Kanon Mosly interviewed Jake Presley about his DJ work under the stage name Medicinal.
KM: Bro, what’s up! How have you been? Thank you for taking time to sit down with me.
JP: Great man and I am more than happy to help out a close friend. I have been doing well just been DJ’ing at different venues and producing more music.
KM: So let's get into it man and I would love to hear some of the projects you are working on after this. What services do you or your company provide to clients?
JP: The service I primarily provide to my clients, as a DJ/music producer is pretty simple. My job is to make sure that good music never stops wherever I'm playing. Music is a crucial factor to having a good time and at the end of the day, I want to make sure everyone is having a good time.
KM: I couldn’t agree more music is literally my life. Whenever I go to the gym, party, or even walking to class. I am always listening to music. How did you get into the business you are in and what do you like most about it.
JP: I got into the business at the end of my senior year of high school going into my freshman year. I saw a crazy talented artist named DJ Craze and wanted to be just like him and I went out and bought some turntables with some money I saved and got the chance to DJ my fraternity the past few years. The thing I love most about DJ'ing now that I'm producing music too is getting the chance to play music that I made and watching people dance and vibe with it. You spend a lot of time working on those songs, but all that work is more than worth it when you see people really enjoying it.
KM: It’s awesome to see how people can impact so many people and inspire them to pursue their dreams. Yeah everyone, when they come to the fraternity house, are always hype to hear you play and there is always such a big turnout. I remember when I got into your area and was like a hype-man and it was an unreal experience. Next question, what are you good at and what are the types of skills you use?
JP: I think one of my best skill sets is as a DJ (and it seems really basic) is I'm pretty good with my song selection. I usually can read a crowd and pick the right song for the situation. I think a lot of DJ's get so caught up in effects, transitions, etc... but they forget the most powerful tool in their arsenal is their music. I really use this to my advantage by letting the music talk and not going overboard on anything.
KM: Honestly I feel like that’s the most important aspect especially for DJ’ing and it's mind-blowing to think that song selection has such a huge impact. We are promoting the Midwest music scene on our website, middletownmusic.org. What should we tell our followers about the music & entertainment scene in your city? What is the most exciting part of it for you?
JP: Like I said earlier the most important thing is about having fun and see other people enjoy the music as much as I do. In a way, you could say its like a connecting everyone together at that moment and they don’t focus on anything else, but having a good time with others. To all my followers and fans, I would like to say thank you for all the support and appreciation. The music scene in Indy is growing vastly and DJ’ing is becoming more and more popular.
KM: Hey man I really appreciate you sitting down to chat with me. I can’t wait to see what the future has to offer for you.