MAY DJ OF THE MONTH:
DJ STAN DA MAN
A few days ago, I had the pleasure of talking with DJ Stan Da Man. Stan has been deejaying for almost two decades. He is a Derrty DJ and was voted St. Louis Best Hip Hop DJ in 2004 by the Riverfront Times. It was a pleasure speaking with Stan, he was so cool and easy to talk to. So here he is, this month’s featured Spin King, DJ Stan Da Man:
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Hey Stan!
DJ STAN DA MAN: Wassup Girl!
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: How you doin?
DJ STAN DA MAN: Oh I’m good, how you doin?
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Much better since I got over my cold. (laughing)
DJ STAN DA MAN: I’m glad you feeling better.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Thank you! Alright let’s get started…how did you get started as a DJ?
DJ STAN DA MAN: Well I was a dancer/choreographer. I was in a group and they moved out to Los Angeles, CA and I stayed behind in St. Louis. Later on I started hanging around DJ Charlie Chan Soprano and DJ SNO. They taught me how to deejay. I was a late bloomer. (laughing)
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: There’s nothing wrong with that! So what inspired you to get into deejaying?
DJ STAN DA MAN: I am a die-hard music fan! With me dancing and also trying to be an R&B singer, that seemed like it was going to be the next step. I listen to multiple genres of music. Whenever people go to parties they see the DJ getting the crowd hype. I always thought DJs were dope.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: You are so right about that! So how long have you been deejaying?
DJ STAN DA MAN: Since 1997.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: 17 years? Wow, you’re almost at 20 years!
DJ STAN DA MAN: Yes it’s around the corner.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: You are a Derrty DJ. How did you end up becoming one?
DJ STAN DA MAN: It all got started a few years ago. We all had a meeting with Nelly. The group was formed with me, DJ AJ, DJ CD, DJ Charlie Chan Soprano, DJ C-Note, DJ Cuddy, and DJ 618. DJ Charlie Chan Soprano was only in the group for a year and he decided to leave.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Now I heard you used to work for 100.3 The Beat back in the day. How was that experience?
DJ STAN DA MAN: Well let me set the record straight, I HAVE NEVER WORKED FOR 100.3 The Beat! And the funny thing is a lot of people have come up to me and asked me the same question. I was in negotiations a few years back with them, but nothing ever came of it. Now I have worked for Q95.5, Hot 104.1, and Z107.7. I did mixes for all of those radio stations.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Thank you Stan for clearing that up!
DJ STAN DA MAN: I had to let people know.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: You were the Tour DJ for the St. Louis group Abyss. I liked their hit song “Catch 22”. Tell me how y’all hooked up.
DJ STAN DA MAN: I was on the Budweiser Platinum Club Tour with hip hop artists Da Brat, Lil’ Jon, Xzibit and R&B group Koffee Brown. My supervisor at Q95.5 set the meeting up with me and Abyss. They asked me to be their DJ and I agreed, so I went on tour with them opening up for Nelly.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Do you have any mixtapes? If so how many?
DJ STAN DA MAN: I really don’t do mixtapes. All my mixes that I do are on my website at www.mixcloud.com/dj_standaman.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Are there any artists, local or outside of St. Louis, that you enjoyed working with? Who was your favorite?
DJ STAN DA MAN: Lil’ Jon! He was my favorite artist to work with based on his knowledge of music and the comedy (laughing). He always kept me cracking up.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: What is your favorite piece of DJ equipment to use?
DJ STAN DA MAN: The Technics 1200s (turntables).
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Do you have any upcoming projects?
DJ STAN DA MAN: I do, but I’d rather not say until I‘ve sealed the deal. I’ve learned from the past where I would talk about upcoming projects and then something would happen to mess it up. So my lips are sealed! (laughing)
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: I understand (laughing). Where can the local people see you spin at?
DJ STAN DA MAN: It varies so you can check me out on my Facebook music page and follow me on twitter for the latest events that I deejay.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: And there you have it! Stan it was cool talking to you and I look forward to our next conversation.
DJ STAN DA MAN: Yeah it was. Me too.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY