The state of Texas is known for many things: bulls, promethazine and codiene cough syrup, cowboy boots, and one that will always stand is out is chopped and screwed rap music.
A technique still used to day, widely known due to the work of DJ Screw, is making a come back in ways. DJ techniques have allowed for more inventive transitions and ways to start a song or end it that isnt just fading out an instrumental.
We recently got a chance to ask Drex Tha Slasha, Austin rapper producer and DJ, about all the chopped and screwed mixes we have been seeing from him lately. View his SupportArt Q&A below.
Q: Outside of DJ Screw, who else inspired you to start doing your chopped and screwed mixes?
A: "A friend of mine in my neighborhood back in 6th grade showed me a virtual DJ software, and I fell in love with it. Then when I was in 8th grade, a classmate introduced me to chopped and screwed music. He had a mixtape and when we listened I was really into it. Then he told me to check out the record store in Round Rock, TX that sold screwtapes. I had no clue what a screwtape was. I hit up the record store, and as soon as I walked in, all I saw was loads and loads of screwtape CDs. All of them were about $15.99 and the selection was endless. They had a paper catalog about 10 pages long, and after I looked through it, I asked the store owner what the best screwtape was. He said 'Chapter 12: June 27th'. I figured why not buy it if its the best tape ever made. When I popped open the plastic wrap and popped the CD in my mom's car, I fell in love with it. Months passed by, and at this time I had been buying DJ Screw shirts and every screwtape possible. Then one day my dad bought me my first tunrtables for Christmas. I couldnt stop messing around on those tables. I would spend hours and skip bedtime just to YouTube tutorials on how to make chopped and screwed music. I been stuck on that Texas music tradition ever since 2nd grade because that was actually the first time I heard something chopped and screwed. It was SPM's 'Mary Go Round'. My classmate's brother had made my brother a mixtape. I didnt even know who DJ Screw was until I was in middle school."
Q: Who are some of your recent chop and screw clients?
A: "The ones that come to mind are Taylor Hesh, Welly Blanco, DaBrainlessOne, Lilone205, and Joey Diaz."
Q: Who do you want to do a mix for and what song of theirs would you kill?
A: "I think I would kill 'Bring It On' by the Geto Boys."
Q: Have you stepped away from being a rapper and producer in some aspects?
A: "No not really. Im just expanding my skill set."
Q: What program do you use to DJ or do you use real turntables?
A: "Right now I use Virtual DJ 6 which is a DAW. I need to learn how to use vinyl before I can move to the tables."
Q: Do you plan on going to vinyl only?
A: "Not really, I feel like its out dated. I think those are for the old heads. All the young folks I know are using MIDI controllers."
Q: What is your favorite DJ effect to use: beat grid, brake stop, loop rolls, etc.?
A: "My personal favorites are beat grid, brake stop, backspin, phasers, and flangers."
Q: Do you have any upcoming projects of your chopped and screwed mixes?
A: "I have actually been thinking about that. Its about time to drop the next one."
Q: How many mixes have you done since you got serious about being a DJ a few months back?
A: "I got over 200 plus mixes. But even though it may not have been serious to some, I have been doing the DJ thing since I was 13."
Q: Anything you would like to add before we conclude your Q&A with SupportArt?
A: "I want to say thank you to SupportArt for interviewing me. It means a lot. This is my first interview. Also make sure you all go follow me on soundcloud!"
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