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Daily Inspiration: Meet DJ DUIIK

Today we’d like to introduce you to DJ DUIIK.

Hi DJ DUIIK, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Music is a huge passion of mine. I have been involved in music since I was in the 4th grade.

I played the trumpet in high school and played baritone horn until I was a sophomore in college. When I was 15, I had an interest in music production, which I then pursued for a decade.

DJing became a passion of mine when the idea was brought to me by my friends. I decided to get into the art of being a DJ and I haven’t looked back since. From 2013 to 2018, I barely had any gigs, to be honest.

I was still working at Sams Club at the time, so I wasn’t fully committed to DJing at first. It was in 2019 when I had a breakthrough getting gigs and I was let go from my job, so I decided to go hard or go home and pursue my passion full time. Besides, as soon as I got fired, I received a gig the same day. So, I figured it was meant to be.

I later DJ’ed at a Nike Jr. Golf Event, a private rooftop pool party in D.C, and got to bring in the new year DJing at a local venue in Richmond. Things were looking good until COVID hit in 2020. I didn’t know what to do at that point, so I decided to make mixes in the meantime.

During that period, I was very fortunate to still find work Djing weddings in the summer/fall of 2020, but the business was still inconsistent. Financially, I wasn’t looking good, but I still continued staying the course and having faith that it would work out. After 2020, I started to get gigs on a monthly basis.

With each performance, I felt my confidence growing where I started to feel like a professional DJ.

Now in 2022, I went from barely getting a gig a month to having at least 3 gigs a week! I get inquiries weekly and show more content on social media on a frequent basis.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road has definitely been under construction for me throughout this journey, lol.

I started off using my uncle’s speakers from back in the 80s, which are still good I may add. I had to learn the hardships of business, for example,  not having contracts to hold people accountable for paying me.

It sucks doing a gig and then the person decides not to pay you for it. Also, believing that I can make this into a career. I had the faith and patience, but some family members close to me didn’t believe that I could make a living doing this without having a full-time job to take care of myself.

They weren’t wrong at that time, but you would like to have the support of your family to pursue something that makes you happy. Those challenges have helped me stay focused on what I would like to achieve and be great in. With each lesson, I gain the knowledge and experience that is currently making me successful in my career.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in DJing using Fx transitions and beat mashups, meaning when you play two tracks together at the same time making it sound like one track.

I am known as a versatile DJ who can play/mix all genres smoothly and play music that you won’t hear on the radio. I am most proud of recently volunteering as a participant for career day to show elementary school students what I do for a living.

What sets me apart from others I feel is my humbleness. I am very grateful to be able to DJ for a living. It is not easy, but it’s rewarding. I really care about my work and I still get nervous before every gig. Believe it or not lol.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I try to take “educated risks” as much as possible to be honest, lol.

I do feel that if you want to have a career in something you’re passionate about, taking risks is necessary because you have to take that first step before knowing if what you want is actually for you.

Pricing:

  • $125.00 an hour for weddings outside 60 miles radius
  • $100.00 an hour for weddings locally in Richmond
  • $100.00 for private events
  • MC services are $75.00 an hour

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Image Credits
PurXsitement and Photograffi

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