EP. 098 - DJ Don King (My DJ Story Podcast)

Name: Don King

DJ Name: DJ Don King


Instagram: @yaboydk

Primary Genre: Hip-Hop

Other Genres: R&B, Pop, EDM



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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's going on everybody Darrel Frater 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 Community for DJ to get paid for your live stream sets.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: We have my brother, DJ Don King on the line today as well today brother, can you please introduce yourself to the people who you are and where you're from.


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DJ Don King: yeah man.


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DJ Don King: Like you said, my name is Don King, that is my real name, believe it or not, I did that a lot of course Mike tyson's old boxing promoter Don King with the crazy hair i've heard those jokes literally all my life but.


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DJ Don King: Originally i'm a radio guy so I just had to keep it real with that name so it's stuck for sure.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome that's super exciting I love the name and I did know it was you're running as well, so that's actually pretty awesome.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Great de de de get great real name, and I would love to you know hear about your DJ story, you know, bring us back to the beginning, what sparked your interest to become a DJ and kind of walk us through those early days.


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DJ Don King: yeah man it's it's been a that's a long story because i've been in radio for over 20 years as a matter of fact.


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DJ Don King: marked my 20th anniversary with I heart radio, so I would say that I got into mobile DJ.


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DJ Don King: Just a couple of years after I started working for this group of stations, we were getting a lot of calls at the radio station from people.


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DJ Don King: Assuming that DJ is on the radio DJ parties and nobody was doing it, so I really just saw that opportunity and jumped all over it, and you know at first.


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DJ Don King: I would team up with maybe a friend of mine who had some equipment and I would say, look i'll book The shows you DJ I MC we split the money right, but over time I got my own gear and i've been a one man show for a very long time.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: wow that's super amazing man and it got to be tough, to be able to carry so many things and wear so many hats.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: talk to us about that talk to us about the skill set you need and how you're able to accomplish it all be a one man show to do everything the bookings DJ and entertainment and just a whole package walk us through that and how you able to accomplish that.


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DJ Don King: yeah it's something that i've really taken a lot of pride and over the years, I feel like i'm i'm very versatile and I can do any event.


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DJ Don King: And I know all different genres of music i've always been very passionate about music, you know, there are some DJ.


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DJ Don King: Who maybe could do a wedding but there's no way they could go do a club gig or DJ a prom or something where you've got to know what's hot right now so.


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DJ Don King: You know that kind of goes back to my radio roots I guess i'll just i've always stayed on top of what's hot and kind of incorporate that into.


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DJ Don King: You know, whatever presents itself and depends on the gig you know.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: awesome and so you've a DJ for over 20 years now, you know walk us through the journey you started out and you're able to you know just jump right into the industry you was able to work your way into I heart radio like just give us some kind of.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: timeline of that journey and just give us like the steps within that journey so other people can realize, you know what steps to take to make it in their own journey so just kind of give us a walkthrough of that entire journey.


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DJ Don King: I can tell you that i've been very blessed man that this whole thing really fell in my lap I was in nursing school at the University of southern Mississippi and at that time I had a part time job at one of our local hospitals and.


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DJ Don King: We would have a little downtime and maybe prank call other departments and stuff like that and i'll just had a lot of encouragement from my co workers, people like man, what are you doing you need to be on the radio.


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DJ Don King: And then, one day, a friend of mines will a friend of mines mother was friends with a guy who owned a radio station and he was looking for someone to do play by play for high school football on the radio.


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DJ Don King: She recommended me to him, he called me up and I was like yeah I think I would like to do that and I fell in love with it changed my major to radio, television found.


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DJ Don King: graduated from southern miss and literally a month later, I got a call from the program director of.