ItsTheReal interviews DJ Semtex in London
(Live Podcast Recording)
We made our first international performance one for the ages: our interview with DJ Semtex in front of a sold-out room at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in London, England.
For the first time, Semtex - world-renowned DJ, radio personality, and author - speaks in depth on his self-made journey from working-class Manchester to mastering his craft in London and traveling the globe. Semtex discusses how he got into hip-hop, how he became the most in-demand DJ in London, and the doors that his obsession with vinyl records opened up around the world. We talked about how he went from running street teams for Sony Music to establishing Def Jam UK to championing artists like Kanye, Lauryn Hill, DJ Khaled and Dizzee Rascal early, and what that meant to both his career and theirs. All that, plus meeting Jay-Z and Dame Dash at Roc-A-Fella's first office, the backstory to his huge Drake interviews, working with Destiny's Child, attending and videotaping a tiny Kanye after-party/cipher, becoming a trusted interviewer, his thoughts on radio, DJs, and downloading sites, the super-real reason he got rid of his entire vinyl collection, and much, much, much more! Press play below!