JULY DJ OF THE MONTH:
I had the coolest conversation with DJ NSAYNE! As President of Hitt Breaka DJs here in St. Louis, he is definitely doing big things on the deejay scene! With close to 20 years of experience behind the tables, numerous mixtapes, and even managing a group, it’s evident that he takes his craft very seriously. He is working hard to take deejaying to the next level and is dedicated to rebuilding his brand. Sit down, get cozy, and get to know DJ NSAYNE:
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Hey DJ NSAYNE!
DJ NSAYNE: What’s up!
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: We finally get to chat!
DJ NSAYNE: YEY!!!!!!!
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: I know! Are you ready to get started?
DJ NSAYNE: Yes.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Okay, so how did you get into deejaying?
DJ NSAYNE: Well I sort of got thrown into it. At the time I was working for Tossin’ Ted and managing a group that KING ODIE (DJ) had and it was a lot of DJ equipment around. I started messing with the equipment and got good with it and been deejaying ever since.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: How long have you been a DJ?
DJ NSAYNE: For 17 years.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: You almost at 20 years.
DJ NSAYNE: Yes, it’s gettin’ there.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: How important is it for someone to understand the culture of deejaying?
DJ NSAYNE: It’s very important. People need to understand that being a DJ today is different from back in the day. DJs today have to be more personable. You definitely have to use social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. DJs today really don’t have to be as skilled like you did back in the day. We have controllers now where a long time ago it was just turntables.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Can anyone become a DJ? If so what are the necessary steps to follow in order to become one?
DJ NSAYNE: Anyone can become a DJ with a great mentor working beside them. It just takes a lot of practice and dedication to deejay. You also want to like what you do.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: What was your very first gig? And how did it come about?
DJ NSAYNE: I started off working for tossing Ted at Pro Jocks Entertainment doing wedding receptions. He brought Lil Jon to STL to Incahoots and I was asked to DJ; it was my first big gig. Incahoots asked me to come back and then I started deejaying clubs from that point forward.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Do you have any mixtapes? If so how many do you have?
DJ NSAYNE: I have three mixtapes that are in a podcast. They are on my website at http://www.automatic.djnsayne.com. I have also hosted mixtapes for Mista McFly, Ruka Puff, Country Brown, and many others.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: How are deejays from St. Louis different from deejays in other cities?
DJ NSAYNE: Well having traveled to different areas all over, I noticed that St. Louis deejays are technically better. St. Louis deejays can do better transitions in between records and have better mixes. Other deejays outside of St. Louis can “hype” the crowd better, and that could be because they may lack certain skills when it comes to deejaying.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: What’s your favorite piece of DJ equipment?
DJ NSAYNE: The Hercules RMX (controller). You can do so much with it.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: What are some of the local venues where you’ve deejayed?
DJ NSAYNE: I’ve deejayed at The Loft, The Monastery, The Wax Factory, as well as other venues.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Do you have any upcoming projects?
DJ NSAYNE: I’m working on some mixtapes, and there are a couple of artists that I’m in talks with, but we are still negotiating. My main focus is on rebuilding my brand.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Where can the local people see you spin?
DJ NSAYNE: On Friday and Saturday nights I’m at The Lion’s Den. On Sunday nights I’m at The Ambassador.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Any shoutouts you want to give?
DJ NSAYNE: HittBreaka DJs: King Odie, DJ Shock, DJ Sho, DJ Party Rock, DJ Wayne Moody, DJ Epic, DJ G-Spin. Also Charlie Chan Soprano, Boogie Corleone, and DJ Sir Thurl.
TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: DJ NSAYNE, I loved talking with you. We will have to do this again real soon and keep on doing your thang out here.
DJ NSAYNE: Yes we do, thank you. All I want to do is bring back the realness of deejaying.
Tiffany LaShonda Riley