DJ ND Joins BPM Supreme with Exclusive Interview
BPM Supreme is proud to welcome DMC Champion DJ ND to the team. Read his thoughts and advice on DJing in an interview here!
Brussels native DJ ND is the regional DMC champion of Belgium. The producer is an on air mixer for Radio NRJ, which is one of the biggest radio stations in Europe. When he is not scratching, ND is a practiced club DJ that plays all over Europe, North Africa and Asia. He has performed many memorable opening sets for the likes of Avicii, Clinton Sparks, DJ Chuckie, DJ Q-Bert, Fatman Scoop, Kelis, Jim Jones, Nas, Rihanna and Trey Songz. He has an MBA in Marketing from ULB University, Brussels.
BPM Supreme: People associate Europe with house music, but are there a lot of scratch DJ’s too?
ND: The DJ scene in Europe is very rich. Beside all the house/EDM producers, there are a lot of talented hip hop DJ’s/producers and turntablists. The list is too long to mention everybody but DMC world champs like Dj Unkut & Rafik from Germany or Fong Fong, Ligone, Netik, Fly, 9 O’Clock from France are just a few examples. A lot of world famous producers also have a hip hop background, like DJ Snake for example.
BPM Supreme: What’s the party scene like in Tunisia?
ND: The past years, I had the opportunity to travel a lot and perform in more than 30 countries around the world. Every scene has its own particularities but there are also a lot of similarities with what I’m used to see in Europe. To be honest, the scene in Tunisia isn’t that different. People are very open minded. There are some big clubs and open air parties going on in the summer. Also, a lot of tourist from Germany, Belgium and the UK are travelling to Tunisia for their holidays. So a lot of clubbers are European which maybe explains why it’s pretty similar.
BPM Supreme: Can you tell us about your show on Radio NRJ?
ND: NRJ radio is part of the NRJ group which has radio stations all over Europe and in 22 countries around the world. I’m working for NRJ in Belgium where I have a weekly radio show on Saturday night called Extravadance. From house to hip hop, trap, bass music, we’re allowed to play whatever we like as long as the set is dancefloor oriented. NRJ also organizes several festivals like the NRJ Music Tours with international artists. Most of the time, me and Jay Psar (DJ and producer of the “Turn Me Up Some” track featuring Redman & JayceeOh) are performing during these events.
BPM Supreme: Has your MBA helped with DJing?
ND: I have a MBA in communications and marketing. Nowadays, image is really important. Not only for brands but also for dj’s. My studies definitely helped me to structure my work (planning and roll out of online campaigns, contacts with brands & labels,…). It has an influence on the business part of the job.
BPM Supreme: How do you practice for the DMC Championships?
ND: I took part to the DMC’s between 2000 and 2009. My collaboration with the guys of The Guild (dj team, 3 times runner up at the World Finals) had a lot of influence on my approach. I learned to give importance to the smallest details and I developed a kind of work pattern when it comes to routines and practice. Some steps of the process:
- Choosing a track: I always start by picking up a powerful track that inspires me.
- Patterns: After that, I start searching for some beat juggling patterns and I define the scratch parts.
- Structure: Once I have that base, I focus on structure and start building things up (chorus, breaks, etc.).
- Filming : Once the structure is defined and the routine is pretty clean, I start filming the routine to have a global view and to see what I could add/remove.
- Mastering : Once I’m done with the production, i focus on mastering. The sounds have to be loud and clear.
- Live performance : Testing a routine live before a competition is really important. I make sure to introduce every new routine to a showcase or a DJ set to see how comfortable I am when I’m doing it live, how it sounds on a big sound system, and what the crowd response is.
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