Local DJ, 19, Making Mark in Music Industry

DJ Young Music continues to take the music world by storm. /Courtesy photo
DJ Young Music continues to take the music world by storm. /Courtesy photo

It’s not every day that a 19-year-old can rightly claim to have already broken world records.

But Brandywine, Maryland, native DJ Young Music has been all about defying odds, from his days touring with R&B legend Ginuwine at only 14 years old to performing alongside Nicki Minaj during her recent Super Bowl party.

Now the accomplished millennial has launched his own internationally syndicated, one-hour daily mix show, “Streetz! Slow Lane,” on Superadio Network.

The show, which debuted on Nov. 1, makes the radio personality, songwriter and music executive the youngest DJ to join the network, expanding the young mogul’s reach to over 30 million weekly listeners.

“When I got on the radio, I did what nobody else did,” said the young DJ, who also has opened for famed artists such as Chris Brown, Omarion and Fetty Wap. “I took people’s ‘street’ music and I broke it on the radio, which nobody out here was doing. I started representing the streets and all the young people trying to become something.

“When I created ‘Streetz! Slow Lane,’ being so young, I already understood how hard it was for young people to get their music played,” he said. “So I looked at this as just another opportunity to bring back smooth R&B and highlight young people within the community, because in 2016, you don’t hear slow songs on the radio anymore, like Keith Sweat’s ‘Make It Last Forever.’

“So that’s what Streetz! Slow Lanes is all about, a new lane to bring back the slow jamz, for millennials who may not have been able to experience it before.”

The show is just the latest accomplishment in an extensive portfolio that also includes becoming at 18 the youngest person to sign a worldwide eOne Distribution, joining powerhouse radio station WPGC (95.5 FM) as its youngest official DJ and producing a number 5 hit single on Media Base, for hip-hop and R&B singer Shade Jenifer, through DYMG Entertainment.

Receiving additional mentorship and training from Grammy-nominated producer Kevin “Khao” Cates, whom he cites as inspiration to master the turntables, DJ Young Music continues to ignite and inspire fans all across the District.

“I know my platform is going to change D.C., because everyone can relate to it,” he said. “Already people are loving Streetz! Slow Lane, because it incorporates all types of genres and generations of music.

“It’s just like when [R&B singer] Tory Lanez took the Brownstone song [“If You Love Me”] and remade it and then everyone was like, ‘this is new, this is hot.'” he said. “No, it’s not new, that’s why the old generation was like, ‘we like this too,’ because it had the same hook, but just a change in lyrics and that’s why everybody loved it.

“That’s what it’s about, bridging that gap,” he said.

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