DJ Problem Child

How did you get started? Tell us your story!

I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and I started DJ'ing in high school in Savannah, Georgia with 3 of my friends. We started a DJ coalition and named it 4play DJs. We used to do our high school pep rallies, parties, college parties, and even strip clubs. We were the youngest DJ's in Savannah, so we related to the youth of the city.

I grew up listening to all genres of music, but my main inspiration comes from the 90s hip hop & R&B era. My mom would have CDS and tape cassettes and an old radio so I would listen to the majority of her music. I used to play the saxophone growing up, so music was just always around me. I started taking my career seriously when I moved to Atlanta for college in 2013. I saw it as an open market for DJs and the music was so diverse, I had to take advantage of the opportunity.

The biggest moments of my career had to be every opportunity I was given to DJ in the AUC and the different festivals like SXSW, A3C & The Arts on Third Festival in NY. Just seeing so many different people coming together and dancing to the beat of the music I was provided was amazing. It also led me to make beats. I currently work with an independent artist in the city of Atlanta, LA & NY. I am currently working on a collective of mixtape series that will show the talent and range of artists I work with. I love being a DJ because it is one of the only jobs that can bring different types of people together in any environment.

What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, YouTube, etc.)?

I learned my craft overtime by just practicing and going to tutorials on YouTube. In college, I picked up a class that gave me the formula to make beats, and it kind of stuck with it after that. I am more of a hands-on learner though I rather someone teach me but if I have to take it on my own hands then I will. I have experience in the music industry working as an intern for two major labels gaining experience and also receiving dope opportunities from them.

What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criterion other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?

It all depends on the crowd vibes. I play certain songs to see where their head is like if the females want to twerk or if everyone once to just turn up. It all depends on the time of the night and the vibes. As a vibe creator, you have to know the vibes.

Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?

My biggest influences growing up were Dr. Dre, DJ Drama, Don Cannon & Trendsetter Sense. They all changed the game in a major way in their careers. I currently like to listen to Lil baby, Roddy Rich, & Youngboy Never Broke Again. They all have different styles, but they all have amazing stories that they tell, and it sounds like it really comes from the heart kind of like Ghetto Trap Gospel.

What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry? What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?

My biggest obstacle was just believing in myself. DJ'ing is so interesting because it will always be relevant to music. It has an impact on so many different levels and you can learn so much from it.

How would you describe your sound and style?

I describe my sound as a southern musical trap feel. I was raised in the south and the 808s always been crazy in songs. I feel like it’s put you in a good mood.

What are some of your goals this year?

My goal this year is to continue to grow musically. I am and will continue to make a meaningful impact in my community by creating music that represents them and voices the opinions & experiences of the unheard.

Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?

1. DrewFilmedit

2. Pyrexwhippa

3. Kendrick Lamar

What is your creative process like?

I do what feels right. It's whatever vibe I'm in at the time and how I want to create it.

What’s your favorite go-to order?

Crab Rangoon, Chicken Teriyaki with the white rice.