DJ, Producer and celebrated artist Roman Grandinetti put together a hip hop heavy mix for this week’s Heavy Set. This one has more of a “grown up feel” that you can “play at your desk” but we’ll be bumpin it as we gear up for the weekend.
But Roman is more than a master of the turn tables, he is also Founder of CNNCTD, a creative content platform based in New York that works with major artists and labels like ASAP Ferg, Disclousure, and Kitsuné.
We saw you play at that spot Louie & Chan one night. We (kind of) remember you playing a lot of old Dipset. What's up with that?
That was a friend’s party called "Bar Mitzvah Jams." We try to only play 90's music, but as a DJ, that’s been my style from day one (90's/High School Hits) and I am a big Dipset fan.
What are the top three new artists you're fucking with?
I'm assuming this a music question and this is hard because it really depends on the conversation we are having. For starters, I'm a big Kanye fan just for the fact the he continues to test himself and care about what he puts out, that will always go into my favorites along with Jay-Z, etc.
But new artists, damn... Jungle, JOYWAVE, Travis Scott (an interesting fella becoming a rapper/artist from a producer), Future Brown, Cole, ASAP Ferg, Kelela, Hudmo, to name a few. A friend of mine introduced me to Nick Hakim, super young talent. I could go on and on here - it's a really hard question.
You also had a pretty solid crew that night. Do you DJ solo or are there a few guys that you play with?
I DJ solo but Japancakes and Terry Urban are good friends, are always a pleasure to play alongside — we would be a interesting group and probably would have one funny fucking name. I did start out in a crew called 718, we're a bunch of Brooklyn boys.
DJing is just a side gig for you — tell us about CNNCTD? How'd that get started?
It is now, I thought at one point of my life I would be up there. But I realized I was an okay DJ and way more talented fixing problems and finding a way to create something out of nothing. I started CNNCTD to give friends a platform and now we call it a content label —we support artists of any making any type of content.
A note on your mix?
Think the style of my mix was to throw a curve ball out there and use some songs that have a hip hop background or sample hip hop —but over all, this mix is something that is a bit grown and can be listened to at the desk. Enjoy!