Decades strong in the game, DJ Meat has made quite the name for himself. From the hoods of Miami to the West Coast, his name is known to ring bells as one of the best in the game. Taking his talents beyond the turntable, Mario “DJ Meat” Forrester is the CEO/Founder of SNDS Radio and a leading example of what it takes to make it in this industry. We recently had the chance to sit down with Meat for a brief interview. Check it out below.
Kash Jones: Why did you want to work as a DJ?
DJ Meat: I always wanted to be a DJ simply because of my love for music. I never expected Deejaying to be my career.
Kash Jones: What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?
DJ Meat: More than anything, you need to believe in yourself. Learn consistency, practice your craft and guard your reputation with your life. Those are tools to success.
Kash Jones: How do you stay up to date with the latest music trends?
DJ Meat: I stay up to date by keeping my ear to the streets. YouTube has also been a big help in discovering new artist outside my city.
Kash Jones: What techniques do you use to engage listeners?
DJ Meat: I tend to engage listeners by testing records in the mix. Mixing new music with familiar or hot records.
Kash Jones: What would you say is the most rewarding part of being a DJ?
DJ Meat: For me, the most rewarding part of being a DJ is when someone come tell me how much fun they had, and how they enjoyed my vibe. I love to see crowd reactions when I drop a record.
Kash Jones: What inspired you to start Stamped N Da Streetz Radio?
DJ Meat: The want to be on the radio and not being able led me to starting up Stamped N Da Streetz Radio aka SNDS Radio. I also wanted to give artist a platform to be heard without the politics of the city.
Kash Jones: What would you say your largest challenge is as a CEO?
DJ Meat: The largest challenge as a CEO has to be balance between controlling your own destiny, and also tasked with helping others around you grow. It’s a selfless position that I don’t mind playing.
Kash Jones: If you never became a DJ, what do you think you’d be doing?
DJ Meat: If I never became a DJ I probably would’ve been into computer animation. I’ve always had a passion for art. I’ve drawn since I was little. In high school I was enrolled in a computer animation program that lead me to majoring in that once in college. I only got to my sophomore year before deciding to pursue the music.
Kash Jones: What artists are on your personal playlist right now?
DJ Meat: Right now my playlist is based locally. Vega Music, Jigg, Crash207, Young Lotto and 93purpose.
Kash Jones: Are there any other areas of the Entertainment industry you’d like to explore professionally?
DJ Meat: Yes there are other areas in the industry I would love to indulge in, one being film. I had a fondness for cameras and a vision that the world need to see.