“The Castle Grayskull toy with the mic that makes your voice sound like Skeletor. My whole musical genre is based on that toy.”
This is coming from the man who walked away with 1st place at the DMC Championships the very first time he entered in 1996, a man who has worked with such visionaries as the Crystal Method, the Dust Brothers, Richard Humpty Vission, Kool Keith, and Tom Morello. A man who made a career-boosting appearance in Doug Prey’s 2001 award-winning DJ culture histo-mentary, “Scratch,” and a man who somehow still found time to produce remixes for the Beastie Boys, Morcheeba, Rob Zombie, and Soul Wax.
While acknowledging the fact that the 4-year stint has expanded his audience reach to a broad and dedicated demographic, DJ Swamp rightfully and confidently proclaims, “I am not just Beck’s DJ.”
It was just another gig on the journey towards artistic independence.
All his hard work has recently afforded him the opportunity to set up his own label, Decadent Records, as an avenue to express with complete independent creative freedom. Though he’s consistently tended towards Drum n Bass beats over the years, “I definitely like the freedom of it cuz there’s not really any rules to it yet, and it’s to me where hip-hop is going,” Swamp just as confidently proclaims “but I don’t pledge allegiance to any particular genre. My background is hip-hop, but I’m a mixture of hip-hop, drum ‘n bass, metal, and whatever else I’m feeling at the time.”
We caught up with him after a relatively subdued teaser set at the Sunset House of Blues…”house rules…no pyrotechnics… ever since that whole Great White thing.”
Though he was unable to show off the fiery madness that has become his trademark, he was excited and anxious to lead us through a virtual mini-tour through the twisted mind of Swamp.
One of the first things he showed us was his new video for the track “Plastic Surgery,” directed by Eric Zimmerman. It was a wildly voluptuous journey through an operating room in which I wouldn’t mind being the scalpel. “This time, I got a real pro, I lucked out that the guy was a fan and into my stuff. He did ‘Head like a Hole’ for Nine Inch Nails and all the editing for ‘Hi My Name is’ by Eminem.”
Be sure to keep an eye out for the video and an ear out for Swamp’s latest album, still untitled at time of printing, sometime in the first half of 2004. You’ll catch this recent Final Scratch convert flowin’ on the mic, cuttin’ on a scratch, and threadin’ all sorts of wickedly sexy insanity throughout the drums and the bass.