Getting to Know: Dj Smiles

DJs are extremely crucial to the music industry. Not only are they playing music for an audience, but a DJ is also primarily responsible for providing knowledge about music to his listeners. Whenever a new artist emerges on the scene, they automatically reach out to DJs in hopes of getting their record spun. They can let artists know which of their music their fans are engaging with and which they are not. A DJ has the power of transforming an event just based on their tracklist. They can bring the dynamics and liveliness to a musical event in ways no other medium can match. Dj Smiles from Iowa is a prime example of understanding the power of music. His talents have given him the opportunity to travel the world on tour with a few big-name artists. Having an ear for music turned into a career that has changed his life. I had the opportunity to speak with Dj Smiles this month, check out our interview below.

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Lyrical Lemonade: Growing up, what are some things you did for fun?

Growing up in Iowa was slow on the music scene but always a great market I came by doing promotions and throwing parties.

Lyrical Lemonade: When did you start to enjoy music?

I always had a thing for music and knew what people liked to hear. Being a DJ came naturally because I know what others wanted to hear and I have great crowd control.

Lyrical Lemonade: When did your career as a DJ begin?

I started off throwing parties by paying DJs people didn’t like … so I use the money from those parties and bought a sound system. Then I started djing on my laptop and it took off from there.

Lyrical Lemonade: Who are some DJs you grew up listening to?

Dj Drama always had the streets growing up but it’s a lot of people I think are nice! 

Lyrical Lemonade: Have you had the opportunity to go on tour with an artist? If so, which was your favorite? 

I went on tour with Lil Poppa CMG’s newest artist … it was Polo G hall of fame tour 2.

Lyrical Lemonade: For any new artist who is trying to get their record out there. What’s the best way to approach a DJ? 

I think it’s all about the approach when getting music in people’s hands. What’s their worth ethic like? Are they pushing the music themselves?

Lyrical Lemonade: In the past, we have seen DJs find new talent and go on to create labels to support these artists. Is this something you’re thinking of?

I have a label coming soon. I got my ear to the people and I feel like I have some artists they would love.

Lyrical Lemonade: What’s one piece of advice you would give to an up-and-coming DJ? 

Keep grinding. The market is hard, it’s a digital world we live in. You have to be in these people’s faces.

Lyrical Lemonade: What would you say makes a good DJ? What makes them bad?

Crowd control is a great Dj. Bad DJ just doesn’t connect with his audience. 

Lyrical Lemonade: Where do you hope to see yourself in the next five years? 

Touring with a major artist and possibly be more on the management side of things also.

 

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