DJ GREYBOY spinning as part of UPROC with JOHN KUMAHARA, DJ SERIOUS, KOLA and MIKE K at Una Mas (422 Adelaide West), tonight (Thursday, November 8). $10. www.kolakube.com
The enormous collection of funk, jazz and rare groove records that Andreas "Greyboy" Stevens has amassed through years of digging through California's crumbling TV & Radio stores and used furniture shops has been an endless source of inspiration for the beat-junkie producer, turntablist and club DJ.
He's now finding that by picking up so many records at such a ridiculous rate, he doesn't need to waste time on eBay looking for potential sample sources. There are mind-blowing breaks in his own crates he hasn't even heard yet.
"Right now I'm into rediscovery," explains Greyboy from his San Diego pad. "I'm dipping into my stacks to check the shit I've forgotten about or never knew I had.
"There was a time I was buying so many records at once, I'd just file them away without listening to them. But it worked out for the best because now I can go back, pull out something and be like -- 'Damn, that's ill. I could use that right now!'"
Considering the storied depth of his collection and his considerable skill as a mixer and selector, it's a bit strange that Greyboy hasn't yet capitalized on the popularity of Brainfreeze-style funk mix discs and used his stash to compile his own Greyfreeze CD.
How difficult could it possibly be to record one of his wall-shaking DJ sets?
"You're right," allows Greyboy. "It wouldn't be any trouble at all, which is why it's so asinine that I haven't gotten around to doing a mix disc yet.
"All the attention Shadow's Brainfreeze thing got was crazy, and it isn't even that... well, it's dope, but I've got a lot of other dope shit that would make for a killer mix disc. I've definitely got to get on it. But Greyfreeze? Oh my god, the controversy!"