From Touring with Nipsey Hussle to Private Shows for Jay-Z, DJ V.I.P is a Seasoned Vet Respected by Hip Hop Royalty! @DJVIP501

The best shows are the seamless ones imbued with an illusive image of being organic -- instead of the pre-planned productions -- by the DJ and artist's synergy. Any lull moment to discuss the next song or fix any technical issue runs the risk of losing the crowd to their phones. Thirty-one-year-old Anthony Orozco, better known as DJ V.I.P., has been deejaying for Nipsey Hussle for so long, he's developed a level of telepathy that keeps that from ever happening.

"I can already tell by his physical demeanor and his body language when he's going to switch it up because I've done over 100 shows with him. It's probably closer 150 now," DJ VIP told REVOLT TV confidently.

For this installment of "Tour Tales," DJ VIP let's us in on just how close Nipsey Hussle's 2018 BET Awards performance came to not happening following his infamous slap, how VIP helped change the dynamic of Nipsey's live show, and why he's pretty sure Nipsey won't be performing at the Grammy Awards this year.

When did you start deejaying for Nipsey?

I had done some events with him before I became his official DJ in 2013. I was getting him booked at clubs that I was deejaying at, and since he didn't have a DJ and I'm the one who booked him, I'd do playback on the songs. I actually went out and did my first show with him November 2013 at the House of Blues in Hollywood.

#tbt of @NipseyHussle & @DopeItsDom performing “Checc Me Out” for the first time ever at the House of B... What makes this night memorable for me was not only that this was the first time I ever touched the stage with Nipsey, not to mention Dom…The House of Blues was the FIRST PLACE I ever seen Nip perform as a fan when I came out to “The Marathon” show…3 years later I become his official DJ. It’s crazy how things have came full circle! #Dream #Believe #Achieve

What was the first conversation you had with Nipsey about how the live show was going to happen?

At the time, he was just doing regular two-track playback. That's when I got him over to show tracks, and that changed the dynamic of the show a lot. Show tracks are basically the song without the verses in there. You just have the instrumental, so that you can really hear the artist.

How has that changed the show?

He just sounds much more intimate because now, he's not trying to rap over himself. He's speaking to the people. Now, he's not trying to speak over himself, or speak with himself. You just hear what he's saying clear and concise. A lot of artists that I still see to this day -- not even on TV broadcasts -- but, at festivals, are still performing over two tracks. For me, someone who enjoys live shows, it does a major disservice to the audience and the fans when you're doing that.

Is there a show that fans don't know came really close to not happening or being different?

There's definitely two that stick out really vividly. One being [Power 106 L.A.'s] Powerhouse in 2015. We were at the hotel, we were all getting ready, and we were excited. It was our first time doing Powerhouse. Ironically, years after Nipsey had made his presence known in L.A., he still didn't have a really strong radio presence. So, it was hard for us to book the radio concerts. We were at the hotel down the ways, waiting for our caravan. We didn't know how long it would actually take us to get us into an arena. We weren't used to that. That wasn't our standard protocol. We just weren't verse in that, at the time.

We end up getting there a little bit late and they wanted to not put us on. We ended up getting on. But, they end up cutting our set. It was one of those massive turntable stages where they have a 30-40 second turnaround. They turn the stage and they're ready to go live. They turn the stage on us right before 'Hussle in the House,' and I looked at Nip, and he shook his head. I already knew he wanted me to run the record even if they were turning us. So, I dropped 'Hussle In The House,' and he was standing with one leg like Captain Morgan on stage, rapping, as the stage was turning.

You came into Nipsey's career at a time when he was elevating from a relatively unheralded MC to him now performing at huge venues. Was there a moment that happened that you can say caused Nipsey's show demand or crowd size to increase?

If you would just look at everything on a graph and say, 'OK. What was the point in time where we were doing this many shows? There were this big of crowds and from this point on, we were doing crowds five to ten times larger with a three times booking rate.' That point in time would be once the Atlantic partnership happened [in November 2017]. That's when we had Atlantic onboard not only helping us with assets, but also standing behind the content that we brought them. [Victory Lap] was a fully curated Nipsey Hussle project. It wasn't an 'Atlantic Records Presents Nipsey Hussle project.' It was Nipsey's Victory Lap, as he wanted it to be.

Once that partnership had evolved and started to grow, that's when we were doing these bigger festivals. That's how we got to MTV's 'TRL' in February 2018. We did the BET Awards. We were headlining big stages like Broccoli Fest with [Playboi] Carti. We had been at some of these shows before, on smaller stages. But, not the prime time slots.

Perfecting the #PowehouseLA show

Nipsey's entrepreneurial talents may be as known as his music. He sold a mixtape for $100 and he put a "smart store" in the neighborhood he grew up in -- to name a few of his moves. Is there anything on tour that Nipsey's done that can speak for that entrepreneurial spirit?

On our last tour, Nipsey fully paid for all the LED walls and a lot of the special effects. That's all stuff he's invested in out of pocket to better the shows. The only way it's benefited him was the audience experience. It was pretty costly. But, to him, he values that experience and the ability to give a Victory Lap show at a very high standard every single night, and that's what it called for.

How far in advance was the planning for the 'Victory Lap Tour'?

It was always a discussion being that Victory Lap had been initially spoke about, I believe in 2012, maybe 2013. That's around when he brought out the name of the project and even teased some ideas for songs. Some of those songs weren't recorded until long after. So, some of these songs are three to four years old. We've been cooking ideas for visuals, and just looking at other people's shows and our own shows to see what we can improve on.

One of my favorite verses when see him perform live is on YG's anti-Trump song 'FDT.' What were those performances like? Are there ones that stick out?

There was always a good response from the crowd, whether it was black, white, Asian, or anything in between. People of our generation haven't seen any benefits of that yet, as far as Trump goes. They have that anti-Trump push, and everyone was turned up, having a good time wherever we performed it. A show that stood out the most? Without a doubt, Broccoli Fest in D.C. We found this picture of Kanye wearing the Trump hat 10 or 15 minutes before we were on our way to [the] stage. We changed up our visuals for that performance on a whim because we were like, 'Yo, we're in D.C. right now.' That photo had just went viral that day.

Performed #FDT in Washington D.C Picture Speaking A thousand Words

Was that Nipsey's decision to put that Kanye West photo up there?

At the end of the day, everything is Nipsey's decision. It was something that we all were joking about. We were all shooting shit in the car and we ended up throwing it up on the screen. 

You've performed with Nipsey a lot over the last five years. So, I assume you know what he wants onstage without him saying it.

Exactly. Let's say he changes the vibe and asks, 'Where all my ladies at?' I know he's going to go to '4 In The Morning.' If he says he wants to turn up, he's going to go to 'Bitch You Broke,' and start running through some of the party records with YG. If he grabs a bottle of champagne, he wants 'Rose Clique' and he's about to spray [champagne].

What song is guaranteed to get the biggest reaction live?

I would [say] 'Fly Crippin' is definitely a big one. We don't do that as much as we used to. It was very heavy during the 'Crenshaw Tour' part of Mailbox Money. But, we kind of phased that out of the live shows. Now, we don't do 'Rosè Clique' as much. But, that's definitely another record. The main reason those records aren't super heavy in the set is because those are older songs that we only have two tracks for. We want to make sure that we have the continuity of show tracks for the whole show.

How has Nipsey's rider evolved over the years?

Obviously there's more bottles on there. There's a little bit more food because the travel party is bigger. The booking personnel is bigger. Before, there really wasn't much of a rider. There were water bottles and hand towels (laughs). Now, there's champagne, grilled chicken and shrimp. It's not super extravagant, but it's definitely evolved.

#tbt 2 years ago on the #CrenshawTour we made history & it hasn...

Have you seen him make records on the bus?

Actually, a lot of the Crenshaw leaks were recorded on the bus. But, there wasn't too much music that was recorded on the bus because while we were on the bus, we would have issues with the power not being clean, or there just being little sounds you could hear. Most people couldn't hear it, but we could hear it. So, that was something that we took note of. We were actively releasing a lot of records during the 'Crenshaw Tour.' The leaks that we dropped, those were actively released and pushed through the bus. But, we didn't record too much on the bus. A lot of stuff has always been in the studio because even with a good mixing and mastering engineer, you're only as good as your raw recording. If you have a shitty recording, then, it's kind of pointless.

Tours are also places to connect the team through fun moments. Lauryn Hill took her crew out for laser tag. Janelle Monae took her crew out ice skating and bowling. Is there anything Nipsey has done with you and his team in terms of hanging out and bonding?

Obviously, I don't have the same background as him. So, whenever I'm around him, I'm always hearing different stories. The other partner in All Money In, Adam [Andebrhan], he's the road manger and has known Nipsey since he was five. They're always telling war stories. So, I'm always hearing different things that help me know who he is and why he is the way he is. We also always engage in extracurriculars. We're always trying to find stuff to do. The times where we just had time before the show, we've went to a movie. Other times, we've tried to find a place to go skydiving or some shit. 

Wait, you went skydiving with Nipsey Hussle?

We didn't. We tried to. It was a conversation. Nipsey was the No. 1 person who was with it. He said he was going to get Red Bull to sponsor it.

Nipsey is an artist. But, he's also a businessman. Do you think someone like Nipsey would stop performing, if he started making more money from releasing music, as streaming revenues increase?

If you have a certain stream of revenue that requires less new time, you're going to do what's best for your time. If doing less shows -- but on bigger stages -- then, it'll equate to better shows, in my opinion. I think that because they're going to be that much more special when they do happen. I can see shows happening less with artists being happy with what they're doing with their streaming money. At the end of the day, people will always want to see shows. As long as Nipsey is actively releasing music, we'll have tours.

Recently you paid homage to Nipsey at Welcome to the West Music Festival in Ontario, CA, how was that?

It was heavy on the heart as Nipsey & I performed at that same show a year prior.  I knew I had to step up and give a performance he would be proud of, and thats exactly what I did.  I brought Dom Kennedy, J Stone, & Cobby Supreme up to perform the records they had with Nipsey. We turnt it up no doubt, it was a honor to be apart of that set as it was with every set I had with him.

with @djvip510 @dopeitsdom @jstone_allmoneyin @cobbysupreme1 @jroct...

How can people contact you & follow your marathon?

Follow DJ V.I.P. on Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/djvip510

LIKE DJ V.I.P. on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/djvip510

 

Follow DJ V.I.P.  on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/djvip510

Subscribe to DJ V.I.P. J on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/djvip510

Follow DJ V.I.P. on Spinrilla:

https://www.spinrilla.com/djvip510

Website: www.djviponline.com / http://www.oncueagency.com

EPK: www.oncueagency.com/s/VIP_epk_r04.pdf

Booking: Sarah@OnCueAgency.com

Views: 4

Comment

You need to be a member of CODA~GROOVES~ENT to add comments!

Join CODA~GROOVES~ENT

Artist Management,PR,Promotion,Booking,Marketing... Check our Services and Prices Page http://codagroovesent.ning.com/page/services-1

Show sum LUV





Blog Posts

Attention: Music Industry Professional! Atlanta, GA Conference

Posted by Jacque Schauls on November 8, 2019 at 7:20am 0 Comments

Attention: Music Industry Professional! Atlanta, GA Conference February 7th-9th 2020

#Music #Entertainment #Conference #Networking

#RoadiesOfColorUnited

#February7thru9 #2020 #Atlanta #Education http://www.roadiesofcolorunited.com/r-o-c-u-event-and-hotel-registration/…

Continue

Made Men Minnesota Scam #Groupon #Scam #MadeMen #Landscaping

Posted by Jacque Schauls on May 25, 2019 at 5:57am 0 Comments

#Groupon #MadeMen #Landscape #SCAM #Landscaping Bought the Groupon, #John won't return calls to schedule the work. Paid for $150 #DoNotBuyGrouponServices John's number is 510-394-876 612-707-4083 #BEWARE #Thief #GrouponScam

Hair By JACQUE

Posted by Jacque Schauls on April 29, 2016 at 7:13am 0 Comments

#HairByJACQUE
NOW in Inver Grove Heights!
CREDIT CARD…
Continue

Effective Hashtags Social Marketing

Posted by Jacque Schauls on March 19, 2018 at 11:36am 0 Comments

#Effective #Hashtags

if you exceed two hashtags in a tweet your chances of engagement drop by 17%.

Only 22% of engagement with a brand’s tweets are replies.

78% are retweets

92% are link clicks.

So if you include an appropriate hashtag or two in your tweets as a brand, you are massively increasing the chances of exposure and click-throughs on the site. Going from 10 to 20 – in retweets or link clicks…

Continue

Model Contest #Model #Contest #ModelSearch

Posted by Jacque Schauls on February 27, 2019 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Model Contest!

We are looking for three models to be featured on https://dogtorbarker.com #DogtorBarker #Model #Contest

Must be over age 18. Go to the site, sign up for the #Newsletter

Submit your photos (3) & measurements. #Win #Clothing !…

Continue

Latest Activity

NewMusic posted a blog post

Rock Mayfield Presents Brand New Single, ''2:30 AM" Featuring Lilly Whyte

Artist Rock Mayfield is a lyrical storyteller born in Racine, Wisconsin, but rooted not far from home in Burlington, Wisconsin. He was raised in a single parent household with a determined mother fighting to make sure he had the best of the world we live in. Despite his mother efforts, Rock meet tragedy early on. At the tender age of 4, Rock was exposed to domestic…See More
12 hours ago
boss posted blog posts
14 hours ago
KAMAL IMANI (Director, Poet, CEO liked KAMAL IMANI (Director, Poet, CEO's video
yesterday
KAMAL IMANI (Director, Poet, CEO posted a video

Relationships: Are you dating a man or a boy?

Many men have never been taught how to be a man. This is one of the reasons why many women become frustrated when dating. Kamal has been married for nearly 2...
yesterday
Entirely PR posted a blog post

@entirelypr Q&A With Ishmael Herring

Where are we talking from today?I live in Nashville as of late. I live in a three-bedroom house, just off of Nolensville Road. I haven’t been here long but I do like the neighborhood. My Name Is Ishmael Herring.Where did you get your artist’s name from?Strangely enough, I did not name the band. William Pilgrim is the name of the main character from one of my favorite…See More
yesterday
Urban Stone posted a video

OG BIG MAMA • SO COLD(Promo video)

Brand new music from Watts Finest OG Flatland Entertainment CEO/Recording Artist OG BIG MAMA coming with brand new music that California fire with production...
Friday
BLACC WIDOHH posted a blog post

MR WHO??? RELEASES WILDY ADVENTUROUS ALBUM “PAINT THE SKY FUNK.”

The latest from the Dallas based artist channels P-Funk to take listeners on an unpredThictable psychedelic journey. Describing his style as “FunkJazzHop,” Mr. Who???” makes music that is impossible to pin down, fusing the endless creativity of 70’s funk with jazz inspired melodies, and liberally sprinkling in open hearted hip-hop rhythms. With his 2019 album “Paint The Sky Funk,” he moves beyond his influences to create a sound all his own, and an album unlike anything you’ve ever heard. After…See More
Friday
Mymusicmylife.com music marketin posted a blog post

Chef Kat’s Bone Cleaner BBQ Sauce Cooks Up Toiletries For the Homeless with Thanksgiving Food Drive

Chef Kat is planning to feed several hundred homeless this Thanksgiving, featuring her specialty Bone Cleaner BBQ sauce recipes and she is asking for public support in order to provide much needed toiletries for the city's least fortunate. The young chef is hoping to provide basic needs like toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion and soap alongside her hearty southern styled…See More
Thursday
MJ Savino is now a member of CODA~GROOVES~ENT
Wednesday
Mutha F**? Boss liked Mutha F**? Boss's blog post TONI MONROE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Nov 11
Mutha F**? Boss posted a blog post

TONI MONROE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Most Los Angelenos know the name “Toni Monroe” she’s a west coast veteran known to her peers as a rhyme sayer, female beat slayer, and a Hardcore verb player, Toni Monroe made an impact as one of the first rappers to spearhead the current female rap movement, This Bold, Beautiful Bombshell has been blessing the stage and holding her own with the like of Kurput, DJ Quik,…See More
Nov 11
BLACC WIDOHH posted a blog post

CURRY WIT ROCC- KING BLU

Comin straight out of the 757, King Blu dropped another banga called "Curry wit Rocc". King Blu is no rookie to the game, his lyrics are straight to the point, and cuts to the chase. The beat pairs well with the video as well as the lyrical flow. King Blu explains certain parts of his life in the song and the hook is catchy- "Steph Curry with the rocc, get money none stop"FOLLOW:IG- blu_pasacoFB-Blu PasacoTwitter-BlupasacoSite- welive247.comBooking or Features- djblaccwidohh@gmail.com…See More
Nov 9
boss posted a blog post

Jigga Flames - "Rags 2 Riches"

Maryland’s hometown hero Jigga Flames re-visits the scene with an exquisite music video for “Rags 2 Riches” shot & directed by Jamar Hutcheson. Despite wishing for a lot of finer things back in the day, Jigga makes it clear that he’s currently having his way & flexing on everyone who ever doubted him. Check out the new visuals for “Rags 2 Riches” below. Connect…See More
Nov 8
Struc Supreme posted a blog post

#NewMusicVideo @clip_monstar - Revelations (official music video)

Check out the new music video from CLIP MONSTAR called "Revelations" off his latest album OPEN CASKET.Shot by @topshelftvllc_Produced by Vee MontanaFollow me on social media @clip_monstarNEW ALBUM!! #OpenCasket…See More
Nov 8
Jacque Schauls's blog post was featured

Attention: Music Industry Professional! Atlanta, GA Conference

Attention: Music Industry Professional! Atlanta, GA Conference February 7th-9th 2020#Music #Entertainment #Conference #Networking #RoadiesOfColorUnited #February7thru9 #2020 #Atlanta #Education http://www.roadiesofcolorunited.com/r-o-c-u-event-and-hotel-registration/Roadies of Color…See More
Nov 8
Jacque Schauls posted a blog post

Attention: Music Industry Professional! Atlanta, GA Conference

Attention: Music Industry Professional! Atlanta, GA Conference February 7th-9th 2020#Music #Entertainment #Conference #Networking #RoadiesOfColorUnited #February7thru9 #2020 #Atlanta #Education http://www.roadiesofcolorunited.com/r-o-c-u-event-and-hotel-registration/Roadies of Color…See More
Nov 8
BigBoss ENT posted a video

Pierre Debonair - Slappin (Official Audio)

Pierre Debonair is back with his 4th single this year and another video to follow very soon! Stay tuned folks!! Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by: Recordin Gordon r...
Nov 8
Mymusicmylife.com music marketin liked Mymusicmylife.com music marketin's blog post Twista, Veronica Vega, DJ G-Love, Crazy Town X with R1ckOne™ and more To Perform at “Soundwaves 360° Music Event”
Nov 7
Mymusicmylife.com music marketin posted a blog post

Twista, Veronica Vega, DJ G-Love, Crazy Town X with R1ckOne™ and more To Perform at “Soundwaves 360° Music Event”

Twista, Veronica Vega, DJ G-Love, Crazy Town X with R1ckOne™ and more To Perform at “Soundwaves 360° Music Event”Los Angeles is in for a massive infusion of harmonious ripples when “Soundwaves 360° Music Event” rolls on to the boulevard on Thursday, November 14 at the Academy LA. Party goers will be able to surf a kaleidoscope…See More
Nov 7
boss posted a blog post

97 Balazs - "Tell Me"

Follow:Instagram - @97balazsTwitter - @97isthemanSee More
Nov 7

© 2019   Created by Jacque Schauls.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Web Statistics