Ironically Dj Cen City started off as a hip-hop artist, and record producer in the late 90’s all while residing in the birthplace of GOGO music The District of Columbia. In the early 2000’s is where he began listening to other pioneering old school Dj's such as Arika Bambaataa, Dj Red Alert, and Grandmaster Flash. While living with his uncle in Alabama Dj Cen City’s uncle (Dj Fast Eddie) who also was a radio personality and disk jockey while in Japan, taught him the techniques, fundamentals and business ethics enabled to be a successful Dj. When he moved back to North Carolina in 2005 he began to work and pay for his own equipment to start djing and has since never stopped going. After relentless private parties and word of mouth he soon started djing at local bars and clubs. This led him to be the resident Dj in Raleigh, NC at Oliver Twist, Crowley’s and The Cafe. While at The Café on Wednesdays, Crowley’s on Thursdays, and Oliver Twist on Fridays his crowd and following mostly consisted of top 40, dance and hip-hop.
In 2006 Dj Cen City and fellow business partners started “Crowns of Riches Entertainment”
As his passion for music and djing progressed in 2009-2010 he began working with Rap Lord Entertainment as the resident dj catering to unsigned local and national artist, traveling to such states as Virginia, DC, New York, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina and North Carolina to fulfill his obligation as a versatile dj.
Late in 2010 he began working on “I’m So Tri-Coastal”
In this same year Dj Cen City and fellow djs established a dj coalition called the “Builyabranddjs”
In 2010-2011 he began to get booked at popular local clubs such as Ess, Dolce, LeNiche’s, Passion’s, Black Flower, The Pourhouse, The Metro and other various venues.
Dj Cen City joins 25 other North Carolina DJs to play at this years Soundfest 2012 -- NC's FIRST DJ Showcase by the DJ's for the DJ's.
The event will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM at Longbranch. Located just 1/2 mile inside the Raleigh Beltline (I-440) at the Wake Forest Rd. exit, Longbranch is a multi-club entertainment venue in Raleigh NC and has showcased some of the biggest names in the US.
Soundfest started as a vision by Kristen “DJ KStones” Stoneman to put together an event showcasing DJ's. Stoneman states: “In an industry where the "DJ" is such an important part of the nightlife, Soundfest was formed to show homage to our talented NC DJ's in hopes to create unity between genres and the community, and gain respect of our peers.”
Last year in its inaugural event, 15 DJs participated and drew in a crowd of over 300. This years show will feature 26 local DJ's from the Carolina's and is sure to bring in a huge crowd.
Sponsors for the event include: Red Bull, Vitamin Water, Lazyday, DRL Toons, N The Mix Inc., Fourever Proud Apparel and Troy Jacques Jermaine PR and event production.
For tickets to Soundfest 2012 Visit http://www.soundfestraleigh.eventbrite.com for details.