Tittsworth

There is a science to the art of DJing. A good DJ is ultimately the most important aspect of any club or party. If the DJ is out of wack, then the crowd isn’t responsive, and the atmosphere suffers, and the party-goers are left thinking, “Why did we come here?” Everyone loses, even the club owners. That is why choosing the right DJ is an all-important decision.

Despite a name that gives junior high school boys the giggles, and maybe more, Tittsworth has skills. Having been in the game for a number of years, Tittsworth has worked with the best of the best, and continues to do so. He’s living proof that there is a necessary skill set that one must have to produce a dope club mix.

“I’m not afraid to take chances and play a dozen random genres, or some guilty pleasures.”

Format: For those who are unfamiliar with you and what you do with music, give us a brief background of how you became involved and why you’re an icon now?
Tittsworth: My name is Tittsworth (it’s my real last name) and I have been writing various types of dance music for about a decade. For about half of that time I have been focusing on Baltimore Club, starting with bootlegs and remixes and more recently transitioning into original songs. I’ve been a DJ for about a dozen years. I mix just about any genre out there, focusing mainly on club and fast-paced dance music.

Format: As far as collaborating with artists, what is your strategy?
Tittsworth: Some of the artists like DJ Assault and Kid Sister made a lot of sense for what I was doing and were easy choices. A lot of others were hook-ups. For example, A-Trak liked one of my tracks and hooked me up with Nina Sky. Nick Catchdubs did the same for The Federation, Benzi, and the same for Pitbull. I also wanted to have some locals on there, B-more legends but also some up-and-coming DC cats too.

Format: How will the new album Twelve Steps display your production skills?
Tittsworth: It’s my first attempt at song writing and breaking away from bootlegs and sample-based production. I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished. I think it’s a good step for me and more importantly for club music. I’m always looking for the next step.

Format: What do you think it is about your style that makes you so popular now?
Tittsworth: Originally club music was made popular by its DJ/club-friendly format and its familiar samples. I think it’s time to take the genre beyond some of the gimmicks that gave it so much original attention.

Format: How do you define a well-structured mix?
Tittsworth: DJ mix? Something with progression, balance, dynamics and a good range of emotions.

Format: While DJing, how do you personally know when you’re doing a good job or moving the crowd?
Tittsworth: When I can stop thinking that my reactions are just clicking. When I’m wiping beer off my laptop (and I don’t drink).

Format: What are some of your current projects? Plans for the future? You mentioned in another conversation to me that you were going to Europe.
Tittsworth: I just did club/rave remixes for Solange (Beyonce’s sister) and Subfocus (one of DNB’s most respected names at the moment). I was also recently asked to work on something for disco legend Grace Jones. Also, I’m in the process of packing for a European tour including London, Paris, Dublin, Milan, Rotterdam and Amsterdam (for the ADE with Crookers and Digitalism).

Format: If you hadn’t gotten into DJing, what do you think you’d be doing for a living?
Tittsworth: I’ve often thought about going to culinary school. Also, I just started piano lessons.

Format: Why didn’t you decide to change your name as a DJ?
Tittsworth: I didn’t think changing one of the realest things about me was a good way to start any potential career.

Format: Anything you wouldn’t mix together as far as music or genres? Any risks you take that other DJs won’t?
Tittsworth: I’m not afraid to take chances and play a dozen random genres, or some guilty pleasures. I guess for me, it’s more about when to play and when to take those risks, as opposed to whether or not to take them. When [I have] an open-minded crowd, I love to cover a lot of ground and there’s not too much that is taboo.

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