We sat down today with DJ Marvel from The Freshest, a crew of DJ’s from Vancouver. Marvel is playing at Scratch Club at the Get Together with The Gaff – April 8th.
Tell us how you got into DJ’ing and how long it has been?
I started DJing as a hobby in 1997, after getting inspired by the movie Juice and listening to Mix shows on the radio (Krispy Biscuit / The Show.) I bought a cheap Gemini mixer and some belt driven turntables and started familiarizing myself with my parents record collection, and spending all my extra $ on records.. After building a decent collection of music I started playing small parties and meeting more aspiring DJ’s and learning from them.
You roll with a crew called The Freshest. You guys play both together as well as separately, and have a number of residences every week. How did that all come about?
In 2006 DJ Seko got me a guest spot DJing at “Get Up Get Down” at Tokyo Lounge in Vancouver. After that we became closer and started working on a few different Mixtapes – Sugar Hill & Flava In Your Ear (Hosted By Jaykin.) I met Kutcorners around the same time when we worked on a project called Build by Ephin. Rico was the last piece of the puzzle who I met in 2007 when he was working at Beatstreet records. We all clicked as friends and Seko was like we should start a crew and we haven’t looked back since.
Vancouver is an international hub, which hosts high caliber concerts on a regular basis. You guys have worked with some big names in the last few years. What is the most memorable show?
It seems you are travelling more that ever. How was the tour in New York this winter?
Any advice for basement dj’s looking to break out and start playing out in public?
You play a diverse selection of music. What can we expect to see when you Scratch April 8th?