DJ Nu-Mark: The producer with two turntables and a drum machine

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West Coast producer DJ Nu-Mark has a surprising confession: “I bought a drum machine before I bought turntables,” admits the legendary DJ when asked about his entry into the music industry. A longtime member of an experimental hip-hop group law 5Early on, Nu-Mark laid the foundation for success with a school band, drum lessons and an eclectic collection of rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop and Persian records.

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Welcome to The administration, a podcast featuring candid conversations with professional musicians, bringing listeners the unvarnished truth of what it’s like to be an artist in the music business today. In tonight’s episode, host and LA-based DJ, producer and musician Dan Ubick (aka Constantine “Connie” Price) sits down with DJ Nu-Mark to discuss the producer’s personal roadmap for success in the music industry. Nu-Mark shares his thoughts on developing a rock-solid work ethic, how to successfully collaborate with other musicians, and why he decided to put his all into music. Nu-Mark attributes his success primarily to an inquisitive mind and an open heart: “A sense of wonder keeps me alive in this business,” he tells Dan at the beginning of the interview.

In the ’80s, Nu-Mark began spinning records at house parties in LA, a groundbreaking experience that launched the young DJ into the next phase of his career: collaborating with Jurassic 5. The group, formed in 1994, released their first record, Jurassic 5 EP, in 1997, followed by a full remastered version of the album in 1998. Their widely acclaimed debut cemented the group’s position as a power player in alternative hip-hop of the ’90s. Around the same time, Nu-Mark crossed paths with a little-known producer named Kanye West, who was handling much of the production for Chicago rapper Grav’s Down to earth Album. Working through Correct Records, Nu-Mark launched his career with the release of the record.

In today’s episode, Nu-Mark shares some practical tips for musicians, offering advice on audience engagement and creative relevance after many years in the spotlight. Listeners will also hear something popular about Nu-Marks sample packsits viral video series, and his recent foray into film and television music. While there are still many twists and turns ahead, Nu-Mark maintains balance by cultivating a sense of fun, excitement, and adventure in everything he does. Tune in to this month’s episode The administration for an engaging conversation with DJ Nu-Mark on the benefits of curiosity, compassion, and perseverance.