Today we connect with DJ Wigs, he’s a crate digging dj/producer. We reached out and ask him some questions about how he got started, his production work, favorite vinyl spots and more.
Peace Dj Wigs where’s home?
For the last three years I’ve lived in Nashville. I love this city more than anywhere I’ve ever lived. I grew up in Chattanooga where all my first gigs and radio shows were and I spent my college years in Knoxville where I really came into my own both musically and personally. I had a brief stay after college for a year and half in Honolulu that was incredible as well.
Are you signed to a label?
I’m currently in the process of getting a small beat tape label off the ground with my partner and homie Sam Day called Comfort Food Records. We’re dedicated to giving beat makers the marquee spot and creating a product that appeals to like minded Hip Hop heads who are interested in production, deejaying, and crate digging.
How long have you been djing? Producing?
I started at the age of 16 which means next May will be twenty years behind the turntables. I’ve been using that same record collection built up from deejaying (and that continues to grow) to make beats with since 2011.
New projects we should know about?
I have a short project entitled The Joker EP that drops 10/4 in celebration of the new movie (I’m a huge fan of the Joker character). In December Comfort Food Records has a compilation beat tape called CHLLxBMPS coming out that’s headed up by Sam Day and features a lot of really dope cats. And early next Spring I’ll be releasing my debut beat tape on Comfort Food entitled Werewolf Jazz Club.
Where do you spin at in Nashville?
I spin sporadically at spots like Cobra, Bearded Iris Brewing (or wherever Dirtbike Mike needs me), and from time to time back in Knoxville.
Favorite place to buy vinyl? Dj Gear?
I check for Grimeys when I need new wax or just for filling holes in my collection. The record shows at the Nashville Palace are good for hard to find jams. I just got back from New York and I got to make my pilgrimage to Turntable Lab that I make every trip.
I’ve been shopping there pretty much as long as I’ve been deejaying. I try to go to them for any gear I need too. Academy Records is pretty dope also. It’s a good diggers spot with regularly circulated gems coming in and out. I’d go there weekly if I lived in lower Manhattan. Back in Nashville The Groove and Great Escape have gems if you’re willing to get your fingers a little dusty.
Can promoters or artists contact you for collabs?
Absolutely. As a DJ I can spin solo sets, back up artists, run cyphers, or can take a radio time slot. As a beat maker I’m always willing to work with any artist I vibe with.
Last song you had on repeat??
Lately it’s been Country Shit by Big K.R.I.T. and Call Mi a Yardie by Stylo G. Kinda random assortment for the early 2010’s. The project I listen to by far the most often is J Dilla’s Donuts. It’s what made me want to be a beat maker.
If you could collab with any artist today who would it be?
Undoubtedly either DOOM or Madlib. I’m a student of their work. They’re by far my greatest influences alongside Dilla.
Last words or shouts?
Huge thanks to all the homies and especially my wife who keeps me grounded and supports a nerd like me who loves Hip Hop to my core. And an extra special thanks to everyone that’s ever come out to one of my shows or took time to listen to my beats and mixes. Without you I’m just in my home studio doing this by myself. Getting love back for what I love to do most means more than I can adequately express. I love y’all for that.
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EDITOR: La Mont Reed
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