Hello friends, it's time for the "phattest" interview ever...featuring the always awesome Phat Kidz. I met them a couple years back at Miami Music Week. I've enjoyed listening to their DJ Mixes and worked many of their jams into my live sets over the years including my most recent MTG mix. We were booked by Rob Analyze for a festival this year which got us talking about the remix project. Incredibly excited to have them on board;) Interview by Kelly Ross | Agent 137
How did you two meet?
Nikki: We met at a house party, I had gone with a friend and saw a crate of vinyl sitting there and I kept asking whose it was ... finally JT says it was his but he didn’t play much anymore. I told him that he would be starting again if I could help it.
JT: She peer pressured me into it.
N: We basically started hanging out after that and Josh started playing again.
JT: Eventually we played a couple local shows together and when Nikki moved to Ocala we started Ableton production with two other people as Shoot2Ill.
How did you begin writing as a duo?
N: We first did a track together titled "You Can't Hide" released under Tommy Who Records, then 3 years ago did a Remix competition for Deekline...after that we decided to start our duo as Phat Kidz. Since we became a duo, we have played every show together except two ... JT has not been to WMC yet due to family obligations, we hope to get him there soon.
What advice to you give to aspiring dj’s and producers?
JT: HAVE FUN! Djing, producing, etc are not about the fame or money, if you are not having fun doing it, you are doing it wrong. Push the envelope and have fun with it.
N: Never give up, if you produce something and you do not like it, there is an audience for it that may love it. Don’t be too hard on yourself and create your own sound instead of trying to sound like particular artists.
What producers are out there right now that you are really digging?
N- Wuki - he just has a different style of breaks and is really changing the sound.
JT- I am digging anyone that pushes the envelope. Wuki is redesigning the sound by not sticking to a certain style from funky riffs to a baseline that blows the speakers. DJ Hero as well. John sends us a lot of stuff and he is on point - so clear and clean.
Both- Also, Jauz, The Beatslappaz, Chris Lorenzo, Cause & Affect and Icey (of course)!
What made you decide to start a podcast?
N: I saw link through Podomatic that linked to iTunes so we thought of venturing out and have other people do guest mixes. We wanted to work with people from the US, Spain, and the UK (etc).
JT: It was a mix between helping us cross promote our name with all the talent out there and provide a platform for some of the artists that aren't as well recognized but with great talent. It's a tight knit community and we want to help the artists within it.
What are the upsides and the challenges of being part of a team?
JT: The energy we feed off each other is outstanding. Some days I will be in sitting in the studio and here comes Nikki all bubbly, it's infectious... We create off positive vibes!
N: If you get to know JT - JT is me in a mans body and I am JT in a woman's body. We are very much alike, he is one of my best friends and we always said we would never let the music separate our friendship. The challenge is that I moved away 4 hours away so we do a lot of sending back and forth. We do try to get our bookings together, JT has a busy job and a commitment to his family . He is a dedicated family man and puts family first . We don’t play for bar tabs and do free work anymore. We do it for the love of the music, however, we have put in our time and can tell who is dedicated to it as well.
What’s the Wes Smith connection?
N: I met Wes in Miami the year before and he had mentioned doing a remix for him. I saw him this past year and listened to the album after. We want to thank him for the opportunity, this is pretty huge for us and we are very excited for the release.
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Thank you for your time, Nikki and JT, I look forward to the release and everything Phat Kidz has to offer. I am a personal fan and wish you all the best!