EP. 091 - DJ Storyteller (My DJ Story Podcast)

Name: David Rankin

DJ Name: DJ Storyteller

Instagram: @djstoryteller59

Primary Genre: R&B

Other Genres: Hip-Hop



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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's going on everybody Darrel Frater of the club CEO here and we have another amazing episode of the my DJ story podcast.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: brought to you by the club APP number one Community for DJ to get paid for live streaming or sets today we have my brother, DJ storyteller, can you please introduce yourself to people who you are and where you're from.


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DJ Storyteller: what's going on Well, this is DJ storyteller out of Virginia and Newport news Virginia.


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DJ Storyteller: i've been in a game for a little bit uh I took a hiatus because I had a child wanting to take care of my kids make sure family first from me as got back in like the last couple years going hard.


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DJ Storyteller: I don't do the club scenes anymore, because I can't i'm too old for that i'm 40 years old, now, so I can be doing a club, so I just do events in which I felt like I made more money at events versus closed.


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DJ Storyteller: And I have to worry about the readiness of the clubs so me and my partner actually a name J Martin call and boy wonder on the MIC we've been we've been killing it here in Virginia 20 events, hopefully we can take it outside to stay here shortly.


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DJ Storyteller: But yeah that's that's what we've been doing, we got also started a podcast too not too long ago called everything but religion says we talked about everything, I mean everything but religion doesn't that's a that's a tough subject to deal with, with people, so we stay away from our.


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DJ Storyteller: office rather.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: that's really good intro man and definitely want to jump into like your story like tell me a little bit about how you got started as a DJ and kind of what sparked your interest to get to the game.


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DJ Storyteller: Oh yeah I started in high school like I said i'm 40 so I graduated in 1999 and I started teaching in 98.


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DJ Storyteller: I was doing clubs at that time and that's I know that don't want to close anymore, because there was a lot of stuff going on and close right here, I got records stolen equipment broken and never get replaced so.


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DJ Storyteller: that the only hard for about for about 2000 2002 my son was born in 2001 find out, he was autistic so.


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DJ Storyteller: I took some time off to do that, because nobody knew what autism was back then, so I took a hiatus up to the to the most high, it is hard to do that sons grown now so that back into it and.


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DJ Storyteller: Just going.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome man that's that's exciting and kudos to you for just putting family first and make sure you did we had to do as father.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: talk to me a little bit about just you know where did you go after high school you started teaching in the clubs, you know you saw some good some bad.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: i'll just walk me through that journey, so people can understand some of the challenges, some of the ups and the Downs and kind of when they're doing their journey what some things that they have to watch out for and how could they benefit from being a DJ as much as possible.


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Oh yeah.


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DJ Storyteller: Man i'm closings back then and 90s, it was different.


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DJ Storyteller: I could say I learned a lot.


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DJ Storyteller: It was definitely It made me who I am today as far as DJ and back then like I said the club's used to be heavy.


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DJ Storyteller: The scenes was always don't you find a nice club, DJ and most of time they were they were fine, but at a certain point in it and the 90s and started getting crazy rowdy.


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DJ Storyteller: Start breaking out fights breaking out I didn't know nothing about insurance on equipment, back then, so I didn't have them so when they broke my stuff was broke the club name Club in and pay for it.


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DJ Storyteller: And I was just I was hurt for a while and was just like I can't believe they would just you know not taking ownership of the stuff they know happen in their establishment on my stuff that I came in and help them out, but.


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DJ Storyteller: You know that's a that's The lesson learned I know there's insurance for you can have a chance was just events, you have to carry insurance, the whole time as far as for DJ.


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DJ Storyteller: But that's something that definitely if you're just starting out make sure you do research on the place addition about the DJ because now.