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Wes Smith’s Hot Mess Q & A w/DJ Fixx out of Tampa, FL

DJ Fixx…takes a few minutes from his run for president to drop a short but sweet chat in another episode of East meets West breakbeat action.  I met Fixx @ a gig in New York City some time in the mid 2000’s.  Aside from being the undisputed smasher of the Beatport Breaks chart action for the Hot Mess The Album Remixed project…b/w of his remix of Ohhh Yeahhh Feat. Shana Rockit…he’s a brilliant producer and always a constant inspiration.  Check the iLL-ustration, words and sounds below.

Artist_DjFixx, JuiceRecordings, TheJuiceSquad, WesSmith, WhiteBoyAwesome, DirtyKicks, BumpRStickR, LowEndHustler, DubleTime, SuperSoulFighter, StickyBumps, #BringBackThatFunk, #HotMessGoesBoom, #JuiceHeads, #FriendsInLowPlaces, #858FunkBass, #Califunkya, #JuiceDrops, #CampCharlie, #CampCharlieLove, #Unicorns, #UnicornMagic, #Breaks, #Breakbeat, #EDM, #UDM

Q: What are a few things you would like people to know about you?

A: I am a producer that is always evolving. I think sitting in the same pocket or same sound is why some producers get left in the dust. U have to stay current…and I pride myself on that…

Q: Where can people find you on the Interwebs?

A: Everywhere lol… I keep my Soundcloud and Facebook Band page meticulously updated. Soundcloud | Facebook

Q: What is your favorite track you produced?

A: That is a question for me that is always hard to answer.  I always like the newer stuff more than the older stuff but if I had to choose favorites, Middle Finger, Trust Your Gut, Shake It Naughty, and Major Malfunction are some of my all time favs.

Q: Any secrets you want to share about your studio setup/techniques?

A: Use a template…make it yourself but use it to start each tune.  It can cut out hours of tedious routing and bussing work that u have to do for each tune.

Q: How much time do you spend in the studio each week?

A: 50-60 hours.

Q: Do you have a favorite or memorable show/gig?

A: I love playing everywhere but if I had to pick I would say anywhere in Cali…some of the most loyal fans out there and the parties are still massive.

Q: Do you Prefer Turntables, CDJ’s or Controllers?

A: CDJs

Q: How do you prep for a show/gig?

A: Always burn fresh CDs for each gig…and rest up…it’s going to be a long night.

Q: Any shout outs to Producers, Deejays, Crews, Pets?

A: Shout out to my daughter’s 4 fish who I have to take care of cause she is too little.

Q: Favorite Color & Food?

A: Color – Black, Food – Alfredo

Thanks for sharing with us dude!

Wes Smith’s Hot Mess Q & A w/L-Train from Tampa

DJ L-Train crossed our path b/w of Kalani Dias, a recent addition to the Juice roster.  Man were we psyched about that, as he set a personal Beatport Breaks Chart record @ #20 with his low ridin’ trunk ready remix of Speakers Hittin’ Low for the Hot Mess The Album Remixed project.   Check him out below.

Artist_L-Train, JuiceRecordings, TheJuiceSquad, WesSmith, WhiteBoyAwesome, DirtyKicks, BumpRStickR, LowEndHustler, DubleTime, SuperSoulFighter, StickyBumps, #BringBackThatFunk, #HotMessGoesBoom, #JuiceHeads, #FriendsInLowPlaces, #858FunkBass, #Califunkya, #JuiceDrops, #CampCharlie, #CampCharlieLove, #Unicorns, #UnicornMagic, #Breaks, #Breakbeat, #EDM, #UDM, L-Train

Q: What are a few things you would like people to know about you?

A: I’m based in Tampa, I’m into breaks and have a few releases on Beatport w/Alaska MC on Royal One Records and another on Indigo Recordings.

Q: Where can people find you on the Interwebs?

A: Beatport (http://www.beatport.com/artist/l-train/280245), Soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com/dj_ltrain), Facebook (www.facebook.com/ltrainmusic), Twitter(www.twitter.com/dj_ltrain), instagram (dj_ltrain)

Q: What is your favorite track you produced?

A: Favorite track I produced is “Hit it from tha back!” feat Alaska MC

Q: Any secrets you want to share about your studio setup/techniques?

A: I use Ableton 9 mostly for production, Logic 9 for some FX and drums, and Pro tools 10 for mixdown. BFD3 by FXpansion is a fav along with Dcam synth squad for software. Hardware I have as a main keyboard and synth, Novation Supernova ii 61 key, an Access Virus C and an EMU Audity 2000. Interface is Motu 828 mk1 which I still love. I also recently got a NI Maschine which is also great to use with BFD samples and drums from the NI Komplete pack.

Q: How much time do you spend in the studio each week?

A: I just went part time at my main sales job 3 weeks ago so now I will have more time in the studio. I’m prob spending 20 or so hours in the studio each week at the moment because I also do mixing etc., for other people.

Q: Do you have a favorite or memorable show/gig?

A: So many to name… I will say in the early 2000’s an Icey show Firestone in Orlando was an unforgettable one.

Q: Do you Prefer Turntables, CDJ’s or Controllers?

A: I own technic 1210’s and learned on them. I also own CDJ 850’s. I prefer to play these days on CDJs 850 or better

Q: How do you prep for a show/gig?

A: 30 min warm up set and burn backup discs and flash drives

Q: Any shout outs to Producers, Deejays, Crews, Pets?

A: Shout out to the big homie Wes Smith and the Juice Squad for having on board for the remixes.

Q: Favorite Color & Food?

A: Green/Grilled Chicken

Thanks for the shout out, totally cool having you on board the album and setting a personal record in the charts!