Born in High Point NC, and raised in Maryland, the Carolinas own DJ E Sudd who is affiliated with such artists as Travis Porter and Titty Boi, has made a name for himself on the DJ and mix tape circuit. Check out our interview as DJ E Sudd shares his insight on the success of Travis Porter and other hot topics in this special Hard Rock 12 issue.
BY CYNTHIA HORNER
Q. How long have you been Djing?
A. I got serious about this in 2006 after I graduated from high school. That’s when I started paying attention to the art of mixing and scratching.
Q. Whose style did you admire?
A. It’s the way they conduct business. DJ MC. He’s from North Carolina. He’s based out of Raleigh-Durham. DJ Skillz too. He’s from South Carolina, but he does a lot of traveling as well.
Q. Was it difficult to break through?
A. My brand is still growing every day. You get out what you put in. Once I started doing mix tapes, I started promoting myself. I am going up the ladder.
Q. After high school, what happened next?
A. I was in school at North Carolina A&T, I started doing a lot of parties, so I started doing pretty good.
Q. How did you get your stage name?
A. My government name, is Erik Sudderth and I just abbreviated it.
Q. How did you get involved with Travis Porter?
A Just being around certain business people. We have had a relationship for two years. I used to go to Atlanta a lot for open mics and we were at some of the same places. I brought them up to North Carolina a few times and we just continued to build a relationship. They noticed my work and felt I would be a good addition to the team.
Q. Travis Porter has really blown up. Did you think it would happen?
A. I knew they would. I was a fan of the music and there is a great team behind them. I had a first-hand look. And the music was coming, hit after hit, and the people were hearing it were loving it. The brand is going to spread all over the place. They are going to be a lot larger than it is now. I was saying this all along.
Q. What’s the business team you work with?
A. My team is Street Executives.
Q. How often do you drop mix tapes?
A. I put out one or two a month.
Q. That’s a lot.
A. There’s a lot of music coming out; I gotta do what I gotta do.
Q. What are you doing right now?
A. I do a lot of work with Titti Boy. He’s the hottest thing out of Atlanta right now.
Q. Which social networking site do you like best?
A. I like Twitter.
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