On The Record: DJ Wizzard
BY KALANI WILHELM / Special to the Star-Advertiser
It’s usually a series of big breaks, stellar circumstances or simply a case of being in the right place at the right time that transcends a DJ to the next level.
For versatile party rocker DJ Dee Wizzard, it was a combination of all three with an indirect assist by one of the biggest rap artists in the world.
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Opening for Lil’ Wayne on Sept. 24, 2011, at Blaisdell Arena was the day “Dee Wizz” had 8,000 hip-hop fans in the palm of his hand. It was the moment Hawaii finally started to believe what he already knew.
“Before that, it was really hard for people to listen to or accept me,” he reflected. “When they were able to see how I controlled such a large crowd and got them pumped … I made them all believe in magic.”
Not only did the Weezy moment speak volumes, the demand for Wizzard skyrocketed. From club gigs to private events, high end corporate parties and even MMA fights and reggae events, everyone came calling — and the calls haven’t stopped.
“The hardest part was just getting people to listen to me,” said Wizzard last week, fresh off opening for Infected Mushroom. “(The) easiest part was doing the job itself. I love to make people dance, females especially.”
Be as it may, the engaging nightlife figure who moved to Oahu in 2004 by way of Philadelphia after a short stint in Delaware will only allow himself to look back at his career-changing performance for a split second. He firmly believes there is much more party rock carnage ahead.
The Hip-hop, hardcore EDM and club-friendly groove specialist said there isn’t a box big enough to contain his prowess behind the decks, figuratively speaking. And if you throw in the fact he stands at a towering 6’6″, the statement can be taken literally as well.
His quick rise to relevance is no fluke. The persona is there; the desire undeniable. He understands full well at the end of the day, chumming it up with the perceived “cool kids” in the room can only take a person so far. Being a DJ is not a hobby as far as he is concerned.
“It’s very important to take what you do (seriously),” he said. “As a black man from the east coast … moving was hard. Most people may think a black man as myself is a drug dealer, thief and a deadbeat dad, but I’m here to break any stereotypes.”
The blunt assessment from the charismatic one comes with much resolve. Ultimately Wizzard, a moniker given to him by his mother, wants to be measured against the best DJs in Hawaii and beyond. He promises to pursue his dream zealously.
“I became a DJ to be a headliner,” he said. “I do extremely well with very large crowds. I don’t have stage fright at all and I welcome thousands of people having their hands up to my music. I like to be the reason they come back for more.”
Wizzard is a party animal and professional DJ, but is also “a God fearing man with respect, honor and a family man who just wants to bring joy into everyone’s life.”