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.
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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.”
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
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!”