Vincent became interested in mixing/DJing back in the 80s when he first heard a street sounds hip hop electro album and wondered how they managed to join the individual tracks up so seamlessly.
Having collected vinyl his whole life he bought a mixer in 1989 (no easy thing in Cornwall back then) and started trying to beat match on his father’s turntables.
Vincent got his own Technics 1210s mk2 in the early 90s and after some practice, he was soon playing hardcore and techno at parties across the Southwest under the name of DJ Cutting Edge, now he is playing House and Drum & Bass as himself Vincent Vega. We caught up with Vince to ask a few Q’s……
Q – When did you start DJing and what made you want to do it?
A – After growing up listening to my fathers record collection which consisted of lots of different genres from Jimi Hendrix to Farley Jack Master Funk and Grandmaster Flash, i heard a friend from school’s Street Sounds HipHop Electro cassette (number 13 to be precise) back in 1987. I became fascinated with how there were no gaps between songs on the album (gaps just seemed like a waste of vinyl or cassette tape to me) After attempting to mix using a single tape deck and splitting the input signal i was able to play one tune in one speaker and another in the other speaker at the same time… This blew my mind! In 1989 on my 14th birthday i had managed to track down a shop in Plymouth that sold mixers amongst other electrical goods (trying to find a stand alone mixer at that time down here was next to impossible!) And after receiving said mixer for my birthday present, ever since then i have been on a mixing quest/mission. I still have the mixer as well!… Although i have upgraded now.
Q – Who were your early influences/idols when you started out?
A – My early influences include, Mastermind (although i did not know that was there name at the time), Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, The DMC tournament, Eric B, Cutmaster Swift, Terminator X, The Break Dance and Graffiti movement, Farley JackMaster Funk, Laurent Garnier, LTJ Bukem, Easy Groove, Carl Cox, Graeme Park, Dave Angel, Sven Vath, Paul Oakenfold, The Rave culture in general.
Q – Where was the first party you played at?
A – I think one of my first gigs was probably a college party or just in any local pubs that would have me!… Although i do have a memory of and abandoned house that had one turntable in the sink, a mixer in a pulled out draw and the other deck on the draining board. Things were a little different back then.
Q – For people who have not heard your sets yet, what 3 words would you use to describe them?
A – Dreamy, Melodic, Thoughtful.
Q – Out of all your set tracks, which one never fails to get the dance floor rocking?
A – Anything with a decent Amen Break or anything with a brilliant female vocal and a catchy hook that is good to work with.
Q – Where was the biggest/best party you have played to date?
A – Couldn’t really say what was the biggest or best party I’ve played at but i am pleased to of played at the warehouse in Plymouth in part of its heyday.
Q – When did you start your radio show and what inspired you to do so?
A – My radio show, The Perfect Pitch Show was 4 years old in July. I was first offered the chance to host a show from a friend who was starting a locally based radio station (NCB Radio) and i felt that i was in a position to play music that maybe some people would not of heard before as i have built up a good collection over the years, and the rest as they say is history.
Q – What do you think of the electronic music scene in Cornwall at the minute
A – I think the electronic music scene in Cornwall is pretty stable. We/DJs have built a good underground scene here over the years and thankfully not all of us have sold our souls to the EDM phase. Don’t get me wrong, theres still lots of work to do but generally speaking there are some brilliant nights on around here, from jungle to disco and every dance music genre in-between. In the last 3 years i have been to some wicked jungle nights that are probably the closest thing to actual back in the day raves that i have ever been to since the actual back in the day raves.
I often hear reports from friends about wicked House or Grime nights that have gone off as well.
So i think as long as any attitude on both sides of the decks is left at home and as long as DJs try to impress and remember that really they are representing part of Cornwall every time they play out, then all is cool. We all want the same thing and that is for Cornwall to get the love and recognition it deserves for putting on wicked festivals/nights/party’s. Lets make it happen 🙂
Q – Which other local DJs do you rate?
A – Other local DJs i rate, of the top of my head and in no particular order are : Ryan Yeo, DJ toke, MJ Funk, Owen Nuffin, Umai Move, DJ Mark Bishop, DJ Shoot Thru, Indica, Grudge, Scruloose, Trickalome, Brothers Of Rhythm, Oliver Carlos, Kraken and Kortez. There are loads more as well!
Q – Where can readers see you play next?
A – You can catch me playing at the following dates in September :
12th, Gig In The Garden at the St Kew Inn
18th, Loud Love, Watermans, Falmouth
19th, Big Cornish Festival, Redruth
25th, Youth Culture, Falmouth
26th, Crugfest, near Padstow
You can listen to Vince’s radio show Perfect Pitch on Essential Cornwall on Sundays from 7pm to 1 am.
You can also find Vince on facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Perfect-Pitch-Show/222009287836138?fref=ts
Also on Soundcloud here – https://soundcloud.com/vincent-vega-1