While Nashville, TN is gearing up for the annual Monster Block Party (hosted by Ultimodisco), the crew adds yet another addition to Saturday night’s lineup. In addition to DJ Snake, Bixel Boys, Blau, and Mercer, legendary Atlanta producer Mr. Collipark has been added to the festivities. If you remember, Collipark is the man behind various hits such as Yin Yang Twins’ “Whistle While You Twerk” V.I.C.’s “Wobble,” and various other party friendly tracks.
We stop and catch up with Mr. Collipark as he prepares to step back into the DJ scene Saturday night at the Monster Block Party. We also discuss what he’s got in the works, who he is listening to today, and much more.
It has been great seeing your transition into the EDM world. What was your main reason for venturing out?
Honestly, it stemmed from a boredom of hip-hop. There is so much in hip-hop world, it’s almost as if the creative outlet dried up. Beginning in 2014, I wanted to continue to do music but needed to find something that excites me again which led to my introduction into the electronic side of music. With the Ying Yang Twins, it was just a natural progression.
Your collaboration with D!RTY AUDIO was a powerful move for the both of you. The single was even released on Dim Mak record label. How did the both of you meet and decide to work together?
A release on Livemixtapes.com actually brought us all together. I was close with the Ying Yang Twins and they wanted to introduce me to EDM producers and DJs (Dirty Audio, Meaux Green, etc.) That’s how I met DirtyAudio, through the Ying Yang Twins. We collaborated and made a track: “Make it Jump.” Turns out Dirty Audio listened to my older stuff and was really into it. The record just happened from there.
Not released yet. The record with with Meaux Green “No Discrimination” released on Soundcloud a couple months ago, but we plan to officially release the single on Mad Decent within the next month or so. Diplo really liked the record and Meaux Green was in well with a few of the folks at the [Mad Decent] label. So it just happened like that.
Actually it’s really a funny story. I worked with Cupid (of Cupid Shuffle) on “Wobble.” Well when I decided I wanted to make a live dance record, I asked Cupid to send over chant vocals, which is how “No Discrimination” came together. DPK is the EDM name for Cupid.
What has been your favorite collaboration or beat that you’ve done so far? Who would you like to work with in the future?
I believe in staying in my own lane. I’ve collaborated with a lot of young cats, DJ Chuckie in one I’m really excited about. I like my music to reflect my roots: that booty shake energy.
The most interesting person to work with would be with Diplo. He picked up where we left off with the whole Twerk thing. His music is Twerk music for the next millennium or something. I’ve been a fan ever since I heard Diplo’s “Express Yourself.” That was brilliant.
After seeing the success behind artists like Waka Flocka who have been killing the EDM scene with their rap background and influence, do you feel more rap artists should work in the electronic field?
I have mixed feelings about that. The hip-hop scene has been (excuse my French) “whored out” too much. There’s too much exploitation without getting down to the art form and culture of it. It’s begun to revolve around the money, etc. I would like to see people who naturally gravitate towards the dance scene begin to crossover and experiment in the electronic circuit. EDM producers are excited to work with hip-hop artists. It’s not all bad, I would like to see hip-hop gravitate back to the roots of producing predominately for the music, not the money.
I’m a big fan of producers who have a great impact in various genres, specifically Atlanta’s Fki. Do you have any favorite producers right now that are coming up?
Pharrell inspired me to get back into it. To see him come from all his early success, to when he reappeared on the scene with Happy, Get Lucky with Daft Punk, and his collab with Robin Thicke, he didn’t compromise anything. Whatever he was before, that doesn’t even matter now. His music now stands alone.
Timbaland: I’m a fan of music, not who has the latest computer program. I’m a fan of what comes from the soul. Not a lot of guys make music from the soul anymore. Not from a computer.
Ying Yang Twins: You feel something when you hear them.
Diplo: It’s in his blood to make music with a certain type of energy. He’s really the only new guy that I’m a fan of right now!
I do want to note that I’m not a fan of using big names to blow up. I don’t believe in that. Once I lock down my own music, I will then look to collaborate with other artists.
What are you listening to right now?
I don’t listen to lot of other people stuff. I’m in the studio so much that all I listen to is my own stuff. With this single coming out on Dim Mak record label with Dirty Audio and Lil B – called “Shoulders”— I’ve been listening to it for three weeks straight.
You want to know what, Sam Smith! I’ve got Sam Smith bangin’ in my car right now. One thing that kills me about hip-hop, in the past we influenced genres of music. Sam Smith is so good, his songwriting is so incredible. It’s actually better to me than hip-hop. I never thought I would hear myself saying that. I don’t want to call it pop. I don’t like to categorize pop music as pop music. Popular music to me— the song, the music, the structure, are all better than hip hop right now. Sam Smith sings with more soul than all the artists played on Hot 107 here in Atlanta right now. It is what it is.
How excited are you about your return to the DJ scene being at Nashville’s Monster Block Party alongside DJ Snake, Bixel Boys, and more?
I’m actually nervous about all of that. I haven’t DJed in front of a crowd in… I don’t want to put a number of years, but it’s been a minute! It’s a good nervous energy, though. Like starting all over again, you know? When the pressure is on you, I have no one to blame. It’ll go well because I’m excited to put my energy into the scene as a DJ in the EDM world. Everything right now is cookie cutter. A little more feeling could be put into the scene again. That’s what I aim to do.
I recently saw Diplo kill it at TomorrowWorld, I want to bring that kind of energy to Monster Block Party. His energy means something to me.
It’s great to even interview such a legendary producer, surely we can expect upcoming work from you! Any hints?
I’ve got an upcoming collab with DJ Chronic and Ying Yang Twins. Right now we’re in the stage of talking back and forth about the project. I’m trying to get DJ Chronic in Atlanta in the next couple weeks. His input is so detailed. Back in the day we used to go into studio together. Now everything handled over the internet. I’m just trying to get him in the studio so we can make it happen.
Also, I’m excited for my collab with Dirty Audio and Lil B! Lil B doesn’t really do records with people – he’s part of the Bay Area Hyphy Movement and a fan of my early music. That’s how we got this going. Our track is called “Taking It Back” which will be coming out on Dim Mak records.
I’m excited about “No Discrimination” because of the message that puts out there.
Any closing thoughts?
The thing I am the most excited about is the DJ aspect of it. And getting back in the studio making Twerk music. I DJ’ed prior to the days that I worked with Soulja Boy, even before finding the Ying Yang Twins. My history as a DJ is the foundation of my career. I’m taking it very seriously. The DJ aspect is just so exciting!