DJ French Toast is one of the more prominent hip hop artists on Macjams. His real name is Benjamin Ingram (Benny), born 3/29/1978 in Hibbing, Minnesota. Benny currently resides in Phoenix AZ, is a truck driver hauling sand, dirt and other materials for construction. He also takes beats and words and makes another kind of construction: hip hop.
Some of my favorite DJ French Toast tracks (from years earlier) have been deleted, but before he took them off the site I was able to include two in the Macjams Music Podcast #9 highlighting hip hop and rap music, never posted as a MacJams podcast but included in the Mining The Database episode Macjams Hip hop/Rap, vol. 1. Check it out.
What are your early musical influences?
“My first real connection to music was crickets and frogs. I would sit out back on the porch and listen to nature talkin’ it up. Also birds, I loved bird songs. I guess I was little like 4 or 5 when I really started to make the connection between the sounds and music. My parents didn’t listen to music when I was growing up only the occasional song. They never had the radio on in the car. My father (Rik) hated and still hates the radio on when he is driving. They rarely watched TV and when they did it was PBS - or my mother (Jo) loves game shows in the morning. They were more talkers and person to person interactions, games and cards. So basically all my musical taste and style is my own. (more…)