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FLEET FEATURE: DJ BANDANA BLACK

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Tell me a little bit about yourself, where are you from, where do you reside etc? Im From Buffalo New York Born & Raised and I still live In Buffalo now.

Why did you decide to become a DJ?After being at 93.7FM WBLK (Buffalo, NY) and just watching the great DJ’s they had their at the time it just kind of caught my interest to the point I bought a bunch of equipment and watched countless hours of YouTube (lol) videos on how to DJ until I got better at it.

Who and/or what motivates you? My Daughter Shimee motivates me the most she is my world but also myCity does too. I honestly feel like I’m here to be a part of the world knowing my City for the great talent it has.

What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date? Well if I had to name just one it would be my mixshow #TheBlackOut on 93.7FM WBLK I took a small overnight shift and turned it into the #1 Show at night. Everyone from party goes to people working night shifts to people locked up tune in to my show faithfully every week because they know “I FEED THESE STREETS” lol.

What projects currently working on? I have a new mixshow called “The Saturday Night Fix” that will hopefully be on-air by the time this article is released. I also have a Podcast Called “The Black Out Uncensored” that will be released soon also, im excited about both especially the PodCast because it gives me full freedom to say and play what I want.

What changes would you like to see in the music/entertainment industry? Things I would like to see and they kind of go together , First I would like to see more Indie/Local artist learn the game and how to approach and work with Djs and second I would like to see more Djs backing Indie/local artist.

What makes you different sets you apart? Honestly I think its that im not afraid to take chances Im not afraid to do what I feel is right regardless on how it looks at the time. That’s one of the reasons my show #TheBlackOut has done so well, Because I pretty much Play and say what I want to and it just so happens the listeners appreciate it and support it because they know its real.

What crews, company’s are you apart of why did you join the Fleet Djs? I am a part of the ArmadaleVodka brand and I joined fleet really to get to know other Dj’s in other markets and learn about how things go down in their markets and also for the Family like support the Fleet offers.

What type of equipment do you use, what other skills/talent do you have? Im pretty much good with all Dj equiptent but I mainly use 12’s and 4 channel mixer, even though I prefer CDJ’s because I sweat a lot and they help avoid the records or needles getting wet, lol hey what can I say I be turnt up when I Dj .

What do you do in your free time? Hobbies? Anything else you want to add/ Any Shoutouts? What’s your Social Media?As far as free time this is going to sound weird but I really like fish so most of my free time me and my daughter go visit random pet stores and look at fish lol. And I also love to swim im pretty good too. All my social media is under @DJBandanaBlack.

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FLEET FEATURE: DJ FM FREQUENCY – DJ

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  • Tell me a little bit about yourself, where are you from, My name is FM Frequency; I was born and raised in the Far Rockaway & South Jamaica sections of Queens NY. I now live in Virginia Beach, VA and have been here since the early 2000’s. I have been a DJ since the late 80’s early 90’s, and was fortunate enough to witness the Park Jam era where I was introduced to what would be noted as the 5 elements of Hip Hop (DJing, MCing, Graffiti, Break dancing/Pop Locking, and Beatboxing). I would break my curfew on a regular basis in the summer as a youth going to local park jams in different projects all over Queens just to watch DJ crews battle each other. Back then the DJ was the feature, and the Mc was the crowd motivator, from that point I was hooked and never listened to music the same after that
  • Why did you decide to become a DJ? I decided to become a DJ because I got tired of buying Mix-tapes, and listening to the radio being disappointed. I felt I could do what they’re doing so I decided to teach myself focusing on making my own Mix-Tapes to suit how I like to hear music. I started taking it seriously when people started asking me for copies and encouraging me to continue.
  • Who and/or what motivates you? What motivates me is the challenge to continuously improve in all areas of the DJ art form. DJ Scratch, Jazzy Jeff, Rob Swift, Kid Capri, and numerous others motivate me to work at my craft striving to become the best I could be.
  • What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date? One My biggest accomplishment to date is finishing Grad School with a Masters of Science in Information systems, musically having a radio show (Focused Radio Mid day Music Mix) that allows me to play music how I chose with no politics involved, having the freedom of expression is priceless because it promotes creativity and innovation.
  • What projects are you currently working on? I am working on a Mix-tape series called R&B Meets the Boom Bap, the Mix-tape consist of R&B songs blended with Hip Hop instrumentals. I try to use instrumentals that aren’t obvious and for the most part haven’t been used before with the song of choice; I also use TV & Movie sound bytes to add a theatrical feel with the series to make listening to the Mix visual and entertaining.
  • What changes would you like to see in the music/entertainment industry? The changes I would like to see would be Hip Hop taking back our culture and expanding on development of the business to suit how we need it to be. Focusing on marketing, and distribution so record labels can no longer prosper at an artist’s expense. The other change would be to bridge the gap between the golden eras of Hip Hop with the new school artists. Hip Hop is one of the few genres of music where its tolerated and excepted not to know the history of the music or respect the artists who have paved the way.
  • What makes you different sets you apart? What sets me apart is I like to study the music I play, I believe that allows me to know what music works best together and tell a story during my sets.
  • What crews, company’s are you apart of why did you join the Fleet DJs?I have ties with a couple of DJ clicks (Bak’in Soda Brothers, and the A.W.O.L. DJs of Gynesis Radio), I joined Fleet DJs because I wanted to be affiliated with an organization that is serious about music and the DJ culture, The Fleet DJs are spread out in multiple markets providing a great platform to network and expand.
  • What type of equipment do you use, what other skills/talent do you have? I use a pair of Technics 1200 M3D’s, Native instruments Kontrol z2 mixer, Serato DJ & Scratch Live, Garage band, Alesis Multimix FX 16 track mixboard.
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