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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with DJ A-Trak

Posted by Amoebite, October 15, 2014 06:02pm | Post a Comment

A-Trak

From label executive to GRAMMY nominated producer to lifestyle icon, A-Trak rocks many hats. Literally. Most people in the pop culture world might only know him as Kanye West's personal tour DJ, but that is only one small piece to the multifaceted Alain Macklovitch. At the age of 15, A-Trak became the youngest (and the first Canadian) to win the coveted DMC World DJ Championship title. He holds the distinction of being the first DJ to win all three major DJ competitions (DMC, ITF and Vestax), and was the first to win five World Championships. He's basically the Michael Jordan of the DJ world.

Over the years A-Trak has toured extensively with Kanye West and has lent his skills to the likes of Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco and Drake. In 2007, he founded the Fool's Gold label and helped launch the careers of Kid Sister, Danny Brown and Kid Cudi. He also developed and published music notation for scratching. Today he's hailed as a go-to tastemaker and collaborates with major brands, lending his image to ad campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac. 

We sat down with A-Trak recently at Amoeba Hollywood for another awesome What's in My Bag? episode. When it comes to music and record collecting, A-Trak is like an archaeologist of the crates. He digs up a a copy of E.U.'s single, "Da Butt," which was featured in Spike Lee's film School Daze. A-Trak also finds a picture disc of Quasimoto's Planned Attack/Talkin' Shit and tells a cool story about hanging out with Madlib and Peanut Butter Wolf in the early days of Stones Throw Records. In addition to his picks, A-Trak also talks about the history of sampling and breakbeat records. Get a lesson at the feet of one of the masters!

Watch the full episode below to see all of A-Trak's awesome findings:   

A-Trak - What's In My Bag?
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