This week StyleFlip.com got to sit down and chat with one of it’s most valued sponsored artists, DJ Daddyfats.
DJ Daddyfats: (JayT) has been deeply rooted in the club music scene for more than 10 years. Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Magnolia, Arkansas where he discovered his musical talents at an early age. At the age of 4 he was already playing the drums and by the age of 12 had progressed to the piano and violin. As a natural and eager learner he attended both Middle and high school magnets that specialized in fine arts and musical education. After graduating high school in 2002 Jay T along with a business partner formed a media production company, DMP Media Services. This company specializes in the production and creation of various musical genres: classical, jazz to house. In 2005 in order to fund further musical education Jay T took a job at a commercial real estate firm. This gave him not only the ability to wow with musical talents but also served as a tool for knowledge in overall business contracts and negotiations. By 2009 DJ Daddyfats had become a full time DJ and musician, hosted several mixtapes, and worked for some of the largest venues in Dallas and Missouri. Spinning everything from top 40, house, deep house, electro, dub-step,dance,reggae,dance-hall,classic rock-n roll,country, hip-hop,rap, techno,salsa, cumbia, and reggaeton to ensure every party becomes a non-stop journey. Jay T now currently resides in Las Vegas where he spins for Planet Hollywood, Rio, and Caesars Palace casinos His major sponsors are and have included Coke, Rockstar Energy, ILLtelect Apparel, and Two In The Shirt Apparel brand as well most recently added Four Loko. He has cemented his demand by rocking parties at venues both large and small for celebrities such as Diddy, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Tank, Shaquille o Neal, Lebron James, Play n Skillz, Mya and recently Paris Hilton. As he continues to push the limits of his career DJ Daddyfats the brand will continue to serve as a cornerstone of professionalism, class and determination.
Q. Where did you come from/ grow up?
A. Born in Texas, raised in Arkansas for a bit then back to the lone star state..Currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada
Q. Did this influence how you created your music?
A. My style yes, My created music no
Q. Who or what was it that made you think being a DJ was right for you?
A. My uncle was a dj back home and I have been a musician since I was 4 so I felt as long as I was around music I would be okay. Being a musician pays so much less now for more work but I could never leave my calling.
Q. Who are your top 3 musical influences?
A. Anything 80’s based (greatest decade of music in my opinion) Earth, Wind and Fire, and Believe it or not Rascal Flatts
Q. What was your first involvement in this industry?
A. Dj side – Officially Beamers Nightclub Dallas
Q. Do you remember your first gig?
A. House party for my uncle with a combination of tapes, and cds..smh it was like learning to drive all over again. Terrible but an experience you don’t forget.
Q. How has your music creation evolved since you first started?
A. My music is now more a direct reflection of experiences and life that I have lived and listen too. So all styles I have studied in school play a big part in what I like to play. I believe that you should take people on a ride through life musically.
Q. What was your first piece of gear that you bought?
A. Technic 1200
Q. What do you have for a current gear set-up?
A. Most commonly used setup for me are technic 1200 LTD with Rane ttm 57sl, Korg Kontrol midi pad and a Macbook Pro – headphones of choice are my Monster turbine golds
Q. What kind of image do you want to portray? Or do you not portray one at all?
A. Fun respectable party guy. At the end of it all Im blessed to be able to party for a living and I want people to know that I am enjoying the moment just like they are.
Q. What kind of emotions do you want to evoke from your music?
A. Euphoria.. Want it all to just feel good to feel good.
Q. How are you involved with the industry now? What type of events do you play?
A. More into production and now working on scoring movies/ commercials with 2 different sets of crews. I mainly play clubs and lounges and a vast amount of corporate events with sponsors with about 2 or 3 short promo tours a year. Also a staple in the Impulse stage show that plays on Fremont Street and Fiesta Casino every week.
Q. You must witness a lot working as a DJ. Any crazy/ funny stories from events you’ve DJ’d at? Any bridezilla moments? Fights? Etc.?
A. Never a dull moment when girls try to back it up and actually fall off the stage backwards. Also the guy that likes to stage-dive but he’s too big so everyone moves out of the way and he pancakes the floor. I think the last fight I saw at an event was while I was playing Rick James inside of Ibar at the Rio Casino…Cocaine is a hell of a drug
Q. What do you see as the future of this industry (Deejaying, Hip Hop, etc..)?
A. I currently book entertainment and talent under my own company as well. I am from a family of business owners so as time progresses the work for me is less while still maintaing a diverse brand. I will still spin of course but now Im hoping to showcase my actual musicianship more.
Q. What was your most favorite live performance you’ve ever seen?
A. DJ moment- Diplo (take your pick on performance he’s just awesome) Live Venue..A band called Snarky Puppy ( kids are amazeballs)
Q. What would be one thing you would want future/ aspiring artists in this industry to know? Give us some advice.
A. Deejays are your friends and not your enemies. If you approach us with respect to our craft and networking we will happily work with you. We want new music that is great to expose to listeners but we don’t want artists that are pumped up by their friends into thinking they are better than what they are. Stay humble and keep pushing.
Q. Where/ When can we see you perform? Any upcoming events?
A. Currently in South Padre Island Texas completing my Spring break parties with Rockstar energy and Inertia tours.. then back to Vegas working with my management and Harrahs co. I have stage shows on Friday and Sunday nights. Hooters and Hilton Grand Pools along with Sante Fe Station and Rio Casino lounges and nightclubs.
Close of my month looks like this:
3-19 Louies Backyard
3-20 (Day pool), Peninsula resort Night pool Isla Grand with Rockstar on Coke Beach
3-21 Louies Backyard
3-22 Claytons Beach Bar
3-23 Padre Sunset
3-24 Louies backyard
3-25 Claytons Beach Bar
3-26 Tequila Sunset
3-27 Isla Grand Pool Party
3-28 Louies Backyard
3-29 Claytons beach bar
3-31 Fremont Street Las Vegas
Q. Where can we find your music? (i.e. links to Facebook, YouTube, Soundcloud, etc)
A. http://onesheet.com/idjdaddyfats pretty much is a one stop shop for information.
http://DJdaddyfats.com. @iDJdaddyfats on twitter and instagram.
I make a lot of mixes (audio and video) but they are getting harder and harder to upload due to copyright issues. So I typically do them for corporate clients now.