DJ Profile DJ Precise AKA Freddie Fontaine
Full name: Frederick Pippens
Origin of stage name: I chose DJ Precise years ago because I wanted a name or a word that I could cut up in a record. One of my favorite songs as a kid was “Rock the Bells” by LL Cool J, where he talks about a DJ and says the phrase “so precise with a slice that you know he’s greater.” So I started cutting up that phrase and decided to go with the name DJ Precise. The name “Freddie Fontaine” is kind of like an alter ego on my radio show on WNAA 90.1 FM. I play totally different set than what I play in the clubs. It’s smoother R&B, more soulful and less of the mainstream music you hear everyday. I wanted a totally different persona for that show. I decided to use Freddie from my real name and the “Fontaine” part I got from a character on the TV show “Martin.” Got in the game: I first started playing around at age 15 in 1989. I officially became incorporated as a business in 1999.
What I play: Old and new hip hop, R&B, reggae, DC go-go, house, neo-soul, Top 40 or whatever is needed to rock the party. Catch me at: Every Friday night at BG McGee’s and Saturdays at the Shriners Club
Upcoming shows: June 6 — White Party at Alexander Devereux, June 20 — Mardi Gras Party for Omega Psi Phi fraternity at the Empire Room in downtown Greensboro. Also currently working on becoming a contestant on DJ Clue’s “Who’s the DJ” Reality Show. My page there is www.djclue.tv/profile/DJPRECISEakaFRED DIEFONTAINE?xgs=1&xgi=cjpWF8w
First pro gig: I’d say my first paid gigs were in high school I was the DJ for all the area high school events in my hometown
Why I do it: I love music. I love the connection between a great DJ and a crowd. You can use music to celebrate or to relieve stress dancing it away all night at a club. I like the way music brings people together and as a DJ you get to see how effective it can be.
Influences: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kid Capri, DJ Cash Money and Jam Master Jay to name a few
Favorite technique: I’m old school, so I love the transformer scratch made famous by Jazzy Jeff
Personal playlist: On my MP3 player right now I have Prince, Bob Marley, Eric Roberson, Dwele, Korn, Linkin Park, EWF, Daughtry, U2, Gorilla Zoe, Jeezy, Keri Hilson, Kanye West, Eminem and Snoop Dogg.
Favorite albums: Ludicris — Theater of the Mind, Little Brother — The Chillin’ Circuit, 2Pac — Me Against the World, Jay-Z and Linkin Park — Collision Course, Ryan Leslie — Ryan Leslie, Kanye West — Graduation
Equipment: Rane Serato DJ software, two Technics SL1210 turntables, Numark CDX CD turntables and the Numark DXM09 Mixer
Website: www.myspace.com/djpreciseinc/ www.twitter.com/djpreciseinc
I’d like to add: Check out my video auditions for DJ Clue’s “Who’s the DJ” reality show at www.djclue.tv. The more comments and views I get for my video, the better. If you want to see a real DJ make it and show his stuff, check me out and feel free to leave comments, feedback, etc.
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