Behind the Beats: DJ Skee

August 12, 2014 By:
Behind the Beats: DJ Skee

Recognized as one of the most influential figures in todays entertainment business by both Forbes & Billboard magazine, DJ Skee is carving a new definition for what a DJ is. With a thriving career as an entertainer and multiple ventures under his umbrella, DJ Skee is at the forefront of popular culture. 

In raw numbers, DJ Skee has generated over one billion media impressions in under a decade, and has a network of over 500,000 social network followers, Skee can be heard daily on the radio, seen performing at the biggest events across the world, heard scoring movies & video games or remixing todays biggest artists, running a record label, production company, and marketing agency as well as owning a retail store chain.

Get to know more about DJ Skee:


When and how did you first decide music was your life?

The second I got my first turntable and bought my first record. I had always loved music and messed around with recording equipment whenever I could, but I knew it was my life as soon as I experimented with DJing.


Who gave you your biggest break in music, and how?

I can't just say one, I'd have to credit a few. The late Ricky Leigh Mensch introduced me to my first industry connections, Tim Wilson was the first person to sell my mixtapes and plugged me with my first radio gig, and it goes on and on... however, if I had to choose one person, it would be Steve Rifkind. Stretch Armstrong introduced me to Steve who ultimately gave me my biggest break - hiring me as a young kid and moving me to LA to work for him.


What equipment do you use for production? What about DJing?

I experiment with everything. I’m a tech nerd and gear head and frequently change it up. I’m really into software more than hardware now as I love the ease of portability and how it enables me to work anywhere. For DJing, I use Technic 1200's when I am at home.


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What's the toughest part of the DJ lifestyle, and how do you deal with it?

May sound surprising but the toughest part is all the travel. It’s a great opportunity to experience the world, but also tiring and can wear your body down. You have to take care of yourself and eat right while sleeping whenever you can.


How would you describe your process of creating a song from start to finish?

Before I begin the process of creating a song I need to be inspired and get passionate about an idea. The toughest part is finding the direction I want to go. Once I lock in, its laser focus and easy.


Who has been your biggest inspiration musically? 

Again, so many people it’s tough to narrow down... I'd have to say Dr. Dre & Prince. These are people I always idolized and who have been at the top of the game for decades (and still are). Getting the opportunity to be around them both in my career has been an amazing experience.


What’s the one song you love playing in your set right now?

Just one again?!?! I can't get this Zhu song "Faded" out of my head right now.




Who is your favorite up-and-coming artist right now?

Spooky Black because he's from St. Paul, and a total trip (and dope).


What’s the one food you always include in your rider?

Raw coconut water and a bunch of weird healthy stuff. Oh, and peanut butter.


Where do you see electronic music going in the next five years?

I see it getting both more mainstream and underground. I think there will be more distinct scenes and it will become more infused with pop music on one side, and a whole other underground side will really distance itself and emerge from this. It's going to be great on both sides.


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