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BlackMen Digital Interview: DJ Mark The Spot, Born Into It


Wednesday 29th, October 2014

 

 

DJ Mark The Spot
Born Into It

By: Martin A. Berrios 

 

As in any profession most people have to learn their way through things and a few are just born into it. With DJing playing such an integral part of his family history, you could say that it has always been in Mark The Spot’s DNA. The Bronx native has played in every corner of the world and still looks at every set as his first. Mark shares how his Jamaican roots influenced his style and what the new guys should be doing to get on his level.

 

BM: Where are you originally from and how did you get into DJing?
DJMTS: I am originally from New York in The Bronx, but I was born in Jamaica. The DJ ran through my family. My uncles were Jamaican DJs, so I watched them bring these big speakers outside and do these big block parties. Seeing that inspired me, so I just took it from there, but I went the Hip-Hop route.

 

BM: When did you know this was going to be your life?
DJMTS: Well, Hip-Hop was way different than it is now, so people reacted to the music more then. When you heard a Nas or a Biggie record it was an entirely different response, and I fell in love with that.

 

BM: How do you approach crafting your sets?
DJMTS: My style is different from a lot of people, and I learned from the best, which are Kid Capri, DJ S&S and DJ Craig G. So, I like to put on a show. I like to make the crowd feel that when they leave a Mark The Spot party they had a great time. I like to check out the scenery before I do anything because I don’t ever want to play music that a crowd isn’t going to like. 
You have to know your crowd when you go to certain places. it's like going to New York and playing two hours of old school West Coast music. I travel so much, so I learned doing my research is important. So I'll ask my DJ friends that are from the city I am going to and ask, "Who's the hot artist?"

 

BM: Having so many years of experience with spinning at parties, do you think the V.I.P. and bottle service requirements have ruined the nightclub culture?
DJMTS: Big time. Back then, when we partied it wasn’t about who was hosting or throwing the party. The first thing we used to ask about a party was, “Who is the DJ?” Back then, if you had a good DJ you had a good party. People weren’t coming in to pop bottles or to come see a celebrity. Back then, people came to the party to enjoy themselves. I’m not saying they don’t do that now, but they don’t do it enough like they used to. It wasn’t about spending 10,000 dollars to get a section at a club. In certain places like Las Vegas that’s the standard, so you got to know what kind of city you are in—same thing for Hollywood.

 

BM: What’s next for you?
DJMTS: Well, shout out to my Monster Products family—I’m sponsored by them. Also, shout out to DJ Enuff, I just got the call today. I’m officially the newest Heavy Hitter DJ. I’m happy to be part of the family. Hopefully, I can help take this brand to another level.

 

BM: Advice you can offer to all the up and comers?
DJMTS: Shouts out to all the newer DJs. Back then, we had to really work hard: carrying crates, buying records, researching and finding records. Now, they don’t have to do what we have to do. Now, with laptops I can send you a song and you could play it that night. Back then, you weren’t getting new records right away. So, all those new guys need to cherish what they have. If you have questions, don’t ever be afraid to ask another DJ that’s more experienced than you. The new guys have it a little bit easier, so I would take advantage of it.