In episode 2 of The Culture Niche Podcast, we interview Jeffrey Townes, known to the world as “The Magnificent” DJ Jazzy Jeff. We have a deep discussion with Jazzy Jeff on a range of topics and inspirations. Covering everything from music, the creative process, social media, technology, global connections in the pandemic age, and how the coronavirus personally affected his life, this is one conversation you don’t want to miss.
About DJ Jazzy Jeff:
DJ Jazzy Jeff was born in West Philadelphia and developed a love of music at an early age. Jeff was just 10 years old when he started spinning records at parties using his family’s basement as a training ground for his expert mixing. Since 1985, DJ Jazzy Jeff has wowed us with his flawless turntable skills, innovative production, and musical versatility.
Prior to the pandemic, and personally suffering from the coronavirus, DJ Jazzy Jeff was busy traveling the globe. With each set, taking his fans on a musical journey. Jeff satisfies his passion for sharing good music with two annual European tours, regular tours of Canada, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East, and shows across the US throughout the year. And he chronicles all of his travels in the increasingly popular Vinyl Destination, a web series that documents DJ Jazzy Jeff’s experiences on and off stage.
From the success of “DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince” with partner Will Smith, to the critical acclaim of his production company A Touch of Jazz, Jeff proved time and time again that he would always be a force to be reckoned with. And he continues to represent with his solo projects, collaborations, mixtapes and live shows. His love of music shines through in everything he does.
Over the course of his career, DJ Jazzy Jeff has achieved many accomplishments including a DMC Championship and multiple GRAMMY and American Music Awards wins. But he is a humble man who is still doing it as his 2002 hit said: “For Da Love of Da Game.”