Artist Spotlight: Jackmaster Solomon
DJ Solomon, AKA Jackmaster Solomon, was introduced to the art of DJing through the mixtapes of Farley Jackmaster Funk, DJ Terrence Parker, DJ Godfather and DJ Assault. Though he’s been a hip-hop fanatic from the beginning, he was also heavily influenced by the Detroit House and Ghetto-tech club scene of the mid 90’s. Armed with a fake ID, Solomon ventured into the Pontiac and Detroit clubs not to drink or party, but to follow his favorite DJs – just to listen to their music and watch them control the crowd like magicians. This fascination with DJing quickly turned into a passion. By his second year of college in 1999, he finally owned his very first turntables and mixer.
In 2006 Solomon made his Atlanta debut at Breaklanta VI, one of America’s largest break-dance competitions. His first residency came in 2007 under the tutelage of DJ Rasta Root and his monthly event Face Off Fridays at MJQ. Later that year he became the resident DJ at Verve Lounge, one of Atlanta’s elite nightclubs. Since then, Jackmaster Solomon has become a mainstay in the Atlanta club scene. He has held residencies at some of Atlanta’s most prestigious clubs: Verve, Sutra Lounge, Halo and MJQ. Jackmaster Solomon has also played at Door 44, Primal, El bar, Graveyard, Loca Luna, Django, The Loft, Wet Bar, Whiskey Blue, Vinyl, Tongue and Groove and Leopard Lounge.
With great musical knowledge and 10 years of experience in the club scene, Jackmaster Solomon has developed a unique style that allows him to create a vibe or a “feel” while rocking the crowd. He is truly a music lover’s DJ. He is always willing to learn from other DJs and is constantly incorporating new styles, techniques and musical genres into his own repertoire. This has helped to add longevity and creativity to his DJ skillset.
How did you get started playing and producing music?
My love for hip hop and an old Farley Jackmaster Funk mix tape were the reasons I got into DJing. I never thought I would be playing out in clubs and in front of huge crowds. That was never my intention to be a DJ.
Lets talk about playing out live, where can I find you these days?
I can be heard at Halo Lounge, Sutra, MJQ, Graveyard Tavern, Wet Bar and Loca Luna
What type of plans do you have to tour in the future? For your recent projects?
No plans for touring right now, I have a few mixtures started and hopefully have the finishing touches finished up before the year ends.
What type of gear did use to get started, and what do you use now?
I saved up for 3 months valet parking and caddying at a local country club. My first pieces of equipment were 2 Technics 1200′s and a Numark 1001x mixer with a crossfader that was bleeding after 2 weeks.
Where/Who do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from DJ’s that came up before me, the DJ’s that were holding it down major in my hometowns (Flint/Detroit/Atlanta) while I was/am still learning. DJ Terrence Parker and DJ Godfather out of Detroit are probably my two favorites with a bunch of other DJ’s that I truly respect and admire like DJ Rasta Root, DJ Kemit, DJ Jaycee, Deftmix and DJ Mafioso
Describe your creative process.
I’m not really sure what my creative process is. I just try to keep my eyes on the crowd, see how they react. If what I am doing is working, I stick with it and if not, I switch it up.
What advice would you give to up and coming artists, djs or producer/remixers?
Check your egos, pay your dues. Don’t forget to pay attention to your crowd in front of you. Too many of the younger generation of DJs forget to practice their skills or experience the nightlife. They’re too busy spamming us on twitter/facebook trying to develop a brand before they develop their DJing.
What artists are you excited about currently?
Pill and Jon Connor. Two MC’s from my two hometowns of Atlanta, GA and Flint, Mi.
What kind of experience can we expect to have at your live show?
You’ll just have to see for yourself, but don’t ask me to play dubstep or moombash*t. You will be ignored
What’s the most important meal of the day?
Waffle House at 4AM.
Thanks to Solomon for contributing this week! You can follow him and download his mixes at the links below. Until next time, happy gigs!