Some of the biggest DJs from Washington, D.C., are giving artists and entrepreneurs the opportunity to be successful and also the tools to find their purpose.
DJ Alizay, regarded as one of Washington, D.C’s most distinguished disc jockey is well known for the time he spent working at Radio One’s 93.9 WKYS. He is also an accomplished music producer,working with rapper area native, WALE in addition to serving as his manager via his company Capitolville Entertainment.
“I consult with artists giving them advice and tips on how to get their music heard and [also on]overall quality,” said Alizay.
Alizay left his job at WKYS and the radio world in 2008 and is now focusing on building his company, helping artists, and perfecting his own craft.
“I see myself on top of the DJ game [I’m not on top now],” DJ Alizay said when asked about future plans.
DJ Flava is another artist who currently djs at 93.9 WKYS, and Majic 102.3. He helps other artists by partnering with the Youth Entrepreneur Institute, an art program offered year round. He also has his own program called SQUADPROMO.
“People helped me grow up and prosper so that is why I lead, to give back,” DJ Flava revealed.
For the last eight years DJ Flava has been helping a mentee, Jordan Sims @iamtoxsick, who has performed at Howard Theatre and is flourishing in his career as a rapper.
“I took him under my belt so he travels with me and he is one person that I can say I know I have touched,” DJ Flava said about him.
DJ Flava also worked with guitarist Ariel O’Neil, who recently toured with Beyoncé.
“When she was 14, I introduced her to touring. I worked with her for 4 months. It was really good and she did the job well,” said DJ Flava.
DJ Geena Marie is a local DJ that benefited from an organization in the district called the Mousai House, “the haven for underground artistry,” as the Mousai House website proclaims.
“They first time I ever performed live in front of people was at the house. Every week for over a year I went there. I was able to make mistakes and find my sound. I could play what I wanted to play and be engaging,” she remembered. I’m glad I had that experience.”
Even as DJ Geena Marie grows she takes the time to encourage others. Recently, she became an instructor at Words Beats & Life Academy a youth and adult hip-hop education nonprofit.
“I took classes there and also started DJing events with them,” she said. “The kids learn [about] hip-hop and DJ history. I teach them how to scratch, blend songs, and the technical side as well. The students get to touch the equipment, they love that.
“DJing is fun in general,” she said.