DJ Jimmi Riggz – Calgary Turntablist

I met Greg (aka Jimmi Riggz) at the 10@10 hip hop night I went to last month. After Greg’s set was over he made is way over to the bar and my table wasn’t far off. So I jumped up started to chat with him and told him about this blog, to my surprise he said he had heard of it! I asked him if he would be up for a quick interview and he was down. My conversation with Greg had a lot of laughs which made it one of the most fun interviews to date :). Here’s what Greg AKA Jimmi Riggz had to say.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 50L – Setting: 1/8000th // f1.2 // ISO 10,000
*Note: I could have put the iso down for this particular shot, but I was shooting in many different lighting situations quickly due to the stage lighting and other lighting in the venue, so I just left it at 10000 to ensure sharp photos.

1. Alright so what’s your name ?
My real name is Greg and my stage name is “Jimmi Riggz”.

2. So where are you from ?
Originally I’m from Dundas, Ontario and I moved out here 6 years ago and I’ve been in Calgary pretty much ever since.

3. Why did you move to Calgary of all places ?
Well originally I moved to Jasper and then it was like, your not going any where, your having fun but your going any where. (laughter)

4. Do you like living in Calgary ?
Ya, I like it for lots of reasons. You know obviously works good and then the (hip hop) scene’s pretty good for the most part. And I like it because it’s close to mountains and all that jazz. So like if you wanna get away for the weekend your just an hour or 2 away from dope spots.

5. So what do you like to do for fun ?
I like skateboarding, I like DJ’ing, I like just getting out camping, whatever, exploring seeing new things and chill’n.

6. So if you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say ?
I would say it’s a good spot. If you want to get away from your whereabouts and want to meet likeminded people it’s the perfect spot to go because 90% of the people you meet are not from Calgary and at some point in their life, in all our lives we have the same thought of “Hey I need to get out of here”. So in that way when you meet someone you almost have something in common with them right away. So you meet a lot of nice people who at one point in their life where in the same mentality as you, which I like.

Rob: Hey that’s so true, awesome! I love it, I love it.

7. What else do you think the city has to offer for someone just coming to the city for the first time ?
Well theres great opportunities, I mean if your looking for work there is plenty of that. There’s good schools, there’s U of C, there’s SAIT . . . (pause), Ummm, I don’t even know the rest, I didn’t even go to school here man (laughter).

8. So how did you hear about this night and how did you get involved with it ?
Well I heard about it awhile back and I don’t know, I got at Beni cuz I seen videos on youtube and whatever and just heard it was a good place to meet people, network and I don’t know, some real (hip hop)heads that are into music here so I thought why not check this place out. Then I was talking with Beni and they don’t get very many turntablists through here so he was on board to have me out, so here I am.

Random Guy: Yo! You put on a good show buddy!

Greg: Thanks man, thank you.

9. Alright that’s cool, so is there anything else you’d like to add ? Like do you have a website or anything like that people can find you at ?
Naw.

Rob: Twitter ?
Greg: Naw haha.

Rob: Anything ?
Greg: Naw.

Rob: Nothing! ?
Greg: Haha naw I don’t, I’m old school. (laughter)

10. Well have you ever ridden a horse ?
No.

Rob: That’s it!
Greg: Alright. . . I almost did! can I put that?

Rob: Haha ya, how did you almost ride a horse ?
Greg: Well I was supposed too, but then it just never happen. We were up at the ranch and then it just never happen.

Rob: Haha why ? Why didn’t it happen ? You got scared ?
Greg: I dont know, I think we got drunk. (laughter)

Rob: Haha ok, well that’s good. You don’t want to ride a horse drunk. (laughter)

Greg: You don’t have to put that in haha.

Rob: No I’m definitely gonna put that in! (laughter).

Thanks taking the time to talk to me Greg! And that guy who interrupted the interview was right, you put on a good show! 😉

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Ryan – 10@10 Hip Hop in Calgary

A DJ friend of mine (Mista Wilson) set up an introduction to Ryan through his friend Marie. I met Marie and Ryan in front of the Ubu Lounge a little before people starting showing up for a hip hop night that Ryan and his friends put on. Ryan told me a little bit about the night and showed me around the venue quickly. After a quick look around Ryan and I went back to the street to conduct our interview. Here is what he had say!
* A few more photos from the night follow the interview.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 50L – Settings: 1/320th // f1.2 // ISO 400

1. Where are you from?
I’m from Calgary

2. Have you lived here all your life?
I was born in Calgary

3. Nice.  Do you like living in Calgary?
Yeah, I enjoy living in Calgary.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Well, like, even with a lot of other Canadians too who are like born and raised somewhere else, like, there’s a lot of nostalgic feeling for the place where you were born, and the place where you are familiar with , like most of my friends.  For me that’s Calgary.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to listen to music, watch sports, chill with the hommies.

6. So you are putting on this night.  Why don’t you tell me a bit about the night that we are at? How did it start?
It started as an idea from my boy Rock Media about creating a night where we invite 10 local hip hop acts down to do quick sets and kinda like a sign up and open mic format.  And it started with that and the way it grew from that point which is just kinda natural within itself.

7. How long have you guys been doing this night?
I believe this is our 24th month or 22nd month? I’m off on that one so I don’t know

Rob: Around there!

Around there, if that (Laughter)

8. So has it always been done here?
Yeah,  it’s always been done here at the Ubu Lounge here in Theatre Grand.

9. How long do you plan to do this night?  Is it gonna be a long standing thing?
Um, you know at this point…It’s not even the foresight, you know.  We never even thought it’d be this long. At the same time, it’s hard to envision local hip hop without it.

10. So what else is happening in the City as far as the hip hop community goes?
I don’t know, but from 10 @ 10 being a hub, it’s kinda nice to see like, as you invite more artists down to perform, it’s different artists meeting other artists, and different visual artists meeting other visual artists or photographers meeting artists as well, ya know. And then seeing the collaborations even from the events.  Seeing, you know, an act from one month, with an act from a different month doing a song together and your seeing kinda like those kinda fruitations of the culture. It’s showing more growth and you know than whats within the realm of my reach.  Cause there could still be great stuff being created anywhere, but if I’m not hearing it is it my hip hop or no?

11. So how do you get the acts?
People who attend kinda see what we’re doing and how it’s being done.  And they send us an e-mail at 10at10showcase@gmail.com or they hit us up on twitter @10at10calgary.  And then we ask them to send us a set list some links to their media and they we just kinda go through the email list.  And we do try to give everyone an opportunity to perform, so at all levels we encourage people to send music in.

12. Alright cool. So if you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say?
It’s hard to describe, because I’m not even a travelled guy too much.  I travelled a little bit and it really opened up my eyes about what the world is like.  But Calgary’s just like, Midwest, big city with small town hospitality and that’s pretty much it.

13. Is there anything else you can think of that you’d like to add, that people might want to know about your night?
Since the conception of this, we’ve actually ran this free of charge for almost over a year and a half now.  So it’s just here to develop the hip hop community of Calgary.  We’re just creating a place where people can practice their craft, promote their craft, and diversify their collaborations coming out of their own art.  So come on down.  Tell your friends who are talented, we don’t have to all be bedroom rappers and producers and not you know, create something as a city.

14. Cool, last question. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes I have ridden a horse.

Alright, that’s it!

* Thanks for taking the time to talk to me Ryan! I’ll see you next month 😉 Also, thanks to DJ Mista Wilson & Marie for the introduction to Ryan. I would also like to add that I stuck around for a couple hours to check out the night and it was super good and had a lot of cool people attending. 10@10 is definitely worth checking out!

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Dwyane – Ontario Guy Turned Fresh Air Loving Cyclist

It doesn’t get any easier finding people for this blog than it did today. I just closed my car door and turned to the sidewalk and saw Dwyane hopping on his bike to go for a little cruise. I politely stopped him and explained to him what I was up to. At first Dwyane was a little reluctant to have his picture taken, but I showed him the website and told him a bit more about it and he gave me an enthusiastic “Lets do it”. This of course made my day 🙂 Here is what Dwyane had to say.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 135L – Setting: 1/250th // f2 // ISO 100

1. Where are you from Dwayne?
Ontario. 

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Work related.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Yes and no. I like living here, it’s just a little expensive. 

4. What do you like about Calgary?
Fresh Air! And the mountains. Ya you can’t beat that man.

5. And what do you like to do for fun? Other than ride your bike?
I like to go up to the mountains, get away from the city. Ya know, just be with nature. You can’t beat that man, it’s beautiful. 

6. If you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say?
A happening city, a growing city, a new city with potential.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
No, YES YES! I have. Not successfully, but I have (laughter).

* One of the coolest things about Dwyane was that after the interview was over he had a few questions for me and we continued our conversation. I kind of wished I was still recording, but either way it was a nice conversation with a nice guy. Thanks Dwyane!

Laura & Kyle – 2 Cool People I Met Behind a Pub

I met these two quite a while back but never got to posting their interview because the picture didn’t turn out. I guess I should check my shots a little closer in these types of situations haha. Anyhow, they were really nice so I decided to post it anyway, sorry for the poor picture quality guys!

So one night when I was walking around the Eau Clair Market area downtown looking for people for this blog I saw these two behind a pub that is by the market. They seemed to be having quite the little chat, but at this point in my night I had been turned down twice already and I was determined, so I interrupted them as nicely as I could and explained to them what I was doing. Clearly they agreed to talk to me and here is what they had to say 🙂

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1. Where are you from?
– Laura: Nova Scotia

– Rob: BC

2. Why did you move to Calgary of all places?
– Laura: I was tired of Nova Scotia and I came out to work in the mountains for the summer and I ended up loving it and all my friends followed me out here, so I stayed and I love it!  

– Rob: My girlfriend at the time lived here so that kinda ment I had to live here (laughter).

– ME: Ok, well that makes sense haha.

– Rob: School as well, but you know haha. 

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
– Rob: As opposed to where I was living before? or just in general? 

ME: Just in general.

– Rob: Ya, it’s nice.

– Laura: I also love it, lost of good music scenes, good people, mountains, awesome! 

4. What do you like to do for fun?
– Laura: Go to the Ship & Anchor and drink pints! (laughter).

ME: Nice!

– Rob: I don’t really have fun, sooo?

– Laura: He’s in school. (laughter)

ME: Darn! haha.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to someone, what would you say?
– Rob: Oooooh, ummm, to be honest I’d say it’s flat and windy and brown or white, one of the two and that would be how I would describe it.

ME: That is an accurate description (except for summer when Calgary is beautiful), (Laughter).

– Rob: It’s not a very favourable one, but accurate haha.

ME: What would you say Laura?

– Laura: I would say it’s very multi cultural and lots of nice people from all over the world, because Calgary wasn’t as big as it is on it’s own. And lots of opportunity for jobs and just good people. I miss the water though, definitely miss the ocean. 

ME: I also miss the water!

– Laura: Where are you from? 

ME: I am from Vancouver.

– Laura: Ahhh, ya it (Calgary) had a beach it would be perfect.

ME: Totally.

6. Ok so just to wrap this up, have you ever ridden a horse?
– Rob: Mmmm ya. I can’t remember when last, but I know at some point.

ME: Ok, have you (Laura) ever ridding a horse?

– Laura: I have, I used to take ridding lessons and I did in Banff on a trail ride, it was awesome!

7. Nice! Is there anything else you would like to add?
– Laura: It was nice to meet you and we gotta get back to work haha.

– Rob: Flames suck! (Laughter) 

– Laura: GO MONTREAL! 

ME: Thanks guys, I appreciate it!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dusty – Craigslist Connection

A couple months ago I was going to sell one of my camera lenses. I posted the lens on craigslist and got reply from some one rather keen to buy it. Immediately I re-thought selling the lens and decided it would be a good idea to keep the lens around for a back up. Of course this is totally an un-cool thing to do, but the person interested in the lens was totally understanding about the situation and my decistion. That person was Dusty! Over the next couple months we exchanged emails about photography and such. I told Dusty about the blog and asked him if he would be interested in being on it and he was! So here’s what he had to say.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 135L – Settings: 1/200th // f2 // ISO 100

1. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. But I’ve been in Calgary since 89, so 24 years. I’d say I’m more Calgarian than anything else.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
I moved here with my mom and brother when I was 16. She was transferred for work. I started high school at Ernest Manning in grade 11 and loved it! There was so much more to do in Calgary.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Love living here. The people are nice, business is good, there are a ton of activities for both the kids and parents. Calgary is so close to the mountains it’s a quick and easy to escape. We are very lucky to have so many things to do and see every day. The parks are absolutely incredible! You can get lost in some of them and they’re in the middle of the city. One of the best aspects of Calgary though is the people, they’re friendly, open minded and respectful.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Calgary is a great place to raise a family, have lots of fun and do your own thing.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I like to go swimming and skating in the winter and hit the mountains. Biking, golfing and hit the mountains in the summer. The family really enjoys going to the mountains all year round. There are so many things to see and do. Last year I took my wife white water rafting, it was her first time and she loved it! Lately my passion has been photography. I find as I get older, I need a slower paced hobby haha.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Big, Calgary is a large city with a wide variety of terrain. If you plan on visiting us, ensure you have access to a car!

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
I have indeed ridden on a horse once. I was about 5 years old and we went in a circle a few times.

8. Anything you’d like to add?
I would like to say to all of the Calgarians out there reading this or anyone anywhere, get out and enjoy your city. There are so many places to go and things to do in the city. Go, have some fun and meet new people. I did and ended up on this blog haha!

Kris – Quick Answer Kris

The other night I met up with an old friend of mine from Vancouver who currently lives in Calgary and he introduced me to his friend Kris. I mentioned the blog and he agreed to answer a few of my questions. His answers are short and to the point. Nothing wrong with that haha 🙂

Thanks Kris!

* When I first started this blog I came up with a set of standard questions that I was going to use for everyone, but since I started doing it I feel like the blog will be better served to use those questions as more of a loose outline rather than standard questions. So from here on out I will be doing that. Here’s one of the last interviews with only those standard questions.

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Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/15th // f1.2 // ISO 800

1. Where are you from?
Peace River.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Dad got transferred.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Oh ya!

4. What do you like to do for fun?
Mountain Bike.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Versatile.

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yup! 

7. Anything you’d like to add?
Mountains Rule!

Danu – A Calgary Artist

I met Danu in front of the Motion Art Gallery. I quick explained to him what the blog was about and he was more than happy to have a quick chat. After my initial questions we go to chatting about other things and art. Danu than informed me he was currently working on some paintings inside the art gallery, so away we went to see what he was painting. He had some pretty cool paintings and he was a pretty cool and down to earth guy. If your interested in checking out some of his work you can find some of his work at the Motion Gallery in Calgary or swing by his Facebook group for more information. (Danu has a website at infiniterealities.org, however it seems to be down at this moment in time)

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Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/250th // f1.2 // ISO 1000

1. Where are you from?
Calgary.

2. Have you lived here all of your life?
Yup.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
I like stuff about Calgary, like it’s a pretty good city. There is lots of nice people and stuff.

4. What do you like to do for fun?
I usually just paint and make music and I don’t know, go on adventures, that’s fun. And go to movies.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Umm, there’s lots of nice people here.

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes I have.

7. Anything you’d like to add?
Umm, the horse was cool (laughter).

– Thank you for talking to me Danu! 🙂

Photography in the Streets

Here is another street shot for you from the city of Calgary. I was walking up the street when I seen these people doing a little shoot of their own. I always find it fun to watch what other people do while taking pictures and this particular moment did not disappoint, well for me a least. The original photo was a wider view, but I thought it to be a little more interesting of a picture to leave out the subject being photographed. I’ll leave that to your imagination ;).

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Camera: 5Diii & 135L – Settings 1/1000th // f2 // ISO 200

Nathan – Nicest Person Thus Far

My quest to find Calgary people to talk to about the city had gone smoother than it ever has tonight. I went downtown to a place called Eau Claire Market. It is a mall type place, but with more of a community feel. It has a lot of open area for sitting, coffee shops, restaurants, an art gallery, movie theatre gym and a bunch of random shops. It was there that I ran into Nathan. Amazingly he was the first person I approached about the blog, he was super nice and happy to talk to me. He did let me know he had only been living in Calgary for a year before we got started and I assured him that was just fine as I too had only been here a year :).

Thank you for being such a nice guy Nathan!

Nathan - Calgary People - Rob Moses Photography

Camera: Canon 1DiiN & 50L – Settings: 1/200th // f1.2 // ISO 640

1. Where are you from?
From Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
I went to school in Montreal and then I was looking for jobs and I came out west.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Love! Yes Calgary’s a good place.

4. What do you like to do for fun?
I am doing some volunteering at the Y right now. And aside from that, working out, going out for drinks with friends, relaxing watching movies, the usual stuff. 

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
I’d say it is probably the most emerging, booming city in the western hemisphere. It’s amazing the possibilities you can have out here, it’s really nice.

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes, I fell off but yes haha.

7. Anything you’d like to add?
Ah no, I’m glad that I ran into you. This is Random, but I love it!