It’s Throwback Time ladies! This week I coerced my boy DJ CEO from to give us a mix I’ve dubbed “Candy Girl!” Plucking from our love of New Edition, here’s CEO’s formula for getting down! Check out the mix following our Q&A with the “Best Dressed DJ!”
Parlour: Born and raised?
DJ CEO: I was born and raised in the Clinton Hills section of Brooklyn and I thank God everyday. I wouldn’t want to be from anywhere else.
How’d you start spinning?
I started spinning back in 1997. One of the older guys in my building — R.I.P. Fred — was a DJ and he let me mess around on his turntables. Some would say I was a natural because he didn’t have to teach me much. Music is just in me. When I was really young my dad played music all the time for my aunts and uncles, who’d would come over, and we’d party. I played the drums, tuba and baritone in school, so I was always involved in music. After my freshman year in college I worked at the New York radio station 98.7 KISS FM where I learned a lot under the legendary Chuck Chill Out.
Favorite song to play at the height of the party?
The thing about DJ-ing, it’s not about what you like, it’s what works for that particular party. So at the height of the festivities, I’m playing whatever is hot. Right now, either be “Say Ahh” by Trey Songz or “I Wanna Rock” by Snoop. But a song that gets the crowd going crazy without fail and it’s been out for almost a year and a half now is Too Short’s “Blow The Whistle.” I love that song.
What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to play baseball for the New York Mets because my household was and still is a Mets household. Also, my dad played semi-pro baseball.
Your DJ idols?
I admire a lot of DJ’s but I only have one idol, DJ Jazzy Jeff. He is the reason I became a DJ. I saw him once DJ without any headphones when I was about 14-years-old and it changed my life.
Who’s the most interesting person in the world and why?
Barack Obama. Everyone knows that he’s an intelligent but I think he’s even smarter than people realize. The public expects or wants him to “Bush” his way into getting things done but he knows he can’t do that — at least not his first term — because he’s the first black president and his every move is recorded. So for now he has to do everything the right way, whether people want to admit it or not he is the President of The United States, not the President of Black Folks. But when we re-elect him, I think we’ll see him become much more aggressive.
Favorite foreign country?
A very little known fact, I’ve only been to Mexico. Sad, right? But when I turn 30, I’m going to Africa.
“Just because someone did it the best doesn’t mean it’s perfected.” I made that one up myself. I’m a perfectionist and just because someone is deemed the best doesn’t mean they are perfect. It just means they are better than everyone else. If you have a C student in a class full of D students, that C student is the best in that class but clearly far from perfect, so I urge folks to strive for perfection.
What piece of clothing do you wear everyday, barring undies?
Well, I’m The Best Dressed DJ PERIOD so I love this question. But barring undies, there is no piece of clothing I wear everyday. I’m always switching it up and doing something new, I don’t even wear a watch everyday.
Coming To America
Favorite five songs?
Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh”
Black Eye Peas’ “I Got A Feeling”
Too $hort’s “Blow The Whistle”
Consequence’s “The More I Get”
Dirty Money’s “Hello Good Morning”
Your definition of a good day?
Waking up to thank God for another day and another chance at being better, four or five messages about gigs, two hours in the gym weight lifting, shopping for a new suit, time to work on some new mixes, dinner with a beautiful woman and rock a crazy party … Then going home to thank God again for making it through the day.
Listen to DJ CEO’s mix here!
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