“I released my debut album titled The New Vintage that pays tribute to hip hop from an era that is very dear to my heart. My follow up is titled No Borders that bridges the gap through music and features many legends.”
Check out the interview with DJ 151 exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
DJ 151: I have been a pioneer in the west coast hip hop scene for almost 20 years. In 2015 I become one of the few deejays who has gone on to embrace and succeed at music production. I released my debut album titled The New Vintage that pays tribute to hip hop from an era that is very dear to my heart. My follow up is titled No Borders that bridges the gap through music and features many legends.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Connecting on a global scale to get people that believe in your music to help push it to their regions. Getting support from music media mediums. Social Media of course. Grinding like you are hanging on to a thread to survive.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be the Dre/Khaled of Canada and of the music world. What they both did for music as artists/deejays/producers is what I’m capable of.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Getting support from people in your own town, let alone country. It’s hard to get people to share your project/vision because people got their own shit to handle. At the end of the day money talks. If I want someone to do something for me in the music industry I got to throw them some paper. The music business isn’t cheap.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I find that my city, Vancouver, is a great place for music of all genres and has the potential to be huge. I’ve been a deejay for 25 years and played everywhere and remember playing local hip hop at clubs always. It doesn’t work like that anymore. A few amazing deejays play my stuff, but the mass majority don’t.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Find yourself as an artist and be open to evolution but not to the point of not being you. Make music that you’ll want to listen to 10 years from now. Don’t be a flash in the pan artist.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Getting to collaborate on songs with some of my influences like B-Legit, WC, Rappin 4Tay, Celly Cel, and Ras Kass. Opening for E40, Too Short, Snoop, Ice T, Nas, DPG, Warren G, Mr. Cheeks, and the list goes on.
What is your inspiration?
The chance to be a mentor and person to help artists in all aspects like production, branding, etc. the way Dr. Dre and DJ Khaled do. I inspire to build globally, not just locally.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Anyone with drive and obviously talent can, but the key to success is self-acceptance of success. I have money, I want to be a person that helps others achieve self-success. Meaning being proud of your contribution to the art form.
Where can we find you on social media?
No Borders: itunes.apple.com/ca/album/no-borders/id1102955906
Facebook: Savinder Bali