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Chief Boima Q&A

Hi Cauze here. I decided it would be a good idea to take advantage of my experiences and involvement with Peligrosa and gather a little first hand insight from and about the artists that come through and play the shows we all love so much!

I got just the chance to do this when Chief Boima was in town for last months Peligrosa. I think it really is a blessing of sorts, being able to meet and hang out with some of my favorite Dj’s through these events! Chief Boima being one of the most humble of the globe trotters we’ve had through the Peligrosa house. I could go on and on about the amazing African Food that he brought and shared with us last SXSW and share some of the more personal questions I got to ask our friend.

Instead I’ll stick to the main portion of my cleverly intellectual questions I had the chance to ask Boima!

Cauze:
Where are you from and where do you live now?

Chief Boima:
I am from Milwaukee via the Bay Area, and live in NY.

CZ:
What got you into Dj’ing/Producing?

CB:

2 things: A DJ battle I went to when I was 16 and DJ Shadow’s album Endtroducing.although I always scratched on my dad’s turntable since I can remember!

CZ:
What is your favorite production software?

CB:
I make beats and play synths with Reason and then transfer to Ableton for mixing, sampling, and arranging.

CZ:
Do you like to use any hardware? If so what?

CB::
No just software, and when I can, real instruments, whatever I can get my hands on really. I play percussion and string instruments mostly.

CZ::
What was the first party you ever threw/played called?

CB:
Man, besides house parties, I think the first thing I did in public was a DJ battle before a Gang Starr show in Madison, WI.
The first “regular” party I was a part of was in the basement of a makeshift skate park a friend of mine made on inside an office building on the North side of Milwaukee. I remember by the second party the cops raided, shotguns drawn, told us we had 3 minutes to get out of the building, and shut the place down.

CZ:
What do you do for and how did you become involved with Dutty Artz?

CB:
I became involved with Dutty Artz after sending some tracks to Jace (Rupture) and he played them on his radio show. Then I made a few trips to NY and met all the members, and eventually we decided to release tunes.
Now I’m one of the crew DJing our Sweat Lodge party once a month, and collaborating on tunes. But it’s really fam steez, so we all collaborate on many aspects.

CZ:
Are you touring at the moment? Any plans to do so?

CB:
No just playing one off gigs for now. I plan on possibly doing a short run in Mexico this fall, and hopefully I can hit Colombia with the crew in the Spring. I’m working on an album, so once that’s done I hope to be touring longer by summer.

CZ:
Where is your next stop?

CB:
After Austin, I’ll be back in the NY area.

CZ:
Who do you think is throwing the best parties at the moment?

CB:
Peligrosa! But, in NY? Well we got Que Bajo, Sweat Lodge, and Made in Africa, so I have to say Dutty Artz crew of course!

CZ:
Who are you top two influences?

CB:
I think as far as DJing, my dad who really got me interested in music from around the world, and probably Marco from Baobab, the club I play at in San Francisco, who really encouraged and assisted me to pursue DJing more, and to go in the direction of contemporary global club music.

CZ:
What are your top 5 tunes at the moment?

CB:

First 5 that come to mind:
Anything-Kao Denero
Pump Tire-Pepe Soup
Go Go Wine-Vybz Kartel
I Celebrate-Waconzy
Camisetas Bordada-Los Rakas

CZ:
If you had to pick one genre to name as your favorite what would it be?

CB:
Reggae

CZ:
What are the chances of us getting you to do a Peligrosa specific mix for a future podcast of sorts?

CB:
Ha! Put me on the spot! Sure I’ll do one.

CZ:
On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your overall experience with the Peligrosa Crew and Party?

CB:
11 (really off the scale for real)


Photos by :Subcomandantequito.com

CZ:
Any thing else you would like to add?

CB:
You can visit ChiefBoima.com for updates and follow me on twitter. @ChiefBoima, Be sure to look out for my new remix EP African in NY!

Also don’t  forget to go out and cop the new Los Rakas album that Boima graced with some of his own produtions!

Paz.

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