Name: Steve Cooke
DJ Name: DJ SAY WHAAT!!
Primary Genre: Hip-Hop
Other Genres: R&B, Reggae, Dancehall, Pop, House
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's going on everybody Darrel frater a club CEO here and we have another amazing episode of the my DJ story podcast brought to you by the club.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: The number one streaming APP for DJ and partygoers today we have my brother, DJ say what actually let me rephrase that my brother, DJ SAY WHAAT!!
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: On the podcast brother, can you please introduce yourself to the people who you are and where you're from.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: All right, um as as Darrell said, my professional name, DJ SAY WHAAT!!
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: My name is Steve cook i'm from trenton New Jersey born and raised right here in the city of trenton.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: grew up in trenton grew up in white city actually in Hamilton right outside of it was so they considered a suburb of trenton.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: But I got family all overtraining I grew I tell people I grew up in every part of trenton except for South trenton but I went to grade school in South trends, so you know i'm i'm treading born i'm trading born and bred, so I am trend.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Nice hey brother born and trying, but then moved out to young when I was five.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: But i'm really excited because I, you know, I was made in training and I really tie myself to train and the impact that we have.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: A lot of it goes to trenton and represent for the culture and we're really excited about having you on the podcast brother so talk to us man what got you interested in becoming a DJ and talk to us a little bit about your early days into the game.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: um alright.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: Well, being my age i'll be 50 next month i'll be 50 and less than 30 days, so I grew up in the era of hip hop from the beginning, like i'm a 70s baby.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: So I grew up in the golden era of hip hop I listened to the kid that listen to.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: The songs on the radio had to tape in the tape player and had to press the buttons to record the favorite song off the, off the radio, you know hope the DJ didn't talk over the song too much, so you get at least hear it.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: made me original mixtapes off the radio and that's the error, I grew up in so I grew up a hip hop head I grew up listening to it.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: I grew up in a House my mom always listen to music, whether it be Gospel, whether it be disco, whether it be R amp B and.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: You know that's what I grew up listening so I was always around music I had music in the family and and we all everybody had a radio everybody has some music plan somehow some way.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: Like our era we grew up you know when you heard the music on in the morning you knew was time to get up and cleaned up around the House.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: It was always music on somewhere somebody has some music out on the car I grew up in that era that soon as soon as I got a car.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: next thing I had to do soon as I gotta run it, I had to go get some speakers to put in the car so when you heard me coming down the street, you heard my system coming so that's that's the ERA grew up in um and I grew up around a lot of guys who.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: DJ and I grew up my cousin my cousin God rested did my cousin policy was a DJ out and Lincoln homes I grew up around one of the one of the guys I look up to as a DJ DJ Father ramsey.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: Ramsay i've watched ramsey do his thing, since I was young ramsey DJ swell I watched those guys, you know, and they are there couple oh geez to me.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: and watch their technique and then and when this is before I even thought about even touching turntables but just just watching them do their thing.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: It amazed me, you know every kid is amazed by the turntables and the guys playing the music so that led me to have an appreciation for DJ.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: I couldn't break dance I can dance a little bit, but I was not a breakdancer I couldn't do spins I couldn't do.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: You know my up rock was real clean, but once it came doing some floor stuff it was over, you know i'm not i'm not the smallest dude so I can hit, if I can hear me wave real quick, but that was it so.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: I mean, I had to pull I had to pull on one of the elements and I can't rap so.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: I had to do something so DJ and was was the one that pulled me so.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: that's a super dope intro brother.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: I love it man and.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: You know you gotta lean on your strength, so you saw the opportunity to dive into DJ and you just been rocking out and really represent for the city, ever since man.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: walk us through you know after that initial introduction just kind of where your training went from there, and how you went about you know getting back your first gigs and really getting into the industry and establishing your name tj say what.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: Alright, so moving forward.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: went to high school have friends that DJ to have friends that had equipment.
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DJ SAY WHAAT!!: But in high school really wasn't into it was just really into going to school because my goal was go to school, get education go to college.