EP. 022 - DJ Menyu (My DJ Story Podcast)

Name: DJ Menyu


Instagram: @djmenyu


Primary Genre: House

Other Genres: Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Pop, Afrobeat, Reggae



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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's up everybody Darrell freighter here the club CEO we have another amazing episode of the my DJ story podcast brought to you by the club APP.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: That number one platform for details to build your career online today we have DJ menu on the show you the menu, can you please introduce yourself and tell the people who you are where you're from.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: Absolutely, DJ menu at the nyu from the boogie down South bronx New York City, DJ for a hot minute so yeah mine is gonna be blown minute.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome awesome now we're super excited to hear your story on the my DJ story podcast is a podcast where people get to hear how you got started as a DJ and you tell us about your journey in the industry.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: I would love for you to get us started and just tell us you know what age, did you start teaching and what inspired you to start you know the trade.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: That my body was 14 years old, and you know, I was popular from a block to block radius because that's how it was back in the days you know so.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: This is another know my age, this is 1989 this was right with the rise of hip hop, especially in the south bronx was that.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: And I said, DJ block parties and it shut down the whole block and DJ from 12 noon to 930 at night, and it was definitely a blessing man, you know i'm saying, DJ with wax and vinyl.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: Spending the pioneers been inspired by grandmaster the xt, you know as he when he dropped the scratch for rocket by herbie hancock and that's where it started mansell 14 years old and the boogie down that was that was definitely what it started.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: nice man, so you did your first party at 14 like how did you, you know get the equipment, did you borrow some equipment it, you know how did you learn did you just jump right on do you have a teacher tell me a little bit about the process of getting started.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: So the beautiful thing about music is that there's always there's always ways to learn the craft right.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: So it started off from recording songs radio and, at the time, there was only a hip hop in 98.7 kiss and want 7.5 w pls.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: So we learn how to DJ just with the pause record, you know so for youngins then i'm schooling yeah right now is hip hop DJ one on one.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: So we learn how to cut simply with a pause you know i'm saying and then from there, my two older brothers need to go to parties my password go for security, I possibly can my mom will go to cook both rest in peace.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: And I was the youngest so I should go to parties to so that's how I learned so I stole your home, he was spinning and we knew him because he was the DJ from the neighborhood.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: And he said, let me observe, so I would actually go onstage little 10 year old boy and i'm paying attention settings doing so but asked him to the questions real shot.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: He would someone with the Cross fader was you tell me that I worked for you know, put it to the left, the Left record place but it's the right.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: place you know i'm saying the simple stuff show me the scratch and my brother was not a DJ so he had equipment that he bought from homie.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: But he was never around, so I sneak into his room in the middle of the day when he was out, and I said practice the sauce was I knew all the records from the radio stations to my mom ernie and she'd be my as it no.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: But that's how it started, I always do it on the DL behind my family's back, and I see use my brother's equipment so that's how it officially started when I don't know how to DJ.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: wow that's truly amazing man, so at 10 years old you're watching and just learning as much as you can then you know practicing.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: You know, using your breath equipment whenever he did you know wasn't around and and then eventually you're able to get your first gig after just four years.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: of just watching and learning to trade on your own man no that's that's super amazing man.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: And then tell me a little bit about where went from there, you know 14 year old you did your first party what happens next do you go on to starting you know.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Doing More parties or do you go on to start you know recording records what what's the journey for DJ menu at the age of 14 after you got started.


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DJ Menyu Quintana: So the hood man, it was all about getting recognized right everything is always about recognition right, it becomes relevant so when people started hear me DJ I got paid $100 to me i'll take it, you know saying so from there was over, of course, the.