triad dj profile

by Ryan Snyder

DJ handle: DJ JD

What it means: My grandfather’s name was James, so to avoid confusion at family events they always called me JD. When I started DJing my cousin called me DJ JD and I ran with it.

Real name: James Weaks

What I play: Hip hop, country, rock, pop

Catch me at: The majority of my events are private events, mainly weddings and birthdays. I also do a large amount elementary/middle/high school events, college events, cookouts, family reunions and corporate events. I also do events for Pillow Talk and the Renaissance in Greensboro.

Upcoming shows: Bentley’s Bar and Lounge, Aug. 17, 24, 31.

Got in the game: In 2006

Why I do it: I saw DJ J-Flex DJing one day at 102 Jamz and fell in love with it. I began trying to duplicate it on my dad’s CD players. He had a mixer and let me play around with it and eventually I started mixing songs together. I watched other DJs like DJ J-Flex and DJ Sound Machine and pretty much taught myself.

Influences: DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Sound Machine, DJ Deluxe, DJ Dexter Dynamite

First pro gig: Dudley High School Senior Day Cookout in 2007

Favorite technique: Chirping

Signature mix: A set I did to win my first DJ Battle at Johnson C. Smith.

Personal playlist: Jay-Z, Kanye, Biggie, Big Sean, the Beach Boys, Rick James, Ke$ha, Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Wu-Tang Clan, old-school rock, R&B and jazz

Favorite albums: Nas — Illmatic, Ghostface — Supreme Clientele, Big Sean — Finally Famous, Kanye West — Graduation, Michael Jackson — Bad and Off The Wall

My gear: Technic 1200s, Rane TTM 56, Torq