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" A lot of producers get famous because they decide to be superstars for their own reasons, but I'm inspired by Timbaland and Pharrell and Swizz Beatz 'cause they're doing things that are so different. I like how they're introducing ideas I never would have thought of. "
" As a DJ, it's my job to break new music. And instead of it just being the stuff that's coming from the major labels or the big pop records, I've always gravitated to something that's just different, you know? "
" As a youngster, I lived in Philly for 12 years, and I would go up to New York to do shows and make money - it was the dream to maybe be able to survive there and live there. "
" Classic rock, psychedelic rock - I like to dig up old music and see what I can get influenced by. "
" Dance music is so interchangeable. There's not a lot of face to it. It's a bunch of Dutch DJs with the same haircut. "
" Every day is work for me, but it's also a party. I'm the luckiest guy in the world. "
" How mad would it actually be to do an 'Avatar' type animation film, but about something mundane like a Winn-Dixie cashier's day at work? That'd be something else, I think. "
" I do a lot of collaborations and productions, whether it's Switch or Steve Aoki or No ID or Will Smith or No Doubt - I always like to collaborate and be a quality control person for the people 'cause I have my own taste in music and bring that to other peoples' brands and help them learn a little bit. "
" If kids can have some sort of social responsibility, that's cool. But if they're not actually having social responsibility, and they're kind of hiding behind it, that's kind of useless, or even worse. "
" I have heard, 'Never go to bed angry,' and that makes sense. Unless you're always checking yourself, a grudge or something small can break apart a relationship, and you start to forget what is so amazing about your partner. "
" I'm trying to always do new things because if you stay behind and fight the future, you are just going to be left behind. "
" I've probably got the most eclectic social media there is because it literally goes from hanging out with my son at a park, to, like, Madonna's house, to a rave in Africa. "
" I was making crappy beats since I was, like, 17 or 18, using Florida rappers, where I'm from. Then I started DJ'ing because I just wanted to have a new job. "
" I wish I played guitar so I could start a band with great musicians. "
" K-pop is a weird term because K-pop has everything - rap records - it's very pop-sounding; there are really boy-band-sounding records. "
" New York feels like the whole city is into dance music. That's not how it felt when I was younger. There was more of a hipster scene. "
" New York is so serious about the creation of work. Everything is happening so fast, it feels like there's another studio, another session on every block, and I love that. "
" People don't know exactly what I do; they just know I'm 'cool.' "
" People like me, DJs and producers, have a bigger say and a bigger voice than we've ever had before. "
" Sometimes I make more money in a weekend than my grandpa made in a year. "
" The kids that are making the ghetto stuff I can't even reach are the ones that are inspiring me to play music for the other kids in the city they don't even know about. If I don't get those kids making music, there won't be an original kid DJing like me in five to 10 years. "
" The traditional media never gave Bernie Sanders the time of day. But he went viral the same way hip-hop and new dances go viral. And I'm part of that culture. "
" To me, rap music is bigger than who's the coolest rapper, the biggest rapper. It's everything about your personality. "
" When I first started producing, all I had was this little crappy sampler called a S20, which had, like, a minute sample time. I was making crappy beats since I was, like, 17 or 18, using Florida rappers, where I'm from. Then I started DJ'ing because I just wanted to have a new job. I was a schoolteacher for a while, and it was the worst job. "
" When I was fifteen, I used to run around reading 'Adbusters' and dumpster diving, trying to find ways to make the U.S. government unwind into chaos through hardcore punk and metal. "
" You always have to evolve - the minute you start building a moat around you to keep yourself safe, you're going to lose. "
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