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5 minutes with DJ Luis Skye

DJ Luis Skye
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If you’ve been to a party in the city with a DJ, chances are you’ve come across DJ Luis Skye. Born Angel Maldonado, he plays all genres but his specialty is old school hip-hop and why not? It’s an approach that never goes wrong. Keep DJ Luis Skye in mind for your next event. You’ll thank me later.

Q. How long have you been DJing and how did you get into it?

A. I would say I’ve been DJing for a little over 10 years. I started off hosting shows and my baby brother, DJ Peoples, would provide the music. I got into the DJ side of things from practicing at the house with him.

Q. What was that record that got you into hip-hip?

A. I was always into hip-hop music even at an early age. Growing up with cousins who were DJs, I was introduced to so many artists. One of my first jams was Afrika Bambaataas “Planet Rock.” But it wasn’t until A Tribe Called Quest’s album “The Low End Theory” that it hit me hard. I played that album over and over.

Q. If you could curate any event in the city, what would it be?

A. If I could put on any event and I had no budget and could pull it off, I would bring all my favorite old-school hip-hop kings out from the North, South, East, and West and put on a huge block party, or host the event at the USC football stadium. I would have all the DJs I grew up looking up to doing sets. It would be the biggest hip-hop party ever! Oh, and since there is no budget, I would do whatever it took to get Outkast back together to perform as well!

Q. What are your thoughts on the S.C. hip-hop scene?

A. I’ve always supported the S.C. hip-hop scene. I feel like it’s in a different place now and there are many talented artists and DJs. But I also feel like instead of growing together, coming together as creatives, forming the Voltron of Soda City hip-hop, instead we let cliques form and we let pride get in the way of not working with each other to better the scene.

It will always be a work in progress. I feel the scene will only get better if we all put aside our personal issues and use our creative powers together to further the culture in the state.

Q. I understand the music community came together to help you and your family. Tell us more about that.

A. My wife, Britny, is battling leukemia. She is currently in need of a transplant. It has been a huge blow to our family. Music has been a source of peace for me as we go through these tough times. The music community and my music family have come together to continue to encourage and support my family in so many ways. We are truly and will forever be grateful. We have also set up a Go Fund Me page for Britny’s #GODISBIGGER fight.