The shapeshifting Motor City producer and DJ discusses his place in Detroit’s rich musical history.
Whether this Detroit native is DJing, producing music or creating videos, Waajeed certainly doesn’t rest on his laurels. Starting out as the DJ for the seminal Slum Village, he is one of those DJs who understands that hip-hop is a gateway to all styles, and he’s a champion of music in all its forms. Over the years, Jeedo’s projects have included the spaced-out soul of the Platinum Pied Pipers, the Electric Street Orchestra, the Bling47 label (home to artists such as Tiombe Lockhart, Jay Dee and Waajeed himself), his Dirt Tech Reck imprint and productions for Carl Craig’s Planet E label. He’s lent his remixing prowess to countless artists, from chart toppers like John Legend and Roy Ayers to underground stalwarts like Domu and DJ Mitsu the Beats. Whatever the project, his love and commitment to music is clear for all to see. In this Fireside Chat, the multifaceted producer discusses his own place in Detroit’s rich musical history, his shift from hip-hop toward house and techno and why genres don’t matter in the Motor City.