(DJ) QUIK (April 2007) | Interview By:
Dubcnn only last month had the
honour of becoming the first outlet to interview Quik & AMG since the
formation of their new collective name; The Fixxers. On March 24th, 2007, the
two of them perfomed live at the Rimac Arena in San Diego, California and
dubcnn was on hand to sit down to breifly speak with Quik. We get the details
behind the dropped of "DJ" from his title, discuss his recent work with Xzibit,
find out if the Detox call from Dr. Dre has yet occured and also get the
lowdown on the new deal with Interscope. AMG appears for a moment to hype
"Midnight Life" as Quik tells us what they are working on currently for the
new album and much more in this world exclusive.
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Interview was done March 24th, 2007
at the Rimac Arena in San Diego, California.
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Dubcnn: So, youíve got the new
group The Fixxers, but, [first,] whyíd you drop the DJ from your name?
Quik: ĎCause, see that shit the dude was doing? That Bone Thugs-N-Harmony DJ
was doing? All that? *makes scratching noise* I stopped doing that,
unfortunately, because I didnít really believe in it like that. I stopped
like, I stopped practicing too early. You know, when I went to rapping, I had
to make a choice, to either be the MC or the DJ, but I kept the DJ because I
still did the beats and I still scratched on my records, but live I had to be
So, Iíve always been on tour, that shitís always been like, you know, hot
wire, black wire for me, and itís hard to do them both. You canít be the DJ
and be the MC because youíve gotta be out there, rockiní the people, and
youíve gotta go back there and grind the turntables, soÖ And plus, Iím watchiní
the new DJs like on, just some other cool shit like, I watched this dude named
DJ Melody, and a lot of local DJs in LA, Julio G discovered back [him] in, 93,
maybe 94 or whatever, and he introduced crab scratching. And it was just
something that was unique to us, and I never figured it out, I couldnít get
it. Iím used to blurr scratching, like *makes scratching noise*, where you
scoop the record up and bend it, and just, we did that muthafucka just working
the fader. But to see these dudes crab scratching, where they switched it up.
The hand on the record was doing less movement, but the fader hand was doing
everything, it was just like, that crossed my signals. So, I dropped the DJ
because, you know, I donít do all the new scratching, I leave that to the
young, new hot DJs thatís doing it.
Dubcnn: Thereís a recent song you produced for Xzibit, ďRam Part Division.Ē
That was an awesome song.
Quik: Yíall like it!
Quik: You know whatís crazy? You know who co-produced it, believe it or not?
The Bomb Squad, Keith Shocklee and them, you know, the Public Enemy producers.
We did that in New York, I rode to New York with X, we flew out there, and we
got out there and we started having a good time, he booked some of the
Itís so ironic, Kanye West just so happened to be in the studio working with
Patti LaBelle on some shit, and we were in the other studio, so we were
listening to each otherís vibes. So, Iím going, damn, Iím sitting up there
like trying to come up with a beat, and I wasnít feelin it at first. I was
like, damn, weíre hearing Kanye with the bass and shit, and X is like ďCome on
Quik, just relax man. I know you gonna do it, *makes smoking noise and
gesture* just relax, just get into it,Ē and I was like, ďX, man, goddamn man,Ē
you know what Iím sayin? So, I started hearing the melody, in the room you
know, New York is its own environment for music, and creativity is wicked out
there, itís dope. Like itís a lot, like, anything sparks inspiration out
So I started hearing the melody *sings the melody*, and I start humming it
like, *sings the melody* just to see if I can get a head nod and shit. And I
got one guyís head nodding, itís like, and thatís all it took, so I started
playing it on the synthesizer <sings the melody>, so it just came from there,
it came from a simple idea. So I put the drums together, we did some weird
drums Iíve never heard before, this crazy snap clap combination. X was liking
it, X was grooviní, you know what Iím sayin? So, X started writing to it, I
started finishing the music, I start writing a bridge and shit, different
little chords and shit, and Keith Shocklee was like ďYeah son! Thatís it son!
Keep goin!Ē You know, I write it, we finished it, we put it on tape, and X
was, you know the trip part about it was, it rocked the whole room! We were
all sitting there going, ďThis is crazy!Ē We went outside to listen to it,
just to see what the bass was doing, and the bass itself was vibrating
everything in the lobby, you would see tracks and shit moving, and fixtures.
And I said, ďX, I think this is an OK record,Ē and he was like ď I like it.Ē
So, I would have literally did it for free for X, I would never charge X
because of where we come from, I worked with him over at Aftermath, with Dre,
and it was just fun that he can do that, he wanted to do a crazy verse with
it, so it was like a live, chopped and screwed type of thing, it just retarded
his voice, and it was on the H-3500, and he rapped while he heard himself
being screwed like that. So for him to be Xzibit, to hear his voice coming out
like retarded on the tape, it was just a dope image, it was like we just mixed
reality with fiction.
Dubcnn: So he was rapping normally, and it was changed?
Quik: Yeah, he did that the whole time.
Dubcnn: Oh, wow, I thought he just changed his voice, because Iíve heard
him sound different a couple other times.
Quik: Nah, he was rapping through a program.
Dubcnn: Yeah, it turned out awesome.
Quik: Thank you.
Dubcnn: You mentioned working with Dre, Aftermath, all that, are you doing
anything with ďDetox,Ē have you talked to him about that at all?
Quik: He hasnít called yet, and I donít wanna bug him, but, my position is
always been whatever the Good Doctor needs from me, Iím there. Itís that
Dubcnn: Are you always in the studio in between albums, or if you arenít in
the studio for a while, does it take you awhile to get your rhythm back?
Quik: Yeah, itís just like anything that you have to do to maintain, keeping
your chops up, like practicing anything, like basketball players have to stay
in shape. Baseball, soccer players, they have to keep running to stay loose.
When you stay out of the studio for an extended amount of time, you get a
little rusty, we ainít ashamed to admit that you will get rusty.
So, the cool thing about it is, if you stay in the studio long enough, and you
get your rhythm back, and youíve got people grooviní, then you can build hot
records from that momentum. Itís momentum, youíve got to build the momentum
back up. And I love it, like right now, weíre getting the momentum up right
now, and itís just sick right now. Itís so sick in the studio. And weíre doing
new shit weíve never heard before, like we grew up on all the shit, and it
would be retarded for us to just go back and be redundant, and do stuff that
weíve done already. This album right here is a sick fuckin record.
*AMG drops in*
AMG: AMG, The Fixxers, yeah baby! Play it, download it, buy it, ďMidnight
Life!Ē Pimp, pimp, pimp!
Quik: Heís part of the reason we got signed to Interscope!
Dubcnn: So are you guys on that for the whole album, or just the single?
Quik: Tell Ďem G, are we on there for the whole album or the single?
Dubcnn: Album? Fuck yeah!
Quik: Isnít that crazy? On Interscope!
Dubcnn: As far as ďThe Midnight Life,Ē the new album, whatís the sound
gonna be like on it?
Quik: You know what it is? Itís not electronica, itís not techno, itís not
drum and bass, itís not jungle, itís not gangsta rap, itís not R&B, hip hop,
itís not jazz, itís not East Coast, itís not West Coast. What it is, is weíre
buying a bunch of new equipment, like a bunch of new sounds, a bunch of new
stuff. Like, weíre using German technology, all the Native Instruments shit,
you know, a bunch of plug-ins now, all the Arturia shit, Logic 7, Pro Tools
HD, you know hard disk recorders, dope fuckiní 24 bit, 192K sampling ADDs and
So weíre just building a strictly new sound, itís gonna be bigger than analog.
Itís a digital record, but itís gonna sound, now that the technology has
caught up to where we were back like 10 years ago, itís gonna be a real
advanced sound. You know, itís crazy clean, itís warm, itís minimalist
production, but itís broad, itís band, and itís wide.
Dubcnn: So itís exactly what you would want?
Quik: Yeah. Itís so crazy. Like, it freaks children out! You should hear the
shit, itís like candy, itís like hyper, they get hyper off of it, and you
canít beat that.
Dubcnn: That sounds fuckiní ridiculous dude.
Quik: Ahh, itís fun. Watch when you hear this shit. Weíre working on the
second single right now, we had to stop to come do the show, but, weíre
writing the song right now, like, itís on the desk, so, when we leave here,
and go back to it, weíve gonna go finish it.
Quik: Yeah, weíre going back tonight.
Dubcnn: Whatís the name of that song?
Quik: The song is called ďDough,Ē itís like a stripper record. Itís a record
for the pole! Like, anybody can bounce to it. When you hear it, the bass is...
First of all, itís gonna cost us probably about $600 in speakers just to mix
the record, because weíre gonna blow the shit out. *Makes rapid hand motions
to describe the bass* Itís just like this, itís all it does, it wonít let you
go, itíll move your pants, itís the low end theory at its finest. Shout outs
to fuckin Tribe Called Quest.
Dubcnn: Oh my god.
Quik: Itís sick. Iíve havenít been this happy about anything in a long time, I
mean, I had dismal independent fuckiní fiascos, debacles, you know.
Dubcnn: Like Bungalo Records?
Quik: Oh, poor Bungalo. Like, wow, why would they be that, why would they be a
wolf in sheepís clothing? I mean, they could have been a serious, stand out
label, but they went for the small money instead of the big money. They all
just snatch and grab. They give the industry a bad name. They make it bad for
some people. Like I canít believe that K-Ci Hailey put an album out on that
label, and theyíre the same people that put out a record on that guy Corey,
the American Idol who supposedly had sex with Paula Abdul, they put out a
record on him.
Dubcnn: They did? Yeah I saw the K-Ci album.
Quik: Yeah, I couldnít believe it.
Dubcnn: Wow. Alright, thereís a lot of unreleased tracks that weíve heard
on the Internet and all that, like from back in the day or whatever, have you
ever thought of putting that up online like on Myspace, you could put it up on
your Myspace and sell them, or something like that, because everyone really
wants to hear that kind of stuff.
Quik: If theyíre unreleased, it means that they werenít good enough for
primetime back then, and it probably wonít be now. Like, when people raid the
vaults and get records out, they still need to use discretion because those
records might not be commercially viable. You know, you still wanna entertain
your crowd. I donít wanna play demos for my audience, they expect more than
that. For me at least.
Dubcnn: Weíve heard of this track called ďSwallow MeĒ and we heard it on
ďOne On One,Ē on the intro, remember that?
Quik: Oh, *starts singing it* Yíall heard that?
Dubcnn: Yeah, weíve heard the instrumental, but we never heard the actual
Quik: Yeah, I buried it!
Dubcnn: So was it just not that good?
Quik: *Laughs* No, it wasnít that it wasnít that good, the music was trippy.
Dubcnn: Yeah, I love that instrumental. Itís awesome.
Quik: Thank you. The lyrics were just too misogynistic, and, whenever I get a
wrinkle from a girlís face like *raises eyebrow*, if I see this shit, itís not
sexy. But if this goes up ,*smiles*, and this doesnít move *points to
eyebrow*, then itís a good record. I read facial expressions. That was one
that the girls didnít really dig, but they liked ďOne On One.Ē Both of those
records were the same, like ďOne on OneĒ and ďStroke Me,Ē whatever it was
called, they were one record, it was a seven minute thing. And I just went
ahead and cut it in half.
Dubcnn: Oh so thatís why we hear it at the beginning?
Quik: Yeah, thatís why you hear it fading in at the beginning.
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