DJ Evil Dee (Da Beatminerz) | Interview
DJ Evil Dee is a hip hop producer and DJ from Brooklyn, NY, and member of the influential 90s group, Black Moon. Evil Dee began exploring music through the influence of his mother, who was a pianist. He perfected the piano, violin, guitar, bass, organ, drums, and learned to use the turntable at age 7 from his older brother, Mr. Walt. In high school, Evil Dee made a name for himself as a college radio DJ. He graduated from spinning to producing and would sneak into his brother’s record collection to make beats using two tape decks. Evil Dee connected with emcees 5ft and Buckshot to form Black Moon and signed a deal in 1992 with Nervous Records, with the help of DJ Chuck Chillout. The group’s debut album, Enta Da Stage, was released in 1993 with the majority of songs produced by Evil Dee and Walt. Evil Dee produced another classic album in 1995, this time for Brownsville hip hop group Smif-N-Wessun, called Da Shinin’. In 1996, Nervous Records released a Black Moon compilation album, Diggin’ In Dah Vaults, which featured remixes and b-side tracks. Evil Dee later produced for Busta Rhymes and Eminem, among many others. In the late 90s, Evil Dee and Walt started Da Beatminerz Radio. Da Beatminerz signed with Rawkus Records in 2000, releasing the album Brace 4 Impak, and later recorded the independent albums Fully Loaded With Static (2004) and Unmarked Music Vol. 1 (2005). Evil Dee continues to DJ, produce, and tour globally with Black Moon and as a Beatminerz DJ.