Today in our Hot Seat we have DJ and Rapper Qifi with us. Let’s have a chat with him.
Twist Online : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
Dj Qifi : Well, it all started when my cousin invited me to a New Years rave. O, I could remember it like it was yesterday.
It was LEDs’s OMFG NYE at the Shrine in LA. Anyways later that week I bought some DJ equipment to learn how to DJ and soon enough I was making some money DJ-ing some gigs on Craigslist and for friends.
A year later I started singing and monetizing youtube and streaming platforms where I could make a little bit more money to support myself.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Dj Qifi : That’s a hard Twist Online. My Dad has inspired me to peruse whatever makes me happy. Fortunately for me I was blessed with listening/having a diverse archive of music (Frank Sinatra,Pat Boone, The Beach Boys etc.) that later influenced my overall behavior and attitude on life.
I feel that most artists now-a-days are involved in so many sub-genres that everyone just does their own thing, so that’s what I’m doing, my thing.
Twist Online : Tell us about your upcoming EP “How Does it Feel”?
Dj Qifi : So I’ve been going through my music career solo for a while and I had to ask myself, “How Does it Feel” well long story short it sucks. So hopefully my next EP will have some features to cheer me up.
Twist Online : What kind of response you are expecting from the release?
Dj Qifi : Honestly, I don’t know what to expect. I believe in quality over quantity in terms of fans, so ill let my imagination run wild on this one.
Hopefully I could attract the right person with a feature or any form of collab. I’m a die hard fan of Goth Boi Clique and would love for them to notice me not as an artist but just as a human being.
Twist Online : What attracts you more, performing on stage or working in studios?
Dj Qifi : I used to take stage pics and be outgoing, unfortunately I have anxiety and major nervous system damage to even be on a stage again, but being in the studio is boring in my opinion. I like messing around with music in all, but i’m guilty of spending days in the studio.
Performing on stage is a pretty prestigious moment and would love to go on tour someday just to travel.
Twist Online : What’s your favorite music genre?
Dj Qifi : That’s the hardest question yet. Idk, I love skateboarding and enjoy listening to DnB because it seems that my body syncs to the fast bpm of the track. Im also a big fan of heavy metal and hardcore music. I recently went to Warped Tour and saw all of the band I wanted to see (Attila, BearTooth, CKY etc.)
After Lil Peep died the whole sad music and alternative rock scene sparked and I thought hey i’ll try it out, why not. So I seem to listen to alot of that type of music Lately.
Twist Online : Have you set some target to achieve as a music artist?
Dj Qifi : At first I wanted to be on top of the world, but I realized the pressure of holding celebrity status and want a more laid back experience. Kind of like logic, he is a perfect example of being an introvert. He doesn’t work with a whole lot of people.
he just does his thing and sell studio time and make music. Not saying I wouldn’t want to do that, but I’m not a fan of stress. I would love to work at my own pace. I am totally satisfied with where I am at now. I love the fact that the streaming platforms are favoring the artists for once.
Some people DM me and say how great my music is and send fan art so again, Im totally satisfied with where I am in music today.
Twist Online : Are you currently working on any other project?
Dj Qifi : No, Not at the moment. I have recently been hanging around some people in my soundcloud rapper genre that are going to be “up next” and they seem willing to cooperate with my sillyness =P In all honesty I just want to have fun making music or not. I’ve been hangin out with some inspirational people like: lil soda boi, lil aaron, catxscan and they get me out of my sad moments which rocks! A GBC collab would be nice ha!