Music

DJ Fuzzy's Oprah Tour Mixtape x Thump x VICE

I made a mixtape of the 'An Evening Oprah' Tour. Thank you Thump for saying it's "banger after banger."

You can find the mix here.

And here's the full interview with Thump's Editor, Issy Beech.

What was it like DJing for Oprah?

More than my dreams come true.

From being glued to the tele, watching Oprah as a kid, then to fast forward fifteen years later and see Oprah in the flesh, dancing and twirling and asking for the volume to be turned up on choice cuts had me saying to myself, “Is this for real?! Is this really happening right now?! Cause I’m about to lose my marbles. Scream joy on the inside, Fo-Fo.”

Then to play a broad range of party songs and anthems to thousands of joyous Oprah fans while also giving Oprah the best possible lead-in - it was so humbling and such a privilege.

What is she like in person?

Graceful and full of love. When you’re in her orbit she gives you her full attention. And she gives the best cuddles.

Did you get an idea of her favourite song or genre or anything?

Personally, based on the time Oprah was born and the guests she’s had on the show, I knew Oprah particularly liked Motown.

I researched Oprah and found out that Paul Simon’s Graceland is one of her favourite albums.

Oprah loves Adele’s 25, particularly the song, “Send My Love To Your New Lover” so that got played in every city.

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Higher Ground” are songs that Oprah personally chose for the show. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was played right before Oprah hit the stage.

And Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” was Oprah’s entrance song. It’s what Oprah is all about. “Going to keep on trying, until I reach my highest ground.”

And what are her fan base or VIP fans like?

Put up to 15,000 people, dressed to the nines in an arena anticipating seeing Oprah for the first time – or for some, the 7th or 17th time – the excitement is palpable.

Her VIP session was with fans who came in early to have a personal Q&A, take photos with her and sit up close to the stage for the show. They reminded me of how influential she’s been over decades – some of the fans opened up to Oprah to thank her for helping them overcome enormous personal struggles. It got emotional.

One cool moment – a man proposed to his girlfriend at the end of the Auckland show.

Big love to Issy at Thump, Josh at Vice, the Harpo Famly, Dainty Group, IMC, P-Money for his NZ intel, Nina Las Vegas for her ableton hot tip, KLP for her sister "rising tide" vibes and Caro Meldrum-Hanna for her awesomeness and filming the Oprah party in Sydney.

KANYE WEST'S YEEZUS TOUR POP UP STORE, LA (IMAGE GALLERY)

"React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. You know, the Confederate flag represented slavery. That’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song “New Slaves.” So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now, now whatchu gonna do?" - Kanye West

Here's a photo gallery of Kanye's Yeezus Tour Pop Up Store and Gallery that stood on Melrose, Los Angeles.

Jaye and I out front of the Yeezus Tour store and gallery. 8422 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles

8422 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles

A bold move. Kanye's Re-Appropriation of the Confederate's Flag. Also appears on bags and hats on Yeezus merchandise

Merch featuring Art by Wes Lang. Inspired by '80s-era heavy metal band tees.

Bradley Soileau, known notably for his work with LA street wear brand "fear of god la". He is also in Lana Del Rey's video "Born to Die"

More work by Wes Lang

Images: Jaye Johnson and Faustina Agolley