EP. 043 - DJ Stann (My DJ Story Podcast)

Name: DJ Stann

DJ Name: Stann Tate



Primary Genre: House

Other Genres: Hip-Hop, R&B, Latin, EDM, Pop



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


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: The number one online Community for DJ we can stream for free and not get cut off today we have DJ Stan here on the my DJ story podcast brother, can you please introduce yourself tell the people where you're from who you are.


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DJ Stann: hey Darrell first off thanks for having me on the show really appreciate everything you're doing to help DJ for their businesses.


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DJ Stann: And you're doing a wonderful job i'm DJ Stan I am from the Kansas city area and i've been DJ for about 20 plus years now, and looking forward to being on the show and sharing a little bit about what I do why I got into this business and just sharing just different tips with everybody.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome brother super happy to have you man let's jump right into this yeah so tell us a little bit about you know what sparked your interest as a DJ and how'd you get started, like tell me about the early days.


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DJ Stann: i'm gonna go back to the early days and they're going to be really early, probably for a lot of viewers and listeners because.


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DJ Stann: I probably started out, I want to say it was maybe 12 or 13 years old, which was the early 1980s, so yeah i'm dating myself right there but.


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DJ Stann: i'm going to go back to even a little bit earlier than that, when I was in probably like fourth or fifth grade, there was a movie called Thank God it's Friday.


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DJ Stann: And it was about the disco scene and I just remember seeing that DJ in the booth and it was this really cool booth that they had built for the DJ and I was in the movie with my mom and dad that turned over to them, I said I want to be a DJ like that guy.


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DJ Stann: wow and so from there, I got my first set of turntables probably it was like.


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DJ Stann: 1982 83 and now is into a lot of the hip hop like DJ Kool herc grandmaster flash and all those guys and I just really love the hip hop rap sound and it kind of evolved from there just into a broader base of what I do.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome and that's super exciting and tell me a little bit about you know after you got that first turntable where to go from there, did you start practicing you jumped right into gigs are.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: We just doing it as a hobby you know tell me a little bit about what happened after you got that first turntable and did you get it yourself or did your parents buy it for you how did you even you know find the money to get it.


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DJ Stann: Well, I would say my parents bought it for me, but they actually bought it for themselves and I took it downstairs.


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DJ Stann: And then I mean, these were like you know the original turntables and I was literally cutting and scratching on my own, and I am I saved up enough money from.


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DJ Stann: shoveling snow because I grew up in Ohio around the Cleveland area and I went to radio shack and I bought a mixer and then couple weeks later, I saved up some more money, I bought a reverb and I, you know I bought a microphone and I can't really say I had any gigs because.


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DJ Stann: Nobody was gigging at that time with a 1213 year old kid but for me it was all about creativity and just.


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DJ Stann: i'd lot of times, I would just have friends over and we'd hang out in my basement and we just play music we play a lot of.


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DJ Stann: Africa Bam bata grandmaster flash even I mean going into this is probably a little bit later even a little bit of run dmc.


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DJ Stann: So we would we would mix a lot on that, and it was just like three or four guys, you know.


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DJ Stann: hanging out listen to music and then we'd get on the turntables and just take turns and have fun just scratch and then cut and everything.


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DJ Stann: And the next thing you know, and we had a few more people come over, but it was never anything really big I didn't even we didn't even think about gigging at the time we just thought about you know what we just love the music we love doing what we do.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome man it's always good when you have as a passion and just love what you do.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: yeah I would love to hear you know so at what point did you like take it to the next stage, and like wow you know I loved it so much.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: having fun doing it i'm getting pretty good at doing it, I kind of want to make some money out of this, you know what what age did it go from hobby to something that you want to turn into a profession.


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DJ Stann: It was probably in my late 20s when I decided, you know what i'm going to really invest in some equipment, you know i'm finally making some money I got a job.


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DJ Stann: And now I can put some money into my passion and you know I started off again with turntables and then I moved over to CD js and then.


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DJ Stann: You know i've been doing this probably like 25 years now and what really got me into it again was probably my love of house music.


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DJ Stann: And you know I I pride myself on being an aficionado of all genres of music and you know there's not a sound out there, that I don't like and I don't appreciate.


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DJ Stann: Because I think music is basically art and it's art in so many forms it's not just hip hop it's not pop it's not house it's not.


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DJ Stann: edm it's everything it's all an art to me, so I then started doing some gigs probably again about 25 years ago and it was everything from hey you know what we're having a party.


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DJ Stann: We need a DJ can you come down and spend or you know hey i'm having this corporate event.


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DJ Stann: And I like that house music that you play you know the down tempo chill and they're like we just want some music in the background, why we're having this corporate bad.


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DJ Stann: And then, it turned into wine tastings and it turned into weddings and then it turned into.


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DJ Stann: Bigger parties and it turned into launch parties for companies having there's a software company that hired me and said hey we want you to hype up the crowd we want you to.


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DJ Stann: make this really good for us and it just kind of evolved into you know this this thing that just wasn't like hey here's a DJ who shows up the play music.