DJ Xclusive City exclusive interview with Muzique Magazine
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I remember sitting by the radio every day just waiting until my favorite songs came on so I could record them. At the age of 12, I began creating custom mixtapes for my classmates, using a CD burner and old hip-hop albums I would borrow from my uncle.
By the time I reached high school, I had made a name for myself selling my mixtape CDs around my neighborhood, local stores, and barbershops. That’s when I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in not only DJing but doing radio as well.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
Wow. That’s a great question! I was born in Providence, RI to Haitian parents, so I definitely accredit my style to my Caribbean background. I grew up listening to a lot of legends from my hometown in Providence, RI to my second home in New York City, to my current home in Orlando, FL.
So, I would also have to accredit my sense of style to legends like DJ Buck, DJ Big Stress, DJ Half Pint, Fred Da Great, DJ Finesse, DJ Rukiz, DJ CR, DJ Squeak, Funkmaster Flex, Kid Kapri, DJ Red Alert, Tony Touch, DJ Camilo, DJ Clue, DJ Envy, DJ Superstar Jay, DJ Whoo Kid, DJ D-Strong, DJ Stakz, DJ Juice, DJ D-Nice, DJ Prostyle, DJ Nasty, DJ Khaled and the list goes on…
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
At the moment, the COVID-19 pandemic has been by far one of my greatest challenges as it has kind of forced us, DJs, into a challenging space. With all the clubs and venues shutting down, it slowed down the money we use to pay our bills.
As a result, a lot of us DJs are using Instagram Live, Facebook Live, Youtube Live, Twitch, and recently Mixcloud Live to stream our sets. My greatest attribute when it comes to my work ethic would definitely be that I’m definitely a hustler and I’m different! I’m still learning the game and it inspires me to be better!
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I definitely think I’m the best at what I do in terms of having my own style and identity when I’m curating a vibe. I think anyone can play music and call themselves a DJ but when your vibe is different, that’s when you’re the best at what you do!
What are your plans for the near future?
I can’t tell you that! Just kidding (laughs). My plans for the near future honestly, to keep moving up in the radio world. I have been with 104.5 The Beat (WTKS) and iHeartRadio for a few years now and outside of shaking up the clubs every week, I would like to someday be a gateway between artists and radio and all these other outlets that everybody wants to partner with.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I would just like to thank God, my family, and all my day one supporters for always supporting me. Thank you for making my dreams a big success. Without you, it wouldn’t have been possible. Let’s keep winning together!
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What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
My advice to other DJs and artists alike would be to not only have a passion for your craft but to always practice and master your craft as well. Passion is the love you have for something, and craftsmanship is the pursuit of mastering that passion. The craftsman treats this process not as a destination, but as something you will do until your last breath.