Today we’d like to introduce you to DJ SCOUT.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My. story as a DJ started in 2016 after I graduated high school and moved to the state of Arizona. Coming from Southern California, I didn’t really have any expectations on how I could start a DJ Career in another state where I didn’t know anybody; I just wanted a fresh start in life.
My main priority was focusing on school and trying to find a passion for something outside of Music, so I Attended Arizona State University for the time being until I could find my calling. My freshman year at ASU changed my life forever because I found that there was so much potential in the area I was living in within the Black Community. I wanted to be a part of a new culture that attracted other people who did not reside in Arizona without having a specific group to lean towards like a fraternity or without being a big-time athlete on campus.
My DJ career started off by orchestrating my own events for the Black Community, promoting my brand as a DJ, and building credibility where people could accept me as a regular. It was very tough juggling that, living on my, providing for myself, and trying to go to school, but my love for this DJ Life was well worth it for the time being. I gained a lot of love under the name “DJ SCOUT” from my colleagues all the way from 2016 to the end of 2018. At the beginning of 2019, I reached the age of 21 when my DJ Career took a huge leap forward and I decided this is the direction I wanted my life to go in.
After about two years of doing 18+ events for college crowds whether it was underage clubs, concerts, or private events, I had one specific Gig that opened a window of opportunities that took my career to the next stage. In January of 2019, I was booked to DJ a concert for Roddy Ricch, One of LA’s biggest artists in the city today, and that opened up a lot of eyes to some of these club promoters out in Scottsdale during the time. I remember a couple of weeks after the show, I was offered a residency every Sunday night at arguably the hottest hip-hop nightclub in Old-Town Scottsdale called ‘The Mint”.
At the age of 21, I felt like everything I ever asked or wished for in my DJ Career was happening a little too fast because I didn’t know if I could handle Gigs on this type of platform on a weekly basis. Every DJ or promoter, I heard about during the time wasn’t even that close to my age, so I immediately knew this was going to make or break my career.
It was very challenging, However, I created some of the best memories and relationships in this industry throughout the year 2019 and the beginning of 2020, I built some of the best relationships and created the best memories I’ve ever had as a DJ working at this specific venue. A lot of people, I used to work with there are still involved with where I am at today.
Today, at the age of 24, I have DJed almost every relevant Hip-Hop spot throughout the valley and currently hold a residency at Pretty Please Lounge in Old-Town. I’m trying to become the best to ever do it in the state of Arizona and I have no intention of stopping to reach my potential.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
One of the biggest obstacles I’ve had throughout my career was definitely dealing with COVID-19 and the long battle with quarantine and social distancing. I can speak on behalf of every DJ Throughout the country and in the world by saying COVID-19 Stopped a lot of work that was being put in throughout the Nightlife Industry.
The venue I was working at before the pandemic hit officially closed in the month of May 2020 and really put me out of work for a very long time. This was probably the worst time period, I have ever gone through in life because I felt as if everything I worked hard for to get to this point in my life was being put on pause.
Being away from something I was doing on a weekly basis really put me in a state of depression for the longest and I had no idea when I was ever going to be back to where I was. Something I did, for the time being, was trying to talk to GOD a lot and praying for new opportunities to open up soon, and I’m forever thankful that those prayers were eventually answered.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My professional work today simply consists of being a professional Vibe Curator, also Known as “THE DJ”.
Today, I am currently known for what I do on a weekly basis at my residency and wherever else I am booked during the week. I set new vibes and attract others who do not currently live in the state of Arizona on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, etc. I take pride in what I do and have a love for making sure other people have a great experience around me a night in and night out,
I can say the biggest thing I am proud of is just being another example of how chasing after something you love and desire will eventually become something worth chasing after, no matter how much time you feel like you are wasting catching it. I am nobody special, just another kid out of Southern California who is fighting to become a role model to others who are chasing after their passion in life.
What separates me from others is simply being myself in this industry. I feel as if everyone looks and models themselves after something they are not, and that’s how a lot of people fail by trying to become something everyone else wants them to be. I always tried to stick out by staying true to what I know and feel, and I plan on sticking to this route till it is all said and done.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
I think the most important lesson I can speak upon throughout my career as a DJ is knowing Your WORTH.
Knowing how much you are valued by others can definitely affect the direction your career is taking no matter what type of profession you are in. One thing I am still learning today is, never to settle for other people’s compensation. The type of industry I am in today is filled with other individuals who under-value the type of work I put in on a weekly basis.
I feel like my value is DJ, which is the biggest thing that will separate me from others in the future, however it is my JOB to make sure people who are trying to hire me understand why my value is different from others.
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