Name: DJ Nokie
Genres: Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Pop, House, EDM, Afrobeat
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's going on everybody Darrell freighter the club.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: CEO here and we have another amazing DJ on the mind tj story podcast.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: brother, can you introduce yourself and tell the world where you're from.
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Nokie: So family i'm DJ Nokia i'm originally from New Orleans Louisiana but now reside in Los Angeles California.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome brother, and this is the my DJ story podcast so we want to hear about your story as a DJ how you got started the beginning stories and just kind of your progression, so you know what age, did you start teaching and kind of what sparked your interest in the in the industry.
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Nokie: So I started DJ around the age of I want to say 21 and when I originally started, because I was working as a bouncer in a nightclub.
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Nokie: Out of baton rouge called city bar and you know just kind of shaking hands and meeting people, and I remember.
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Nokie: I meant, I guess, one of my mentors name is DJ death and he kind of introduced me to the DJ game, and he showed me what it's like to be a DJ and you know once I once I got on the turntables I was pretty much looked at that point.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Nice bro that's amazing man and you transition from being a bouncer to just being a DJ and tell me a little bit about that experience regards to like your first opportunity to DJ an event or a party tell me about that.
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Nokie: Right so yeah man, so it is actually a funny transition, because actually I went from bouncer to.
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Nokie: VIP manager dinner DJ, but when I first got my DJ gig man, it was nerve racking it was it was a slow like Thursday night.
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Nokie: My boss wanted me to kind of take over controls and I remember, I was just nervous man, it was it was kind of nerve wracking because.
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Nokie: picking the songs on audiences there, and you actually like watching the audience react to you picking the songs it's like man.
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Nokie: I hope I picked the right songs that they can all you know kind of keep it the groove but you know, after a while you kind of get into your own little mix and you start you start to realize that it's not as actually it's not as bad as people kind of make it out to be.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: that's super interesting man and it's funny because a lot of teachers come on this podcast and they tell us a story.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: about how they got started in just a different emotion, without going through them when they you know did their first gay.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: And you know we hear a lot of the same things where when you look into it it's like so scary when you get into it, but when you look back at you really had nothing to worry about and.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Being able to just jump in and do what you love as a DJ is super powerful and you know we we use this podcast of the way to get people that are interested in DJ.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: To you know take that leap and and go for it and for other digits are already DJ to elevate their self.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: In their current business so tell us a little bit about you know what gave you the confidence to make those transitions into the tj world and kind of how how did you navigate from there.
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Nokie: um well, I would say that what kind of gave me the confidence would definitely be one i'm.
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Nokie: Having a great support system, you know, my friends, and you know my family, especially my POPs pushing me to go for it, because you know, I was.
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Nokie: I was kind of not really looking to pursue it as a career, but you know my my parents and people always saying like if it makes you happy, you know yo just go for it, you never know what could come out of it.
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Nokie: And like I said, ever since then i've been hitting the road with it and i'm you know let's see.
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Nokie: pretty much out once that once that Thursday happen to be honest i've been told it like self sufficient man i've been.
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Nokie: shaking hands with people i've been like a here's my mix, if you want to check me out, this is what you need to hit up, I actually took myself, I actually know nothing about it man, I put myself in positions to actually be dead my first nightclub and my.
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Nokie: My hotel all my home just by shaking hands and showing them the passion like man i'm really trying to do the DJ thing you know, this is what I bring to the table, this is my skill set and they just they were leaving man that was it.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Man that's awesome man and a lot of people when they're looking at other people's journey like oh that tj got lucky.