Published on November 3rd, 2017 | by Jessica Williams0
DJ Nasty305: The Official Miami Takeover
DJ Nasty305 is one of the most popular, recognizable, and sought-after on-air radio personalities and mixshow DJs in the south. Recently showcasing his turntable skills on the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards hosted by DJ Khaled, DJ Nasty305 is definitely proving to the world that he is in a league of his own. Getting his start over 20 years ago in the DJ game while attending Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL, he quickly realized that the DJ booth had his name written all over it and decided to make it his own. From that point on he lived, slept, ate, studied, and mastered the DJ craft. Six days a week, he can be heard taking over the airwaves on South Florida’s #1 station for Hip Hop and R&B WEDR 99 Jamz (99.1-FM), as well as in the DJ booth in some of the hottest, most exclusive nightclub venues worldwide.
I recently sat down with DJ Nasty305 to talk about his love for the DJ game, his upcoming projects, his appearances on The Mane Event with Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir and the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, and his take on VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Miami.
You began your journey in the DJ culture for over 2 decades. Why do you believe you have continued to be to be successful?
Honestly, I can attribute my success to my perseverance. Regardless of the obstacles that were in my way, I never gave up, even though there were many days when that seemed like the simplest option. I had some amazing DJs in my corner who pushed me to always be the best. My first introduction to the DJ world was through DJ Demp at The Moon, a popular nightclub in Tallahassee, FL. I was only a college student at that time, but he had the club rocking so hard that I forgot for a minute where I was and thought that I was back home in Miami. From that point on I was blessed to have other great DJs heavily respected in the game take me under their wings like Cool Running’s Bigga Rankin, Core DJ’s Tony Neal, DJ Chuck, DJ Khaled, and my first DJ mentor, the late DJ Saxwell. These guys always pushed me to be the best both in and out of the DJ booth.
How did you go from being a club DJ to being hired on and becoming one of the hottest DJs on-air at WEDR 99 Jamz?
I got my shot after going extremely hard in the streets of Miami. Everywhere there was something major going on, I was there. Day or night I always made sure that I was on the scene. At that time I had two friends who were already spinning on the station, DJ Griot and DJ Big Will (RIP). They made sure that the 99 Jamz team knew who I was. Finally after much effort, I caught the attention of the station’s Program Director, Derrick Baker. He gave me an opportunity and the rest is history.
After years of being on the air and watching new DJs on the rise, how have you been able to continually keep the #1 spot in such a lifestyle-driven, hi-speed concentrated market as Miami?
To be honest it hasn’t been easy. But I have always kept the faith. I pray and I remain humble. I strongly believe that my saving grace is that I have never felt that I am bigger than the next person. I just remain grateful for all of the success and opportunities that I have been fortunate to experience over the years. I treat everyone the same. I treat them how I want to be treated. Thus I have been blessed to remain a relevant DJ in the South,
You have been quite lucky to work with some of the hottest Southern artists in the music game like Plies, Trick Daddy, and Rick Ross. But how has it been working alongside two music moguls, Uncle Luke and DJ Khaled?
I have been good friends with both DJ Khaled and Uncle Luke for years. They both were there when I got my start on 99 Jamz and they both have stayed by my side over my years of growth. Luke saw my work ethic, asked me to be his official DJ, and now I travel the globe, doing what I love to do, while watching my friend and mentor show the world why he is who he is. There is nothing better than that. And when it comes to DJ Khaled, he saw my hard work and focus, and wanted me to be a part of the amazing We The Best brand. To me both of these are flattering situations that years ago I didn’t even think were actual attainable goals. It means so much to me to know that my peers and people who I highly respect in this music industry, feel that I am just as important as they are.
How has it been seeing yourself first on the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards and then again on the BET special The Mane Event with Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir?
I can’t lie, it was an amazing feeling to see myself on television. When DJ Khaled first came to me about being the house DJ for the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, I couldn’t believe that I was being offered this very important role. But I am thankful for it because it opened up the door for other opportunities. And with the Mane Event show, I never knew that I would be given as much exposure as I had received. All I can say is Thank You BET for giving me the opportunity to be seen and heard nationwide.
So what’s next for DJ Nasty 305?
Well I have a few projects in the works. I have a couple of records that I will be releasing before the end of 2017. And they are hotttt! I can’t say who will be featured on these records, but I can guarantee you that they will be hot. Also you can find me on a few episodes of Love & Hip Hop Miami. I probably won’t be getting much airtime this season but the air time I do get will definitely be memorable. And of course I stay volunteering and working in the community while giving back as much as possible. 2017 was great and the year is not event over, I can’t wait to show the world what 2018 is made of.
How can people contact you for drops, bookings, and interviews?
I can be reached at [email protected]. Also you can find me all across social media on @DJNasty305.