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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ Laz Vagez | @lazvagez416

FOR OVER TWO DECADES, THE FLEET DJ’S HAS GROWN FROM A SMALL CREW TO A PROFICIENT COALITION WITH OVER 500 MEMBERS AND COUNTING. SINCE 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’S HAS CHANGED THE LIVES OF BOTH ITS MEMBERS AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY THEY HAVE THRIVED IN.
THESE ARE THE MEMBERS. HERE ARE THEIR STORIES. WELCOME TO “THE FLEET FILES”!

They don’t call it the WORLDWIDE Fleet DJ’s for no reason. In this file, we head across the U.S. border to Ontario, Canada where we meet none other than artist, producer, engineer, DJ Laz Vagez. It’s safe to say that he is a jack of all trades, and we can’t be mad at that because most of the illustrious Fleet members are. Vagez became a member in 2009 and returned in 2021. So, who is DJ Laz Vagez and how dare he be from Canada with a name like Laz Vagez? Let’s jump right into it!

WHY LAZ VAGEZ STANDS OUT

He came up with his name years ago when he was a radio host for Champ Radio at a local university when he was alongside Hollywood and M Dot (RIP). It was only fitting, but he started his career long before that. At the age 12, he started rapping under the moniker D’Sinatra. By 14 years old, he dedicated his life’s work of engineering to help the hood come up. I guess that’s why you can rarely go to state where he doesn’t know anyone. Fun fact: did you know that Laz Vagez was a credited engineer on a Smiley/Drake collab? He’s really making a name for himself out here.

STRAIGHT OFFICIAL, FORREAL

Vagez is a real asset to us here in Fleet and on the Straight Official staff being that he is one of the program directors on Straight Official Radio. Since he’s so involved in the radio scene, I asked him what the top 3 songs are that he listens to all the time. His playlist right now includes $500 ounces x Westside Gunn, ‘97 Hov x Benny the Butcher, CTG x D’Sinatra & Rock Nitty. He says that becoming a DJ allowed him to learn to read crowds and recognize what music meshes well with other music and to love and respect other genres. He has a lot of people looking up to him so even we think he’s going hard; he’s already thinking of ways to go harder.

Artists, stay consistent. Find a producer and continue to work with that person, that’s how you create saucy hits. Producers, be willing to create new sounds and network. Put out your work anywhere and everywhere. Make beat kits and drum kits and COLLAB! We can collab with anyone all over the world

Laz Vagez’s advice to upcoming industry members

FUTURE FOR VAGEZ

What’s next for the multi-talented DJ? He’s currently in the process of perfecting his production craft in order to build a project like the Metro Boomin‘ x 21 Savage collab. I hear he’s coming out with an online course for engineers as well. I’m so grateful to connect with such a powerhouse. He’s not a person you can be around and remain stagnant. I’m excited to see what he achieves in the next decade.

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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: Mocha The Mack | @mochathemack

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: MOcha the Mack

FLeet DJ Since: 2021

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Region: south region/Florida Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS MOCHA THE MACK?

MOCHA THE MACK is the newest member of The Worldwide Fleet DJ’s for a reason. Although she’s rarely behind the ones and twos, it’s her one-two combination of being a journalist and media personality that’s enough to move the crowd. As a writer for Straight Official Magazine, Mocha is a part of the home publication of Fleet DJ’s. She does it all from content creation and promotions to music reviews and interviews.

Her whatever-it-takes persona has helped the magazine in it’s growth. “I’m winning by helping y’all win, so if you ever need an assistant or PR rep on your team, I’m ya girl! If you need something and don’t know where to find it, I’m ya girl, I’ll help connect you.”

Justice B.K. has always had a desire to become a writer. Even before she became Mocha, she knew way back in Kindergarten that this was her path. “I used to make student and staff gossip mags out of loose leaf paper. After that I focused on music training and passed up the opportunity to establish myself as a writer in high school and college.”

You have to be willing to always be a student to excel at anything, not just journalism.

Mocha The Mack

When I asked where she draws inspiration from to create, she relied on a personal creed. “My motto has always been “Aspire to Inspire” and that’s just been applicable to everything for me. I really didn’t know how many people would actually pay attention to me, without me going out of my way to be extraordinary.”

In her journey into journalism, Mocha has found her way to approach interviewing that makes the reader feel as if they were there during the sit down. “When I transcribe interviews, I always tell the subject’s story as colorful as possible because I want you to see the picture they painted for me.” Mocha also controls her own narrative by being cautious with her words. “But when I talk about myself, I’m just as strategic with words because you only know what I allow you to know. That’s how I control my story.”

WHAT DRIVES MOCHA

Mocha has always had big dreams. Besides wanting to be a teacher, she’s been preparing herself for a career in music. “I’ve been training musically my ENTIRE life so I sing, dance/choreograph, act, and even DJ a little! (laughs) We talked about peaks and valleys in our respective paths. Mocha talked about overcoming herself to achieve her goals.

“My best experience would have to be my early days of interviewing and being a mistress of ceremonies. I knew it was what I wanted to do but I was so scared of rejection. Those programs went extremely well and I got so much praise for just being courageous! I learned to believe in myself and keep pushing through with this thing no matter what!”

There was a point in time that Mocha could have walked away from her pursuit of her journalism. She told me that two words she kept hearing most of her life almost changed everything if not for an invitation to join Fleet. “I never would have taken my journalism career seriously if I hadn’t joined. Too many times in life I heard that I “should have”. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity again.”

Follow your heart and do what you love because that will make it easier for you to stick to it and win. You may have to do a million different activities until you find what you love, but just do it!

Mocha’s advice to aspiring artists

I had to ask Mocha how she came up with her name. Her story behind it was hilarious! “So not that many people know my real name anymore and I just refuse to tell most people because they try to act like they really know me (laughs). On the other hand, I needed a rebrand for people to take me seriously. I had a friend back in the day whose hair color was the same as her skin. I’m an earth sign so I guess it makes sense that I like brown anyway but I had to come up with a cuter name than brown, so I chose Mocha.”

She continued, “Everyone began calling me Mocha, despite a few haters but I digress (laughs) then Megan Thee Stallion said in a verse “I get in my act on that yak/ He call me “Megan Thee Mack” and that just stuck with me! Anyone who knows me knows how Mocha can get of the yak so I replaced Megan with Mocha. Now I can’t sing it any other way!”(laughs)

IN CLOSING

My sit down with Mocha was indeed inspirational. As a writer myself it was easy to connect with her on several viewpoints. When I asked her if we could look forward to any future projects, she was a bit reluctant. “The problem is I tell y’all stuff a little too early sometimes (laughs) but, I can tell y’all that my book is still under construction and y’all can look forward to writers’ workshops happening very soon. Y’all go follow @MackbookMedia on Instagram because it’s coming!”

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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ Les Rico | @djlesrico

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: DJ Les Rico

FLeet DJ Since: 2019

Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Region: south region/Florida Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ LES RICO?

Even before joining The Worldwide Fleet DJ’s, DJ Les Rico knew that being a DJ was his passion. When I asked him what inspired him to become a DJ, he referred to a memory that has stuck with him for years. “Living in the lower eastside of Manhattan, we would have block parties in the parks. There were local DJs that taught me a lot. It sparked my interest and kept me out of trouble.” Rico has over 30 years experience in being a DJ. Like his coalition family, he dons several hats. He is the manager of the Latino Division of Fleet, a recruiter for Fleet as well as DJ for Straight Official Radio.

Enrique Ramos is a man that is grounded by his family values. “I focus on keeping family a priority. Making time for both them and DJ’ing.” Being currently retired, Rico spoke on how he maintains balance in his life. “I utilize my time DJ’ing while my wife works to keep balance over everything.”

Rico has encountered his share of peaks and valleys in his career. His best moment came from one of his largest events. “My best moment was when I DJ’d at a 3-day event and on the last day it was at DeSoto Park in front of a huge crowd! The joy that I felt was indescribable!” When Rico spoke on his valley, it had nothing to do with being a DJ. It dealt more with a medical condition that he has had for over two decades.

Having a medical condition I am challenged everyday. Playing my music helps me to defeat how I am feeling.

DJ Les Rico on how he deals with his condition

RICO’S WAY OF LIFE

In 1998, Rico’s life would change forever. “I was diagnosed as AIDS positive on June 29 1998, with a 16 T-cell count and not given a good chance to live.” Even with this placed upon him, Rico found both strength and courage from the one thing that meant the most to him… his family. “But with the love and support of my family, I am currently now with T-cell over 1200 and undetectable! I am living with God and with the love of your family, anything is possible!”

It was the same joy that Rico got from DJ’ing at DeSoto Park that helped tremendously with his condition. “It has become a healing force against my battle with HIV.” I asked Rico how he came up with his stage name. “DJ on the Lower East Side of NYC!” (laughs)

As we further spoke, I found out just how giving he is when it comes to his craft. “I have events free of cost on many occasions. Anytime or any place, I embrace the opportunity to help local charitable organizations and help support fellow DJs.”

DJ Les Rico and wife, Lisa

IN CLOSING

I have met many goals in my life. I am seeking new ones with each experience I undertake.

DJ Les Rico

DJ Les Rico is a fine addition to the Fleet DJ family. With his own family being the center of his life, it’s no secret that he is successful in all that he does within Fleet. You can follow DJ Les Rico on Instagram and tune in to Straight Official Radio to hear him in action!

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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ TY | @djtymusic

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For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: DJ TY

FLeet DJ Since: 2019

Location: Crown Point, INdiana

Region: Midwest Fleet DJ’s/Indiana Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ TY?

Residing in the nineteenth state, DJ TY has been fascinated with being the life of the party. I asked TY what convinced him to want to become a DJ. From a very young age he knew this was his calling. ” When I was 7 I used to sit in the window and watch this DJ named Greg who rocked parties in the Playground. I was mesmerized at how the music made people happy. I knew then that my calling was to be a DJ.”

From there TY would put in the work. “I officially started my DJ journey at the age of 12 rocking family events. When I became a teen, I began DJ’ing all the block parties and high school events in my neighborhood. I also began producing house music and started releasing albums on Dance Mania, and Juke Trax Records. TY would go on to DJ at night clubs before he was old enough to be in them! He would go on to sign with Techo Mafia and tour the country rocking out numerous parties and events.

With a number of Fleet DJ’s wearing numerous hats, TY is no exception. “I am also a producer and co-owner of ILLIN Entertainment. I also own an Internet Radio Station (WHHR-DB Hoosier Heat Radio).” His inspiration for what he does comes from family, mostly from his closest sibling. “My sister Rhonda (R.I.P) had the most awesome album collection you could ever see. She kept me motivated when things got hard and I wanted to give up. I continue to drive down this road in her honor.”

DJ TY

TY’S ROAD TO BEING A DJ

Tyrone Lumpkins knew that the path he would take would have it’s peaks and valleys. When I asked TY to speak on a few that stuck out he reminisced on his largest event. “My best experience as a DJ is when I rocked my first Rave Party. There must have been over 3,000 people there. I was super excited and nervous at the same time. When I finished my set and heard the response from the crowd, it was up from there!” As for valleys he had a humbling experience that stood out. “My worst experience was showing up to an event and no one was there. I mean, no one ever showed up all night! It’s super difficult to keep your focus and push through an event like that.”

Show up with the same passion in your heart no matter what the circumstances are. You still put your all into it. It could be just one person at the event that’s having a bad day and you could be the person that changes that for them.

DJ TY on the takeaways of becoming a DJ

TY’s work is never done as a member of Fleet DJ’s. I asked him what can we expect from him moving forward. “I have a couple mixtapes dropping soon. One with various artists called Under The Radar Vol 2, also one with an artist named VBass.” As a member of the hottest DJ coalition in the world, he understands his role in the culture. “Music can be very healing and it’s up to us as DJ’s to be the musical doctors for people at times.”

TY works alongside his Fleet DJ family to break the next hot artist. I asked him what piece of advice he could give to upcoming artists. “Traveling this music journey will take you through ups and downs. There will be trials and tribulations throughout your journey. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!!

When I first started DJing, I was horrible (laughs). I used to DJ one my mother’s turntable with the mechanical arm and I would put the speaker in the window. Everyone in the neighborhood called me Terrible Ty. There was a local DJ that took me under his wing and once I got my skills up to par, I dropped the terrible and went with DJ TY.

DJ TY on how he came up with his name

IN CLOSING

DJ TY is not only a dope addition to the Fleet DJ family, but a great addition to the growing Indiana division of Fleet as well. I opened the floor for him to shout out any and everyone. “I want to give shouts out to my wife, (Moni) my brother (Ernest),sisters (Rhonda & Donna) and my business partner Jason Holmes. Anyone who has supported me in this journey, I thank you!”

You can follow DJ TY on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @djtymusic and can book him by emailing djtymusic@gmail.com.

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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ Swetmusic | @dj_swetmusic

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. HERE are Their Stories. WELCOME TO “THE FLEET FILES”!

Name: DJ Swetmusic

FLeet DJ Since: 2019

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Region: SOUTH REGION/KENTUCKY Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ SWETMUSIC?

DJ Swetmusic (pronounced sweat music), also known as “James Swetmusic”, has been a member of the Fleet conglomerate since 2019. James got his start as a rapper where he was born and raised in southern KY. He began rapping and writing in middle school. By 2003, he dropped the first of 27 mixtapes. He cites his influences as including Snoop Dogg, Goodie Mob, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Dayton Family just to name a few. Swetmusic Ent. is his personal brand, but it started as Swetshop Ent. “Sweat”/”SWET” came from running an in-house studio with a closet as a booth and people were coming out of there sweating to death! Around 2010, he signed to the independent label “Phoenix Legacy Records” in Hopkinsville, KY.

RAPPER TURNT DJ

His father was a DJ while in the military and growing up his mother’s boyfriends were seemingly always in the DJ industry, so it was easy for him to take interest. Once he got to a certain point as a rapper, he decided that he still wanted to mingle amongst artists, entertain people musically, and maneuver through the music business, but he wanted to do more! The DJ Swetmusic we know now was inspired to transition to DJing by just continuously hearing dope music and seeing other dope DJs do their thing! Now, he’s a part of an elite DJ family – SHOUTOUT TO THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJS!

We asked Swetmusic about his best and worst experience as a DJ and this is what he said, “My very first gig ever was the best [because] my name was in a local magazine along the bride and groom… My worst experience as a DJ was when my computer froze 4 times at an event, then I left, went home, and forgot my computer at the event location knowing I had a gig the next day.” Wow! Those are pretty memorable experiences.

Shout out to my Worldwide Fleet DJs and Secure the Vibe DJs family for allowing me to be a part of such dope coalitions! Much love to my friends, family, and fans. Shout out to Kentucky, my home! 

DJ SWETMUSIC ON ACKNOWLEGDMENTS

SWETMUSIC IN THE FUTURE

Besides being a DJ, James also writes, raps, does artists/business interviews and is a “beat maker”. He released a new video this year for his song “40+” (shot by @tmtelevision) off of his “No Country for Old Men” project available on spinrilla.com, soundcloud, and Audiomack. He let us know that new music and videos will be rolling out in the first first quarter of 2022.

DJ Swetmusic says he appreciates all of the people who have been keeping up with him over the years – anyone who has ever supported and helped push him to continue things musically.

DO YOU! Stay true to who YOU are. Be consistent. Work on your craft EVERYDAY! Build relationships. Take risks. Build a good trustworthy network of like-minded people around you and LEARN THE BUSINESS!

DJ SWETMUSIC ON ADVICE TO ARTISTS AND DJS
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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ Mr. Yeah | @iamdjmryeah

FOR OVER TWO DECADES, THE FLEET DJ’S HAVE GROWN FROM A SMALL CREW TO A PROFICIENT COALITION WITH OVER 500 MEMBERS AND COUNTING. SINCE 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’S HAS CHANGED THE LIVES OF BOTH ITS MEMBERS AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY THEY HAVE THRIVED IN. 
THESE ARE THE MEMBERS.
THESE ARE THEIR STORIES. WELCOME TO “THE FLEET FILES”

Today is all about the family! Shout out to Fleet DJ’s as a whole – they’re pretty dope! However, my spotlight this Monday is on Kentucky Fleet State Manager DJ Mr. Yeah. I met Mr. Yeah years prior to being Fleet family, but I confirmed that he is one of the COLDEST during my “March Madness: Battle of the Creatives” interview series. He really does make you say “yeeeaah” or “yaaaas” (for the ladies). Without further ado, let me give this man the flowers that he definitely deserves. Shoutout to the 502 for giving us this leader!

Courtesy of DJ Mr. Yeah

WHO IS DJ MR. YEAH?

As I said before, he is the Kentucky State Manager for Fleet DJ’s, which means all things Kentucky fall under him. However, he is really an overachiever. Think about those peers or co-workers you’ve had that were a part of every extra curricular. We aren’t mad at you for wanting to be well rounded and pursuing your dreams, but damn what will you do next? I love it, no doubt, it’s relatable. There’s no doubt that he could fill an entire resume with all of the stuff he currently does. The good thing is that he does it all well. Brand ambassador for online drink store Raze Energy, owner of 101 The Vibe FM where he co-hosts “The 502 R&B Show”, program director for K102 Digital, and owner of Imperial Apparel Worldwide. Not to mention he’s a G but that’s a whole different story in itself.

WHY SHOULD YOU BOOK HIM

As someone who listens to and receives music all week, I’m not easily impressed. This man impressed me this time around, with his flawless transitions and beautifully executed blends. I spoke with many DJs after our interview and they gave him the utmost respect. I guess you can say, he’s not new to this, but true to this. If you check out his social media, you will clearly see that he is booked and does not have time to play with y’all! Countless weeks of event appearances have proven that he is standing firm in longevity. Ladies’ nights, holidays, quiet storms, and so much more – his versatility keeps him nothing short of amazing! I hope his leadership skills bring together all of the Fleet creatives in Kentucky for admirable chapter results.

This position was [given] to me with hopes of bringing KY Fleet back on the map within Fleet Nation. I felt it was necessary to accept the offer to do my best to fulfill the task at hand. Since then we have added a good amount of quality members from DJs, hosts, engineers, producers, and MUAs to the KY Fleet Division. WE, not “I”, will continue on the same path from here on out. So, I feel that what is [not] being done since I’ve moved to State Manager from Assistant State Manager, is being done in its beginning stages. We still have work to do.

@iamdjmryeah via @mochathemack
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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ Pynk Dyamond | @dcsmodel_djpynkdyamond

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: DJ Pynk Dyamond

FLeet DJ Since: 2021

Location:(Orgin: Bronx, New York) Current: Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA

Region: EAST REGION FLEET DJ’S/ViRGINIA Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ PYNK DYAMOND?

Hailing from Richmond Virginia, DJ PYNK DYAMOND has both a style and drive that is all her own. As a member of the Fleet DJ’s, she wears several hats and dons them well. Not only is she a member of 2Fli Female Division of Fleet and a Fleet Model, but she is also the Virginia State Manager of Fleet. Even before joining the #1 DJ coalition in the world, Pynk Dyamond was involved with music from a young age.

“When I was 9 years old I began playing an instrument called a Fluteophone. Then I learned how to play the French horn and trumpet when I got in 6th grade. I continued all the way through high school, where I made 1st chair in my school band’s trumpet line!” It was from that point her passion for music was born. “I have a really good ear for music, so much that I learned how to play without having to read notes!”

I asked her what songs she has in her current playlist. “Respectfully” by Suga J, “Cookout” by Luce Cannon and LOTS of House/EDM Music!” (laughs). All DJ’s have a rhyme and a reason for their stage name. I asked Pynk how she came up with hers. “Well at first, I called myself Dj Lady B, but I saw too many others with the same name. I thought about it. I love the color pink and I love diamonds, so I put the two together but I had to spell it differently. Too many others had the regular spelling. But once I bought the domain of my name, I spelled it my way!”

PYNK DYAMOND’S MISSION

Also known as Becky G, Pynk Dyamond is an advocate of chasing dreams. She possesses five college degrees, owns her own business and is an affiliate of nine different radio show programs. “I’m here to show the world that women can follow and achieve any goal that they have!” I asked her about the peaks and valleys that she’s dealt with since becoming a DJ. “One of the worst experiences was not being respected by some male counterparts. They thought that because I am a female I can’t do what they do. I overlooked that. Because regardless of being a female DJ, I will be the best at what I do in the business.”

So what can we expect from Pynk moving forward? “I have various things on the horizon. In particular, I am getting ready for the holiday event on the Cruise Lines that I work for! I am also involved now with our Christmas Toy Drive coming with the Fleet DJs East Coast Region.” Pynk Dyamond is always working to break the next artist to aide them in their dreams. I asked her what advice can she give to up and coming artists looking to be the next big thing.

“The most important piece of advice is to learn how to market your brand, no matter whether you are an artist or DJ. Marketing is very important to your craft. If you don’t let people know what you doing in that craft, then how will they know who you are?” I asked Pynk with all that she has going on, where does she find inspiration to continue on her path to her goals. “Music has always been inspiration enough for me. I listen to music to soothe my soul on a daily basis.

You can heal someone’s pain through music. It’s a great way to learn about different cultures through genres of music. Without music, there is no inspiration.

DJ Pynk Dyamond on what inspired her to become a DJ

IN CLOSING

DJ Pynk Dyamond has nothing but love and appreciation for her Fleet DJ family! ” I like to give Fleet Shouts to DJ P-Money, DJ Ms. Tan, Klassik CEO, DjHot1, DJ Cook, Dino and Heavy Hustle of KHUR Radio, DJ Skinny, DJ L Boogie, DJ Baby G, DJ Bobby Blaze of TX, DJ Pinkie, and outside of Fleet DJs is DJ Nate of Richmond VA, and Cruz Sherman of Cruz Inc Radio.”

Photo Cred: Apex Couture Magazine

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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ Hot1ne | @djhot1ne

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: DJ HOt1Ne

FLeet DJ Since: 2019

Location: INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Region: MIDWEST REGION FLEET DJ’S/INDIANA Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ HOT1NE?

DJ HOT1NE knew from a young age that she wanted to become involved in music. Since the age of 18, she’s been immersed in the artform. Whether it was playing the congo drum given to her by her legendary grandfather Cecil Hunt or performing in high school bands, her passion for music is amazing. “I love music! I have to have it around everyday (laughs). I’m already a songwriter and producer so it just clicked for me.”

Atrice Harris is a student of the industry. By educating herself on studies of both law and the music business, she has thrived in an industry dominated by men. It’s as if she has a point to prove. “I’m determined to prove the world wrong. I earned my respect as a female DJ and as a DJ, I’m still learning. I’m very humble to have been given this talent and I Just want to use my platform to help and bring others together in music.”

Before becoming a member of the Fleet DJ’s, DJ Hot1ne was putting in the work. Collaborating with cousin and Indiana legend Go Hard, she produced a legendary mixtape that would catapult her to great heights. After joining Fleet in 2019, she would don several hats in her journey. Currently, she is the Assistant Midwest Regional Manager of Fleet as well as an Assistant Manager for the female division of Fleet known as 2Flix3.

WHAT IS DJ HOT1NE UP TO?

Since becoming a Fleet DJ, Harris has been hard at work to break the next hot artist. As the music director for Midwest Fleet Radio, she runs a weekly radio program dedicated to highlighting emerging talent. She remains humble in her quest, saying “My experience being a DJ has been amazing! I have had the opportunity to work and network with some great spirits. In this business when you meet and surround yourself with good energy it makes if fun.”

I asked Hot1ne what projects she’s got coming up. “I’m currently in the process of putting together a Midwest mixtape, showcasing some of our great Midwest family. I’m also putting together several raid trains and shows via Twitch.” She also has her hands in business as she launched her own business. “I have a new business called Mix Your Life Right LLC . It consist of merch, clothing , gaming and custom Resin pieces.”

When it comes to music I discovered that Hot1ne has an old soul. I asked her who’s currently in her playlist. “Right now it’s a lot of old school R&B. Maze & Frankie Beverly “After the Morning After” I love that song! Of course Mary J. Blige! I’m so ready for her never album next month. As far a new music my good brother Maxie just dropped his new album Called Bag Season. It’s a banger!!

Keep God first. Learn the business first and keep a strong support system in your corner, not a bunch of “yes” people.

DJ Hot1ne

AN UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCE

I got to know DJ Hot1ne this year as we both attended the 2021 Fleet DJ Music Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. It was because of Harris that I was able to attend the conference as she organized a carpool to make the 13-hour drive from Indiana. During the conference the ladies of 2Flix3 were having their own set that took place moments before the Artist Showcase. Not taking anything away from the fellas that rocked their set hours earlier, but the ladies did the damn thing that night!

When it came time for Hot1ne to perform her set, I couldn’t realize the music that she was using in her mix right away. The other DJ’s used music that was familiar but what Harris was playing was equally tight! It was only until the showcase began that I realized what she had done. Hot1ne was using the music from the artists slated to perform to create her mix! This was not done by any other DJ at the conference, and it ingenious to do so at such a large event!

From Left: DJ Doc Swift, DJ Hot1ne & Jay Mill at the Fleet DJ Music Conference

IN CLOSING

I just started writing down a bunch of names (laughs). I can’t remember how many but DJ Hot1ne stuck and I’ve been holding it down ever since.

DJ Hot1ne on how she got her name

No matter how far she goes in her quest, DJ Hot1one has made it a point to remain humble. “I’m just thankful to be a vessel and give people a piece of me through music. There’s so many people to name so I’ll do this: Thank you to all of my Fleet DJ family, Street TakeOver Radio, Street Madness Radio, Moore Music Radio, Hoosier Heat Radio, 1023 Da Jams , Midwest Fleet Radio, IHeart Radio, Franchise Radio, Dyme Jays, Supa DJs, Hood Certified DJs, all of my Twitch Family, and any one who has ever booked and supported the DJ Hot1ne Brand I love you! Don’t stop dreaming! Thank you also to Straight Official Magazine.

Make sure to follow DJ Hot1ne on all social media platforms via LinkTree and email her for bookings at djhot1nefleetdjs@gmail.com.

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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ P-Money | @djpmoneynyc

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: DJ P-Money

FLeet DJ Since: 2008

Location: Long Island, New York

Region: East Fleet DJ’s/NYC Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ P-MONEY?

For over three decades, DJ P-MONEY has embodied the importance of his role in Hip-Hop. Even before joining The Worldwide Fleet DJ’s, he knew this was destined to be his calling. I ask him when did he know this is what he wanted to become. He recalled watching a legend do his thing. “I was at a park jam and was amazed watching DJ Hollywood kill the whole park! When I saw the way people were locked in with him, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

Born in Brooklyn, Phil Hodnett began DJ’ing at the age of 13. To take anything seriously as a young age was rare, but a change of scenery is what changed his perspective on it. “I moved to Long Island and got real serious about it.” In early 2008 Fleet reached out to him and he has held his position firm ever since. He is the current Assistant Regional Manager for the Eastern region of the Fleet DJ’s.

P-Money also serves as a moderator for the famous Fleet DJ Conference calls. These calls are arranged with some major celebrities in the music industry, such as Drag-On and AZ. These calls are open to fans and gives them the opportunity to hear from and learn more about their favorite artists.

A ONCE AND A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

In the midst of his journey, P-Money has had some unique opportunities. When I asked him to tell me about one of them, he recollected on being able to open for legend in Hip-Hop. “My best experience in DJ’ing would have to be opening for Kid Capri at Studio 54.” He would always tell me “Move the crowd!  Don’t worry about what songs are your favorite, and what you want to play.  Play for the crowd and you will never lose!”

One of his major takeaways from that experience was the reaction from the audience. “For me, seeing the crowd move and having people talk to me after a party and tell me that the music I played brought back so many great memories for them… that is not just inspiration, that is motivation for me to keep doing what I do.”

For every peak in his journey, he has dealt with his fair share of valleys. He told me about an embarrassing experience that happened at an event. “My worst experience was when I was asked to DJ my first Park Jam and when I turned on my power, I fried my bass amp!  I was so embarrassed. One of the OG DJ’s asked if I had a spare and I told him I left it at home.  I had to listen to a 15 minute speech on why that was the dumbest thing I could ever do.”

Being prepared is the biggest lesson he learned from this situation. “Always follow your mind, and take all of your equipment, even if you aren’t going to use it all because you just never know.”

Be yourself.  You have a gift that no one can take from you.  Make timeless music that people will want to play 20 years from now. Also, make sure your business is straighter than 6 o’clock.

DJ P-Money’s advice to upcoming artists

WHAT P-MONEY HAS IN STORE

P-Money has his hands on more than just the one’s and two’s. While also working as a producer, he manages an artist out of St. Louis as well. I asked him about some of his current projects. “I have 3 mixtapes that I am working on at the moment.  Two are with DJs out of South Carolina. They each have beats that I made and they are putting acapellas to them.  Both of them are going to be BANANAS!”

Every DJ has a story behind their stage persona. I asked P-Money how his came to be and his story was intriguing. “My original name was Grand Wizard Speed. Then I made the decision to get involved in the streets, and there was an OG that was always around and he used to call me P. He said that was his way of not letting people know anyone’s name while in the street.” He invested in himself saying “I went out and bought a rope chain, like Run DMC used to wear. He saw it and started calling me P-Money and the name just stuck.”

I had to know who is P-Money rocking in his current playlist. He said, “I have some Pop Smoke, Mos Def, Wu Tang, Frankie Knuckles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Nas, AZ, Boot Camp Click, Jay-Z…too many songs to name!” (laughs) For as much fun as he has doing what he does, he also offered up some good advice to upcoming artists. “There a lot of people in the music industry that are just looking for a come up. Don’t fall into that trap.  Know your worth.  Let your talent and experience speak for itself.  Don’t ever sell yourself short because you want a gig.”

DJ P-Money with Fatboy Izzo at the 2021 Fleet DJ Music Conference

IN CLOSING

I am all over the place when it comes to music. It speaks to me.

DJ P-Money

The Fleet DJ’s have a remarkable talent in P-Money. He is vested in his position and understands his assignment in both the coalition and in the movement. He expressed mad love for the team in closing. ” I have to shout out my brother from another my guy Klassik, CEO of the Fleet DJs.  You have always seen my potential and you in your own way keep me moving and I appreciate you for that.  My Fleet Brothers, DJ Baby G, DJ Teph, DJ Say Whaat, DJ K Swift, DJ Skinny, DJ Four5, DJ Shells, DJ Dre Cee, DJ XXL, DJ Handzdown, DJ Gojabean, DJ Mannie Faces, DJ Earl-E, DJ Hot1ne, DJ Pinki3, DJ Pynk Dyamond, Mizz Official, Clarity In Focus, Nia Boom…I could go on!” (laughs)

You can follow DJ P-Money on Instagram at @djpmoneynyc, on Twitter at @djpmoneyfleetdj and check out his demonstration on Mixcloud at @djpmoneynyc.

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SOMag Presents “The Fleet Files” With Fleet DJ’s: DJ Mannie Faces | @djmanniefaces

For over two decades, the fleet dj’s has grown from a small crew to a proficient coalition with over 500 members and counting. since 2001, THE WORLDWIDE FLEET DJ’s has changed the lives of both its members and the entertainment industry they have thrived in.

These are the members. These are Their Stories. THESE ARE “THE FLEET FILES”

Name: DJ Mannie Faces

FLeet DJ Since: 2021

Location: Indianapolis, INdiana

Region: Midwest Fleet DJ’s/Indiana Fleet DJ’s

WHO IS DJ MANNIE FACES?

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana DJ MANNIE FACES is a relatively new face to The Fleet DJ’s. Joining the coalition in August, he admits that while he hasn’t had enough time to grasp everything. But, he’s never been more ready to shine for his city. During his teenage years, Mannie almost gave up on becoming a DJ for other visions. “I quit DJ’ing when I was 14 and started rapping because me and my friends saw Krush Groove and thought that we were going to make it big.”

The decision to get back on the ones and twos came after surprising one of his friends with his talent. “One day I went over to my friends’ house. He had some tables so I decided to mess with them for a little bit. This friend in particular never knew I was a DJ, so in shock he’s like “Bro, I had no idea you could spin!” He’s one of the inspirations that got me back spinning.”

Born Herschel Kirk, DJ Mannie Faces may also have a familiar face to some of you movie buffs. Back in 2000 when he relocated from Indiana to California, he threw his hat into the acting circle and found success initially. “When I moved to Oakland for a little bit, I got the chance to act in a movie called Consequences in which I played a decent role but, I was killed in the movie,” he laughs about now today. Mannie then moved back to Indianapolis, where he settled down to marry the love of his life and raise his three children.

I got the name Mannie Faces from a friend of mine. We were over to my cousin’s house and he had some tables so I gave him a little taste. He only knew me as a rapper, so it amazed him to where he began calling me Man E. Faces, meaning a man of many talents. I just changed the spelling to Mannie Faces.

Mannie Faces on how he got his name

MANNIE ADAPTS TO THE NEW TERRAIN

Even though Mannie is fairly new to Fleet, it hasn’t hindered him in wanting to grow in his craft. I asked him who’s currently in his playlist. “Right now honestly the current songs in my playlist are all Fleet DJ exclusives and anything on the Fleet DJ radio network. I’m soaking up all this game because you can never stop learning when you’re spinning. There’s always something that you can add to your technique.” In balancing work and a personal life, Mannie is also the owner of Strong Side Radio as well as getting ready to drop a new project for 2021. “I have a project called Crowd Control that is scheduled to drop on September 24th that features various artists from the Midwest that are bringing that HEAT!”

DJ Mannie Faces-Crowd Control (Photo Cred: Dj Mannie Face IG)
(Photo Cred: DJ Mannie Face IG)

MANNIE DEALS WITH ADVERSITY

With anything in life, there will be some setbacks in the journey to your path. I asked Mannie about any experiences that stuck out to him. He recollected on a moment that gave him hindsight. “One of my worst experiences was when I was booked to do a show and when I arrived, there was already a DJ there! I was told that it was miscommunication on my end, which wasn’t the case at all. The biggest takeaway from that situation for me was to ALWAYS secure a deposit to avoid messes like that.”

On the flip side, Mannie said his greatest experience was being accepted by Fleet and gaining his peer’s respect. “Anyone can give themselves the title of DJ, but the honor is really bestowed upon you once you earn it from your peers. Putting in the work will always get the desired results and I am ready to show and prove for my team and my city!”

Having a team like Fleet has enabled me to build on my dreams, live a healthier life and strengthen my relationships with others.

DJ Mannie Faces on his position with Fleet DJ’s

IN CLOSING

DJ Mannie Faces is a great addition to a growing coalition. The love is in fact there as he expressed to me in closing. “Much love to my Fleet Nation! Strongside Radio, Dj Headrush, DJ Bigtymer, DJ Tone, DJ Chill, DJ P- Money, Dj WillyBangz, Klassik Ceo, DJ Baby G, DJ Hot1ne, DJ Mos Precious… I can keep going!! Love to the whole Fleet Nation and thanks to Jay Mill (TenthLetterMedia) for the interview. My Famous words…. Lets Get it!!!

You can follow DJ Mannie Faces on Facebook and be sure to follow Strong Side Radio on Facebook as well. Check him out on Instagram & Twitter at @djmanniefaces.

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