Class is Now in Session w/ DJ Skeme Richards (interview)

Interview by: Mamba

Ladies and Gents I have had the honor and pleasure to interview a seasoned vet of the Hip-Hop culture, and he goes by the name of DJ Skeme Richards. If you’ve never heard of DJ Skeme Richards than shame on you because this man grew up and rocked with some legends such as: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Cash Money and King Britt. Skeme was born and raised in Philadelphia, and currently still resides there when he’s not traveling’ the world  rocking b-boy jams and parties. This Soul Brother # 1 really and truly knows his shit about the hip-hop culture, and will smack a sucka’ in the face for not stepping correct with his or her knowledge about the culture.  Skeme has also worked with MF Doom, Bahamadia and currently just collaborated with Rock Star Games for the release of the soundtrack for the game Red Dead Redemption.  During his travels he’s been hired to spin for various corporate events such as the Absolut Vodka 100 campaign, Adidas / Rockport Torsion Launch, Puma YO! MTV Raps line and Puma’s signature furniture line – Wanderers,  MAC Cosmetics Aids Event, Afro Samurai (RZA, Samuel Jackson) Screening Party and Sony Playstations UK Champs event just to name a few…. So as you can see thus far, Skeme is “Official”. Period. I’m just obliged that we here at Boy-Cott had the chance to interview this nostalgic brother.

Enjoy the Science Fam:::::

Boy-Cott – How’s life been treating you?
Skeme – I can’t complain things are good, travels have been plenty, music is keeping me young and people have been showing me a lot of support for projects that I’ve been working on and gigs that I’ve been DJing at.

Boy-Cott – For the people out there who don’t know about Section 31, can you fill them in on the origin of the crew?
Skeme – Section 31 started out as a DJ / production / MC duo with my partner Fredy Blast and myself.  We’ve done work with MF Doom, Bahamadia, Steph Pockets and a bunch of other musical endeavors. Then as I started really moving about on the b-boy scene I added a few people that wanted to rep the movement.  We’ve got crew in Korea, Norway, and of course in the states. Now it’s more of a creative and artistic movement more so than just a crew.

Boy-Cott – You’re notorious for spinning at b-boy jams, but you’re also a party rocking DJ! How’s The Hot Peas & Butta’ and The Go Off series been for you?
Skeme – I’ve been blessed to rock parties all around the world, but I especially love doing HP&B and The Go Off!  They both started out as Philly /New York parties and we’ve traveled them in the states, Europe, and Japan with great success.  Hot Peas and Butta’ is a party that I really look forward to doing because we always bring in really great 45 DJ’s to rock with myself, Supreme La Rock (Seattle) and DJ Amir (of Kon & Amir).  We show all this crazy rare footage during the parties that really set the tone for the night.

Boy-Cott – Why do you spin raw funk 45’s instead of traditional breaks?
Skeme – For several reasons: first there’s so much instrumentation and vocals that are going on in 45’s.  B-boys are actually dancing and understanding music more now then they did before. So to become a more well rounded b-boy with soul, your listening to the song as a whole helps you get funky with it. The original breaks that DJ’s were spinning back in the days were disco, rock, funk or whatever records and they played them at the correct tempos, now DJ’s play these drum breaks super fast and it makes b-boys look like they’re off to the races instead of them actually grooving to it.  Hearing these fast drum breaks for an entire event starts to sound like techno and the dancers are just moving fast and not really listening to it.  I’ve been DJing since 1981 so I started out spinning traditional breaks but the ante has been up’d and things are at a higher level now.  That’s one of the main reasons that Crazy Legs put me down as a member of Rock Steady Crew, because I brought something fresh to the table.

Boy-Cott – You recently released a Hot Peas and Butta’ album and only printed 500 copies. Do you plan to re-print more copies, or are you going to keep it rare?
Skeme – We’re keeping it limited to 500 just as an artists would keep his prints to a limited number. Like a lot of other people, I myself come from a collectors back ground of comic books, records, and other stuff so when you get your hands on something it makes you feel good.  I’ve received a ton of emails asking for prints of the cover artwork alone done by Elroy Jenkins so we want to give people something collectible and not disposable.  That’s how we are with everything from the t-shirts to the posters and even the upcoming Hot Peas and Butta’ all 45 mix cd which is a Japan exclusive.