Today we’d like to introduce you to DJ RNB.
Hi DJ, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I always had a love for music and knew I wanted to be in the entertainment industry full-time. I taught myself how to read music and how to play the piano. After puberty, it changed my voice, I noticed I couldn’t sing well.
Though I do have bars, rapping wasn’t gonna be my way in. During college (Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY), I used to frequently visit bars and noticed the DJs there always seemed to lose the crowd. Their transitions were all over the place also.
This motivated me to show them how it’s done. Using my college laptop, I used Limewire to download virtual DJ and some mp3 files and unofficially began my career. I Djd several times on-campus parties and events. Now 12 years later, I’m a multi award-winning DJ who Spins all around the country. I have DJ’d in seven states and Puerto Rico.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No great story is smooth all the way. My biggest struggles early on were financial. DJ equipment is very very expensive. Turntables, CDJs, and Pro Controllers can be $2000. Pro Speakers are $600+ a piece.
After graduating college, the only job I could find was at Target making $8.31/hr. At times it wasn’t enough for my bills, let alone DJ equipment. I ended up getting a $75 plastic controller from radio shack. It was enough to practice on but didn’t even have inputs to hook up to real speakers, so after starting DJ in 2009, I wasn’t able to DJ from 2010 – 2012 except for two occasions where I used different DJs set-up.
In 2018, I had professional DJ gear by then lol, but after four years of DJ full-time, some man texting while driving rear-ended my car. Totaled my car, but most importantly over $7,000 worth of DJ equipment. I had a gigging DJ with national artist Trina the next day that I had to borrow equipment for. I also physically was hurt in the accident also to the point I could barely walk. Between the accident and going through a divorce in my personal life, I fell into a deep depression and seriously considered giving up DJ for good.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a professional American DJ. Djing is my full-time job. Haven’t worked a 9-5 since I resigned in 2014. I specialize in Clubs, Festivals, Radio, and Concerts. I have DJd for five different FM stations in NC (WQOK Raleigh, Choice FM Raleigh, WKNC Raleigh, WNRV Cleveland, and CMVA Charlotte), Dreamville Festival, A3c Festival in Atlanta (2018, and 2019), Official Hopscotch Festival Day Party (2016,2017,2018,2019,2021), Art of Cool Festival (2017,2018,2019), and the Inaugural Bull City Summit in March 2022
What sets me apart from others are two things.
1) My elaborate setup. I use an over-the-top huge lighting rig at all my shows, as well as banners and custom table cloths. The DJ rig that I use for clubs are the same ones I use for festivals (Just on a smaller scale, of course).
2) I am a true believer that “Real DJs Break Records”. In addition to being the official Tour DJ for “Carolina Waves”, which is the #1 Independent music platform in the Carolinas, I curate indy concerts, indy music tours, and being that I DJ out in clubs six days a week, I provide the #1 promo package that includes club spins.
The #1 thing I’m most proud of thus far is winning “DJ of the Year” at the 2019 “Carolina Music Awards”. There was no award show in 2020 or 2021 so I’m still the reigning champ. I relocated to North Carolina in 2012. I had no connections here. No friends or family to give me my break. I made my own lane.
Everything I accomplished thus far has been through hard work. I also won DJ of the Year at the 2016 “Bull City Music Awards”, was nominated at the 2019 Southern Ent. Awards Club DJ of the Year Finalist, and am currently nominated by WRAL for the 2021 calendar year (Vote for Me)
I also am the founder and COO of 4 Phones Ent LLC. 4 Phones Ent. was formed in 2020 and is an elite management agency specializing in finding generational talent. We work with Artists, DJs, Dancers, Producers, Models, and Actors/Actresses all around the country.
We use our diverse network of curators and tastemakers to book tours, venues, festivals, weddings, and club performances all around the world. We work closely with labels, licensors, distributors, and promo agencies building up and accelerating artist careers.
Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
I’m lowkey a nerd and LOVE to read. I am currently reading “A Promise Land Barack Obama”, and “24/7 Wrongfully Convicted, Rightfully Released – Jonathan Fleming”. Highly recommend both. “Tea with Tea” and “Pink Carpet Press” are my two favorite blogs currently. Highly recommended.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.4PhonesEnt.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/thedjrnb
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedjrnb
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/thedjrnb
- Youtube: www.youtube.com/djrnb
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