FLuD Watches recently caught up with DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 fame as a part of their Beats Per Minute video interview series. Nu-Mark discussed how he first began making beats and spinning records, saying that his love of the drum breaks featured in songs by rock acts like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin lead him to discover the art of sampling.
“I started producing before I started DJing, so I was used to playing drums and mimicking AC/DC and Led Zeppelin breaks,” he said. “When Hip Hop came around and Hip Hop producing made its way to the forefront, I was like, ‘Wow, how do they get their kick drums so low? What is that?’ It really stole all the bad boy image out of the drums in rock, so I was like, ‘Okay, so I’m a Hip Hop head, forget that.’”
Nu-Mark also discussed how technology has changed the art of DJing and sampling records. He says that while he wouldn’t necessarily say that new, easier to use technology isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it has changed the experience of making beats quite drastically.
“I think this generation of producers is definitely missing out on what I went through as a kid, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s batter or worse,” he said. “I know from the DJ side of things, it’s way, way different, because if I was trying to understand what Mix Master Ice was doing on a record, I had to listen to the record, pick up the needle and go back, pick up the needle and go back. I had to keep on listening and try and practice.”
He added, “On the production side, digging is an art unto itself. I loved those years, being able to go to all the flea markets and record fairs and travelling around the world and getting my hands as black as possible and finding the dopest breaks. There’s a lot more things at your fingertips now so you can get an idea out quicker these days I think.”
The full video can be seen below.