[Interview] DJ Jazzy Jeff: The Original
Jazzy Jeff told us early on that he was the DJ. From his earliest works with Will Smith, to his run as Smith’s sidekick on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, and continuing on to his own production credits and LP’s, Jazzy Jeff has done more than most to push DJ culture to the forefront. While the history books have yet to be written, it’s abundantly clear that there will be a special chapter dedicated to this legendary DJ from Philadelphia. That’s not to say that Jeff is anywhere close to stopping. One look at this Instagram page, and you’ll see that Jeff is still at the top of his game, globetrotting regularly on the 1′s and 2′s. His journey took him to Chicago last week where he participated as a judge in Red Bull’s Thre3Style battle, a global DJ competition.
Before the final event, I caught up with Jeff to talk about his earliest beginnings, the advancements he’s seen in DJ culture, and why he’s always been quick to embrace new technology and business models. Read the interview on the next page.