DJ MLK talks being T.I’s Official DJ, his career and more.
ChristieOhh: When and how did your love for music and DJing come about?
DJ MLK: I don’t have a starting point; it’s like in my veins, something I was born with so I can’t tell you when I started or the first day I picked up a record or seen a speaker or turn table. There’s no starting time for me.
ChristieOhh: How old were you when you put your craft in gear?
DJ MLK: I would say between 9-10 years old. My dad was a well known mobile DJ, so just me seeing the reaction of music on people I said, “I can do this.” If music can make people fight or make people cry or dance; the sense of reality of it is what attracted me. The whole 9 for me I love. I remember seeing my dad DJ and he put on a slow song and the girls and guys were so into it.
Then he may play something up tempo and the crowd rocked out, I was like, “damn!”
ChristieOhh: Do you have a “favorite” experience with DJing?
DJ MLK: No, no! I love my profession. So, whether it’s a packed house or a light crowd, I’m still enjoying myself and enjoying what I do.
ChristieOhh: Who are some of your favorite artists?
DJ MLK: Too be hones I really don’t have any favorites but I’m an R&B Junkie. I love to cater to the women when it comes to DJing. Artists wise, I have worked with a lot of great artist but I can’t say I have favorites. I’m into a lot of genres.
ChristieOhh: How did you become the Official DJ for T.I.?
DJ MLK: Aww man, that’s a long story. But just networking and staying in my lane. I always was good with the team but just perfecting my craft. I knew my role and what I wanted to do so I built with them and made it happen.
ChristieOhh: What do you like about being a DJ?
DJ MLK: I enjoy having my own schedule and traveling. Of course, when you’re on tour you have a schedule but other than that I love the grind. I love having to go and get it. “Money don’t sleep” I love the music industry and how people had to create things from the record label, to Indies. Just the grind of the industry; like when I go to different states and I see an artist going hard and then they get signed and blow up. It’s amazing because at any time you can get on and your life change. Same thing in my profession, you see DJs grinding and then they are put on.
ChristieOhh: What are you looking forward to with the BET Hip Hop Awards being in your town, your city?
DJ MLK: To be honest with you I have 2 vices but I will speak one. There are a lot of beautiful women in Atlanta already but I’m looking forward to seeing the ladies that will be here. Not only do we have the awards but The Atlanta Classic too.
It’s going to be popping; I’m looking forward to the turn out.
ChristieOhh: What’s your best advice to an upcoming DJ that wants to break into the industry?
DJ MLK: I like to keep it simple. So, I have one piece of advice, “D— riding is not a form of transportation”
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