We had a little chat with DeeJay Random about his extensive Puma Suede collection and his lifelong obsession with this iconic SILHOUETTE.
When did your obsession with puma suedes begin? and do you remember the first time you set eyes on a pair?
Hmmmm. A very long time ago. I think I must've been about 12-13. I was hanging out at the local B-Boy spot and a guy from the next town turned up wearing a pair. Red and white. They were incredible. I'd only seen them in pictures up until that point but when I saw them, with fat laces, that was it. Game over. I had to have a pair as soon as I could get them. I got my first pair when I was 14. Jade Green Puma States. I felt like the baddest Motherfucker on the planet when I walked out in them.
Are there any iconic moments of Suedes getting worn that really stand out for you?
The first and biggest thing for me was the "Hey You (The Rocksteady Crew)" cover. They were just cartoon characters done by Devious Doze. He'd exaggerated them and made them look like some Fucking Robot Foot Shit. I'm still obsessed by trying to get my feet to look those trainers he drew. Next level Fuckery.
How many pairs have you currently got in your collection?
I seriously don't know. It's over 100, I think. My flat is covered in the Fucking things. They're everywhere.
What grails have you managed to grab so far? and which ones are still out there eluding you?
My favourite pair are the Puma Bodē Clydes. I love them. I've loved Cheech Wizard since the first time I ever saw the degenerate Prick. When Puma brought out the 50th Anniversary range, I had to have them. It took me about 7 years of Ebay stupidity to track them all down including the hooded top. The reason it took so long is that I don't class myself as a "proper collector". I buy trainers to wear, not stick in a box in a garage and play top trumps with other nutters. I could easily go out and buy every set of trainers as soon as they come out but I love the challenge of getting trainers for pence and I'm pretty prepared to stalk them until I get them for stupid money. I haven't got a massive wants list...I buy whatever I like but at the moment I'm desperate for a pair of Puma X Atmos (with the tattoo colourway)...but I ain't paying £160 for the Fucking things!
Finally, are there any shout outs you would like to give? And where can folks catch you?
Shouts out to my gorgeous girlfriend, Bad Barbie, my DJ Crew (The Steel Devils), DJ Jazz T, DJ Miracle, DJ Chud, Giallo Point, DJ Oneofakind, my Hip Hop Family, DJ Pogo, Cutmaster Swift, DJ Bizznizz, MC Mello, Naba Napalm, Pritt Kalsi and the King Of The Beats crew, Mr Dexter, Carpetface, Village Live, B-Line, Soundweight, DJ Prime Cuts, DJ Woody...hang on...I'm gonna be here all day! Shouts to you know who! You can come see me on my artists page on Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/DEEJAYRANDOM.STEELDEVILS/), Mixcloud: ( https://m.mixcloud.com/deejayrandom/ ) and hearthis: (https://hearthis.at/vqmydxcx/), YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/mrdeejayrandom?app=desktop). I'm live, once a month, with my Fresh Mess Show on mixlr and The Steel Devils "Full Clip" show and don't forget the Boot Records Show on www.kanefm.com every other week!