9. Shanghai is known for being a dynamic city with a lot of energy. What type of energy will you bring to the deck the 18th of May at Zeal on the Bund?
I’ll be bringing straight Hip-Hop, the best from the East, West & Dirty South. Past and Present!
Shanghaiist has made it possible to book presale tickets for this event. Tickets are only 50RMB, instead of the standard 100RMB. Send the names of you and all your friends to [email protected] to be put on the guest list, with entry granted after paying at the reception. Please submit the names before Friday 5PM and make sure you come early because DJ Jam has announced to bring a lot of giveaways with him.
Jam will be supported by DJ Choyce Kutz and DJ B-Kut. The performance will be amid the one year anniversary edition and reopening of Zeal on the Bund, which has been under construction for over a month, thus making for a fresh and unweathered welcome for all.
Hiphop Hijack presents the Deejay of the West @ Zeal // South Bund 22, 6F, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu near Xin Yongan Lu (中山东二路22号6楼，近新永安路)
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