Ghent based female DJ and co-founder of the Supafly Collective, Young Mocro is playing on the 25th of October at the third edition of the Velvet Wednesdays. She answered a few questions for us beforehand.
Airplane Mode: How did you get into DJing?
Young Mocro: From a young age I was influenced by my mum’s selection and taste in music which led my sisters and I to get into hip-hop.
When I was about 12, the mixtape cassettes were a big thing. I got my hands on a Cut Killa tape and those following years, my sisters and I started taking the first steps into discovering the culture.
Ever since I got into hip-hop, DJing was always something that I wanted to try. However, being the oldest of four and raised by a single mum, break-dancing was about the only thing that was affordable back then.
The love for music stayed with me but it wasn’t until 2009 that a couple of girlfriends and I decided to start the Supafly Collective. I took it upon myself to learn how to DJ, joining the other DJs in the collective: DJ Fatoosan and DJ Mikigold.
Airplane Mode: It seems the world of DJing is an overwhelmingly male environment, have you ever encountered difficulties in being taken seriously as a DJ because of that?
Young Mocro: Yes. At the beginning we (Supafly DJ crew) encountered some difficulties, mostly with venues or promoters. Convincing them was a challenge, but it all ended positively.
Airplane Mode: Can you tell me a bit about the hip-hop collective Supafly?
Young Mocro: It was the beautiful summer of 2009. Jeanne Petri, editor in chief of Anattitude Magazine (the first and only existing international hip-hop magazine on print to present the female side of hip-hop culture), was about to finish the 3rd issue.
As she lived around the corner from JoBee, singer and radio host at FM Brussel (now BRUZZ), they decided to organise a big release event in the center of the city for the upcoming issue of the magazine. The two wanted to bring together a team of creative and motivated ladies with a heart for hip-hop. Exactly the spirit of Anattitude.
They arranged a meeting in Ghent together with urban photographer Lizairo, DJ Fatoosan, DJ Vaneeshua, musician and DJ Mikigold and myself.
Even though we didn’t know each other that well personally, it was instantly clear that we were on the same page when it came to the rich culture of hip-hop. Our first event took place in October 2009 at Tavernier in Brussels and was a huge success. That’s when Supafly was born as a collective. In 2010, we were asked to host a weekly live radio show on BRUZZ.
Airplane Mode: Is there a reason why it is a female-only group?
Young Mocro: It all happened in an organic way. One of our goals was always to promote female artists within hip-hop.
Airplane Mode: Where does the name ‘Young Mocro’ come from?
Young Mocro: ‘Mocro’ is Dutch slang for ‘Moroccan’. ‘Young’ refers to my younger self.
Airplane Mode: What artists influence and inspire you most?
Young Mocro: This is a difficult one. Several artists influenced and inspired me along the way. From IAM, Biggie, 2PAC, J Dilla, MF Doom to Michael Jackson and Oum Kalthoum.
Airplane Mode: What do you wish to achieve through your music?
Young Mocro: I want to make others smile and dance. I want to inspire and support them.
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