Today on our hot seat we have a music producer and label head DJ VoyR. Lets have a chat !
Twist Online : Do tell us about start of you music career.
DJ VoyR : In 1989 I was introduced to house music in Chicago by overhearing a mix someone was playing and they were talking about how it was a fresh mix they recorded off the radio. WBMX was the first to hit these ears with the 4 on the floor goodness. Shortly thereafter I was at my friend’s house and we were standing around staring at 2 1200’s and a Gemini mixer. I have not looked away from the underground since.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent release “House Music Culture”.?
DJ VoyR : I have been blessed to have crossed paths with a man named Joseph Mercado. He is an old school cat from New York who embraces the culture with honor and respect. I could go on about his legacy as 1/2 of the Megamen with William Rosario or his many relases and remixes for legends in the game but I think his greatest gift to the culture is his love of helping others move their music through this ass backwards industry.
Anyways he and I have become great friends and through his years in the game got me a chance to remix a song from none other then Eddie Amador. This is the song that will forever be the track that made me realize I have a sound the world needs to hear. What better way to come out the box, then to remix a track from a man who is in the history books of our culture and EVERYONE quotes. “not everyone understands” is the mantra of the underground.
Equally as important to me is that the man who helped me master this track (cause I really suck at it) is the same man who co-wrote “Finally” by CeCe Peniston! He is one of the most talented, down to earth and honest men in this game and I am honored he took the time to help me get this track right for the club culture we love!! R.K. Jackson is the man and his contribution to a track that is pivotal in my career will be all the motivation I need for years to come.
Twist Online : How is the response to this latest release. Do you consider it one of your best works till date?
DJ VoyR : The response has been exciting! We have had a lot of support from the places and people who understand that house music is more then a BPM.
It is a work I am very proud of becuase I tried some things and learned some technical stuff about music and how I operate in the studio. It is one of the best “journeys of sound” I have made as it overflows with personal emotion for me.
Twist Online : You and Surge Records how it began?
DJ VoyR : The Surge label I am proud to be a part of, is actually a sleeping giant!
It has been around for a while (07-09 active) as a sub-label of Next Dimension Music. As things progressed in my music production it was clear that heavy tones of Techno like to show up in my music as I am a true warrior for Techno as much as House. It just felt like the time, to both Next Dimension and myself that the music that I make and the music that needs to be heard from real superstar producers of true underground sounds, must make its way to the clubs, as it feels as if the respect of where the industry is now is at an unhealthy level.
Surge has “resurged” now, to provide the medicine we are required by law of the underground to provide! MUSIC WITH PURPOSE!
Twist Online : Are you inspired of someone in music industry?
DJ VoyR : I am from Chicago, pick a name in the game and they have had an impact. If I had to narrow it down it would be DJ Pierre (Phuture) and Joseph Mercado. Both with a profound influence on different sides to my story. Respect and Honor to them.
Twist Online : What’s your goal in life you want to achieve next?
DJ VoyR : I have been waiting for this question for a long time and glad it is asked now because I feel my answer is in its truest form to my purpose at this point in my life.
The goal of my life in music to inspire and motivate others to chase their dreams and stay true to THEIR purpose. I have been chasing this dream for over 20 years both behind the decks and behind the scenes and realized not long ago that you must have faith in your purpose. Life is like a true “choose your own adventure” book. Only in life you can’t keep your finger on the page your reading and look ahead to see where you will land, before you let go of the page you read. Just “Let go”.
The goal now is to travel outside the US and bring the message to the world that is Surge and myself.
Twist Online : Any new project you are working on? When it will be released?
DJ VoyR : I have a few songs up my sleeve that are slated to be released towards the end of the year. Gotta go out with a “BANG” and what better way then some true underground bangers!!
Twist Online : Are you on Social Media? Your fans would love to follow you.
DJ VoyR : You can find me at a few spots around the internet and I hope people will reach out if they are looking for a place that is truthfully forever all about the music and the power it possesses.