We took time to catch up with Mr Fresh, an established London based DJ who has been in the music scene for over 16 years.
He is also a radio presenter running his popular weekly radio show every Saturday on www.freshfmlondon.com
We were fortunate to get some interesting feedback about his DJ career
1). What inspired you to become a DJ?
I first became a DJ in 2001 when my pal Marcel Dutty D introduced me to Ruthless Chris, Owner of Jiggy Radio (105.6fm) After meeting him he offered me a cover show as a DJ hadn’t shown for his show. At this time the station (JiggyRadio) was in a flat in Tottenham in a soundproof room and it had a Gemini All in One mixer Cd Player and a mic.
When I started, I only had 2 Cd Packs which each had 4 Cd’s with music on them and I was so mic shy I hardly spoke, but as time went by Marcel Dutty D helped me get confidence and soon I had a good radio voice.
I finally got use to talking and I loved it so much it inspired me to so start learning as much as I could about DJ’ing.
I found that my skills improved when I used Virtual DJ and a USB Soundcard.
I started building my music collection by going to events and watching other DJ’s and listening to what song worked well with crowds and when to play them correctly. It was alot of work and it took alot of time and effort and practice. I worked hard every day to be the best I could be. I saved up money and when I had enough money I bought my first setup which was…
2x Ekho 600watt Active Speakers
2x Truesonic 1200watt Active Bass Speakers
1x Pro Sound Mic.
In 2014 me and my pal set up WWW.FRESHFMLONDON.COM – On-line Radio Station.
We specialise in giving the best musical selection around. Catering to over 2000+ people Worldwide every month. We do live shows as well where people can log in and watch LIVE Talk show’s with Myself and Sly-t.
Music is Streamed 24/7 on our website and on Tunein app – Available on Mobile Phones
2). What is your Favourite Music and why ?
I love R&B, I love everything about R&B from R.Kelly to Mary J Blige to Mario. R&B is a music style that you can move to with Style and it touches me with the Lyric’s. There have been numerous R&B songs that i’ve listened to at points in my life because I can relate and it helps to relax me and other times I hear R&B and I just wanna let lose and dance and have a great time….
R&b has changed over the years but it still remains one of the Largest Musical Genre’s out there. I’ve built up a vast selection of R&B and it’s really my pride and joy. I love to come home and just chill and listen to R&B and enjoy the moment.
However my new love is House Music, since I became friends with many establish House names across London’s top venues such as Lightbox London I have started to promote and have fun on my Tech House sets. I have some new mixes coming in January and some new residencies to announce too, this year is starting to turn out productive and amazing for me. Cannot wait to show everyone my versatility. My Saturday radio shows always has House tunes on air which I enjoy mixing live with the webcam for my friends and followers to watch.
3). Who is your Favourite DJ ?
I don’t have a Favourite DJ but I respect all DJs in the Music Industry because No 2 DJ’s are the same. everyone has different styles, different ways of mixing and different music selections. It’s an art form but people who inspire me would have to be I.E Elliot Ness, Bushkin & Fonti, A.K Steppa. Westwood, Tony Blackburn. I have learnt a lot about music by watching the pro DJs and researching things they do like how they promote themselves and how they interact with crowds which in return has helped me a lot to improve my own skills.
4). What was your best Gig to date ?
I don’t think I’ve had just one good Gig. I’ve had a few good ones like playing at Revolutions Vodka Bar on Leadenhall Street, London. I was there for just over 6 months in the Basement Room. It was a Stylish place that has club nights on a Friday and lots of Cocktails enjoyed by the regulars and different flavours of Vodka. The crowd was so friendly and I was fortunate to meet so many interesting people there like Big John; the Resident DJ on the Main Floor.
I have enjoyed playing at Venues like Cafe de Paris, Hanover Grand nightclub, Opera House, Bar Rumba, Penthouse and Sound nightclub.
I try to make every party good and memorable so people enjoy their time and come back.
5). What advice can you give to emerging up and coming DJs?
Good Advice to New emerging artist as well as up and coming DJ’s is use Social Media to promote yourselves, promote everyday and upload Mix Cds to generate more Bookings.But most of all DON’T RUSH THINGS. TAKE YOUR TIME AND DO THINGS RIGHT.
Taking your time will make sure that you know which direction in the Industry Suits you and gives you the opportunity to practice, practice, practice.
You can never say that you’ve learned everything because there’s always more to learn so take your time and enjoy the music, get Business Cards and talk to friends to help by posting your mixes around to their friends as well.
6). What do you hope to happen to your radio station and how can people follow you on it?
The Ultimate plan for FRESH FM is to get a Channel on TV like Kiss 100 have but that will take time and we still have a long way to go until we get there but if its worth doing , its worth doing right so we aren’t rushing things, we also want to get a float at the Notting Hill Carnival in August 2017 or a Stage and become bigger and expand so that more people join our team and build a great Station.
We want to put up lots of events where people from all over the world will come and enjoy great music with great atmosphere.
People can log on to the station by going to the following links:
Website – www.freshfmlondon.com
Tunein – http://tunein.com/radio/FRESH-FM-LONDON-s223068
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/freshfmlondon2014
Mixcloud – Mr Fresh: https://www.mixcloud.com/MrFreshOfficial Radio station: https://www.mixcloud.com/freshfm-london/
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/mrdjfresh
Photography – http://mrdjfresh.wixsite.com/mrfreshpics
Twitter – https://twitter.com/MrFreshOfficial