King of Clubs
I think we were digging at a time, although it seemed like a late start to me, the rest of the world wasn't doing it like they are now and there was no internet or eBay, so we would find stuff that isn't turnin..
|Mr. Supreme: King of Clubs by
|From Pornstar Conventions
to B-Boy Battles, turning it out regardless...
Sharpshooters were born back in 1993 on the streets of Seattle, Washington
when DJ Sureshot and Mr. Supreme met simply through their reputations
of having insane record collections. Two producers with a vast knowledge
of Funk, Breaks & Beats, Hip-hop and Reggae soon joined forces to
create a unique sound all their own, a combination of the Hip-hop and
Jazz worlds which fused dusty breaks with live horns, guitar, and bass.
This sound culminated on their debut release Choked
Up and in 2003 they returned to the lab for the underrated Twice
as Nice LP before going their separate ways. Recently Ground Lift
got a chance to catch up with 'Preme and 'Shot and what follows is Part
2 in our Sharpshooters interview series.
Next up is Mr. Supreme who recently released a limited 12inch of Disco
edits that he personally spins during his sets. DJ Verb raps with the
god keeping your chick in check, copping sealed multiples of Mulatu
for $10, and the state of Seattle Hip-Hop.
You and Sureshot both have heavy reps on
the digging side. How long have you been in the crate game?
I started buying breaks in the mid 80s, but didn't
get serious until the mid 90s.
What got you into it?
I was a B-boy and I would buy records to dance to like "Apache,"
Jimmy Castor, Baby Huey, etc
Do you remember your first record?
My very first record I ever bought was Kiss' The
Originals three-album set back when I was a very little kid. I
believe that was my first allowance as well. I saved up for a whole month
to buy that record. However, my very first breaks were Jimmy Castor Bunch
and Bob James' "Mardi Gras."
How'd you meet Sureshot?
I heard he was a DJ around town with a good reggae
collection and I saw him one day in a shoe store, so I went in, introduced
myself, and asked him if he had a record I had been looking for.
It seemed like you two are big Hip-Hop heads. What led you to go in the
instrumental, jazz-influenced direction with Choked
I am a Hip-Hop head, true school to the
heart, all day everyday. When we hooked up, that pretty much was Hip-Hop
at that time period. Everyone was sampling jazz records. From Tribe Called
Quest to Gang Starr and so on. Choked
Up was mostly instrumental because
we weren't impressed with any of the local rappers around town, and the
really good ones were hard to work with, they wouldn't show up to the
Did you and
'Shot have specific roles or specialties in the group, or did you both
Well, I did all
the actual programming on the drum machines and all the scratches and
turntable stuff. He would bring me loops though and have ideas as to what
we should use or try together.
How would you say the Hip-Hop culture in
Seattle differs from other cities?
It seems to me we have an identity crisis. Cats
don't want to be themselves and just make good music, they try to be like
Down South or whatever is popular. It's really segregated and clique-ish
here. In all honesty these kids are a bit behind the rest of the nation
and really need to step their game up.
When you guys put out Twice
as Nice, it had been a minute since your last album. Did you approach
that album differently than your previous releases?
Not really, but as the years passed the music
that we listened to had changed or was previously sampled. I started to
get bored with a lot of underground Hip-Hop and was opening up to Disco
and faster-paced stuff. Let's be brutally honest here, and remember that
this statement is coming from a true school 110% B-Boy / real Hip-Hop
head, most of the Rap/Hip-Hop music today is boring and pretty much sucks.
What do you admire most about Sureshot?
His crazy, outstanding, eclectic taste in fly things ranging from sneakers,
to sunglasses, to cars, to music. He is an individual for sure, and although
we are personally 180 degree opposites, we have a lot of the same admiration
for the things I just mentioned.
What do you
like the least about him?
That when he moved
away and the last day he was here, I went to see his last DJ gig in town
and to talk to him. He really never told me why we had stopped talking
until when we got back from an L.A. DJ gig where we spun together.
You've unearthed some pretty heavy finds
over the years. Which one are you most proud of?
hard to say. I think we were digging at a time, although it seemed like
a late start to me, the rest of the world wasn't doing it like they are
now and there was no internet or eBay, so we would find stuff that isn't
turning up these days. I mean both of us had multiple sealed copies of
the Mulatu of Ethiopia record and stuff like that. I think we paid like
$10 or $15 bucks each for them. I know I have discovered some breaks as
well, like the Poli Chavez.
Musically, I hear you're something of a jack
of all trades. Is there a genre that you feel you personally have on lock,
more so than other collectors and DJ's?
but yes, I guess you could say that I am a jack of all trades. What sucks
about this game is people want to pigeonhole you to be that "Mash
Up" DJ or "House" DJ etc... What about being labeled a
dope true school DJ? It almost hurts you to be well-rounded and across
the board. I rock parties and that's my job. So whether it's the Porn
Convention in Las Vegas, or a B-Boy competition, or a pool party in Miami,
I'm gonna get down and turn it out.
So obviously you're heavy on the DJ tip now.
Do you get in the lab much anymore?
I closed my studio down, and I don't even have
anything set up at home to produce any longer. I still do stuff though,
I work out of friends places like Bean One or 4Colorzacks for now.
What are your favorite pieces of equipment
up in the lab?
The classic SP-1200/Akai S-950 set up. My 808 and 909 drum machines,
the Q-Tron box and my space echo. The real deal classic shit man, I'm
The real heads know that 'Preme is a motherfuckin'
P.I.M.P. Do you have any tips for young players trying to up their game?
how do they know that?! Well in all honesty, just be a real person. Tell
a chick if you got another one and don't hide anything. If she knows you're
fly like you are, she is gonna fuck with you by your rules. That's just
what it is. Chicks need to be checked, they need it in their life. They
will actually do foul shit just to see how much they can get away with,
and they will go as far as you let them. If you give an inch they will
take a mile and you can't let that happen. So the minute she does something
foul you gotta put her in her place. I mean don't pimp smack her, just
give her a stern talking to and let her know you're serious as a heart
attack. This must be done immediately, early on the relationship, to set
the example. Don't sweat a chick too much either, let her know you're
interested and that's that. She will end up coming around. The more you're
not available the more she will want you.
Are the Sharpshooters planning to ever get
back together again?
I highly doubt that, but maybe for a DJ gig or
What do you have coming up in the future?
I have a brand new 12" out right now
called "Love Saves the Day" and it's some personal disco edits
I did that I play out in my DJ sets. A very limited release. Then there's
some stuff I did for Light in the Attic label, and who knows when or if
that will ever be released.
|For more info about
Mr. Supreme including upcoming show dates, check him out on myspace here.
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