dj sunjunkieEarlier last week Hood Critic caught up with Grammy nominated platinum producer and International DJ, DJ Sun Junkie for a quick interview. Here’s what he had to say.

HCM. When did you start making music and taking it serious?
Sun Junkie. I started making music and DJing at the early age of 12 in my Grandmother’s basement scratching on James Brown records and playing around with keyboards and samplers. I come from a background of musicians and i was influenced by my father who played the trombone and my uncles who played keyboard, guitar and drums in a band.  I think my first touch of the drums in church around 6 years old may have been what started me to love music and influenced me more to create.

HCM. Would you prefer to be independent or signed to a major?
Sun Junkie. Being independent allows you to control your own destiny and if you lose or win it’s on you but if you win, you get the praise and the gratification. But on the other side a major deal enables you to reach the masses and for the world to feel you. The only thing is that you may sacrifice your creative control, your publishing , or worst your sanity.

HCM. How do you feel about pirating?
Sun Junkie. Pirating has gotten out of control but in this digital world it’s become inevitable and almost a necessary evil. What you have to do is use piracy as a tool in respect to getting the music out there and consider it free promotion. At the end of the day music should be shared by everyone. That should be the point of making it. We all need money to survive but being blessed to make the music is what counts and if you are just out to hustle the game and your main goal is money, you won’t last.

HCM. Have you won any awards?
Sun Junkie. I produced material that was nominated for a Grammy and I produced on an album that won a Grammy but personally or individually I haven’t won any awards but just being a part of a Grammy project is an award within itself.

HCM. What are you currently working on and how can the people find you?
Sun Junkie. We recently finished up my “Dance, Love, Live” album that features Cece Peniston, Montell Jordan, Daiyon, Malone, M Status, Cosmos Black, Miss Dade and others. I produced majority of the album and i have some incredible writers, artist and producers I worked with to complete the project.

I can be found on  www.djsunjunkie.com
Facebook:djsunjunkie
Twitter @djsunjunkie
YouTube: djsunjunkie

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