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DJ Speak: DJ Ray-G
Hereís a name you should be paying attention to Ė itís DJ Ray-G who won this yearís regional finals at the Times Music War Of The DJs contest. Here he is telling The Record about his technique with the turntables, his most prized record and the strangest thing heís ever seen someone do at a gig.

The Record: When did you start DJing?
Ray-G: I began in 1998. I had joined the institute run by Grandmaster Joe Azaredo in Colaba in í98. Back then there was no War of The DJs, but there was the DJ Mixing Championships. In fact, DJ Suketu has also trained under Joe and he was also preparing for the contest at the time.

Later I was working with DJ Lloyd, the DJ who plays at the club Poison at the moment. Back then he was the resident DJ at the club Fire and Ice. He had started a school for DJs in Bandra and I was there for 2 years. After that I worked at a call center for 18 months and then I met DJ Nasha and his brother who got in touch and wanted to set up an academy. I have been involved with his work station for 4 years now.

TR: Tell us about your set Ė what is it that sets you apart?
Ray-G: I am much more of a turntablist. Itís what I have been doing for over 6 years now so you can expect a lot of scratching techniques and things when I play. I just try and make the best use of technology when I play.

TR: What is your most prized record?
Ray-G: Thatís a good questionís, letís see... well, itís not one album in particular, but I have this thing called the Y record. Usually a record has a 360 degree angle and in this record it is divided into 3 segments. At every 120 degrees you find a new sample and sound. It is a really useful tool that helps with turntables. I have so many sounds at my disposal and it really lets me play around a lot.

TR: Where do you source music from?
Ray-G: I play a lot of breakbeat, progressive house and other such styles, and for that kind of music, the stores here in Mumbai donít provide too much. I like to get my music from friends who are artists abroad. Thereís also a great store in Delhi called Turntable Essentials that I source a lot of my music from.

You can read the rest of our feature DJ Speak: DJ Ray-G in the March 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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