The name is "DJ RJ." "RJ" is short for "Row Jones" which is my stage name as a performing artist. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and eventually moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, where I greatly expanded my range as a musician. There was always an interest inside me to DJ and being at Berklee helped solidify that interest. I found myself constantly in recording studios, watching people mix music. I learned control on the microphone in recording studios and in venues. When Berklee started their online radio station, I was one of the first in line to sign up as soon as possible. I started my own Hip Hop/Reggae radio program entitled, "Free The Music," and continued for two semesters in 2007/08.
After this, I got into the habit of "DJing" my own parties (without equipment), hosting birthdays for friends and barbecues. In 2011, I was able to start buying my own equipment and was able to start travelling to people's houses to DJ parties. In October and November 2011, I DJ'ed my first two paid birthday parties with equipment. The first for adults and the latter for a 14-year old. In January 2012, I started my online radio show/podcast entitled, "Reggae Sundays," and it has been growing to this day. . In Septemter 2012, I DJ'ed my first wedding and began using contracts. In August 2013, I DJ'ed my first outdoor/interstate event in Hartford, Connecticut, "Everything Else Presents: Back 2 School Family Day." This was also a Trayvon Martin Tribute. Also in August 2013, I was able to DJ a Sweet 16 party in Bloomfield, CT.
Each event and party I do continually gets a better response and more people become interested in making me their DJ for future events. There's nothing better than seeing people react to what you choose to play for them. I hope to become your DJ soon!