"He was like, 'Man, I came out there and saw you DJing and you was up on your tippy-toes!' He used the word 'tippy-toes!'" A-Trak, born Alain Macklovitch, says of Cam'ron's reaction to seeing him play a set for the first time. "We had connected and got along musically...but he's also been going along with [the project] without fully knowing what I'm about. When he went to the show and saw 3,000 people jumping and knowing all his hit songs and knowing all my music, too, I think it all clicked with him even more. It was like, 'Oh shit. Okay. Let's go.'"
At only 32-years-old, the New York-by-way-of-Montreal producer has an impressive amount of accolades under his belt -- 15-year-old international turntablist champion, touring DJ for Kanye West, co-founder of tastemaking record label Fool's Gold, one-half of wildly popular DJ duo Ducksauce, the only man alive who can actually make a fedora look cool
-- but, as his concert with Cam'ron illustrates, above all else, he's a connector.
"I'm known for building bridges, whether between old and new, between being classic and using turntables, scratching and vinyl and playing really new music from new artists," he says. "I'm also building a bridge between hip-hop and electronic music. That's something I've been trying to bridge for a long time."