Primary Genre: Hip Hop Other Genres: Rap, R&B, Reggae, Soca, Dancehall, House, Afrobeat, Future Beats
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: What's going on, everybody's Darrell freighter, the club CEO here and we've got an amazing DJ on the line with us today, brother. Could you introduce yourself to other people, where you're from.
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DJ Mike Nasty: What's going on is VJ Mike nasty coming out of Brooklyn, New York, born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, how y'all doing
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Prefer to being on the my DJ story podcast, brother. This is a
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Podcast with DJ tell their story and are able to inspire Educate and entertain people in the process of sharing their story. I believe that all DJ is have a story.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: And I just want to give a platform for us to be able to tell their story. So tell me yours. Man, I love to hear how you got started as a DJ. What age did you know first start DJ
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DJ Mike Nasty: Well, I got, I got to start a senior senior year of high school. It was like 1718 maybe in my friends always I was a musician. So I grew up playing saxophone.
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DJ Mike Nasty: From sixth grade until like 12. Great. I'm also to like it's our lesson is my dad play guitar.
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DJ Mike Nasty: I found out recently. My dad was a DJ as well. So I, I feel like it's kind of in my blood. My grandmother. She also told me. My grandfather was a DJ once
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DJ Mike Nasty: These are all new things to me after I had already started DJ. But you know, I was in high school, my friends. They wanted to start doing like house parties, they
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DJ Mike Nasty: They wanted to start on block parties in the neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee, and I was always a collective music outside of just being a musician.
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DJ Mike Nasty: I had a rap group with my friends and my brother. I was always involved in music, but my dad was a part of this CD club and he would get like five CDs, a month sent to the House.
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DJ Mike Nasty: And I was just grabbed his CDs I my CD player and also had like a tape recorder and I used to just record DJ mixes on the radio. When these DJ and methods will be performing
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DJ Mike Nasty: And some reason it just resonated with me. So when my friends were like, yo, who's going to be the DJ for these parties are volunteers to DJ like it was nothing, not thinking I will be doing this long term, but, you know, just as a hobby in
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DJ Mike Nasty: Our first gig went well. It was a block party. We did a couple house parties and once I got to college, man. I got a phone that Entertainment Group with with a few of my friends content for entertainment and we just started doing house parties and
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Wow, man. That's really though how you said that your father and your grandfather, both for DJ
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: And you didn't even know that until after. That's a true testament to show that DJ and music is in your DNA, man.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: That's really dope and, you know, being able to just kind of get that exposure at an early age 17 doing these huge block parties.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Then that kind of led you to not just become a DJ. But to be a business owner and essentially started your own group and started your own business where you're leading other people in your whole DJ career. So tell me a little bit about that in college and your progression from there.
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DJ Mike Nasty: Man is crazy. I want to say it was like an overnight success and kind of, you know, everything in college, anybody doing anything anybody doing parties.
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DJ Mike Nasty: On you kind of instantly have audience to cater to, you know, it wasn't kind of like me being like a full grown adult
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DJ Mike Nasty: I'm like 25 year old year old trying to start it in a new city is like, yo, with all these people on campus we say we're throwing a party and somebody apartment. People are going to come
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DJ Mike Nasty: It's just overtime literally live within like the first two or three months, we were doing like crazy house parties seniors will come into our parties and then eventually
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DJ Mike Nasty: I'm in an alpha. Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and before. Before I was an athlete. At the time, the older alphas came to me and we're like, hey,
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DJ Mike Nasty: We want to hire you guys to sell wristbands for all parties in DJ parties that was my first kind of working with an entity. I'm getting opportunities from there and
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DJ Mike Nasty: Once I started doing the fraternity days. Then I got in the fraternity and then I just started
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DJ Mike Nasty: coordinating the parties with my my FRAT BROTHERS AND STILL DJ in the parties and then I just started moving through the the Tennessee network. I went to University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. So
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DJ Mike Nasty: Work college network in Tennessee is so we'll meet, especially if you're in a fraternity. So I was going on the East Tennessee State University Tennessee Chattanooga Vanderbilt Nashville.