BADH: Whatís going on with Exquisite?
EXQ: Well we got a lot of things going on right now.
We have not done anything in six months, but now we are booked straight. To
name a few: Beez Birthday Bash (October 19, 2002) at Club Warehouse, Spragga
Live in Concert (November 27, 2002) at Club Warehouse, Club Large (New Yearís),
Al Famous and Chippy Birthday Bash (January 11, 2002) at Warehouse, and other
things in Florida and Atlantic City.
BADH: You say
that Exquisite is a juggling sound system, but do you all do clashes? If so,
who have you all clashed with?
EXQ: We like it, but we have not done any. We just play
music for people to hear.
BADH: Al, you
state that you are based in Florida, are the rest of Exqusite in New York
or Florida as well?
Al Famous: I am the only one in Florida, Beez goes back
and forth, and everyone else in here in NY.
BADH: How long
have you all been together?
EXQ: We have been together for ten years.
BADH: Do you
see sound systems using CDís instead of dub plates/records in the future?
EXQ: Some may try, but records are much better. There
are both good and bad sides with CDís. CDís are too easy. With
CDís, there is no work to be done; no scratching. CDís donít
skip so songs will just play straight and many other things. We will stick
with records always. However, some selectors do use CDís these days.
BADH: What do
you see can be a problem with some of the dances today?
EXQ: There are too many sounds playing at one dance.
We believe there should be no more than four. If you have six sets, how is
everyone going to get paid...very little. If you have six sounds on a flyer,
four is going to want prime time and bun out the other selectors before their
time. It's not all about the money also. We love selecting and we want to
show the people what we can do. A good mixture of three to four sounds is
all you need. Another thing are Round Robins. Round Robins killing the business.
We're promoters as well and we see how it is ruining the business. People
work all week and want to spend their money on the weekend. If people working
and going out all the time, their not going to want to spend any money when
the weekend comes. Everyone is searching for the hype, but for good vibes,
you have to analyze and know who is doing the promoting, who is going to be
there to know what you will bring to the table.
BADH: How do
you all feel about selectors who are going solo?
Beez: ďTo each his ownĒ
Al Famous: I think the door stop with Steelie. Itís not good to do because
although you have made a name for yourself you still need people to help you
out. Also, itís selfishness to just leave your team because it takes
teamwork to make it big.
BADH: Who would
you all say are the hottest DJís right now?
EXQ: In New York, Exquisite, Stone Love, Matterhorn
& Kolours. In Florida, we would have to say Matterhorn & Twitch. For
Jamaica, Fire Links.
did the name ďExquisiteĒ come from?
EXQ: Other than it defines us (jokingly), our founders,
Orlando and P. P. saw it on one of our cars and said ďIímma name
my sound that one dayĒ, and he did.
you all consider yourselves pretty much established or do you all still have
to put yourselves out there to get jobs?
EXQ: In New York we are established, but out of town
we have a lot of hard work to do, and out of the country we have a whole lot
of work to do. When we go out of town, sounds that play there donít
like new sounds playing so what we do is keep our own parties and get our
sound out that way. Right now, we are booked until May 2003. We are focusing
on DC, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. We wanted Atlantic City, but when
we preformed there, they shut us down - saying it was "gang related".
We would like to bring Dancehall to the south. Scorpion Sounds in North Carolina
is doing a great job in that.
BADH: Can you
name everyone on Exquisite Juggling Machine?
EXQ: Beez- selector, Rikster- mixer and selector, Al-
MC, Ringo- critic and management.
BADH: Do you
all have any embarrassing moments?
Beez EXQ: I let Al and another guy - who is not a member
anymore- get on the stage at Neil Pearl's dance at Rose Castle last February
to give them a chance to play since they were the youngins - BIG MISTAKE.
They put on the wrong song at the wrong time...it was too early. (i will survive)
Al: I got booed for playing ďMy neck, my backĒ at a kidís
block party this pass summer - and it wasn't by the adults.
Al, how is the dancehall in Florida compared to up here?
Al: Itís very different in Florida; itís
not as live as up here, but itís not boring. Everywhere you go, you
get different vibes.
BADH: Has there
ever been any crazy moments while playing?
EXQ: Turn table broke while Rikster was playing, but
he kept playing without anyone knowing. He spinned the turn table with his
finger all night and no one noticed.
BADH: Do you think internet media is doing enough to promote reggae, dancehall
EXQ: Yes, because everyone around the world can see
what it is about and you can talk to people all over about it. Also, a lot
of people that donít go out can see what goes on and they may eventually
start to go out.
BADH: How does
it feel to be playing alongside veteran sounds such as Stone Love, and Afrique?
Al Famous: It is a very good feeling. To play with Stone
Love, it is an inspiration and it feels good to earn respect from them after
you done play.
Beez: I donít want to play as good as them; I want to play better than
Ringo: Their just another set to me.
your age bracket that you all play for?
EXQ: When we first started we were for the 18/19 yr
old crowds. Beez kept a few parties at Wingate High School and we just grew
from there into the twenties crowd; over21. Older people donít really
want to give us young people a chance, but they should. ďDem never let
we in so forget demĒ is how Beez feels.
do you think about Bobby and Jabba in a dance?
EXQ: When Bobby and Jabba are in a dance, they are very
much different from on the radio. They are good to play for the Hip Hop crowd.
tell us all those involved with the Exquisite Family?
Johnny Cash and C-Money from CMB and Tone Capone
EXQ: Well, you have Exquisite Family Entertainment and
Exquisite Juggling Machine. All those involved are Al Famous, Chippy, Beez,
Ringo, Rickster, Lando, Pea, Looka, Chris, Benton, Chris & Gregory.
BADH: For booking
info, how can one get in touch with you all?
EXQ: Get in contact with Ricksta at 718.804.9536 or
347.678.8533; Al Famous at (NY)347.623.8204, (FL)954.803.0820 or by email
at firstname.lastname@example.org; Beez at
646.773.4302 or by email at email@example.com.