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Monday, August 1, 2011

Finsta and DJ Sno Dish about the End of STL Home Jamz

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 4:23 PM

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Can you share your favorite songs from last night?

Sno: All of them. They're all pretty good records really, I just like it all. There's too much hot stuff to have a favorite.

Over the past five years, have you guys seen the quality of music improve?

Sno: Definitely. There's people out there that don't have a clue, I would have to say in the past two years people have been pretty on point with getting their stuff halfway decent mastered. It started where we were getting just CDs in the mail, and then the whole Internet thing with MP3s...people still send the wrong files, that twenty percent, they pretty much got their stuff together, the other 80 percent they really don't have a clue, they're just sending stuff. Sometimes we get a guy who'll send us all dirty stuff, 40 songs in one zip file, and it says "Play my shit" in the email. Really the mastering, the guys that care, they really try to have it sound pretty good. We get a bunch of good stuff, and we get a bunch of horrible stuff.

Have there been any artists who stood out in the early days of the show that now are at the top of the scene?

Sno: Yeah, quite a few guys. Shoot, Tef, Rockwell Knuckles, them guys for sure. Pretty much every body that we've played consistently has really been moving around St. Louis a lot more than what they used to. We really gave a lot of artists their boost. I have people say to me, "Man Sno, I'm just ready to give up." People that are turning 30, they're still trying to rap, girls are getting older and they're still trying; it's like dude, every body can't do this.

Finsta: We helped bring reality.

Kitty Katt plays the anniversary show tonight at the Gramophone.
  • Kitty Katt plays the anniversary show tonight at the Gramophone.

Sno: Yeah, we really brought reality to the situation. It helped make a lot of people step their game up. And a lot of people would think, "Sno and Finsta's playing me, I'm in rotation!" You're not, you're on one night a week, maybe not every week, but that's your start. A lot of people that are smart take that and run with it though.

Kitty Katt, she was always doing her thing but she never got no radio play. She was coming up to me saying "Man, I really need help," so I said you gotta do this, you gotta do that. She was one of them people, okay, I'm going to spend 10,000 and I'm going to get my website up, and I'm going to get a vehicle wrapped and I'm going to drive through the streets of Atlanta, and I'm going to get me a producer that works with big time artists. Really the reason why is because of us. She was getting spins from us and now people around the world are starting to see her little songs pop up from our show and she has other markets playing it here and there. She did everything right, you've gotta invest in yourself. That's what a lot of these artists don't understand, they think "Finsta's playing me, he's got me, I'm good." No, that's just the beginning bro, now you've gotta create your movement.

A lot of these guys would rather go to the strip club and fuck off five grand. Invest in yourself and take it seriously. Too many people want to be stars right now, "Poppin' bottles, I'm in the club, I'm wearing my chains, everybody's got their jackets on, and we're a record label." No, that's just because Finsta and Sno played you. Nobody else is playing you, you're not stars, it would be nice if you could be and we can help you do it, but a lot of guys do it the wrong way and get caught up in the rap life. It's really on you, the artist, how far do you want to go with this?

Do you know what the new format is for the new show?

Sno: No. We don't even care. We were actually going to be doing a mix show, we were going to call it Regular Radio on Saturday nights, after the Loft lost their broadcast. We were laughing about it, because that was going to be that night that I was going to play all normal stuff, nothing like what we do. But we just couldn't do it, it was just too whack. This is what happens when you do Headliner Radio when you play twenty new songs an hour for three months, corporate don't like that. I should be able to give people what they want, people don't want to hear the same song every 15 or 45 minutes, they just don't. People switch the station, people get tired of them damn songs. Nobody wants to hear no new music? Then why are we number one across the board? I thought what we were doing was awesome. They came in town and it was like, 'Yeah, you guys are number one, keep up the good work' and then we walk out the room, and no show.

What are you guys expecting from the party tonight?

Sno: Just hopefully that everybody that really, really supports us comes out and sees all these people perform. We're going to let them know as much as we can about the situation. People need to be there on time.

Finsta: [laughs] Man!

Sno: It's going to be ridiculous, it probably will be the most crowded night at the Gramophone since Big K.R.I.T. was there, huh?

Finsta: Right, exactly.

Sno: It's a Monday night, I don't know what too much goes on on a Monday, but the people that come out will definitely be the people that mess with us. I expect for it to be packed. I would love for it to be no problems. I'm just kind of afraid we might get a few knuckleheads. It's free free free.

Finsta: Show starts at 10:30, we're gonna open the doors at 9.

Is there anything else we should know about tonight or any final words?

Sno: Nope. I was Riverfront Times Best Hip Hop DJ this past year.

Yes you were!

Sno: Finsta, Best Radio Personality, you could put that in there.

Finsta: Ironically enough. [laughs]

Sno: Thank you for the plaque, we love you. Right now, I would say everybody keep sending their music to the email,, now, shit, you could send dirty, clean and instrumental. We're definitely going to be doing mixed CDs, Headliner Radio CDs. Instead of us doing it on the radio, we'll try to put out volumes or something, who knows.

Sno: We'll get it back sooner or later.

Finsta: We're tryin'.

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