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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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Most people think my DJ name is a sexual innuendo, but it's just an abbreviation of my last name. I was "Bedz" to a lot of my friends long before I tried my hand at deejaying.

When did you form/start performing?

I got my first turntable back in 1995, and I was doing small house parties and Greek events soon thereafter.

Please list your releases:

White Shadow Mix CDs #1-#21; Sumthin' 2 Phuck 2; The Radio Bums Monthly Mix CD; White Men Can't DJ, Volume 1, and The Summer Jam 2005 Mix CD -- 45 Total Mix CDs, and they are all legitimate mixes (i.e., blends, scratching, production). They are all highly produced and took significant time and effort. I'm very proud of my mix-CD body of work.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

I guess you could think of me as the poor man's DJ Spinbad. I don't have nearly the technical skill he has, but in certain, areas there are similarities. He's the guy I aspire to sound like, so, at the end of the day, I would at least hope that my sound would have a vague resemblance to his.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Back in February, I had the chance to be featured on an episode of Rap City on BET. That was an amazing experience. The same month, the NBA employed me to work the Club NBA stage at the Jam Session for the NBA's All-Star game, during which time I was also able to spin the Celebrity Game on ESPN. This year, I'm coming up on my third season as DJ of the Denver Nuggets, as well as my third full year spinning for KS107.5. Lastly, I recently passed the 100,000 units mark as far as the number of mix CDs that are circulating around the state of Colorado.

What albums had the biggest impact on you?

Raising Hell (Run-DMC); It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Public Enemy); Paid in Full (Eric. B & Rakim); and Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A.) really opened my eyes to the diverse, volatile, political nature of hip-hop and made me fall in love with the music. The Cactus Album (3rd Bass) was the first time I think I realized that white guys could have their own unique contributions to the culture. DJ-wise, the first time I ever was inspired to make a mix CD was after hearing one of Doo Wop and Tony Touch's tapes back in 1995.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Run-DMC, Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T, Kool G. Rap, Boogie Down Productions, 3rd Bass, N.W.A., King Tee, Tha Alkaholiks, Showbiz & A.G., and the list goes on. If you were a rapper in the late '80s/early '90s, you impacted me more than you know. I miss the days when hip-hop was inherently self-righteous with a greater cause in mind. That time period in hip-hop really appealed to my bleeding-liberal sensibilities.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I'm a DJ -- that's it. I'm very lucky to be doing what I'm doing.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

DJ? I'm not sure that my lifestyle would be that much different, to be honest. A few more vacations and a little more time chasing the fairer sex around. Although I might get tired of that and wind up back deejaying again, when all was said and done.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

In my basement, playing the "who has the most random old-school vinyl collection" game with Chonz, Petey and Psycho.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Ben Affleck. One of the bad pick-up lines I get is that I supposedly look like him. I don't really see it, but, hey, there are worse things to be called. As long as the Jennifers star as my romantic leads, it's all good.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself in the same industry, just moving into some of the more "corporate" types of jobs in my field.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

Lately, I'm fighting the battle of being type-cast as a hip-hop DJ and nothing else, specifically in trying to land nightclub gigs. I'm perfectly capable of stepping in and spinning a Top 40, '80s or funk format, if that's what a club wants -- yet venues are scared of hiring guys that come with a reputation for appealing to an "urban" crowd. Basically, it's another form of systematic racism, but I'll save that rant for another day.

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