Interview: Getting Creative with DJ Found Dead


DJ Found Dead has certainly been on our musical radar lately. Recently we reviewed his latest EP, DAN$, which caught our attention immediately. Breaking barriers with his poetic rhymes and unstoppable beats, we were able to catch up with DJ Found Dead, for an insightful interview about his creative endeavors, which you will find below.

Releasing 3 EPs in the span of one year, what was the reason for releasing the songs in installments instead of 1 full album?

I don’t really think that ‘the album’ holds much value in today’s music market. I tend to think for too long then dump 5 – 10 songs from my brain. It makes sense to have them grouped as one decent sized mental shi~ for people to listen to.

With a strong love and appreciation for poetry, which started at an early age, what key elements fascinated you? How do you take the elements you studied in poetry and bring them into your lyrics and rhymes?

I’ve always loved alliteration. There’s something neat about discreet meaning in things that aren’t too preconceived.

What artists and musicians influenced you while growing up? Alternately, were there any specific poets that you looked up to as well, especially when finding the voice of your lyrics?

I was really into rock & metal until my cousin got me ripped on hash oil and played me Snoop Dog, Doggystyle on a stolen car stereo when I was 13 years old. Lyrically, I’ve always taken influences from my friends and the slang that they’ve used.

What is the meaning behind your name, DJ Found Dead? How did you come up with the name?

I wanted to be the embodiment of every DJ in past and future existence…..

Also I worked in a club where a DJ tripped too hard and died hiding in the wall. He wasn’t found for months. When I worked there the bartender would Febreeze the shit out of the corner by the sound booth (where I stood all night) but we just couldn’t shake the smell.

How would you describe the current Canadian hip hop scene?

Fragmented and lacking a strong identity.

With the release of 3 EPs in 2015, what does 2016 hold for DJ Found Dead?

More music, more visuals, more me. My ongoing pursuit of internet money and francais honey’s. If I’m lucky, more douchey answers to interview questions.

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