Being a deejay for a famous rapper, definitely has its perks. We talk to Drew Beezy about how he rocks the house all over the world, one concert at a time.
If you have contemplated how you could travel the world, doing a job you love, while partying like a rockstar, then perhaps you should consider becoming a deejay to a famous rapper. Thats precisely what deejay Drew Beezy does. A San Franciscan at heart with a love for hip hop music and talent on the turntables, Drew has become the deejay to one of the West Coast’s most promising hip hop superstars-Dom Kennedy. As Dom Kennedy’s onstage deejay, Drew is constantly on the road and in the air from the United States to countries some people have never heard of.
We caught up with him to discuss music, his career and the world.
How did you become a deejay?
Ever since I was in elementary school, I have always been in to hip hop. I would always break dance and stuff like that [laugh] I knew I couldn’t rap, so deejaying was the next alternative. But being in the Bay area, you had a lot of deejays who were Asian.
What do you want people to understand about your music and your career as a deejay?
It represents hope. You can always work toward something and something can happen. Life can always be better. Right now, I’m living my dream, I don’t have a day job, I’m traveling the world and I’m getting paid to do it.
What makes you so ‘California’?
I eat mexican food at least four times a week!
How is it playing in different countries? Do you change your style?
You have to play s*** that is really known in some places. It depends on the place. Some countries dig more pop music, others like to hear underground hip hop. In Djibouti, for example, they definitely know the popular stuff like Rihanna and Drake.
So you travel allover the world, where is your dream place to deejay?
Honestly, everywhere. I mean, I come from Cali. Just to be able to deejay in places like Paris and Thailand, that’d be dope.
What’s your favorite city in the United States?
Chicago, New York and San Francisco, because I’m from there and know how to rock a party out there!
If someone is visiting San Fran, what should they see and do?
You definitely have to check out Golden Gate Park on a Saturday, you see hippies, everything, all kinds of people. Definitely gotta hit up Haight and Ashbury, because of its hippie history in the 60′s and 70′s and the boutique shopping. It defines San Francisco in a way. Papalotes, its a really good Mexican spot. To go out, you want to check out this spot called Eve lounge. It’s hip hop and soul with a really dope crowd. Or look for DJ Sake 1, he is kind of like an old school deejay, he definitely kills it out in San Fran.
Would you rather bungee jump in India or do mushrooms in Amsterdam
Bungee jump in India!
You traveled abroad before you became a professional deejay, what inspired you to be ‘Nomadik’?
For me, it was just getting out. I had so many friends who just did the same s*** and just got into trouble. Everybody has those types of friends. I always felt like I never wanted to be held down to one spot. The world is big, you know? After my first trip to Asia, it really opened my eyes. Djibouti, too. There is so much more to the world. Especially for Americans. We are so damn spoiled. It makes you appreciative. We have so much here.