Recently our home girl Whitney caught up with ABX from The Hood Internet to chat about sneakers, bangers and cat videos
So how did it all begin?
It all started when Al Gore invented the internet. After that, a bunch of inconsequential stuff happened. Steve (DJ STV SLV) and I (ABX) were playing in a band together and decided to start throwing up some mashups were making on a website so our friends could check them out. Pretty soon a bunch of people who were not our friends were downloading them and we’ve just been building from there.
Where did the name come from?
The Hood Internet is a term used in the Cam’ron movie “Killa Season” to describe a minor character. (ed. note: I’ve actually never seen Killa Season by Cam’ron, but please believe I will be checking Netflix when I get home for it)
What gave you that initial push?
A love of messing around with beat making programs. Having MP3 blogs and other total internet strangers spreading our stuff gave us the push to keep making more mixes.
Who’s throwing the best parties at the moment?
At this moment it is 3:30 in the afternoon and I am stuck in an airport. There are no parties being thrown here, but there is a woman kind of getting into what ever she is listening to on her iPod. So at this moment, she would be throwing the best party.
What’s the best event you’ve played at/put on?
We’ve done a lot of different festivals in Chicago, and that’s always a great crowd and a fun a time. But I would have to say playing Lollapalooza a few years back is definitely a highlight.
Out of all the tunes you have, which one ‘never fails?’
We have a track mixing R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)” with Major Lazer’s “Keep It Goin’ Louder” that is usually a crowd pleaser. People love singing along to part where Kels explains what happens after the show, after the party, and the hotel lobby. Though people tend to not know the third line to it. The sing along line is “clear the lobby,” in case you are at a Hood show and need to sing it.
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
Watching cat videos on YouTube.
What advice would you give to up and coming DJs/Promoters?
If you’re going to refer to a song as a banger, try not to overdo it. The same goes to making requests to a DJ. Don’t request that we play should play some bangers right now, that’s kind of in the eye of the beholder. I guess this is advice for everyone, not just DJs.
If you could stage a rave anywhere, where would you choose?
What’s you favorite tune of all time?
It changes for me, but Queen and David Bowie “Under Pressure” is always in my top 5.
What are your favorite pair of sneakers?
Back in the early 90s I had a pair of the Nike Air Force 180 David Robinsons shoes which were the ones that had the pump on the side. Those will always be my favorite pair of sneakers.
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