We had the good fortune of connecting with DJ SCOUT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DJ, how do you think about risk?
I believe risks are important and essential to life because in order to move ahead we need to be able to take that leap into the unknown. Even if taking risks involves mistakes you can still learn from it and move accordingly. The biggest risk I have taken was when I decided to move to Arizona, after graduating from high school. I was living in Southern California where people never took me serious as a DJ; I felt I was not getting enough creditibility for what I was trying to do for myself through music. Therefore, I wanted to start my life over somewhere else and build myself up as a performer/DJ and then expand into other states. Leaving home was the best decision I have ever made.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I perform, I’m in the booth being 100% myself instead of trying to be somebody not. I know how to read a room and have an understanding of the vibes no matter what environment I’m in. Through my performances I mix the music that I feel represents the people. For instance, if Im mixing at an event in Inland Empire (I.E.), California, I’ll play local artist and West Coast music. When I’m DJing in Scottsdale, Arizona, it’s a very mixed crowd, there are people from different states/cities and therefore, I’ll play pop music, old school, R&B, underground/ratchet, trap, etc. I appeal to my crowd. My DJ journey has definitely not been easy, I have had to hustle and work hard to build myself up. I literally came from the bottom with DJing and I’m not at the top yet, but I also believe I’m not far from it. I haven’t given up and I don’t plan on it either. There’s no easy street, or other ways around the obstacles, I just have to continue fighting through them. This all ties into the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I’ve learned to always be myself, and not to compare my craft to others. I understand there are many DJ’s in the game, however, I’m competing with myself, not them. Another thing I’ve learned is that it’s important to network and connect with the people I’m surrounded by in this industry. I need to be able to build relationships with people that way I can expand and continue to be booked and blessed.
I want people to know and understand that everything I have and been able to experience was earned, not given. Some people I know will look at me now and see how far I’ve come and put me on a pedestal. I have never changed or switched up who I am. I’m a regular person like everyone else; I put my pants on the same way they do. I just have a career that I’m passionate about and I can’t stop reaching for the top.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a pretty simple guy, I’m usually focused on my craft, but outside of music and performing, I enjoy going to different brunch spots with the homies, trying new places and eating good food. I also enjoy shopping! When it comes to clothes and shoes I like to wear different, up and coming brands. I like feeling different in my attire and and my style helps me build my image and create trends. Besides fashion and food, I enjoy outdoor activities, such as, basketball. Basketball games are always on my to-do list, watching the games is like an escape for me. To elaborate, it clears my mind and allows me to zone in and entertain myself with something other than music. I specifically enjoy going to the Arizona State University (ASU) basketball games, because I’m able to support the people I know and it’s nice to be surrounded by the AZ/ASU culture.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Growing up, DJing started off as a hobby. It was something I picked up from my dad; he had all of the DJ equipment and with countless days of practicing and mixing music, I was able to perfect my craft in the garage of my childhood home. As a result, I would like to give my dad some credit for introducing me to this world of music and entertainment. On the other hand, I would like to dedicate my shoutout to God, because I would not be this far ahead in my career without him. There are things that he’s brought me through that I know no one else could have brought me through, and opportunities I’ve received that I know would not have received if didn’t have God in my life. I’m very thankful for everything God has blessed me with and ever since I have left home jobs and events have lined up perfectly.
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