A student of hip-hop, yet a master on the turntables, DJ JAV® has grinded out his DJ career the old fashioned way. He showed a propensity for record selection by making mixtapes in high school, in the most organic way possible. On actual cassette tapes. Then he got his hands on a pair of turntables, learning how to mix, blend, and scratch in 1993, DJ JAV continued to hone his skills while pursuing an alternate yet parallel career path.
As a Staff Sergeant in the US Army, DJ JAV returned in 2008 from a year long tour in Iraq. In his capacity as a Medic, he helped heal injured soldiers in combat. But he also used his DJ skills to heal the homesickness they felt by spinning hip-hop and salsa twice a week. “The soldiers loved the break from the daily rigors of life overseas,” says DJ JAV. “And they appreciated the feel, if only for a night or two, that they were back home dancing in a club with their friends!”
Since returning stateside, DJ JAV continues to make his mark on the hip-hop club scene in Washington, D.C. He is part of WPFW's “Decipher”, a show widely recognized in the city as being the source for authentic, non-commercial rap music. DJ JAV is known as the go-to DJ in DC with party-rocking credibility for a wide range of audiences. Spinning at every hot venue along the historic U Street corridor, including Busboys & Poets, LIV, Bohemian Caverns, Jin Lounge, DC9, he's also the resident DJ for the wildly popular “Cake and Kisses” event at Asylum in Adams Morgan.
Born in the Bronx and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, he lists Pete Rock and DJ Premier as his main influences. DJ JAV's tools of the trade include Technics 1200's, a Rane TTM57 SL mixer, and of course, Serato. He's released two mixtapes: El Mix-O Primero and El Mix-O Segundo, both a subtle blend of mellow rap tunes, custom remixes, and the best features from local artists.
Known as much for breaking records as for his professionalism and talent, DJ Nyce is changing the face of the music business. A serious and dedicated DJ, DJ Nyce is a true music fan who is knowledgeable about all kinds of music from underground hip hop to eighties electronic music. Essential to any wedding, club gig or upscale industry event, Nyce continues to have an undeniable impact on the music industry.
DJ JAV was born in the Bronx, NY and has been spinning Top 40, Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae, House and 80s since 1992. He has played at clubs in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Iraq, including The Fillmore, Love, Bar 7, LIV, Jin, Pure Lounge, and has performed at numerous weddings and corporate events.
As always, the most important event is the one you are planning, whether it is a casual get-together, corporate event, or a formal wedding reception where my experience and professional ability to coordinate the events and announcements makes your event a memorable one. My performance can be as personality-oriented as you like, or laid-back if it's just the music you want to hear.
I am not a DJ agency, and do not subcontract any work to other DJs. I am an individual performer, and when you and I discuss the details of your event, you can be confident that it will be me that shows up to perform. I am always dressed appropriately for your event, arrive on time, play what you ask me to play, and I don't play music that is offensive in nature in terms of lyrics or other content.
My equipment consists of the latest in DJ technology, Serato Scratch Live, married with the classic and consistent Technics 1210 M5G Turntable. My additional equipment consists of a pair of Mackie DRM 350 loudspeakers (for very large venues), Shure Wireless Mic/Lav, and an extensive audio library consisting of current R&B and Hip-Hop, Top 40, Reggae, Soul, Classics, and Rock to Disco and Big Band. Lighting and other equipment is available for an additional cost.
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