1. Roy, How long have you been a DJ, and what are your roots?
I have been a DJ since 1995, my roots come from break dancing because in the 80´s and 90´s, I was an active dancer. I bought the coolest Black music records I could get my hands on, 2 Technics turntables and a mixer to make my own music for the shows I was always doing at the time.
2. You have been associated with many international musicians, who was your favorite to work with?
Oh, good question, that was in fact many! I really can’t single one out as a favorite, there were so many different styles and personalities and most of them were and are still very good.
3. How do you see the progression of Hip Hop since you started?
I have been being asked this a lot lately. Hip Hop has become very commercial, it is a culture and cultures always evolve, Hip Hop is no different. many people do not really spend time to get to know what real Hip Hop is, most do not even know what it actually is! I see it with a smile and a frown, but this new “Pop Black Music” ala David Guetta has nothing at all to do with Hip Hop or Black Music. I have been living Hip Hop since 1984, I don’t know what that is, but it is not what I call Hip Hop.
4. If you had to choose music to do a legendary set of Hip Hop fanatics, what would be your favorite decade to choose music from? 80´s, 90´s, 00´s or 2010 +?
80s and 90s – no contest!
5. Who were your main influences coming up?
I love Music, it could be Rap, R&B, Ragga, House, Rock, Classical, Pop, whatever. Yeah, I make my money with Black Music, but I listen to everything as long as it is made well, and I try to let some of that flow into my sets, but, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Sugarhill Gang, KRS-One have always fascinated me, and have moulded me. Flash is still a big WOW for me!
6. What was your reaction when Ripstyle offered you the chance to create your own Signature shoe?
Huge, as we say in German, “it was a Hammer” What DJs can claim to have their own Signature shoe? T-shirts, Stickers, Caps, Mixtapes, was stuff that every DJ had at one point or another, but a Signature shoe!?!? I almost fell out when I heard, the best thing though is that I am still able to give out T- shirts, Caps, and loads of promo stuff when I am in the club to my fans.
7. What can we look forward to in the “Ripstyle Party Series“?
Alongside the newest footwear trends in the Ripstyle Collection, there is a full program just waiting for the club people. Shows, Raffles, Giveaways, and Contests are a mainstay. MC Young 6ixx, a Rapper from Inglewood, California has the Rap Show locked down. A musical mix containing Hip Hop, R&B, Dancehall and House can be expected from DJ MX and myself. In addition, the heads over at Ripstyle Brand are preparing a portfolio to bring over some stateside talent they support, here to Europe – for example Uprite Lions, Khari Pharoah Santiago, Tommy P, and even Ria Eaton, so we all have something special to look forward to.
8. What can we expect from Dj Roy Lefreak in the future?
Right now I am concentrating on Ripstyle Brand and DJing right now. I also should be working on my “25 years in Business Clubtour” that should have started at the beginning of 2011…but then, uh…Ripstyle came to be….haha, Just Kidding! It is really one of the best things that ever happened to me in my life. My projects with PPC soundsystem, and my new mixtape have to be out by summer, my clubfreaks are already waiting for it, as you can tell, a lot going on…but I LOVE IT!
9. Can you give us your website? or Myspace page?
Of course, for sure…mental note, my new webpage has to get done as well haha….
10. Anyone you would like to shout out?
Yeah, the whole world! well, I normally dont like this part, you know “make sure you dont forget anyone!” but ok, off the top of my head – My One and Only Lady Rita, my family, my real friends, the PPC Crew, the 100 Friends Crew, Franky and the Heftig Crew, All my Lovers and Haters, Ripstyle Brand, and sorry if I forgot anyone, but if I continue the list would be longer than the interview! Peace, Roy Le Freak