In The Locker Room With Larry Leggett

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

This week, the Review sat down with junior football player, Law and Society and Philosophy double major and up-and-coming DJ Larry Leggett to discuss starting his own label, OneHundro Music Crew, managing his time at Oberlin and aspiring goals in the music industry.

When did you start your label, and what is it called?

The idea of the label actually started when I was a junior in high school. It was really just an idea for a while, and we — the group of artists I was affiliated with — ended up giving it the name OneHundro Music Crew. The name OneHundro actually came from a homeless guy I met outside of a Logic concert during junior year of high school. He told me that he kept everything “OneHundro,” and it really stuck with me. I took a break from music during the beginning of my sophomore year here at Oberlin and removed myself from the label, and the entire thing dissolved. However, during Winter Term of that year, I met someone who would help relight my ambition to create my own label. The label was in full motion in June of 2015 with artists around the country on the roster, and the feedback and praise I got was insane.

I noticed that the website was down. Are you working on getting a new site, or are you taking a break from managing it for a while?

Currently the label is down for a couple reasons. The first is that I was getting a bit overwhelmed and realized that I wasn’t focusing on my own music anymore. With that said, I wasn’t making nearly as much music, and the quality was horrible. I went through a two-month span where I literally couldn’t make music because I wasn’t there mentally. The next reason was due to the fact that I’ve also seen a bunch of other opportunities within the music industry where focusing on myself will be vital. So currently OHMC is at a standstill, and I’m unsure about the future of it. I’ll know in time, and it’s definitely still something that I want to pursue in the future if the opportunity presents itself.

What inspired you to become a DJ?

Music has always been something I’ve been a part of throughout my entire life. I started on the drums in my uncle’s basement at a really young age, and throughout middle school and high school I played the trombone as well in concert band, symphonic band, jazz band and orchestra. So if that doesn’t show how much I’ve been surrounded by music, I don’t know what will. With regard to becoming a DJ, it was really something that happened on accident. I was already really into music production, and I studied it a bunch, and I guess I just gravitated to it because I saw my favorite producers doing it as well. From older guys like Dr. Dre to producers of our time such as Kaytranada, I saw them doing it, so I did it.

Who, if any, are some artists, producers or DJs that you look up to?

My goal is to mimic the success that the likes of Dr. Dre and Timbaland have seen. They’ve been able to produce their entire careers while advancing their marketability and turning that into huge labels that are staples in today’s music industry. Those are names that everyone hears; but I really don’t have a set artist, I guess. I listen to so many different ones that it’s truly hard to pick a couple, let alone one.

Do you find it challenging to manage school and football with your up-and-coming career in the music industry?

It’s extremely difficult. But I’m at a point in my life where I am focused on what I want to do in the music industry, football and school. I have my goals laid out, and I know that all it takes for me to reach them is self-discipline. I’ve learned how to balance them well over the years, so being busy is normal to me now.


What’s your most memorable DJ moment? What was one of the highlights when you started your own label?

There’s one night I remember in particular. I’ve performed at huge events before, but this showcase was actually at Oberlin on Main Street. I had just released a remix of Adele that day, and when I dropped the song at the showcase, the entire place just started bouncing. I remember taking it all in and looking around at everyone, and it truly seemed as if nothing else in the world mattered. I told myself, “If you can impose that impression on people every time, you’ll make it one day.”

Do you have any goals or aspirations for this year in terms of your DJing or your label?

Well this summer I’m moving out to LA, as I got signed to produce and DJ for a rapper from Chicago named Mic Torrance. He’s really blowing up right now, and the future looks extremely promising for him and I. I’d say my only goal with regard to DJing right now is making sure that I take this opportunity and run with it.

Where do you see yourself after you graduate Oberlin in 2017?

As soon as I graduate, I’ll be back in LA with Mic, producing and getting prepared to tour. I literally can’t wait, and I can’t thank Mic enough for blessing me with this opportunity.

Would you say this is your dream job? If not, what would your ideal occupation be after college?

Without a doubt. I’ve never wanted something so much in my life. I’m obsessed with the music industry, and feelings like the ones I had the night I performed on Main Street are so addicting.