In his short DJing career Docta Cosmic has already proved that he is the best at what he does.
The University drop-out who has become one of the UK’s most sought after DJs, reveals why and how he got to where he is.
Pappzd: Thanks for talking to us Docta Cosmic. We’ve heard a lot about you, our readers are keen to know who you’ve worked with, what mix tapes you’ve done, and what events you’ve held.
Cosmic: With my mix tapes I currently have two brands. The first brand is called Seminar, which is a funky house CD hosted by Fatz. We’re currently working on the 4th edition to be released sometime in March. The second brand is Party Time, which is an annual multi-genre CD also hosted by Fatz. Party Time 3 will be released summer 2011
Pappzd: At what age did you start DJing?
Cosmic: Professionally? I started DJing in 2008, so I would have been nineteen.
Pappzd: Who taught you what you know today?
Cosmic: No, I freelanced. Everything I know now I taught myself. I used to work in a club called Junk in Southampton where I eventually learned [DJing] and practiced.
Pappzd: You’ve come pretty far in just two years, already working with a string of prominent artists. Talk us through that.
Cosmic: I’ve played alongside grime artist Gracious K, MC D Double E, grime artist Lioness, MC Funky Dee, MC and producer Scorcher, garage MC Neutrino
Pappzd: Last year you were spotted a lot with Gracious K, are you still his official DJ?
Cosmic: Yes, just don’t really do his smaller bookings… I mean bookings that aren’t on a larger scale. I’ll do events such as Oceana and his concerts, but not the smaller ones.
Pappzd: Your career has certainly made you very popular. Do you have any groupies?
Cosmic: Yeah, I’d say anyone with any sort of spotlight does
Pappzd: Care to name a few?
Cosmic: No [laughs] I’ll leave them to their own devices.
Pappzd: At least tell us about your wildest experience with groupies
Cosmic: I don’t get involved. They chase me, I don’t chase them. Groupies try to start conversations after I play sets, or try and give me their numbers.
Pappzd: So no stalkers or necessary restraining orders?
Cosmic: No, no stalkers.
Pappzd: Your girlfriend must not be too pleased with all these groupies?
Cosmic: She’s cool. She knows I’m about the music. She supports what I do.
Pappzd: Tell us about your controversial tweets
Cosmic: I’ve tried to tone them down a bit… its not on purpose, I tweet how I speak
Pappzd: What’s the wost situation that you’ve found yourself in over Twitter?
Cosmic: Last September [some] people tried to look for me over something I had tweeted. A picture. A picture of a girl
Pappzd: You mean the Peaches McQueen incident?
Cosmic: Yea [laughs]
Pappzd: Did they find you?
Cosmic: No, I did speak to her dad though. Told him exactly what happened
Pappzd: Did he threaten you?
Pappzd: Tell us about Fatz. How did you meet him? What exactly does he do?
Cosmic: He was at one of my early bookings, I didn’t have a host at the time so he hosted for me. Fatz hosts and entertains the crowd vocally while I play music
Pappzd: What do you think sets you apart from other DJs?
Cosmic: Vision. I hear two songs and envision them together in a way that others don’t, therefore providing an entertainment level they cannot reach
Pappzd: Do you feel that you have any real competition in the field today?
Cosmic: Well my top three-level DJs I rate are Marcus Nasty, DJ pioneer and Super D
Pappzd: Why those in particular?
Cosmic: They are the true pioneers of the scene. They’ve been around for a while.