Line Dance Connection:

What's your name? Do you have a name youíre known by when youíre DJing?

DJ 8 Mile:

Virgil P. Ganchorre is my gov't.Before Facebook, I've been always known as DJ 8 Mile, but Facebook apparently made known to a lot of new faces my gov't name.I prefer to go by DJ 8 Mile in the hustle community.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

Where are you from and what city do you call home?

DJ 8 Mile:

I was born in Pontiac, MI, raised in Detroit, MI, and now reside in Newbury, OH.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

How long have you been DJing?

DJ 8 Mile:

Turntable artist since 1995, remix producer since 1996, hustle DJ since 2000.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

How'd you get into DJing?

DJ 8 Mile:

During the late 1980's and early 1990's, I was listening to a lot of Saturday night radio mix shows (WJLB-FM, WZAK-FM), and listening to how live DJs transform and manipulate music on the turntables, and it got me wanting to try it.I was buying vinyl before I assembled my first turntable set.My focus was hip-hop, R&B, dancehall reggae, and ghettotech/ghetto house music.

 

Digital remix production happened during the time I was utilizing remix service records (Ultimix, X-Mix, Hot Tracks, Turbo Beats, Wicked Mix) in my sets, and I was fascinated with how they edited the tracks.I wanted to try that as well, and it happened when I came across this shareware audio editing software (Cool Wave Editor) and tried it on an i386 PC.Using some basic editing knowledge I picked up at a high school internship at WMJI-FM, I was able to edit and produce my very first remix.My first digitally cut medley happened in 1998.I currently use Adobe Audition (formerly Cool Edit Pro, the decendent of the first audio editing software I touched).

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

Are you primarily a line dance DJ? Or do you DJ non line dance events as well?

DJ 8 Mile:

was a club DJ from 1997-2003, along with spinning hustles from 2000-2003.I am now primarily a hustle DJ since 2008.Obviously, I also hustle dance, and that's since 1998.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

Whatís your favorite thing about DJing?

DJ 8 Mile:

Playing something and seeing people react and enjoy what you are playing.The satisfaction of watching that dance floor fill up with dancers because of what you put on.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

What's your not so favorite thing about it?

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Getting a request knowing that you cannot fulfill it because; 1) you simply do not have that record, and/or 2) there is not enough time left to play that record.The close second is not being able to dance as much as you want to because you're spinning that party.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

Some people say a DJ makes or breaks a party; do you do anything special to prepare for a party?

DJ 8 Mile:

Not really.Before a gig, I just try to pay attention to what everyone else is playing and how the crowd reacts, or pay attention to the hustles that a great majority is talking about or teaching at certain regions that I'm having the gig at (via Facebook, YouTube, Happy Feet, etc.).Sometimes, a special unannounced trip around those regions also occurs.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

What's the one thing you think you're known for?

DJ 8 Mile:

Countless number of digital remixes and custom edits (tagged or untagged) for hustles I've produced over the last decade starting with LR Shake & Busta Rhymes in 2001, Bump That Rump, Major Payne's Boots (both 2002), on to M&M Pump, STL Caffeine, and Woodhouse's Last Night Hustle.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

What song or songs are guaranteed to pack the dance floor?

DJ 8 Mile:

There are the classics, of course, like In The Line Of Duty, Circle City Steppin', and 5-in-1 Hustle.As of Summer 2013, I'd try to pack a dancefloor with STL LA, Subtle, Leggo, STL Caffeine, Light It Up, Just Shake, Family Flow, Best Of Me, What A Shock, BS (Basement Sh*t), Este Ritmo, etc.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

What song or songs will make you leave the DJ booth and dance?

DJ 8 Mile:

As of Summer 2013, I'd dance to STL LA, STL Caffeine, WerkItOut, Some Mo Ground, Beat Chaserz, Knod Your Head, Subtle, Last Night, Interlude, Needy, Smooth Trio, for example.Oldies like Circle City Steppin', Smooth Shhhh, Kick Off The Blues, etc.Cannot forget G Double-O D by Choly Chol.I'm out on the floor for that one.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

How do you manage the multiple requests that come at you during a party?

DJ 8 Mile:

Any requests or workshop music coming at me gets categorized and played with discretion according to the dynamic mood (or psychology) that is being dictating on the wood by the crowd or myself.Whether it be smooth, energetic, up tempo, hip hop, die-hard oldie, obscure, brand-new, mainstream, beginner, intermediate, or advanced, or whatever.It's really a difficult and complicated process, and seven times out of ten, I ask myself, "This person wants to hear this.How many more people in this room know this hustle and want to dance it?And how many people in this room do not know this hustle, and yet, want to see it, or should be exposed to it to drive up interest in it?"

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

What would you say to people who leave a party upset because they didnít hear the one song they wanted to hear?

DJ 8 Mile:

Either, "There wasn't enough time to play it," or, "I tried my best, but I couldn't play it."Often times, I reassure them to go to the after-party, and whoever is there will play it.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

What's one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

DJ 8 Mile:

Some out there know that I repair computers (case in point, the very laptop I use to DJ and remix was repaired by myself after finding it in the city dump for computer recycling), but many do not know that I'm also a musician, who plays the piano (31 years, 17 years trained), electric bass guitar, and upright string (double) bass...Yeah.That huge big stand-up violin that puts out those low tones in jazz bands and orchestras...I play that.Even with the bow.At the local Catholic church.The last time I played the piano possibly in front of anyone in the hustle community was when I played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" about an hour after Common Ground's Costume Soiree 2012 in Indianapolis ended on the hotel's baby grand.If anyone was around when that happened, they sure would've seen a different side to 8 Mile.