We're pleased to bring you an interview with Boston based Electro House Producer and DJ, DJ Choppa Dunks. He moved to the U.S. in 2008, studied at Berklee and now he can be found performing all throughout New England.
DJ Choppa Dunks recently released his "Check My Steelo" EP, is currently the top of the Reverbnation Dance charts in Boston, and is continually pushing his skills to the next level. Read on to hear about his music and take in his unique perspective on Boston.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into mixing?
I got into mixing when I moved to NYC in 2008. I was into electro music already, but had never thought about performing it until I tried one of my friends turntables.
What’s the story behind the name Choppa Dunks? How did you pick this name?
My whole life my friends have called me ‘Dunks’ because my last name is Dunkley. My friend randomly called me Choppa one day and it just stuck. There was no reason for it.
Who are your influences?
When I first started I was really into Benny Benassi, Laidback Luke, Afrojack and Dj Mehdi. Right now I listen to a lot of Diplo along with Dillon Francis, Wolfgang Gartner, Felguk and the list goes on.
How would you describe your performance to someone who has never seen it?
It’s like a crazy party where everyone is dancing and having fun. But you should come see for yourself!
Did you always know that you wanted to spin?
No. I actually wanted to be a drummer over being a producer and DJ. When I realized that people really liked the music I was making I decided to put drums on the back burner for a little while, although drums have played a big part in my productions.
Do you remember the first song you performed? What was it and how did the crowd react?
I don’t remember the first song, but I do remember my first real show. Everyone in the room was dancing and having a great time. It was one of my most fun musical experiences.
How would you describe your music in 10 words or less?
Fun party music for people that want to dance.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Well, I have a few projects lined up for early 2012. And after that maybe you will hear of a tour!
What’s the secret to balancing your music with other obligations like a day job or family?
It isn’t too hard. The secret is scheduling. You have to have everything you need to do and when you need to do it written down.