What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is DJ Dee Geezy. Geezy grew up in Queens, NY and attributes his DJ style to early pioneers such as RZA and Grand Master Flash. Geezy has a size-able musical pallet and a skill for producing and Dj'ing. But enough from us, we recently linked up with Geezy to discuss his life and musical roots. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up Geezy? Welcome to the Westleaf! When did you start making music?
Dee Geezy: I go back to 1979 Jamaica Queens NYC Dj'ing and being immersed in the culture, But I just started producing and DJ'ing professionally since 2017.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope. The NYC music scene is where it's at. What city do you represent?
Dee Geezy: I Rep the 517 The Mitten Lansing Michigan! But I grew up in Queens NY.
Westleaf Staff: Michigan stand up! So how did you create your stage name?
Dee Geezy: It's an evolution of my initials as a nickname my boy James McGee kept up as a greeting.
Westleaf Staff: Ha! Friends give us the best names! So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Dee Geezy: Mom and Pop's albums were my beginning, and when hip-hop began I had a lot of what was being used as breakbeats so it was an almost natural progression as we learned what it was going to be.
Westleaf Staff: Who is your biggest Musical influence?
Dee Geezy: Have so many, but Old School Grand Master flash, present Hip-Hop wise RZA and musically Probably Quincy Jones.
Westleaf Staff: That's cool. Music definitely runs deep in your veins. So what's been the defining moment in your career thus far?
Dee Geezy: Had a label deal back in 2019 with Bentley Records. That was an eye opener to recognition and the back end of things.
Westleaf Staff: True. There's a lot going on behind the scenes. What makes you a unique artist?
Dee Geezy: I'm unique because I really have a pallet of music influences that I constantly try to mold into some synthesis of hip hop, but I have rock influences that creep in as well.
Westleaf Staff: What does art mean to you?
Dee Geezy: Expression of thoughts and creating visions by way of visceral emotions through media of choice.
Westleaf Staff: Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Dee Geezy: I really want to produce and do DJ sets.
Westleaf Staff: Describe music in three words.
Dee Geezy: Emotions in Key.
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