Grind Time Official Featuring DJ Burn One
DJ Burn One was born to make country-rap tunes. A native of Hapeville, Georgia, DJ Burn One grew up surrounded by country and pop. Now rooted in Atlanta, he’s made his name dropping tapes and cutting records. With his production taking off, his sound expanding and his profile on the rise, it’s DJ Burn One’s time to shine.
When did you decide that you wanted to get involved in music?
I think my earliest inspiration came when I was 8 or 9 years old. I was outside playing basketball, and I remember walking out to the car to find a rap album. We put it in, and just to hear that sound at the time-we were like, "Wow." My dad listened to a lot of country music, and my mom listened to a lot of ’80s pop. In high school, I just started experimenting. I started doing mixtapes, and it just went from there.
What’s the longest you’ve ever worked on a project?
My band and production team, iNdeed, got together about two and a half years ago. The first year after we got together, we’d get up four or five days a week and just jam all day long. Afterward, we’d head over to my house to record-singing, rapping, whatever came together naturally. We put out the EP about two months ago, so that was definitely one of the longer projects I’ve worked on.
What’s the fastest project you’ve ever worked on?
I had one project with an artist who writes very fast, so we were able to do everything on the spot. While we’re making the beat, he’s writing the record, so when we finish, he’ll be ready to go. We were doing like four or five songs a day, so we got that done really quickly. Each project runs on its own time, though, so you’ve got to respect that. I’ve been blessed to have worked with people who are talented and easy to work with for the most part.
I’m glad that I’m at the point where I can pick and choose who I want to work with. The last year has been really good to me. I’ve been to a lot of shows, and I stopped waiting around for people to book me for gigs. There have been a lot of opportunities that have opened up for me, and I’m excited to see where the rest of the year is going to go. Now is a great time to be in the rap game.