DJ Clay to mix things up at HeadlinersWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Detroit mixmaster DJ Clay will take over Headliners on June 20.
The disc jockey, whose real name is Michael Velasquez, comes equipped with a new album, “A World Upside Down.” The album features tracks with acts Tech N9ne, Blaze Ya Dead Homie and Insane Clown Posse.
“It’s constructed so different than any other mixtape I’ve ever done before,” Velasquez said. “[On it,] I’m taking myself out of the element and letting other artists shine.”
Velasquez loved working with the guest artists, especially Tech N9ne, who he has worked with before.
“Every time it seems like we do something together … it’s a hit,” Velasquez said.
Velasquez said being from Detroit has influenced his sound.
“Coming up as a DJ, the freestyle and club scene is huge there,” he said. “The rappers that came out of that city obviously are the ones that I’m blessed enough to be working with now. … They were an influence on me too when I was coming up.”
Velasquez also addressed one of his hometown’s most successful rappers.
“A lot of people say Eminem was an influence, but I actually stumbled across Eminem later in my life, so I can’t really say he was an influence on me but he is influential, definitely,” he said.
The show is part of the Summer Jam 2 tour with Native American rapper Anybody Killa, who appears on the album’s third track “Let Me Be.”
“[It’s] him just going off,” Velasquez said. “Once upon a time, he left [his] record label and the fans hated him for that for some reason. … I always wonder, ‘What about the music?’”