New Jersey native, Indica, is a budding DJ currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Even with a growing passion for music since birth, Indica didn’t get into the DJ game until two years ago. Before traveling to DJ at SXSW and a 40 oz. Bounce event in Charlotte, Indica was mixing CD’s for kids in his neighborhood, making playlists of party songs, and aux DJ’ing at parties. Now, Indica’s goal is to create timeless music with his music versatility.

Q: First off, thanks for wanting to be a part of Freelancer Magazine, we really appreciate it. So, for those who may not know you, how would you address yourself to the audience? 

A: I appreciate this opportunity on behalf of Freelancer Magazine. I just want the audience to know… “I love you all, fuck the cops” – Dom Kennedy 


Q: How long has music been a part of your life? 

A: Music has always been apart of my life as far as I can remember. I was exposed to a lot of soul music early. So when it comes to music, it’s all about the connection I get from it. 


Q: Did you know that you always wanted to do music? 

A: No. I’ve always collected music like it was trading cards, so I always had some form of music people would like. I used to make mix cd’s for kids in my neighborhood. Then I started making playlist of party songs and aux DJ’ing at parties. So the signs were always there but I didn’t decide to take it seriously till about two years ago. 


Q: Where do you currently reside? 

A: I currently reside in Atlanta, GA but I was born in New Jersey. 


Q: What is the meaning behind your DJ name?

A: Indica was a name I had before DJ’ing. It relates to what I was into at the time but from a music standpoint, it’s means how potent I am. 


Q: What are some of your best accomplishments from 2016 and how do you plan to make 2017 better? 

A: My best accomplishments of 2016 was the opportunity to travel twice to DJ. SXSW and 40 oz. Bounce in Charlotte. For 2017 I plan to travel more through DJ’ing, to places like New York/Jersey and California. 


Q: Were there any moments in your life where you had setbacks in your career? How did you overcome these setbacks? 

A: Yeah, my biggest setback happened earlier this year. I had all of my DJ equipment and computer stolen. I was really hurt over this situation because this is what I love and the means to do it. God is good though I’ve bounced back, nothing can stop my mission. 


Q: A month ago, you released your Sativa Mix…What was the process in the creation of this track?

A: Typically with all my mixes I start with a theme or a general sound I want the listeners to feel. Sativa being the counter to Indica, the intent was to compose a sexy dance mix catered to women. With Sativa I wanted to incorporate a lot of club music like Jersey Club and Baltimore Club. Being from Jersey, Jersey Club has a huge influence on me but this was the first mix I released showing that side of me. 


Q: What was your favorite part about creating this mix?  

A: My favorite part was actually recording the mix. I’m very particular about every detail. Down to song selection, flow, how long I let each song play, how I blend each record. It’s all worth it in the end because I want to put out the best representation of my skills as possible. 


Q: How long did it take you to develop this mix? 

A: Considering everything from pre-production to actual production. All together I’d say a month. I’m very hands on, I work with the same graphic designer for all my mixes who is my friend Troy James. We align the art direction to match the sound of the mix. 


Q: Do you plan to release any EPs in 2017? 

A: I plan to release several more mixes within the remainder of the year and get back to producing. Once I get back on the production side I want to start releasing beats/tracks. 


Q: How would you describe the music that you make? 

A: I’m very versatile musically, I listen to just about everything. So with my mixes I try not to be stagnant and put out the exact sound over and over again. I like to experiment, so my next mixes will be completely different from the previous. 

Q: What goals do you hope to achieve in 2017? What are some things you want to accomplish/do in 2017? 

A: My goal for 2017 and beyond is to go on tour DJ’ing. I definitely want to DJ on Boiler Room which is a top goal of mine. Also, I want to score a fashion show during fashion week. 


Q: If you could describe the future of your music in one word, how would you describe it? 

A: Timeless


Q: Is there anything you would like your supporters to know? 

A: Only thing I would say is be diligent, nothing comes over night. Take literally everyday to better your craft and expand your brand. 


Listen to Indica’s Sativa Mix

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