Through a great connection with DJ Sparky B, DJ Kool known for his “Let Me Clear My Throat” track from 1996 will be performing at the American DJ Customer Appreciation Party at MBLVX – http://www.mobilebeat.com/las-vegas-dj-show/
A fusion of feel-good go-go music with hip-hop’s original block-party aesthetic led DJ Kool to the fore in rap’s return to the old school during the late ’90s. A veteran of D.C.’s go-go circuit who worked as a warm-up DJ for Rare Essence during the early- to mid-’80s, Kool began recording in 1988 and early on tried to inform the studio art of hip-hop with a live feel in keeping with his experience. His first album, The Music Ain’t Loud Enuff, used call and response much like early hip-hop and go-go (and also included the hip-house track “House Your Body” prefaced by a remarkably accurate monologue on the history of house music).
Kool took it to the stage in 1992 with the mini-LP 20 Minute Workout, recorded live in Richmond, VA, and released on Steve Janis’ CLR Records. By the time of 1996’s Let Me Clear My Throat, mostly recorded live in Philadelphia, the East Coast underground was buzzing about Kool’s way with a crowd. American Records won a five-way bidding war and reissued Let Me Clear My Throat early the following year; providing remixes of the title track were Funkmaster Flex and Mark the 45 King (whose funky underground hit “The 900 Number” was the basis for the title track in the first place), helping it climb into the Top Five on the rap charts. In mid-2000, he and Fatman Scoop released the remixed Rob Base classic “It Takes Two.” ~ John Bush, All Music Guide
Interview just taped today with DJ Kool: (audio file coming online this weekend)
Ryan Burger: This is Ryan Burger of Mobile Beat magazine and we are here with DJ Kool, who’s going to be at the American DJ Party at Mobile Beat Las Vegas. Kool, introduce yourself and tell us how you got here.
DJ Kool: (coughs) Let me clear my throat. I’m the legendary DJ Kool, straight out of Washington, D.C. That’s that (202) area code.
How did I get here? Yo, man. I was born in the clubs, you know what I mean? I started rocking clubs back in, oh, late ’70s. I became a recording artist in 1986 with a song called “The Music Ain’t Loud Enough, Pump Up The Volume.” I’ve had 10 records 10 years in a row to hit the Billboard charts, from “The Music Ain’t Loud Enuff,” 1986, all the way up to the song that has the cough heard around the world, 1996, which is “Let Me Clear My Throat.” I’ve been here a long time, man.
Ryan Burger: Very cool. DJ Sparky B, being a good friend of mine, hooked me up with bringing you guys out to the show. Give me a little bit of the lowdown of what you’re going to do for all of us out there.
DJ Kool: Straight house party style. Little bit of old school, little bit of the current stuff, you know what I mean? Hip-hop, R&B, reggae; maybe a little go-go music coming out of Washington, D.C. But once again, straight house party style. No whole bunch of tricks or stuff like that. I love that part of the craft, but I’m just not that type of DJ. But big ups to all my friends, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Craze, and all those turntable-ists, you know what I mean?
But my thing is straight house party style; me, the crowd and the dance floor. That’s it. I ain’t got no whole bunch of tricks for you. I’m just trying to keep the mixes tight, keep the selection hot, and keep the party moving with my voice. That’s what’s up.
Ryan Burger: So you’ve got the mix going for the whole party. You drop in every once in a while, do your own tracks just as part of the show, or how do you work in “Let Me Clear My Throat?” How do you work in some of the other stuff?
DJ Kool: Well, pretty much just like what you mentioned a moment ago. I’m playing the hits current and recurrent and so on and so forth. But at some point during the program you will hear me drop in, “Let Me Clear My Throat.” You will hear me drop in “20 Minute Workout.” You will hear me do “It Takes Two.”
And I do these tracks live because I actually recorded them live. “Let Me Clear My Throat” was a live recording. “20 Minute Workout” was a live recording. “I Got Dat Feelin'” was a live recording, just to name a few.
As a matter of fact, “20 Minute Workout” was so loud to whereas I had a mobile recording unit hooked up in the club where I was cutting the record back and forth, the beat that I used for “20 Minute Workout” was the record was a record by Doug E. Fresh called “I’m Gettin’ Ready.” And I was cutting the breakbeat back and forth while I was on the mike, rocking the crowd. So that’s just the whole DJ Kool style, you know what I mean? Just live, live, all the way live.
Ryan Burger: Very cool. So what’s the future for DJ Kool? Continuing to do stuff like this, appearing in Vegas, Atlantic City? What do you got coming up in the next couple years?
DJ Kool: I got a few things coming up. I’m back in the studio and everything, getting ready to drop some more of those DJ Kool club [inaudible]. First and foremost, I do my records for the DJs, for the clubs. It just so happens that I’ve been blessed enough to have had my records wind up on radio and everything, and that is a blessing. But for the most part, just like I said. I’m going to go out and do my show for the clubs.
So we got some new DJ Kool stuff coming out this spring. The first single will probably be a song called “What’s Your Area Code,” which should just for the most part be a way so people can kind of represent where they’re from, you know what I mean? Like I’m from the (202), which would be Washington, D.C. If someone said if they were from the (803) area code, that would mean that they would be from South Carolina, and so on and so forth, you know what I mean? So it’s just a new way for people to kind of represent where they’re from.
Ryan Burger: Makes sense. Once again, DJ Kool’s going to be playing for us at the American DJ customer appreciation party. Thanks to DJ Sparky B, who I guess will get the privilege of introducing you to the stage.
That’s all I got. Thanks, Kool, for joining me.
DJ Kool: No problem, man. Thank you for having me. God bless.
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