Written by Poor Vida Sunday, 01 May 2011 12:00
“I’ve got to go through life knowing that I did all I could to make my dream of making a mark in DJ'ing a reality. Whether it happens or not, I want to know I did what I could.”
- DJ Fishr Pryce
and his dedication has paid off. His list of accomplishments is impressive, to say the least. Fishr is a founding member of the Dallas based DJ outfit "Los Hip Hop Guys", and is the official DJ for Philly based hip hop artist iCON the Mic King. He has played with and opened for everyone from Aesop Rock to Z-Trip, and he recently won the 2011 Red Bull Thre3Style DJ qualifier in Dallas (check out the video below). The regional qualifier is coming to Trees in Dallas on May 20th (get tickets at http://treesdallas.com/ ), so we reached out to pick Fishr's brain about the art of DJ'ing, and what it takes to survive in the fast paced and demanding world of professional DJ'ing. Read the full interview and watch the video after the jump.
You have been a staple DJ in the Dallas underground hip hop & dance scene for many years - can you tell us how you got into being a DJ?
First off, thank you for reaching out to me for an interview, and my love for music is what got me into this crazy world of DJing. My love for hip hop was the main reason I decided to pick up this hobby turned career.
Many DJ's define themselves by the genre of music they play, but that has never been the case for you. How would you define your own style?
I would guess it would be a Hip Hop infused mega dance party kicking you in the face!
Recently, it seems that everyone who has a laptop and an iTunes (or limewire) account has tried to become a DJ. Do you have any tips for a DJ who wants to be serious and succeed?
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE, and please learn music and the history of DJing.
You have been quoted in the past as saying that what you really want to do is make a mark in the world of DJ'ing. What was the first milestone where you realized that you had definitely left your mark?
I honestly don't think I have made a mark yet, but winning the first round in the Red Bull Thre3style is a great step.
As we mentioned, you recently won the 2011 Red Bull Thre3Style DJ qulaifier in Dallas. You also placed in the 2010 competition. Tell us a little about what you have done so far in the Thre3Style DJ competition, and what lies ahead for you.
I think I have just stuck to what I've always done DJing, which is party rock without worrying about sticking to one set style of music, and hopefully a spot a nationals is in my future.
I know you are frequently on tour, and you drop mixtapes and podcasts regularly. What projects are you currently working on that we should keep an eye out for?
I'm working on trying to get out and rock any and everywhere I can, I will continue to put out mixes, and I just put the finishing touches on a mix-tape that I am not able to speak on yet, but when I can I will make sure to let Poor Vida know first.