Dave Richards is the current director of Tastyfresh.com. He and Kevin Oneel also run a small electronic label known simply as MK837. David produces tech house, progressive house and tribal house. He lives in Atlanta, Ga with his wife and son.
How long have you been a member of Tastyfresh?
I first discovered Tastyfresh in 1996. It’s been an anchor in my life ever since, spurring me forward in my craft.
What first intrigued you about it?
Back in 1996, there was basically one place on the web for Christians who loved house and techno. That was N*Soul Records’ site. Tastyfresh came along pretty much out of no where as a news and information site for Christian DJs. Back then, the site was run by Jamey Wright and Andy Payne. As with the rest of the web, it was pretty barebones, but everything we needed back then was there… news AND information. It wasn’t until about four years later that the site even had forums.
What have you learned from the site?
A lot to be honest. When I first came to the site, I was really excited about dance music. I didn’t know how to make it, I wasn’t a dj or a producer back then. I had the opportunity to come in contact with a lot of the emerging Christian scene’s founders like Jamey, Scott Blackwell, Brian Scroggins and more. Over the years I learned the importance of having a mentor as Jamey Wright pretty much walked me from being totally production ignorant to my first release on N*Soul Records. Now instead of receiving from the Tastyfresh community, I’m doing my best to give back. I’m not always good at it, but it is something I’m actively working on.
Where do you see the site going in the next few years?
Tastyfresh has been around almost since the very beginning of what most of us view as the web. I can’t really imagine the web without it. We’re also a very niche site. What’s odd about it is that consistently since at least 2000, we’ve had between 5,000 – 7,000 people viewing the site a month. Sure we have more than that at times, but not often. I don’t see Tastyfresh growing into a huge site with hundreds of thousands of visitors. I don’t think that’s God’s plan for it.
God’s plan, I feel, is to target those he wants to use for his purpose and to help them learn how to accomplish it. If God’s purpose is for them to be a globetrotting DJ, great. If it’s for them to be a bedroom producer, great! If it’s to start a revival, awesome. Tastyfresh will continue to be what it always has been, a resource for those who love club music and a refuge for those who need someone who understands them. We’re about educating, encouraging and restoring here. We’re also a family. We butt heads at times, but we’re still family and honestly… that’s what families do.