Category Archives: Interview

Interview with Jim Tremayne of DJ Times

Give a Beat is an LA-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of America’s mass incarceration problem via the electronic music community. I freelance for them, interviewing artists and activists they work with, producing audio pieces for Give a Beat’s blog space.

As snail mail grows more antiquated with each iPhone update, receiving a physical letter bestows a sort of importance upon its contents. Jim Tremayne, editor of DJ Times Magazine, responds to the publication’s fan mail, and looks forward to receiving a particular type of snail mail, prison letters. Over the years, Tremayne has established conversations with many inmates who’ve reached out, always happy to lend a helping hand, especially on his favorite subject, music.

For Tremayne, Give a Beat presents a unique opportunity to help connect others to the cause, the same way a few letters connected him to new relationships.

Dancefloor Thunderstorm: the beginnings of rave culture

(An interview I did for LA-based non-profit, Give a Beat)

Dancefloor Thunderstorm: Land of the Free, Home of the Rave captures the soul and self-sufficiency at the dawn of the rave. Through colorful, candid photography, music and celebrity photojournalist Michael Tullberg illustrates the story of the SoCal rave scene, the story history never recorded. A veteran of rave culture, Tullberg made a name for himself among ravers and artists alike, thereby establishing his own expertise on the underground.

Tullberg’s work graced the pages of Rolling Stone and Time, and found its way to the studios of Oprah and Ellen. This latest project encompasses what he loves best, conveying the “energy” (as he consistently refers to it) of the dancefloor to people unfamiliar with the scene. By the late nineties, that energy had developed into a perfect tempest of sounds and scenes, and we see it here through the very eye of the storm.

Beats from behind bars: an interview with activist Fury Young

Give a Beat is an LA-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of America’s mass incarceration problem via the electronic music community. I often freelance for them, interviewing artists and activists they work with, producing audio pieces for Give a Beat’s blog space.

Artists record most songs within studio spaces; Fury Young records his material within cell walls. Collaborating with former and current incarcerated black Americans across the country, Young plans to release their recordings as an album, one which takes a long hard look at the racial disparities within our prison systems. Titled “Die Jim Crow,” the project includes the stories and struggles of dozens of incarcerated men and women through a variety of genres ranging from hip-hop to heavy metal.

Interview With Rocky Dawuni for Give a Beat

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Give a Beat is an LA-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of America’s mass incarceration problem via the electronic music community. I often freelance for them, interviewing artists and activists they work with, producing audio pieces for Give a Beat’s blog space.

This interview happened to be with musician and activist, Rocky Dawuni. I sat down with Dawuni at his home in the Palisades, and learned how one balances the line of artistry and activism.