DJ Jazzy Jeff has garnered a reputation in the DJ community for being very generous. It’s not uncommon to hear DJs like 9th Wonder or Pete Rock say that the legendary Philly turntable master gave them a hard drive full of music to play. It’s a practice that runs contrary to the mantra of holding on to “exclusive” music that so many DJs hold dear. But it’s that creative comradery that makes events like this “Playlist Retreat” so special.
In the video above Jeff describes how DJ Day was playing song tunes from producers he wasn’t familiar with, like Tall Black Guy and Stro Elliot, at The Do Over and ended up sharing folders of their music. Jeff then sought them out on social media and made formal introductions. This lead to a brilliant marriage of Jeff’s “Vinyl Destination” video series, Red Bull’s Thre3style competition and some of the biggest and best names in DJ culture to create the first ever “Playlist Retreat,” an intimate gathering of progressive artists for the purpose of inspiration, motivation and collaboration.
“One of the things I wanted to stress was that no matter how I don’t care how established you are or how long you’ve been doing something. You’re never too established to learn,” says Jeff. “There was some legends; Lord Finesse, DJ Spinna, DJ Cash Money, DJ Scratch… and some new guys…who do things a little bit different, and you put them in a room and hopefully the inspiration goes both ways. I was really happy because there was a lot of dialogue back and forth. People were really accepting of new ideas.”
Watch the full clip above.