Live & Local with DJ B3
DJ B3 might be one of the most eclectic DJs in Macon right now, exploring different music genres from Afro Funk, Lebanese music, and of course classic club boogies. He has a true fervor for sharing new tunes with his audience and challenging the norms in the DJ scene. B3 told me about his DJ style, his participation in a new venue opening in Macon, and why it’s essential for DJs to keep expanding their music horizons.
Are you self taught?
My brother actually gave me everything. He used to DJ with his friends back in the early 2000s. He used to always be going up to Atlanta every weekend to these crazy parties. He would come back with these flyers with all these DJs. I was like this is a realm that I don’t know anything about. He took me to my first show in Atlanta and it was life changing. I’d never been exposed to that. He gave me this program and I used to just play around on it. It was fun to mix “Blinded by the Light” with Missy Elliott. Like some crazy mash-ups. I started pushing myself to become more known downtown in like 2011, 2012. . . I just loved DJing really. That’s a true and honest passion that no one tells you to pursue in life.
What do you think is the most satisfying part about being a DJ?
Exposing people to new stuff, like what they call breaking records. That’s so fun to me because this is a song that I have and no one else has or no one’s yet to hear. I’m able to expose people to it.
Who do you have a lot of respect for as a DJ?
All the DJs before for me in the scene of Macon. Roger Riddle specifically because I looked up to him when I first started DJing. He was on a whole other level of DJing. I used to listen to his online mixes. He would release these 40 minute to an hour mixes of just jazz music. His knowledge of music is incredible. I know there’s no place in Georgia that you would be able to walk in and see a DJ DJing jazz. There are other DJs that live in Macon too that are world-renowned globetrotters. Shawty Slim, Bruce Wonder, Ric Flare. And they do their own facets in the scene. It’s cool to see them host a party and include other DJs from other sides to come and participate.
Do you think you have a certain style that sets you apart from other DJ’s?
My style is that I’ll do everything. I will research a genre and come back to you five hours, eight hours later and I’ll produce a mix of a style of music that I had no knowledge of before. And that’s a certain skill I think I have that’s really good. I made an Afro Funk mix. I knew nothing about African music and I studied it for like a week because a friend of mine who’s Nigerian asked me if I could DJ her birthday party.
What’s one track that never gets old no matter how many times you hear?
It’s so hard to pick just one. I’m gonna say “Square Biz” by Teena Marie. That instrumental in that song just slaps. Michael Jackson’s “Pretty Young Thing.” Across the board everybody loves that song.
What do you think is a mistake DJs make and what advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
Not incorporating everybody in the scene. A lot of DJs don’t explore. The good ones do because you have to. I think being oblivious to what the needs are of people when you go out is a mistake. You have some DJs that will play stuff that’s old. It’s what I call filler music, when there’s so much new music you could be pushing out.
What projects are you currently working on?
There’s an EDM (electronic dance music) venue coming to Macon. It’s going to be EDM focused, but we’re going to play everything. I think that’s what Macon needs. It will be at Grant’s Loft. I’m doing the sound and the visuals. We’re going to run it for six months and if it works we’re going to keep it. But it’s not just me. There are many people involved. Right now the scene doesn’t have a place where everybody can come and enjoy themselves. The scene needs to be more cohesive.