We had the good fortune of connecting with DJ JDON and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi DJ, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My first thought was “what did i get myself into?”i never thought i would be in the position within means of where my career has brought me; which is far. While working an actual 9-5 and balancing the gig life, djing became quite the circus act of “balancing from week to week. Planning and executing had to take place in order for me to be effective (completely) in my career. Along side with having an assistant as well, Lol.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The DJ JDON is based out of Dallas, Tx. I’ve been dj’ing almost close to five years now. Working for some of Dallas’ hottest entrepreneurs and party organizations across the city. I’ve built this name for myself by basically networking and maintaining a positive repertoire amongst my clientele. I’ve been a dj since late 2019 (right before we knew what a COVID 19 was). Growing up i was always into music. From sitting and listening in front of the radio to 97.9, K104, Smooth 105.7 i grew up into music heavily. My dad would always have me ride along with him Listening to all types of different artist. The Artist that i grew up listening to was Mary J, Blige, Busta Rhymes, Isley Brother, P Diddy & Bad Boy Entertainment. Maze & Frankie Beverly, Usher, Luther Vandross, Brandy, Monica, Beyonce and so much more. I use to get so attach to beats of song and rhythms, and would hum or tap all types of beats on the desk(s) at school. Within going through out educational years, i would always involve myself in a musical extracurricular activity. From playing string bass in the elementary school orchestra, learning how to play tuba in the 7th & 8th grade. From becoming the top bass singer in my 8th grade choir. I’ve grown to know that i had alaways had a musical talent. 2010 came around, and the bwxt step was to graduate high school. I had to figure out what was next, musically. I Went to community college, and ended up working full time in the workforce. I knew i need to apply my time into what i love to do, and of course that was music. I went into learning how to DJ.. started learning thought it was the most difficult thing in the world. I then thought to myself “i can’t do this s***.”, “This is the most difficult thing in the world to do.” I then gave up on it and fully committed to working. Amongst that time i was doing parties, and working the regular 9-5. One day i came to realizing that i wasn’t fully happy in what i was doing. I of course was making money, paying and taking care of bills. I knew i wasn’t happy with what i was doing. I knew that i had missed what my heart had  for me, and that was being in music. Late 2019 i went ahead and picked up on where i had left off in learning my dj skills. Ever since then I’ve been on fire. I’ve DJ for some of Dallas’ biggest of entrepreneurs. Daisha Board Gallery, Don The Junkman & The Don P Agency. Indie Dallas Fashion show (Featured in NYFW). So Classic Gents XL. DJ in front of brands such as DXL, Energy Check apparel, guns and roses boutique. KNG SHYT apparel, and more. Some of the connections that were mentioned above were not easily created over night. I got to where i am today with a lot of dedication to working in my craft, practicing 3 to 4 times a week, and making sure my crates and arrangements were always up to date. Dj’s have the toughest job in the industry. They help produce and create the vibes for the events. There’s a lot of pressure on you for 4 to 6 hours. Sometime longer, if that. Making sure that a good Dj stays good and up to date with music and the latest trends. Building your connections is a very vital part as well: I can’t express to you enough on how important it is to network, build, and work on the aspects in your brand. Some of things that makes me excited about dj’ing is knowing that i am an essential power to create an atmosphere for people to let loose, for them to feel their vibe. It’s rewarding to be in the midst of an atmosphere where the elements of a good time all takes place. A couple of lessons that I’ve learn is 1. Don’t take it too hard on yourself. Remember that No idea is stupid, there isn’t a time frame on when you should start or stop the logistics of your creativity. 2. Break out of your shell. You’ll never achieve high satisfaction in your career by not taking risk. You have to be completely ok with being out of that shell in order to succeed fully in the entertainment

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my bestfriend all over the city. Dallas has sights and views for Miles. I would start by taking them to the cake bar in Trinity Groves. Slide to the Clyde warren park to get some good views of the downtown area. Hit up North Park center for a quick shopping trip. Then hightail it to Deep elum to grab food at catch a live show at the freeman. Somewhere along that line we would go get facials done somewhere at uptown. Grab a drink and or a hookah at tates off of McKinney avenue.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

My Dearest Mother and father. For always believing in everything I do (R.I.P. Daddy) i love you and miss you everyday. My bestest of friends Terrell, Bj, Martel & Will, For their Absolute support behind my passion and goals. Dj Unique, You’ve been a really big inspiration as well. Thank you for being there holding it down with me!

My little Bro D’Andray A’.K.A Dray Music, love you little bro, you’re doing big things already family!

My sister’s (in no particular order) Tee, Nicole,& Mahogany, Terra baby cant forget you !
Kukkie, you know you getting a shout out!
My Daughter Nikayla, Niece Ashleigh.
Special thanks to Deshawn for always helping me with equipment.

A Huge shoutout to the main ones who helped me in my career

Jeremy with WeLive Ent. For giving me my first club gig. A very important person who gave me my first club booking. Never gonna forget that week leading up to the event at blue mesa grill in Addison. Thank you for taking a risk on me!

Don P, with (The Don P Agency). You seen something deep in my talent. Thank you for your continued love and support. You’ve played a big part in my newer clients today I can’t, can’t, can’t thank you enough !

Twisted E, & Yung Fly! My Dawgs !!

E, I want to thank you for bringing me in, under your wing. Doing this each and every weekend. I honestly at time don’t feel that i give your flowers for the hard work that goes on in the backend. Same to you fly, keep killing them on the mic. You shining hard every night !

Last and not least to all of my supporters and loyal clients. DJ JDON wouldn’t be anywhere without you all. I’m looking forward to many more bookings and years to come.

Instagram: Djjaydon214

Image Credits
– D’Andray (Dray Music) Daniels

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