Interview With DJ Mustard
DJ Mustard talks Disclosure, Stormzy and more…
I met up with the man of the moment recently - almost every other track that bumps in the clubs is produced by 'Muzzard On Da Beat', also known as DJ Mustard. Here’s what he said as he came to perform in the UK.
The Wrap Up: It's great to catch up with you, the man behind the biggest tunes of 2014… How did the journey begin for DJ Mustard?
DJ Mustard: I just started making beats for YG when he needed them. It took off when I gave Tyga the beat for ‘Rack City’. That happened through YG. He was talking to Tyga who wanted some beats. We worked on the track on a Tuesday and the track was out by Thursday… It was crazy.
TWU: That's crazy. And ‘Rack City’ definitely blew up around the world. The UK are loving your productions right now… Are you listening to any UK artists at the moment?
DM: I like Disclosure, they're dope. Also Calvin Harris, he's dope. I've met Tinie Tempah too. I don't really know about any of the UK rappers yet. But Disclosure are really dope.
TWU: Does travelling and performing in different places help influence your productions? And are you ever looking out for new artists to work with?
DM: Yes, always. It just depends on who I meet and if we vibe. I send a lot of beats out too. But I've stopped doing that lately… The beats get in the wrong hands and that's been happening a lot lately.
TWU: How much can I buy a Mustard beat for?
DM: [Laughs]. It's a lot of money; you might need to start saving from now… In fact I don't want to say, because the price might just go up tomorrow.
TWU: A rough figure…
DM: About 60 grand.
TWU: That's a lot of money…. And how much was your first ever production sold for?
DM: Around 11 grand… No actually, $12,500.
TWU: What about future collabs? Any artists you really want to work with?
DM: I really want to work with Drake… And Disclosure.
TWU: Sounds good. I'm all about showing people new talent and I want to show you a track by an up-and-coming rapper from the UK called Stormzy. This is his take on '0 to 100' (plays the freestyle)...
DM: He's DOPE! How old is he? He's dope. I really like this guy.
TWU: He's only 19.
DM: He's dope… Stormzy, I think he's really dope.
TWU: I'll connect you guys up on the twitter! Thanks for the time and good luck with the future releases.
DM: Yessir, respect.
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Edit: Maz Khan