How old were you when you started DJ-ing?
I actually began with car systems when I was 17 years old. We would put a boom box in the trunk, hook up an amplifier and speakers, and basically crank it to the max to see how far we could take it. I didn’t start working a deck at parties until I was about 26.
What media were you using?
I fooled around with records, but not for my DJ gigs – I used CDs. I was lucky; many of my relatives collected music and CDs so I had access to all of it. I used to borrow lots of their music and slowly I built up my own collection.
What venues have you played over the years?
I started out at places like ShirReynolds and small bars in George Town. I kept trying to get into the Seven Mile scene but I just wasn’t having any luck. I think it’s because I was categorized as a dancehall DJ. It was tough to even get a chance to show that I was more versatile.
After a while I became friends with the owners of clubs, and I finally got bookings at places like Next Level and Jet. When I joined Vibe 98.9 I was showcased at concerts and street parties; after that the nightclub work was much easier to get.
Looking back I’ve played at almost every venue on the island; from restaurants to bars to top resorts. I regularly get bookings for private and corporate parties.
What do like the most about being a DJ?
I’ve always had a passion for music, and I love getting people on the dance floor. I guess I’m an old-school DJ like that. These days they seem to dance anywhere – by the exit door, by the restrooms, by the bar…I prefer to see them on the dance floor.
What was your most memorable gig?
One was the street party for Vibe’s anniversary; that was a pretty great gig; but I’d probably have to say when I opened for Ivy Queen at a Lion’s Centre concert. The crowd was singing along to every song I played. It was awesome and mind blowing. A great feeling!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to become a DJ?
Start to build up your music library and get a laptop if you don’t already have one. Play music you like – don’t forget to have fun with it!
You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on equipment. A good CD controller will do the job, and costs around $600.
Where can people hear your stuff?
Well I have my own show – “The X Mix” on Fridays on X107.1 FM from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. You can hear all my new mixes each week. Then I have a regular weekly gig at The Wharf on Salsa Tuesdays, and I’m kept really busy with private events. It’s never boring!
Check out my Facebook page under “DJFlex CaymanIslands”.