MDBP Interview: Swizzymack
Over the weekend we headed out to Mad Decent and got a chance to talk to Swizzymack about his beats, Philly and, of course, his mom.
Interview by Ally Mullen
Introduce yourself! Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
Hi, I’m Swizzymack. I’m from Philly and I’m 18. I make beats and DJ.
When did you start making beats and getting interested in music?
I’ve always been interested in music. When I was like... 15 I got really interested in electronic music, so ever since then. Over the years I sped up the tempo and now my tempo’s like 160, that’s like the fastest I go. It’s pretty fast.
Who are some of your favorite artists and people that you’ve looked up to?
Growing up I liked DJ Get Em, he’s one of the younger Philly club producers. He’s only like 20. And a whole bunch of other younger Philly club people that make crazy music. I don’t really know their names, they just put a lot of their stuff on Soundcloud.
Do you put a lot of your stuff on Soundcloud? Is that where we can find it?
Yeah, at Swizzymack. You can also find me on Twitter at Swizzymack.
What’s it like playing the Mad Decent Block Party in Philly when you’re from Philly?
It’s crazy! I brought my mom and my grandma and my aunt and my sister! They’re all backstage. It’s just more meaningful to me. It’s a crazy experience. Like my mom got to see me DJ in front of all those people. It’s crazy.
Did they believe you when you told them you were as big as you are?
My mom doesn’t believe when I say I’m going to a different place to do stuff like this. She’s like, “You’re lying, you’re probably at your friend’s house!”
What’s been the highlight of your day so far?
Everything! Everything so far. It’s just been like, the best day ever.
Out of everyone playing today, who else do you think everyone should check out?
Dirty South Joe. Obviously Diplo. [Laughs.]