EP. 041 - DJ TonyTempo (My DJ Story Podcast)

DJ Name: DJ TonyTempo


Instagram: @djtonytempo

Primary Genre: Reggae/Soca/Dancehall

Other Genres: R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, House, Afrobeat



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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's up everybody Darrell freighters the club CEO here and we have another amazing episode of the my DJ story podcast brought to you by the club APP the number one online Community for DJ is where you can stream for free and not get caught off.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Today we have DJ Tony tempo here to tell houses amazing story.


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DjTony Tempo: about it yeah.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: In the DJ industry brother K, please introduce yourself to the people, where you're from where you are.


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DjTony Tempo: Yes, this is international DJ Tony tempo i'm based out of at this time, New York City I wasn't Atlanta last 20 years but i'm back in the Mecca of DJ because there's a lot of DJ said oh my gosh the whole Jersey Connecticut area plenty dies.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: off and we're super excited to hear your story man, I know there's gonna be a good one, talk to us about the beginning days what sparked your interest become a DJ and how did you get started.


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DjTony Tempo: Well, I was always interested in the way how the DJ had that setup at that time we did not have the two.


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DjTony Tempo: techniques, the two separate ones don't think that we looked at was the what how the radio DJ had this setup was one big long console and I always for some reason I had that music inside of me wanting to do that, so I just started doing mix tapes.


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DjTony Tempo: and playing with that juggling and also.


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DjTony Tempo: It was.


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DjTony Tempo: How can I say that I started in New York see do my mixtapes and branching out and then, when I got to Atlanta in 94.


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DjTony Tempo: that's where my name Tony temple really hit because of the wholesale casino and the NF cost of the Internet now i'm an IT professional.


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DjTony Tempo: So I took advantage of the Internet, I think I was the first aka DJ to be out on the Internet, I bought soca to the Internet with mixes and actually with the with the music first.


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DjTony Tempo: Because I had contacts in Trinidad and it will send me music I said hey i'm going to put this stuff on the Internet.


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DjTony Tempo: So people will know, because what happens in Trinidad if you're from New York or wherever in the States and you go down to that the carnival you don't know the music right.


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DjTony Tempo: My idea is to have the music first put it up there, where people can listen to it, so when they go down to that they'll be in the vibe.


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DjTony Tempo: Because I happen to me, I went to tune out one time, I was like I don't know this music I don't know so that's what I get came on and kind of blew up from there, I started putting my mixes on there.


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DjTony Tempo: And, and I want to think that i'm the first DJ on the Internet nevermind that's just soca reggae i'm not sure about the other genres, though, but I know soca in reggae but.


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DjTony Tempo: i'm mostly know for soca DJ even though i'm very versatile.


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DjTony Tempo: You know and that's where everything kind of blew up from there as well, a lot of people know me from and also through I remixes because I started doing a lot of remixes when CDs came out because I know I knew how to do the Multi track mixing but we didn't have a place to put it on.


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DjTony Tempo: So CDs CDs, you can you know record on to the CD so that's where I got kind of hyped on that and famous for that.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: that's amazing man that's super exciting to hear that you really hit the ground running with your career and DJ.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: You know walk us through the journey, you know after you got started, you know where did your career go from there, how did you, you know learn the skill of DJ had you build the passion.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: You know, tell me a little bit about the early days and kind of your progression through the first kind of five years of your career.


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DjTony Tempo: I started young so of course when scratching came out everybody was scratching I did my thing I don't even do that anymore.


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DjTony Tempo: For me, it was just.


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DjTony Tempo: Basically r&b and hip hop music, I always knew I always liked how to blend music and that's why that's why I come in strong.


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DjTony Tempo: I have this passion for music, for some reason, and I listened to everything and I makes a full very good DJ you got to do your homework and research all music.


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DjTony Tempo: So just throughout the years I just started graduating graduating graduating so I got my techniques and started getting gains people like what I was doing and how I was doing it.


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DjTony Tempo: And the rest is history, basically, and a lot of people have followed the way, well, I will say in the Caribbean genre of follow the way how I mix new mixes and and remixes.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome man that's amazing and talk to me a little bit about you know why do you love DJ What about the DJ you know opportunity that really stands out to you that makes you have 11 passion for it.


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DjTony Tempo: Well, the passion is for the love of music and I would say, controlling the crowd but making the crowd just go crazy.


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DjTony Tempo: You put on that track and maybe everybody goes, while you get on the MIC and say what you have to say, everybody goes wow it's just like being an entertainer you had the crowd doing this Left and Right and that's my enjoyment.


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DjTony Tempo: Making people happy.


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DjTony Tempo: that's my music.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: that's amazing man and it's important, you know that DJ play important roles and in people's lives, you know they are the one SEC here rate, you know the weddings in Los entertainment.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: The cure rate the you know music for different events that are super important people's lives, you know what are some things that you know, DJ.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: That you know, are doing differently from other DJ including yourself regards to you know branding yourself and honing your craft to be an expert on what you do.


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DjTony Tempo: Well, when I first started, there was no instagram Facebook and all that other stuff social media.


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DjTony Tempo: I just put myself out there and that's what you have to do i've made my mixes and I put it out for free, because my my thought process was you put it out for free and then you get hired because people like what you did.


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DjTony Tempo: A lot of guys, used to say why are you doing it for free.


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DjTony Tempo: want to make in the paint because if you pay you just won't get hired that's just my philosophy is put it out for free everybody knows.


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DjTony Tempo: I had Tony temple did this, and I mean still today, you know, he did this, and we could hire him and i've traveled all over people bring me to the other countries other states to do my thing and they're happy with it.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: yeah that's great advice man, you know put out value for free first.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Exactly see value out out of it in return.