I am remixing some things and I am taking my talents to become a DJ. (LAUGHS)! Noooo just kidding but I did get a chance to speak with a really cool DJ about his love for sneakers and his dope style! Sit back, relax, sip some wine because it's the weekend, and enjoy!
CC: Tell me a little bit about yourself as a DJ and where did the name “Baby Yu” generate from?
BY: “17 years ago before my first gig, I remember sitting in my moms van with my friends trying to come up with a DJ name. After talking nonsense for 3 hours, that had nothing to do with the topic, one of my friends finally said "go with Baby Yu, you're older than us, and yet you look younger than us, and let's combine that with your Japanese name Yuta, there you have it, DJ Baby Yu. It was 5 AM and we were all tired so I agreed and went with it. Now, I'm the mix show co-coordinator at V-103 FM in Atlanta, holding down mix shows Mon-Fri with Ryan Cameron at 7 AM, Big Tigger at 5 PM, and Saturdays at noon. I'm also Young Jeezy's official tour DJ, and one half of Sato Goldschlag”.
CC: Catchy! Baby Yu, how would you describe your personal style?
BY: “All over the place. Just like my remixing style, I like to mash-up different genres of music and make it into one. I would say my personal style is like it as well. From food to fashion, I love dipping into many types of things and style”.
CC: I heard that you are a major sneaker head, where are your favorite places to shop?
BY: “Yes, I love shoes. Livestock in Vancouver, Canada is one of my favorite places to shop for shoes. I love shopping while I travel because the options are so different everywhere I go”.
CC: What is the difference between shopping for sneakers in the U.S.A vs. internationally?
BY: “I noticed several things. For one, I noticed that different cities, and countries carry different exclusive kicks. Also, going to certain places in Europe, and Asia, I realized that there were variety of shoes, and familiar shoes with different color ways that I've never seen in Canada, or in the US. Finally, the supply and demand for certain sneakers differs in each country. Sneakers that sold out in seconds in NYC, were available in abundance in Europe, or Asia, and vise versa, sneakers that were popular in other countries were still available in the US”.
CC: Here is the big question (laughs)! What are your top 5 shoes or sneakers currently?
-Nike Air Tech Challenge II (White, Hot Lava)
-Nike Air Jordan V (White, Fire Red, Black)
-Nike Air Max 95 (White, Neon Yellow, Black)
-Cole Haan Lunargrand Wingtip (Grey, Yellow)
-Asics x Ronnie Fieg Gel Lite III (ANY ONE)
CC: How important is your image/style when it comes to being a DJ?
BY: “Branding is such an important part of this business. Everyone has a proper uniform when it comes to his or her job, and DJ's included. I enjoy keeping up with current trends, and combine it with my personal favorite styles. Like for my shoes, I love shopping in different cities, and countries because the variety is so different. I think the general public and fans are entertained with everything an artist/DJ does, including their fashion”.
CC: What sneaker/shoe trend do you think will be super dope this Fall?
BY: “That's really hard to answer. So far, the Nike Roshe Run's did well this year. Other than that, I would love to see Doc Martin's come back (laughs). I bought a pair last year, and I have an OG pair from 20 years ago. I love anything vintage, especially anything from the 80's”.
CC: Lastly, The Prevailing Effect is someone who has prevailed and overcame many obstacles in life to get where they are today. Do you consider yourself a “Prevailing Effect”?
BY: “Yes. I would say I grew up faster being in this entertainment industry. I can sit here, and talk about everything I learned, but one thing stands out from the rest. Relationships. It has nothing to do with my music career, but it's something I overcame. I think it's one of the hardest things to accomplish in life, to be in a healthy relationship. It takes a lot of work, sacrifice, and commitment to be in one. The entertainment industry clouded my perspective, and yet helped me realize how to over come many obstacles to be in a healthy relationship. I believe that one has to be whole as a person first to tackle any relationship. It will always be a working progress, but I'm happy so far with all the obstacles I've been able to challenge”.