We had the good fortune of connecting with Derick Abram and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Derick, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana but raised in Dallas, Texas. My background as a percussionist in marching bands, jazz bands, concert bands, and stage bands in high school at Lincoln Humanities & Communications Magnet High School in Dallas, Texas along with being a drummer in the World Famed Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band helped shape and mold my music education and diversity. My upbringing directly affected who I became because I was lucky enough to grow up with celebrities like Jay-Z, Ludacris, 112, Tyler Perry, Montell Jordan, who took me in as an intern and showed me the good side of the music industry while my parents instilled in me the goodness, humble, and gracious spirit that we all should possess.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My name is Derick Abram but better known as DJ Astronaut. I’ve studied music, communications, and even got a university Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting to prove that I have what it takes to be a professional in the entertainment and broadcasting industry. Most DJ’s don’t have a degree in this field and that’s what sets me apart. I know the legal aspects of the industry along with the shortcuts and pertinent information that is vital for longevity in this industry. I’m very proud of the success I’ve achieved thus far with more on the way. Through the connections I’ve made with celebrities such as Emmitt Smith, Jay-Z, Tyler Perry, and many others I’ve been able to make a name for myself. It was a lot of hard work and still is but I’m not giving up because I created a life motto that states “I’m a fighter, not a quitter.” I’ve learned that everyone comes into your life for a reason and I’m very thankful for everything and everyone. I believe that the world will one day understand that we are all “Astronauts” and it’s going to change the world. We just have to accept it and grow while moving forward for all humanity.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend that came to Dallas, Texas and wanted me to show them around…..I would first off take them to Downtown Dallas to see the lights and sounds of the city. Just driving to downtown Dallas gives you a sense of perspective in a big city way since Dallas has a lot of building that show off their “big-ness” with lights. I’d then take them to the W Hotel in their world famous “Living Room” bar area where they can sip on a nice beverage while taking in the scenery of big chandeliers and elegant decor of this Texas gem. I would then take them to the world famous neighborhood of Deep Ellum which is a part of Dallas made up of 3 parallel streets that bring some of the best art, history, and flavor which is that of Dallas, Texas. I would also take them to THE STAR in Frisco which is home to the headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys and eat/drink at Concrete Cowboys where we would play games while having a great time on the 2nd floor patio of the eatery. I’d then take them to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas which is where the World Famous Dallas Cowboys play their football games at. We would then head to Oak Cliff, Texas where we would walk the streets of the famous Bishop Arts District and go to various bars, restaurants, and shops in the area. We would then with a visit to the Reunion Tower also known as “THE BALL” of Texas. This historic monument will allow guests to see a 360 degree view of Dallas as never seen before. This building has a tourist viewing area on one level, a Cafe lounge area on another level, and the World Famous Five Sixty Wolfgang Puck Restaurant on the top level of this 50 story building. Then we would walk to the famous John F Kennedy Center where he got shot. This historical landmark will show you with a black “X” on the street as to the exact spots where he got shot 2 times. There’s an “X” for both locations. We would probably end it at the historic Trinity Groves area where we would eat good food while sipping on good drinks with a great view of Downtown Dallas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think my success and my strength as where I am is dedicated to my 11 year old daughter. She’s the reason why I work so hard at making all of my childhood dreams come true of becoming an astronaut in real life as well as being a super successful global DJ and music producer. She’s turned me from a boy into a man and I will forever be grateful to her for that.
DJ A-Trak, Steve Aoki, Rebel Wilson, Emmitt Smith, Pat Smith, Sammy Sosa