Don’t let the title fool you, this 21 year old is making a name for himself. DJ Anonymous is a Howard University Alumnus and acclaimed DJ in the DC metro area. He graduated from Howard University in 2007 with a B.A. in Audio Production and along the way has interned for MTV, Def Jam, Atlantic Records, and released several mixtapes including Addicted to the Game, and The Best of Beyonce. DJ Anonymous was Howard University’s official 2007 Yardfest DJ, and has used Howard University as the launch pad for the rise of his career.
The Grind: So tell me about this mix-tape you’re selling right now?
DJ Anonymous: This [mixtape] took the most work! I decided to tackle different markets and worked with a different combination of artists such as DJ Fah-D, DJ P-Cutta, and DJ Rockko.
TG: Who are your influences?
A: DJ Funkmaster Flex, he used Deejaying to sponsor himself, DJ Jazzy Jeff, because he was the 1st deejay to make the “Transformer Scratch” popular, DJ Quicksilver, who used his radio show to showcase his skills, and of course my mother. She always played older records in the house, and that’s where I developed my “old soul” as a DJ.
TG: What do you feel is necessary in order to become a good DJ?
A: As a DJ there are different areas you need to master in order to be successful. You have to have good Networking skills, also you need to be able to market yourself, and have good [DJing] skills overall.
TG: So, what do you think sets you apart from all the other up and coming DJ’s?
A: My promotional genius. No DJ in the area promotes them self better than me. The most important thing to do as a deejay is to be good at promoting yourself.
TG: Can you give us one of your self-promotional tricks?
A: I usually pick up the random flyers I see all over campus, and call the numbers on the back to network.
TG: So is there anything else you do besides DJing?
A: I love promoting, and I’m currently managing an artist on campus, Purple, a female Rapper from Oakland, California. I plan to produce and arrange her upcoming mixtape.
TG: What can we expect of you in the future?
A: Well, I want to release an album called Mekka Musik; a collaboration of the hottest artists in H.U. Also, I’m going on the road with the upcoming singer Tiffany Evans in the winter. I’m trying to expand myself, because if you do all your events in the same location it devalues your rep.