MVRemix: What is the last incident of racism you experienced?
DJ Krush: None, particularly.
MVRemix: Where were you on September 11th, 2001? How did you deal with it? How has it affected music?
DJ Krush: It happened right after I got back home from my US tour. I was doing a photo shoot right near the World Trace Center just 2 days earlier so, I couldn't believe what I watched on TV. It has affected my work. My previous album, ‘Message At The Depth’ was a direct response to 9/11. The album before that, ‘Zen’ was a hopeful album for a new dawning century. I felt like that hope was shattered.
MVRemix: Word association. I am going to name the name of an artist or group and you say the first word that comes into your mind. So, if I said ‘The Beatles’, you may say ‘John Lennon’ or ‘Abby Road’. If I said, ‘Public Enemy’, you may say ‘Revolution’. Okay?
United Future Organization.
DJ Krush: Buddies.
DJ Krush: What would it be like if Jay-Z's rap and my production are mixed?
MVRemix: Aesop Rock.
DJ Krush: I wanna do something with him again.
MVRemix: Kahimi Karie.
DJ Krush: Has a unique creativity.
DJ Krush: My younger daughter seems to be a fan of his.
DJ Krush: My favorite.
DJ Krush: I like him.
MVRemix: Gil-Scott Heron.
DJ Krush: Speaking of which, I haven't listen to his music for a while.
MVRemix: Public Enemy.
DJ Krush: Clock.
MVRemix: The Roots.
DJ Krush: How're you guys doing!?
MVRemix: Kool G. Rap.
DJ Krush: Master, Classic.
MVRemix: George Bush.
DJ Krush: Don't forget your pal, Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan (Laugh).
MVRemix: What is your favorite part of your live show?
DJ Krush: My show is simply about connecting with the audience. I enjoy sharing a vibe, a time, a flow, a space, and a groove. I try to communicate what I feel that night to the audience.
MVRemix: How are Japanese audiences different from U.S. audiences?
DJ Krush: I don't feel any obvious difference, especially lately.
MVRemix: What was the biggest mistake you have made in your career?
DJ Krush: I got a too drunk and put a record on top of another record that was already spinning. The needle popped. It made a huge, horrible noise! It got silent for a few seconds but, that actually added to the fun.
MVRemix: What advice would you give to up and coming DJ’s and producers?
DJ Krush: From my own experience, I know how hard it is to become able to make a living as a DJ or a producer. But those who have original style and think, ‘This is something only I can do’. I want them to keep doing what they're doing and expand their possibility.
MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions do you think people have of you?
DJ Krush: I don't know.
MVRemix: When working with vocalists, do you have the tracks ready or do you make the music with or around them?
DJ Krush: I have the basic track ready for them. After the vocals are recorded, I take it home and work around it. Sometimes, I get inspired by the vocal at the recording studio and make new tracks right then and there.
MVRemix: What makes a specific track need a guest vocalist?
DJ Krush: When I start production of a specific track, I specifically make a vocal track or instrumental track. I don't decide after, I decide before I make the track.
MVRemix: Do you want to be cremated or buried?
DJ Krush: I don’t know.
MVRemix: What do you want on your epitaph?
DJ Krush: I haven't thought about that. Maybe it's time to start thinking.
MVRemix: Any future collaborations or releases for DJ Krush? What can fans expect from you next?
DJ Krush: Japan tour, Asia tour. The traveling continues. I'll just keep playing and making anyway.
MVRemix: Any final words for the people who will be reading this?
DJ Krush: Thank you so much for all of your support! I'm having great time touring and getting a lot of inspiration for my next record.