The Q&A series at Top Billin, volume 3, DJ DIZZY!
We’re known for introducing new artists to the ever-growing electronic music world and now we’re bringing you up close and personal with some of the finest producers creating great music for you. Our third edition in our interview series comes from a very talented producer from Vienna who likes his style mixed, from tropical elements and bass an beyond, DJ DIZZY.
1) Go ahead, represent.
Hi, I’m DJ Dizzy also known as Dizzy Womack, I’m from Vienna/Graz Austria. I’m a DJ and I’m makin’ beats!
2) Lay down some early influences.
During my youth as a skater kid I was pretty much into Crossover and skate-punk stuff like Rage Against the Machine or Millencolin. Later my brother introduced me into Hip Hop and I guess that was the point when I really got stucked into the whole music thing. I bought my first 1210′s and my first records and then everything took it’s course. In my first years as a DJ I played a lot of Oldschool/GoldenEra Hip Hop stuff, as well as Funk and Jazz. Only after a few years after having played Gangstarr’s ‘Full Clip’ for a Million times I wanted to discover something new. That was the point when I spot the big world of EDM. First the whole Tropical movement catched my attention with all this crazy Man Recordings releases full of Baile Funk and body-shakin, percussive riddims. That was also the time (3-4 years ago) when I seriously started producing beats. Then Tropical led to the whole UK & IDM world as well as all this crazy stuff from the US like Baltimore or Juke. So as you can see I stumbled across many different music genres and I guess every of them influenced me in a certain way, some more, some less. Hip Hop def influenced me the most!
3) How about today then.
It’s not like that anymore that I want to do everything I like. I mean I still get my inspiration from different sources but, by now, after the last years of development and discovering, it figured out what I really want to implement in the studio. It’s a mixture between house / garage / bass / idm. To name a few inspiration label sources – 50Weapons, Dirtybird, Pelican Fly, Futureboogie, Greco Roman, Affine Rec, Lucky Me, ClekClekBoom, Top Billin.
4) How did you hook up with Top Billin.
My first ‘contact’ with Top Billin was actually when I bought the two vinyls ‘Tales from Top Billin Vol.2′ & ‘Sexy Time Ep’ back in the days. Since then Top Billin is bookmarked in my laptop and I’ve checked out nearly every release I think. The first contact as a signing artist was on the typical demo-way. I sent one of my bootleg remixes to Nenis and he wrote me back real quick like ‘cool stuff, do you have more’? That was the beginning of an long running relation
5) Everybody has a turning point, what was yours.
I guess my turning point was when I started djing and subsequently producing beats. Henceforward it became clear to me that I don’t want to do anything else. Making Music either in the studio or in club brings creativity to my daily grind and it makes me happy! I guess I would not be the same person today if I would not have done this intensive musical journey in the last 7 years. I’m really grateful that I found this passion!
6) Name a shame track.
I’m not ashamed of any music that I like, but maybe I have something for you that will make you say ‘Oh, Come On!” When my little sister bought the Christina Aguilera Album ‘Stripped’ I could not get out listening to it and I really liked it! I’m not listening to it anymore, but I still have a copy of it on my laptop
7) Do you like em Brown, Yellow, Puerto-Rican or Hatian.
I’m not that kind of person that makes a difference when it comes to skin colour. If you have a good character and friendly intentions you can be my friend, whether you are brown/black/white/yellow or whatever. Even when it comes to girls I don’t have a specific affectation. It’s more a question of your charisma I guess. It’s always nice to get surprised with the story behind a person.
8] My precious 12″.
I guess the most expensive record I’ve ever bought was the ‘High & Mighty – Home Field Advantage’ LP. I already had the single release of ‘B-Boy Document 99′ feat. Mos Def, Mad Skillz & Mr. Eon but I always wanted the whole LP. I don’t know how it is nowadays, but at that time (probably 5 years ago) this record was really rare. At one day I went to my local record shop and my record-dealer ‘Norman’ was like ‘look what we’ve got today’(with this LP holding in his hands). Unfortunately he already
had decided to buy it for his own collection so i had to convince him to sell it to me … after half an hour of discussion he said ‘ok, I sell it to you for 50 €’. Today I’m really glad that I bought it, even with this excessive price
9) Your chance to promote what you got coming up next / in the future.
I will release my next Ep, which is already finished, under my full alias ‘Dizzy Womack’, just because there are too many Dj Dizzy’s in the net and i guess it can be confusing for supporters. Further I’ve produced an exclusive track for the Elevate Festival Podcast and I’m going to release a collabo track with ‘Mozza!’(a friend & talented producer from vienna) via Top Billin. Both will be released in October 2012.
10) Shout outs?
To my family, my friends, my beloved girl and everyone who supported me in every respect!
BIG THANKS DIZZY, KEEP CRACKIN OUT THOSE MAD TUNES