Lil Jon may have become famous in the early 2000s as a crunk DJ and may have made a name for himself in the mid-90s as a purveyor of down South bass music, but now the Atlanta native is taking the stage as an electronic and dance DJ. Jon displayed his skills at the Ultra Music Festival and discussed what he loves about DJing.
“I’ve done some other festivals. When those events come up , it’s like every major DJ in the world is there. You get to meet and see and just hang out with your homies, basically,” Lil Jon told Forbes Magazine. “It’s party music and there’s so much new music constantly coming out and it’s just music to make you have a good time.”
“When I DJ, I play everything from some Afrojack to some Big Sean to some Skrillex. I play a wide variety of stuff so I have to really be on top of my musical game. I also have to be able to read the crowd and know exactly what kind of people I have in the crowd and play for everybody because my crowds are so diverse,” Lil Jon explained. ”A normal house DJ has a sick crowd that comes out and they just want to hear house all night. My crowd wants to hear Timberland, ‘Get Low,’ and so many different things, so I have to be on top of my game and really read the crowd. I also have high energy while I’m DJing and give them a good show.”
He also says he’s been in the studio prepping new material.
“I have a lot more records coming out. I’ve been in the studio. Recently, I’ve just been on the road so much I haven’t been able to finish a lot of the new records that I have. But basically, more music coming out. I got to constantly keep giving people music,” Lil Jon said. ”In the next couple months, I have a lot more records, and maybe an album later this year. I got a title for the album but really I want to just keep recording songs and when I get enough songs to call it an album, I’ll call it an album. I could also release singles and then when it’s time to put out an album, I’ll put out an album. I just want to keep recording.”
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