Primary Genre: Hip Hop Other Genres: Rap, R&B, Reggae, Soca, Dancehall, Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Pop, House, Afrobeat
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: What's going on everybody is Darrell freighter here. The club CEO. And we have another amazing TJ here DJ Q brother, can you introduce yourself, tell the people where you're from.
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DJ Q: How's it going, How's it going my name is DJ Q originally from Silver Spring, Maryland right outside of Washington, DC represent the DMV area and been DJ for about a decade now, so
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DJ Q: My career pretty much started in college, but I've always been really into music. I actually really wanted to be a music producer at first.
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DJ Q: And then when I went to went to college. I ended up in a role where I had to throw events. I was an event coordinator for our African American alliance.
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DJ Q: I went to college down in Tennessee, by the way.
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DJ Q: suwanee THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH real small liberal arts predominantly white school
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DJ Q: And
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DJ Q: And that definitely helped shape my early career as far as like understanding how to play for like corporate clients. You know what I mean, like all the
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DJ Q: The kids that I was performing for like they end up being the interns, or they end up, you know, like, that's just the world we live in, you know, I
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Wow that's super amazing. So you started DJ in college and then kind of
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: That kind of helped you with the relationship that you build and people, you know, as they moved up in their career. They became decision makers at these corporate companies and you're able to get in and do DJ work for these people in their, in their events. Right.
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DJ Q: Yeah, I definitely had a lot of connections from college and got a lot of gigs and I ended up doing.
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DJ Q: I ended up kind of being the prime DJ for this sort of
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DJ Q: Click not click, but I guess this this group of folks.
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DJ Q: That had money and through lots of events so
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DJ Q: Go to DJ for that. And yeah, you know, things started off in college, and I, I was fortunate enough to to meet
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DJ Q: Early mentor.
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DJ Q: He didn't go to college, I went to, but we were in the same scholarship program and his name is Jamal DJ dope star. He was also from DC. So we had the same scholarship program. And that's how we connected and he was kind enough to let me just kind of watch him and learn from him so
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DJ Q: Eventually I would, you know, had the courage to try some of the things he was showing me and
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DJ Q: And just would continue on, you know, any questions I had he would kind of guide me through you know my equipment questions, all that stuff. So I was very fortunate to kind of have that early mentor.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Awesome. That's really great man. I'm super curious like what was that spark that made you decide that you wanted to become a DJ. Like what sparked you to do that.
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DJ Q: So, um, for me, it was back in college when I was
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DJ Q: The event coordinator for our African American alliance so
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DJ Q: Most schools have like a BS. You have Black Student Union, but we didn't have that the closest thing we had was our African American alliance and me and my roommate.
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DJ Q: Were the event coordinator. So we had to throw the events, the parties and such. And our schools in the middle of nowhere on a mountain in Tennessee. So like we really, if we wanted to pop in DJ, we had to get someone from Atlanta, and that was a two hour plus drive
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DJ Q: There were some DJ is in Nashville or Chattanooga, that we can holler. But, you know, if we were about to pay someone we usually went and got them from Atlanta. So, but they weren't always available. So sometimes I would just play the music.
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DJ Q: It would just be YouTube tabs open tons of YouTube and
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DJ Q: Then it was virtual DJ, and then I