Dejuan Jamil: I felt no pressure to perform, I felt more pressure getting people in the building. Once I did my part on that facet, everything else felt more natural.
B:H: How would you say you did? Do you think you lived up to your expectations?
DJ: I feel it was a good performance considering the fact that there wasn't a mic check for the independent artists and that I was given two different microphones mid-performance. I am glad I was prepared and comfortable enough to look past it, not miss a beat and deliver a solid performance to my audience and enjoy doing what I love to do.
B:H: What were some of your thoughts in the days and hours leading up to the show?
DJ: Coming into it was pretty calm and organized. There wasn't a moment of doubt or concern leading up to this performance.
B:H: We mentioned earlier that you are more than just a singer/songwriter/rapper. Most people would be content with having achieved that much. Not you, however. You’re also a highly capable producer. If I’m not mistaken, you create all of your own beats right?
DJ: Yes I performed over instrumentals I produced solo.
B:H: When you’re producing, what kinds of influences do you draw from?
DJ: Honestly, these instrumentals are made purely from my inspiration and instinct when I play the melodies I hear in my head. It's almost like I hear an instrument playing a melody and i then find an instrument that fits that timbre and record that into Logic Pro X and build harmony and percussion around that. So this would mean that I play all my own original samples.
B:H: So we can add multi-instrumentalist to the resume also. It almost seems like you’re over qualified to be a rapper in today’s mainstream. Would you agree?
DJ: I seek to express myself as I feel I need to given the vibe of the production. Giving myself one title of expression, such as rapping, I'm limiting myself from creating something truly great and full of originality.
B:H: What is your musical background? What have you studied, and where did you study?
DJ: I studied Music, Voice, and Psychology at the Shenandoah Conservatory of music from 2008-2011. I then moved to Boston in 2013 and began studying Audio Production at The New England Institute of Art.
B:H: It’s widely known that you aspire to take on the music scene with gusto, but that wasn’t always the case. What’s your day job?
DJ: I am an Audio Visual Coordinator for Verrex Corporation, where I coordinate video conferences for a bank for all of North America as well as EMEA and Asia PAC.
B:H: Do you have any upcoming releases we can look forward to?
DJ: My first major release, the Relentless Riot EP is coming very soon! I performed three songs from the EP when I opened for Twista.
B:H: Any shows in the horizon?
D:H I'm planning shows for July and August.
B:H: Lastly, anyone you’d like to shoutout
DJ: Shout out Meda Blaq Kash Gang Ayahuaska MT448G AGMC Paterson