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Interview With Dj Integrity


 

OL
What up Dj Integrity! Thanks for taking the time to do this! Could you introduce yourself to the readers? Who is Dj Integrity and what does he do?

Dj Integrity
My name José Alvarez aka DJ Integrity. Born in Panama City, Panama but raised in the United States. I have been coaching gymnastics and cheerleading for 12 years, dancing for 15 years (hip hop choreographer and Bboy aka breakdancer), and now I am currently a DJ along with coach and dancer. I am based out of sO. iLL (southern Illinois) but since I’m 15 minutes away from STL, Missouri it’s easier to tell people that I’m from STL

OL
How long have you been dj’ing for?

Dj Integrity
I am going on two years as a DJ.

OL
How did you get into dj’ing? Who are you influences in music?

Dj Integrity
I serve with a ministry based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan called I. D. Crew, which stands for Imago Dei which is Latin for In the image of God. Through that ministry, George Moss, an artist who had worked with KJ52 and others, donated a MixTrack Pro II DJ controller to the IDcrew. The leader of the crew, Greg Molchan aka Mitz, then gave it to me and said “This is up your alley. I’d like to learn it.” Musical influences come from every where. Of course I’m loving how CHH has grown. However, my first love is Latin music, Funk, and almost any old school vibe. I get the Latin because of being Latino, but all the funk, disco, and other old school vibe come from working on cars and outside with my dad blasting his music.

OL
Who have you’ve worked with? How did the Kingdom Dj’s collective come to be?

Dj Integrity
I have DJ’d for Fedel, Beacon Light, B-Coe, and Steven Malcolm. Nothing elaborate, just simply played their tracks (well I got a little creative with Steven Malcolm). I have also DJ’d as people came into the building for a Flame concert. As for how the Kingdom DJs came to be, I don’t know all of the story yet. I just joined up with them about a month ago. God’s timing for sure. I was praying for a community of DJs with same eternal goal and passions of serving and thus Kingdom DJs popped up.

OL
What do you use to cutt the plates?

Dj Integrity
Since I live 7.5 hours away from IDcrew, I spoke with my wife and said that I might as well try to be a mobile DJ since I have to learn this controller and Serato DJ software. At the time I had no equipment, but through my wife’s best friend’s sister I was able to get my hands on some speakers and lights. My local church that I serve, Faith Family Church in Shiloh, IL, gave me my first opportunities as a DJ. For right now I am using the MixTrack Pro II that I was donated, but I am investing to get a NS7 III. I would like to do turntables and a mixer, but for all the traveling I do it just wouldn’t be a good fit right now.

OL
What is your process in the studio or when it comes to making mixes…

Dj Integrity
When it comes to making mixes, I typically just start playing around with new tracks and if it turns into something that I want to make into a set I do. I am constantly listening to new music and as many DJ mixes I can find. Often times while I’m listening to someone else’s mix I will get inspired to go a direction that I thought they were going to go but did not. A lot of the places that I DJ have a wide variety of taste when it comes to music genres. So most of my mixes that I have recorded jump around and genres a lot because that is exactly how I would do if I were performing live. My goal is to create more personal mixes, which by that I mean mixes that I want to do just for me. Mixes that are strictly hip-hop, old school, and chill cruise music (well what I would cruise to hahaha).

OL
What would be things that you can identify in terms of pointing out differences within the Kingdom Dj’s collective?

Dj Integrity
My biggest amount of serving that I am blessed to do is along side of IDcrew. In short, we are a demonstration/proclamation group. We use DJing, Bboyin’, dance choreographer, illustration, and personal testimonies to clearly deliver the Gospel. If we are in places that we aren’t allowed to say Jesus, we get as close as we legally can hahaha. We serve at youth events, schools (public and Christian), community events, and any where that the Lord allows us to serve.

OL
Do you think within the chh genre dj’s are still relevant? If so in what shape, way or form?

Dj Integrity
I still feel like DJs play a huge part on taking any event to another level rather it be a CHH concert or anything else. However, I do feel that I have not seen Dj’s utilized in the actual set list like I would like to see. Lecrae, I feel, is doing a great job letting DJ Promote be himself and add what he does in their shows. I’d like to see that go down into other artists that maybe are not as big. If those things are happening a whole lot then I’m just not seeing it in STL or Grand Rapids. I would love to spin for a MC Who is creative enough and spontaneous enough to switch things of live or even do live MashUps.

OL
Any artist you want to or plan on working with? What would you consider a dream placement?

Dj Integrity
I would like to work with a lot of local artists in the STL area and really just help tagteam with people that I feel that the Lord has me up with for a season. Yes it would be fun to work with bigger name artist, but I’m really looking at just adding two or being a part of someone else’s vision that they feel that the Lord has put on their heart. I really just enjoy serving rather it’s Christian or non Christian. If I can be a light anywhere and I feel like the Lord is it in whatever I am doing then I will do it.

Truthfully, my dream placement is really where ever I get to serve. I would like to do a lot more youth events or events that I just provide music while people are walking in or out or even in between things as transitions. Events like that take the pressure off trying to make sure the dance floor is Poppin’. With that being said, I do enjoy dance parties when the group is willing to dance to anything rather than just the specific songs that they know. Even more so when it comes to people who actually like to dance instead of always doing just trendy dances.

I just really enjoy trying to give people an experience with a live DJ that in most areas that I serve they may never get in their life. For those who have experienced so call DJs that play music from start to finish at an event with no energy or personality, I like to be a breath of fresh air (for the lack of better words).

OL
What can expect from you in the future?

Dj Integrity
As for whatever the future may hold is up to the Lord. If I were to have any say in it, I would like to continue to serve with ID crew and continue to find ways to be a part of what God has already put in other peoples hearts that line up with what I can bring to the table rather it be as a DJ, dancer, entertainer, or whatever needs that I can meet.

OL
Orale Dj Integrity thanks again for chopping it up with me! Gracia y Paz!

Dj Integrity
Thanks for hitting up homie! Grace and Peace!

 

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