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EP. 014 - Dee J Believe (My DJ Story Podcast)


Name: Diefen Baker

DJ Name: Dee J Believe


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: What's going on everybody. There are afraid of the club CEO here. And we have another amazing DJ on the mighty J story podcast brother, can you introduce yourself, where you're from.


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Dee J Believe: Yes, my name is DJ believe everyone calls me D. I'm from Indio, California.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: Awesome, brother. And as you know, this is the my DJ story podcast. So we're super interested in hearing


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: Your story about how you got started in the DJ business and kind of how's it been going since getting started. So start from the very beginning. You know what age did you start and how did you get interested in DJ


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Dee J Believe: And it was about the age of 12 I was taking out of trash in the evening at a group homeowners in and I found a technique 1200 turntable at the time in the trash and not really having much at the time. So I brought it in cleaned it up and found out what a record was as soon as I was


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Dee J Believe: Discovered that I was able to manipulate sounds or people would say a scratch and then


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Dee J Believe: It just pulled me in. I don't know why, or how it just grabbed me and all I did from there on out to the present day is just look for more records the best equipment and just finding new ways to do stuff that hasn't been done yet.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: Wow, that's a very, very powerful story so so it pretty much you stumble upon the opportunity to be a DJ from


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: You know, digging in the trash and finding this old you know turntable or controller and you're able to just turn that into an opportunity for you to start your career and your passion.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: Like what was going through your mind when you found that you know DJ turntable and decided to, you know, take it out the trash and and clean it up like what was going through your mind at that time.


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Dee J Believe: I was impressed by the way it was pretty heavy. It was a actual 1200 technique which is fascinating. Now, looking back at it that I got so lucky to find one of those in the trash, but


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Dee J Believe: I my biggest my biggest obstacle ever my first obstacle as well, was I didn't know how get sound out of it.


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Dee J Believe: I didn't know I needed to, you know, amplifier and receiver or mixer. I mean, I had no clue. I was like, where does the speakers go so after I was schooled up on that a little bit.


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Dee J Believe: I was pretty impressed by you know how it turned out. And there was no controllers. Back then, there was no software. He was just a record player and


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Dee J Believe: I think the first real DJ mixer came out like three or four years afterwards. So it was regular standard for channel mixers with no fader, it was just channels 123 and four.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: Wow, wow, that's, that's, and then how did you, you know, take that you found something to play on and tell me about like your first event or first Opportunity Act to actually DJ


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Dee J Believe: Well, I never knew that you can make money off of it. And when I found that out that that really impressed me but I started watching MTV and they started


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Dee J Believe: Slowly but surely having more and more DJ pop up and do exactly what I was currently doing at the time, but with better equipment.


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Dee J Believe: Better gear and doing it a lot better than I was. And I started to manipulate and trying to VCR record those sessions on


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Dee J Believe: MTV, for I could just play them back and try to mimic what they're doing and over some time I got good enough. And then I found out about clubs and and bar backs and just


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Dee J Believe: Doing anything I could to get my foot into any establishment that had an actual DJ booth in it and and I was able to start being a bar back after I got emancipated at the age of 16 and


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Dee J Believe: Every second I had, I took it and went behind that DJ booth and did everything I could to press play or anything.


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Dee J Believe: And was completely fascinated with that kind of nightlife the energy, the response that you get from a crowd when you play a song.


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Dee J Believe: How you control the crowd with whatever you decide to do back there that really captured me and like I said from there on out. I basically lived picking up beer bottles and behind that gear DJ booth every night, every night.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: Well, I thought it seemed like DJ really changed, and it can even say maybe save your life. Is that accurate.


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Dee J Believe: Yeah yeah yeah music was the first positive escape that I have ever had. I would like I said, I grew up in, in, in our group homes and I was rebellious to anything that was authority whatsoever and nobody had any


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Dee J Believe: Threshold over me to with any threats. I mean, I knew I was 12 I knew they couldn't do anything. I knew what I wanted to do and didn't want to do and


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Dee J Believe: I didn't want to go to school. I didn't want to fit in the norm. I didn't want to be the everyday person. I knew that from day one, and no one had anything to take away from me, to make me become better and everything was already taken away for me. So with music.


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Dee J Believe: People saw that I was interested in it and because of that people were willing to help me a little bit more than what normal people would because of my situation. And that was a big help in my life.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: Awesome man you know


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: It's really hard, especially when you don't have really people to lean on


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: In these certain situations, like, Did you have anyone you know that helped you in these early stages of your DJ career, maybe a mentor or friend or someone that kind of show you the ropes.


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Dee J Believe: Um, yeah, definitely, definitely in my early DJ career when I was a bar back trying to make my way behind that DJ booth.


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Dee J Believe: There was a DJ named by DJ Jonny Quest. And to this day, just because I worked with him, side by side and saw how


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Dee J Believe: He broke down the science behind the magic that he did every night consistently and so well with just little portions of what we would call tricks or or just methods and keeping that consistency and that method. Every night over and over and over.


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Dee J Believe: Is what made it magic and and made it look like it was easy to do. But sure by a long shot. It's not to


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Dee J Believe: Keep a crowd interested in what you're playing for six hours, you know, thousand people. It's really hard and and he was able to do that without breaking a sweat and he taught me probably about 80% of everything I know about crowd control when it comes to a club.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: Wow. That's amazing that you know if you're able to learn from someone that really understands the craft to that detail.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: And that's super amazing because figuring that out on your own is almost impossible, you know, by having a mentor having someone that can kind of show you the ropes and guide you through that process and show you the nuances.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: Of this skill set.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: Is really helpful. It gets you forward and you know you can pay it forward by doing the same and helping others in their early journey.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub: So that's where tackler man And you know I'm super interested in your name, you know, DJ believe that's super inspiring that your name is DJ believe what what made you choose that name or the name given to you come to the story about how that name came to be for you.


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Dee J Believe: Um, I was a mere beer back at at a nightclub and the owners told


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Dee J Believe: Me and everyone around me. That was a management staff that I would never be a DJ there or probably anywhere just because they knew my roughneck life and growing up and


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