DJ Rich Medina is best known for his Afro-beat, Funk/Soul & Classic Hip Hop sets that earned him a spot on the first Season of BET’s Masters of the Mix reality show DJ competition. Rich did not win 1st place, but he did win tons of new fans and fellow DJ’s respect and admiration, as he brought integrity, personality and self expression to the show, much the way a truly gifted DJ transfers his or her spiritual vibe Â onto the dance floor. Before “Masters of the Mix” Rich had a 10+ year monthly party called Jump N Funk and City hopped between New York and Philly weekly, for his numerous DJ gigs. Also a wordsmith and producer, Rich has been making music as a musician and spoken word artist for years as well, but DJing is his bread and butter, how he pays the rent, as he puts it.
Although he does use a Laptop (controlled by vinyl on turntables, not by itself), Rich still loves vinyl and for years hauled crates of records to his parties. Starting at a young age, he has built up a huge record collection. The interview is at his place, so besides finding out just how many and what his first record was, you can see him in his creative environment, surrounded by recording and DJing equiopment and tens of thousands of records.
I have been a fan of Rich Medina for years and he tremendously expanded my knowledge of Fela Kuti and afro beat in general. To hear him play, you would learn a lot, and in this interview he gives some specific tips for those about to embark on a musical journey behind the wheels. Rewind selectah …
Crate Diggers is a Vlog on Fuse.tv that interviews “people with extraordinary vinyl record collections” – DJ’s, producers and other lovers of authentic vinyl.
UPDATE: For more on Rich Medina, read this interview on WashingtonInformer