Radio has always been in Skream's blood. His Father and Step Father were two of Los Angeles biggest Heavyweights on the Spanish Radio Market. Skream just never realized that he has what it takes, and he says that he still doesn't... He just does it for fun!
Most people would be surprised to know that DJ Skream collects and spins Hard House, Progressive House, Trance, Drum & Bass/Jungle, Underground Hip-Hop, Rock, Old Skool, Salsa y Merengue, Hip-Hop, R&B, and now Reggaeton.
When people come up to him they look surprised that he spins House, "Most people think I am only into Hip-Hop, but I say never judge a book by its cover!" With his versatility in music he was able to DJ all kind of parties, from Sweet Sixteens to Barmitzvas to the Clubs of Los Angeles and more. His styles and aggression are expressed every time he gets on the turntables.
Raised by a single mother it was rather difficult for DJ Skream to just go and purchase turntables and a mixer." I am gonna be honest it took me a while to get in the game because a lot of these DJs just went and asked Mommy or Daddy to buy them equipment, I am not saying all but some. I had to bust my A$$ to get the cheese to buy my stuff!" he exclaims. I had to do whatever I had to do to save my chips and get what I have today! from mowing lawns to working at fast food joints!" he says as he looks at his mixer. "Yeah my dad was there, well actually my step-Dad because my real Dad left my Mom when I was 2 years old, but I never asked him for a dime, all the stuff that I got today was because I decided to work and pay for my own sh!t!" he remarks as he smiles at his Rane TTM 56.
Putting work on the streets with some of his turntable buddies DJ Skream went from DJ'ing house parties to being on tour with local bands and DJ'ing @ local clubs. He explains;
"My first Club that I ever did was Coconut Teazers on the Sunset Strip the summer of 1997 every other Thursday. Before that I did a lot of events for this one underground Latino Hip-Hop crew called 5th Battalion and N'Cognito, we did shows all over Los Angeles. I did performances, for example, at the Key Club, The Viper Room, the Roxy ., and small venues in Los Angeles. Then I went up north to the Santa Clarita Valley to DJ this one spot called Shooters. People from all over Southern California and Northern Cali came to party. We had guest appearances from The Luniz to a show with the Black Eyed Peas. I did various club events in Santa Clarita. I came back down to Los Angeles to DJ @ Las Palmas. I was also doing guest spots, for example, at The Highlands, Club Blue, Ivar, Cinespace, Garden of Eden and A.D., just to name a few. I even got to do this one guest spot on a local radio station in Los Angeles, not to realize it was a DJ battle. I came in third place! Not bad because it was supposed to be an Old Skool Mix and I did R&B. I've been very fortunate to have met really cool people that I have clicked up with, to help me out with this whole DJ thang. Being determined and with a lot of practice can benefit you in the long run. Right now you can catch me doing my thing Live in The Mix @ Latino 96.3 FM, for the Latino Mix Weekends!, also at local clubs from L.A. to San Diego and back up to the Bay!... soon to be WORLD WIDE!!! Thanks to the power of the internet! With a little side project that I am trying to launch really soon: " Out the Trunk Radio" hah hah hah!
Hip-Hop and Reggaeton,.. WOW!, I just can't believe that my dreams are soon to become a reality! ? To Travel The World!"
DJ Skream loves mixing because he says he has always loved music and has since he was a little youngster. It is a way for him to express himself and show what he is feeling. Listen for him during the Latino Mix Weekends on Latino 96.3 FM to see for yourself.