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Man it’s been a long time since we talked what’s been going on with DJ Bedz? Well Lenny-Lenn I’ve just been working hard doing me try’n to make some things happen. Well for those who don’t know who DJ Bedz is run the resume for ‘em Right now as far as radio I do the Saturday Night Street Party on KS107.5 from 8PM-midnight. I also have a nationally syndicated mix show, the “Old School Mini Mix” through Zeo Mix (www.zeoradio.com) that runs on 14 affiliates. My biggest markets are Nashville, Buffalo, and Fresno. And I can’t forget about my crew, the Radio Bums (www.radiobums.net). I also work as the assistant record pool director for the Radio Bums Record Pool. As far as clubs, they come and go, but right now I have Avalon on Tuesdays, Palladium on Thursdays, Maximillians on Saturdays, and I’m working towards promoting Wednesdays at Bash with my boy DJ Petey. That opens on Wednesday, March 24 th! Check out my website for all the updates on the various things that I have going on (www.djbedz.com). Man that’s pretty big man but I know that ain’t all you do what else is under the belt? Well I’m the official DJ for the Denver Nuggets 2003-2004. I not only DJ but I also play all the cool background music and sound effects you hear during the game. Hey can I have your autograph? Ha Ha Ha you’re funny, can I have yours? How’d you get hooked up with that gig? My man DJ Chonz was the Nuggets DJ last year and when he couldn’t come back for a second season he asked me if I wanted him to refer me, and I’m like hell yeah! I’ve always been a fan since back in the Fat Lever days when they were rocking the old school Denver skyline jerseys. The games are packed and the energy is crazy AND I get paid. It’s my two favorite worlds colliding: basketball and music. It’s the best job in the world. What do you feel sets you apart from other DJ’s? Unlike many of my peers, I prefer to let my work speak for itself instead of running my mouth. I treat this as a job and not just a hobby, and there are very few DJs that actually bring the element of professionalism to the table they way they should. The perks in my industry (girls, money, nightlife, etc.) attract lots of wanna-bes, and that’s why there are 1 millions DJs out there. But at the end of the day it’s still a job and the way you carry yourself and your ability to just flat out grind is what enables you to become successful. Another thing that sets me apart, especially in Colorado, is my Mix CDs. That’s my niche. That’s what people know me for. I’ve put out, mostly with money out of my own pocket, around 50,000 units over the years, so I feel like I’m the unofficial Mix Tape king of Colorado for sure. Do you prefer Vinyl or CD’s? Vinyl, no question. I mean I respect the advancements in equipment and all, but I don’t want to get my DJ pass revoked for say’n I don’t prefer vinyl! Plus, you can’t feel CD’s like Vinyl. Although I have to give it up to Final Scratch, that’s the closest thing I’ve seen that brings technology and old school wax together the best. Has your race played a factor in your career? It simultaneously hurts and helps me. It hurts because when I walk into a club I know that there’s a small percentage of the crowd that feels like “this white boy can’t spin” no matter how good I am. On the other hand, rap has become the predominant mainstream music nowadays, so there are tons of suburban white kids who see me and embrace me because they can really relate to me. I’ve always openly addressed my ethnicity, and to be honest I’ve always thought being the token white guy is something that is extremely marketable in a promotional sense. I mean damn, look at Eminem. He’s the blueprint on how to appeal to all audiences as a talented white dude. All that being said, I’ve been living and breathing hip-hop since 1984. I’m pretty deep in the game at this point, so I don’t walk around with a chip on my shoulder feeling like I have to prove myself all the time. If you dig my style, great. If not, that’s cool too. How do you feel about Colorado’s local music scene? I feel like the hip-hop scene is evolving, but folks are a little too quick to bash each other instead of building bridges. If local cats could check their “I’m the best out here” egos at the door for just a minute and start building up alliances and networks, the whole scene would stand to benefit. But I think Denver is on the verge. If you look at the evolution of hip-hop it seems like the 2nd tier cities are gaining more and more influence. Right now you’ve got hella artists from the central United States doing well: Chicago has Kanye and Twista. St. Louis has Chingy and the St. Lunitics. There’s no reason to think that Denver couldn’t be exactly like those cities in the near future. I think Denver will eventually have its day, as we get more organized and business oriented we will be in a position to make some noise. I just hope I’m around to be involved with that whole process.
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