Guest Star: "An Emcee Is Something You Could Never Fully Get Rid Of"
Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 12:10PM
[With the popularity of producers like Oddisee and Apollo Brown going sans emcee on their own instrumental albums, DJ Stimulus talks about how important of a role rappers have in music these days.]
The reason I fell into deejaying is because I love music so much. Back at the crib, I found it was more interesting to play the records than listen to the radio with the commercials and hearing the songs go in a certain order.
I've been deejaying for quite a long time and for the most part, depending on the year and depending on the audience, some people know me more [for one entity as opposed to] the other. Deejaying goes almost as far back as rhyming for me. It's really about my love for the culture. I love making music and I love music that other people make which is where the deejay in me comes about.
My way of interacting goes beyond just adding a sample to something or adding a verse to a remix. Luckily for me I've never had to go back to emceeing from deejaying or vice versa. I've always been able to do both at the same time. I've been doing both at the same time for about ten years now.
I would say an emcee is something you could never fully get rid of. On the other hand, I do respect and acknowledge that there is a lot more instrumental-based music coming out and that's nice. In terms of talking about that, you can hear different approaches to different songs.
Out of respect for the music, there's a lot of times where I lay back. Like if you listen to "Bad Habits" which is mine and [drummer] Chris Dave's' remix of the Maxwell joint since Chris was on tour with him; it's a five minute track and I'm probably only rapping for about a minute and a half. The reason why I think you "can't" do without the emcee, as a deejay, I happen to know there's a big difference in crowd reaction and how motivated the crowd is behind a record just because there's an emcee or any kind of vocalist. That person really channels the energy and controls the crowd.
It's a coexistence. The beat might get you hyped but you get even more hyped when someone's like, "Yo, this is hot!" Kind of like Lil Jon, that's all he's doing. "Yeah!" Sometimes he doesn't really say more than that but that "Yeah!" can sometimes make a beat even better.
It's a necessary part in terms of energy and as long as it's an emcee that has something to share, it just adds deeper levels to the music. An emcee is one of the instruments. It's an instrument that puts things out through words. You can't get words through a drum set. So that's why I think you can never get rid of the emcee.
Brooklyn born DJ, Stimulus, is a member of the well-known New York based band The Real Live Show. His first single of 2009 with Nickodemus is still in rotation on dance radio in both the U.S. and Europe, and he is also featured on three songs of Michelle Williams' (of Destiny's Child) "Unexpected" remix album. Stimulus' incredible mixing skills and music knowledge have taken him DJ'ing to seven countries, where he has delighted guests with high energy and intelligent sets. His regular podcasts are listened to by over 10,000 subscribers worldwide. Stimulus has also shared the stage with major artists such as Cee-lo and Mark Ronson, but don't be fooled ? this down to earth DJ loves to play at weddings.