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Definition DJ Redd: Making Moves in the Boot

The DJ is one of – if not THE – most important person when it comes to breaking a record. They are responsible for literally making and breaking hits.

One quality DJs have to have is a passion for music and for their role in sending music out in the world. Enter DJ Redd – a New Orleans area Definition DJ and owner of Diamond Cut Musik who is most definitely passionate about what he does.  Cool and down to earth, DJ Redd is a college senior who is embarking on bigger and better things.

We had a chance to catch up with DJ Redd and here’s how our conversation went:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who is DJ Redd?

DJ REDD: DJ Redd is a man who thanks God for all of his blessings. I am a husband, father, and football coach in my personal life. When it comes to the music, I am a DJ, artist, producer, and engineer. When I’m in the studio, I lose track of time because I can make my own track, put the lyrics on top, mix it down, then play it in the club.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How long have you been DJ’ing?

DJ REDD: I have been DJ’ing since 1993. In 93′ , I just dabbled, but in 94′, I went in and never looked back. I started writing music around the same time, but never really got noticed until I recorded a song called “Skip Wit It”. I was just playing around with the song and it made its way to 104.5 and Jigga JT gave me a shot.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who were your musical influences, growing up?

DJ REDD: As a DJ, my influences were DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Kid Capri, Ice Mike, and Mannie Fresh. As an artist, my influences were people i wanted to work with like the late G-Slimm, Tim Smooth, and Tre 8. Some of my other influences included PNC, UNLV AND 2Pac. Then when Juvy hit the scene wit Solja Rag, I followed his career. Coming up, I was always been a Big Boy and Cash Money fan. I still have influences today like Jay Z, Lil Wayne and Drake.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What made you want to be a DJ?

DJ REDD: I didn’t necessarily want to become a DJ – it just happened. After my second or third gig, my cousins just started calling me DJ Redd and it stuck with me. I didn’t even have a DJ name. Then when people found out I was rapping, they called me G Redd. I dropped the G and now I’m just Redd. Music is my life and it’s tatted in black ink on me.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where do you hope to take your career?

DJ REDD: As far as DJ’ing, I hope to take my career to a level where I can do nationwide gigs and name my own price because I’m that popular. I would like to DJ for comedy shows, concerts, and even overseas events. I also would like to DJ and not have to depend on a 9 to 5 to pay my bills. If my rap career ever takes off, the money would be nice, but the best gift i can get back is to be performing in an Arena and people rap my music word for word with me and have the DJ cut the music and the crowd rock my music accapella. I wanted this music so bad, I sold 2 sets of rims. I had to buy my studio equipment and I have sacrificed a lot just to have enough equipment to do my own concerts. I just want to say special thanks to Devious for putting inspiring words on N.O.U.E. which has me motivated again and special thanks to Mr. Meana for showin luv on a track with me called “Feelin You”. Last but not least, thank you Arlene of Heat Mag for giving me this interview. DJ Erv, I appreciate cha fam!!! www.ROBGRADIO.com …… Definition DJs 4 Lyfe. Be on the lookout for the album “Night Lyfe” Redd & Poizon Ivy.

SIDENOTE: DJ Redd is as cool as they come and The Heat Magazine wishes him the best of luck in all of his endeavors! For booking information, contact him at diamondcutmusik@yahoo.com.

Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chiefhttp://www.mikodreamz.com
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Arlene@theheatmag.com. Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.
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