There is a common thread in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers that successful people had parental input and support at critical points in their development. During his Red Bull Music Academy lecture, Mannie Fresh tells Noz about the influence his father had on his musical aspirations.
“My Christmas gifts used to be instruments,” says Fresh. “When my friends gotta bike why did I get a turntable? When someone got an Atari game I’d get a trumpet. This stuff is starting to stack up. My Dad seen something in me, so somewhere around 12 years old I took an interest in it. I just said, you know what, I’m gonna go through my pile of what i thought was junk at the time; my keyboards and drum machines and horns and start fiddling around with it.”
His father, a local DJ, let Mannie help him move equipment when he was thirteen and he’d let accompany him to hole in the wall clubs. The reaction from women and the energy from the crowd made Mannie want to DJ. Watch the full lecture below.