Nastee | Interview
Nastee is an engineer, producer, emcee, and DJ from Burlington, VT. In the early 80s began as a DJ in Boston, MA. As a teenager, his first official DJ experience occurred in New Orleans with Dizzy D, filming shows and performing on the radio. In 1990, Nastee moved to New York City and began DJing with the group Unity 2 on Reprise/Warner Bros. The group connected with Boogie Down Productions and Nastee was DJing for Harmony. Nastee took on engineering and producing, initially working with the Toronto group Dream Warriors on a project that was never released. Nastee’s first engineering experience was with Lordz Of Brooklyn. He then linked up with Dante Ross and SD50 and produced three tracks for a Long Island group called Hard 2 Obtain on Atlantic Records. In 1995, Nastee landed a head engineer role at The Cutting Room Studios in Manhattan, working with the top hip hop artists including Mobb Deep, Big Punisher, Noreaga, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, David Banner, Das EFX, Dead Prez, and more. Nastee mixed one of Mobb Deep’s biggest records, “Quiet Storm”, and Peter Gunz & Lord Tariq’s platinum single “Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)”. In 2003, Nastee moved to Burlington, VT to pursue his own independent music venture. He would emcee and DJ with multiple times a week and run a popular radio show called The Statik Music Mixtape. In 2005, Nastee formed a collective of hip hop artists in Vermont called VT Union and released two mixtapes with features from Smif-N-Wessun, Termanology, Craig G, and R.A. The Rugged Man. In 2009, Nastee released his first solo album, The Album B4 The Album, which garnered a digital distribution deal. Nastee also runs a YouTube animation series, The 4word Movement Show, where he draws, animates, and records voiceover for the characters. In 2012, Nastee released The Resume, a compilation album with some of the best songs in hip hop history that he has engineered. The album comes with a document called “Behind The Resume” with Nastee’s memories and stories from each track.