Next up on the road to the remix album release...the one and only Rob-E based out of Orlando, Florida. While a few minutes of rave culture have passed for both of us, we most recently linked up this year at the Revelation party in Tampa. Bass heads throughout Florida and beyond need no introduction, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
Interview by Kelly Ross | Agent 137
What is the Wes Smith connection?
Wes and I have known each other since the 1990’s, the original Juice days. I met him at Simons back in the day, He and I lost contact for a while, he popped back up a few years ago and has been totally been putting in work. Everywhere you look you see Wes Smith!
Which tune did you remix off the album and why did you pick it?
I picked “Do You Want To Get Funky” I got to choose which one and it was the vocals that really caught me, full of soul!
What were your challenges with the remix and what were the good points?
It’s an old C&C Music Factory track and her vocals are absolutely amazing so that excited me to use them. I got the vocals dry at 118 bpm and there was a snap that was throwing me off and I had to write around it. It took some creativity to get around but it flowed fast after the snap and we were able to finish the remix in 6 hours.
I’ve known the Rob-E Name now for a long time. Tell me what has changed since the “back in the day” times for you?
Everything in life changes, it evolves, especially music. But back then it was a lot more exclusive to be a DJ. I would walk into Vinyl Frontier and I would have test pressings and dub plates from Icey, amongst other breaks artists. I had a flightcase full of white labels and dub plates, super exclusive. But now it’s a totally different game. With Mp3’s as our main format of music, it’s not so exclusive anymore. It’s real easy to share media these days, so the days of being super exclusive are far-gone.
I try to keep it true to the old school, if someone gives me music and asks me not to share – I don’t. I try to keep my shows exclusive now a day as well. There’s only a hand full of promoters that I will play for - I’m also a full time father of 2 [daughter 11 and son 10] Music was my first love, but now that I'm a father, my children get my full attention first and foremost.
Who is your biggest influence?
My Influences come from many different genres of electronic music. I get a lot of influence form my partner in crime Carl(DJ Security) - My mentors are Andy Hughes, D-Xtreme and DJ Orlando (All the Old skoolers in O-Town will know this name!) Kimball Collins also had a big part in molding my sound, but when it comes to break beat, thank heaven for Icey, I have known him since the Edge days. He has kept the breaks scene alive and moving for a long time, if it wasn’t for that guy it may have died. The breaks scene has been up and down like a roller coaster, but he has been there in the valleys and he is the one that has kept it going. Hands down he is the pioneer of the U.S. break beat scene.
Where would you like to see the future of breaks go?
Right now I am teaching my daughter how to DJ. She is really into it and digs the music. It’s cool to see some of the newer generation that is into break beat, and where they will be taking it. Pauly [Fixx], Keith [MacKenzie], Wes [Smith] are the ones really putting in work right now, I’m proud of Pauly - he is a machine and living the dream. The breaks guys (and gals) in Europe are taking break beat to a whole other level now. It reminds me of the USA back in the 90’s’ Also, Sharaz is producing some new stuff that is totally different, it’s retro but nothing like you have heard it’s a super fresh sound.
Thank you for your insight, Rob-E. We look forward to your remix on December 14th. Bless.