Andris Balodis (Ba`loo) (CD DJ)
My name is Andris, I'm 21. Besides learning CD DJ'ing I study Law at Latvian University. I started learning DJ'ing about half a year ago, but I have been in hiphop world for years. This trip started with coming across some mid 90's Wu-Tang album. As I can remember it was Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), next Nas - Illmatic and so on... These lyrics and beats took me to another world I have never been before so I wanted to know more and more about hiphop history and idea. At that time I was like 16 years old and I was very enthusiastic about all this. I listened to Krs-One and found out where hip-hop came from, that it isn't all about making money in the game, but about skills. Like said Guru from Gang Starr - all I need is a mic and 2 turntables. At that time I took a look in old school hiphop too - Slick Rick, Kurtis Blow and so on. Still Slick Rick's Great Adventures Of Slick Rick is one of my favourite albums and Kurtis Blow's - Brakes is on my play list :)
At that time I also found out that hiphop is life style and it consists of different elements and hiphop music also is very different form Christian rap to gansta rap. Some of my favourite artists are Tribe Called Quest & Gang Starr, because of their skill to combine hiphop with jazz music.
At Ritma Instituts I am learning CD DJ'ing - I wanted to start with it and now if my money will allow me to continue studies, I would like to get more into turntable DJ'ing.