Name: Grant Bass
DJ Name: Imhotep
Primary Genre: EDM
Other Genres: Hip-Hop, House, Trap
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's going on everybody Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO here and we have another amazing episode of the My DJ Story Podcast brought to you by TheClub App, the number one Community for DJs where you can build your career.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Online today we have my brother, DJ mo tech brother, can you please introduce yourself to the people who you are and where you're from.
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Imhotep: yeah absolutely.
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Imhotep: My name is mo type Ak my full name is actually grand bass i'm originally from the Midwest I grew up in a city called elkhart indiana.
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Imhotep: And I currently reside in California right now in southern California.
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Imhotep: i'm in right now on obviously you know I think a lot of people understand the past year has been past year year and a half, has been difficult, with games before coven everything.
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Imhotep: I was I mainly do weddings and also, I was starting to pick up club events, and I also produce and do all types of side projects on the side i've got a.
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Imhotep: Few friends that are cinematographers sometimes they asked me for music for their for their films i've got a friend that likes to make little often on the side video game so i've done some stuff for that so like kind of like the you know.
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Imhotep: FLEX my musical muscle and kind of take part in all different types of projects and stuff to kind of keep myself my skill set you know diverse and open, you know, be able to cater to whatever anyone needs let's see what else.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome no that's a super good intro i'm super excited to hear.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: You know your journey and some of the things that you've been doing over the past couple of years of being a DJ and sounds like.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: you're very versatile with all the things that you do in your career so i'm super excited about that.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Can you walk us through the beginning days you know what sparked your interest in becoming a DJ in the first place and give us a little you know introduction about why you became a DJ and what moves you to do that.
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Imhotep: it's actually a funny story, I saw I grew up like I think my first major influence with DJ was guys like DJ jazzy Jeff and fresh Prince, and all those guys more than hip hop side.
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Imhotep: As I started to get a little bit older and like through middle school high school and college, you know I started to get more.
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Imhotep: involved in like started to get more interested in the edm community and, like, I was listening to acrylics and stuff before.
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Imhotep: Electronic music became more of like now, a big production like you know, like performance as it is today, before they were really DJ is there just producers.
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Imhotep: And one of the groups that I really clung to his daft punk I loved their idea of you know, the mass and.
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Imhotep: You know, really having a heavy emphasis on just the music and making that the point of their career and having total you know creative freedom over everything that they did.
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Imhotep: So I used to run track used to be an athlete got hurt during college and couldn't really do that anymore.
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Imhotep: But you know I liked one of the biggest things that I, you know really drew from athletics was I like to perform for people, so you know I kind of looked around seeing other things I could do to expand that creative energy to expend that energy and I fell on DJ and.
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Imhotep: You know musics always a journey I started off, you know playing all I think the same stuff everyone does all this stuff here festivals and.
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Imhotep: You know, up until this point now i've kind of developed my own unique style and mainly spend house tech house and things like that, when i'm not doing weddings and stuff like that.
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Imhotep: And I like to really incorporate a lot of the older 80s 90s, like some of the stuff in the sense, just to remind people where it comes from and stuff like that.
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Imhotep: But yeah i've been teaching ever since about see graduate into that so maybe around 2013 2014 so almost a decade now, and like I said I moved out to California 2016.
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Imhotep: A lot of music and its journey is you know who you know the end the like you know the connections, you make, with people.
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Imhotep: getting to know people so moving out here, I kind of had to California moves fast I kind of jumped on the train of Fahrenheit everything moves as far as.
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Imhotep: getting involved in the scene and stuff like that so i'm kind of still in the middle, in that middle of that.
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Imhotep: kind of starting to look around and see the younger guys and be like damn i'm getting i'm getting a little all but you know music is life thing you don't ever quit it and.
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Imhotep: Because I feel like I feel young when i'm doing it period, so no matter what my age number is like it's it's going to be with it for life it's so it's so much fun.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: yeah man that's awesome brother, I think that the way that you present yourself and your DJ career is so interesting and it shows is your love and passion for music and DJ.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: And when that passion is there, it really is something that just allows you to be very successful at it.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Because you're not letting the the ins and outs in the day to day, you know successes and failures of being in a DJ career.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: really get to you you're just in it for the long run, because you love it so much, and I, I really love that about you, I think that it's really great.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: I love to talk about you know your branding and some of the story around your name mo tech can tell me a little bit about how you got your DJ name and kind of what does that name mean to you and your brand.
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Imhotep: yeah so I kind of set him on email, except for a couple different reasons, doing research on like what kind of name to choose and what persona I wanted to have.
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Imhotep: You know funnily enough my last name is bass, which a lot of people can turn around and you know, make a basement about it and stuff like that, and I did go by, DJ base for a while, but that's so generic and outplayed.
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Imhotep: So to influences came in with selling on that name and the first was Prince because he chose.
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Imhotep: A title that couldn't exactly be copyrighted he chose principles, just like a car think it's like a common down so it's kind of like protected.
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Imhotep: yeah to change that later on, obviously, to the artist formerly known as once you know the record labels kind of messed him over.
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Imhotep: But that was the whole idea behind it was a choose like a historical feature or something based off of that that couldn't necessarily be copyrighted have my name, taken from me and then to.
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Imhotep: email type in itself is from Egyptian culture it's just a nod to you know Africa my African American know that culture and then.
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Imhotep: It means he who walks in peace so that's kind of like just encompasses you know when you're involved with music like your main objective is to ensure that everyone's having a good time and enjoying themselves.