WATCH: The Disc Jockeys of Frederick

Sep 13, 2018
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Which DJ did you party with this summer?

​OUT40 interviewed Frederick’s top 3 DJs: Javy, Demo, and Babylon. Each DJ brings a fresh vibe and creates a distinct scene to each party they host all around Frederick. From Taco Daddy to Lallo’s to Nola, watch all of them at work, spinning the hits that spark the night at each spot they play!

DJ Javy – The Party Starter

What You’ll Hear: Reggae/Latin

Reggaeton, bachatabossa novamerengue, rumba, salsasamba, son, and tango, etc.

Party Home: Taco Daddy

When did you start DJing?

Music has always been a part of my life. But it all started with my uncle and father back when I was about 10 years old. There was a major gap when I left Puerto Rico at the age of 13 and I didn’t get back to the music until I was able to learn the English language.

What’s your favorite music to play?

I really don’t have a favorite type of music to play. I just love it all. 

How’d you become a popular DJ in Frederick?

I feel like my personality has made me popular and just adding music, and also the fact that I’ve been here almost all my life.

At what venues do you usually DJ?

Right now I don’t have many places to be. But I’ve been able to keep the ones I have. Taco Daddy has been my favorite one. I enjoy the people there. High energy and great drinks. Pretty much what Downtown Fredrick needed.

What makes you one of the best?

I don’t wanna say I’m the best because still up to this day I know I’m not. I know what great, best, and good is. I do have a really good ear for it I can say that. But it’s not about being the best. It’s about originality.

What do you enjoy most?

What I enjoy the most is being able to create a good, friendly vibe. I love to enjoy what others enjoy. I love to be able to relate to others through music. I love to feel the way everybody else’s feels. And especially I love to know that I’m the one that’s making that happen not only as a job but more of a personal hobby.

What do you enjoy most about DJing in Frederick?

What I love about downtown is that everybody goes there to have a good time. The diversity is definitely a reason why I stay local; I get to play music of all types and make sure everyone is happy.

Add DJ Javy as a friend here.

On the current local music scene, these DJs offered their opinions on how Frederick could be better:

Most of the DJs have the same style and they don’t play for the crowd they play for themselves and that’s one thing I try to be aware of.

Javy: I feel like the DJ landscape is pretty basic. I think most of the DJs have the same style and they don’t play for the crowd they play for themselves and that’s one thing I try to be aware of. I would rather play for my crowd then for me. Yes, Frederick needs more DJs. There are many people in Frederick but not many places to go for a night life.

What I’ve seen is people walk into a bar and walk right out because it doesn’t sound right.

Demo: We don’t have alot of places to play music. Cellar Door, Olde Towne (Tavern), and of course Taco Daddy. Brewer’s won’t do it. They have house music all the time. Firestone won’t do it, they have house music.  It just generates more revenue (for the establishment). Having nightlife also brings more expenses: security, crowd control, etc. What I’ve seen is people walk into a bar and walk right out because it doesn’t sound right.

The full picture has not painted into a landscape yet. We have the outline, we just need the resources to finish the piece.

Babylon: We need clubs to book them at first. if you build it they will come….Each DJ is on their own wave. You have very successful DJ’s from here like Two Teks, Minus Nine & Carnage. They’re just not all under one roof. I’m into all the collabos. Music backing the brands at events. That’s what I think is what’s cool right now. I want to work with more brands. The full picture has not painted into a landscape yet. We have the outline, we just need the resources to finish the piece.



DJ Demo: The Community DJ

What You’ll Hear: Variety Mix/Top 40

Party Home: Taco Daddy

I’m an artist by trade. Music is an art form; DJ-ing is an art form. – DJ Demo

My name Demo is derived from demonstration: Demonstrate how to be a good person and that’s based on what I do for a living in terms of me displaying my talent and how I do it. Demonstrating everything.

When did you start DJing?

It’s going on a couple years. Prior to that I had an app on my iPad and I was scratching at barber shops, etc. I’m an artist by trade. Music is an art form; DJ-ing is an art form. Within those years, I acquired DJ equipment, all the while getting more gigs. I love music first and foremost. I do art. It seems a little easier for me cause I have that creative side for song It’s been word of mouth.arrangements, set up, etc.

Favorite music to play?

I play a lot of everything but if I had to pick it would probably be old school. Marvin Gaye, some O’Jays, Earth, Wind and Fire, and of course Maze. That’s music to me. Songs like “Before I Let Go” and “Candy” (by Cameo), you play that, it gets everyone going.

How’d you become a popular DJ in Frederick?

It’s been word of mouth. I’ve been doing community gigs, such as IBM – I Believe in Me, cookouts, private venues like the Delaplaine and Boys and Girls Club, and weddings.

At what venues do you usually DJ?

I used to DJ at Market Street Fusion downtown every Friday. That was my start. And then it shut down and I kind of copped out the bar scene. I now play on Golden Saturdays at Taco Daddy.

What makes you one of the best?

My music selection. I pick the right songs at the right time. Anywhere I go, it’s gonna be lit. People feed off my energy. I just want everyone to have a good time.

What do you enjoy most?

I love to entertain and see people smile. People who haven’t gone out in a long time with nothing to expect but are hoping to have a good time — and they actually do is a great feeling.

What do you enjoy most about DJing in Frederick?

Frederick is becoming very animated. You have to stand in line at the Cellar Door. It’s like going to Adams Morgan or Georgetown. That’s the atmosphere in Frederick, now.
A lot of DJs work on contract or work for companies; I’ve always been independent. It’s just how I like it. I get a lot of scrutiny from other DJs for being donation based. I heard it makes them look bad. Alot of DJs take your money and play the same old stuff. I just want to be there for people.
Thinking about what’s more important than taking people’s money. I love booking gigs cause I love music. I’m a donation DJ. Whatever you can afford, I’ll take.
Whatever you have in your pocket, I’m going to give you 100%.

Where do you want to take DJing?

Right now it’s an air. It’s a feeling. I just feel like some good things are coming. I’m ascending.

 Add Demo as a friend here. 


DJ Babylon: The Rapper’s Right Hand

Video Credit: Zelly 2 Famous

What You’ll Hear: Reggae/Hip-Hop

Party Home: Cafe Nola

I’ve been promoting and throwing music events for 20 years in Frederick. I’ve put in a lot of work in this city.  – DJ Babylon

1. When did you start DJing?

In 1998, I bought 2 turntables and a vestax battle mixer. I can’t rap, I was too fat to break dance, so I became a DJ.

2. Favorite music to play?

Trap. I started out with dance hall reggae but since 2013 I’ve been spinning trap. Trap reminds me of punk rock, it’s aggressive, expressive street music. The lack of musical training and privilege has left it raw and violent just like punk. I was in a punk band many years ago and I immersed myself in punk, reggae, and hip hop all around the same time.

3. How’d you become a popular DJ in Frederick?

I’ve been promoting and throwing music events for 20 years in Frederick. I’ve put in a lot of work in this city. I don’t know why I be came popular, I just keep doing music. My roots are in running sound, stage management, promotion/booking, poster design. I’ve recorded, written, and preformed my band “Reggae Dance Party.”

4. At what venues do you usually DJ?

Mostly Cafe Nola off Patrick and Market Street but I’ve spun all up and down Market. I’ve been blessed to spin at Vans, Enjoi Skateboards, I-Path and Victoria’s Secret events. My gigs outside of Nola are random…I could be DJ’ing your backyard tomorrow night.

5. What makes you one of the best?

I give a shit and put a lot of myself into it. I put a ton of time into each event. I love music so I’m going to try to make you love it. Maybe that’s it.

6. What do you enjoy most?

Working with Rondo to be honest. Having a promoter, business partner and taste maker at my side. We’re a team, Babylon Sound System.

7. What do you enjoy most about DJing in Frederick?

Making a room get hectic and feeling the energy crank off the walls. The subtle line between chaos and peace while the party is at it’s climax.

8. What do you think about the music and club scene here?

There is no scene, we’re not prominent enough to be considered a scene. We’re coming up though. It’s undeniable.

Follow DJ Babylon here: ig: dj_babylon snap: babylon_mathews

Which DJ was your favorite for summer ’18? Tell us below in the comments!

 

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