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Meet Danyell “Fathom DJ” Abston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danyell Abston.

Danyell, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a multimedia artist (dj, producer, visual), who relocated from Chicago to Atlanta to be Music Director and a part of an all female management team for aa venue called Rock Steady. I’ve since severed ties and am now directing the music program for Parlor Den and. a few other venues in the city. One of the things I recall asking for a while back was to be further aligned with a thriving entrepreneur/artist community in order to do better business and further my legacy. Chicago has a very conservative grasp on its art scene and doesn’t easily accept those who aren’t anchored in academia. Its blue collared-ness doesn’t quite lend itself to easily support entrepreneurism. I have had several endeavors, including being a hairstylist, that have to lead me to believe Chicago has been underprepared to support what is becoming essential for a new economy.

Has it been a smooth road?
Of course, being a creative person hints to instability. I have seen successes as a natural hairstylist and recently as a dj/producer. Relocating to a new city for an opportunity was no short undertaking. Releasing over 100 plus crates of records and other personal belongings, having a car accident and returning home to find my house ransacked less than three months after moving here isn’t the beginning of this tale. I was lead to believe that I would be better compensated and helped to further as an artist and growing business mind. I surrendered all my freedoms to the venue associated with and realized the owner I thought of as a mentor was any different than he was in Chicago. A highly controlling racist and sexist turd. I thought three months after moving that I had made the biggest mistake of my life. I began experiencing anxiety attacks. My desire to do nothing more than fulfilling my work obligations to survive and less than seven months after opening, I was fired for standing up for a staff member who experienced disrespect at the hands of owners and management. This was right before the world shut down and my life LIVING in Atlanta began lol.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am known for being a conveyor of good energy. This isn’t limited to sound, the sound and energy is what landed me here. My musical selections and consistent business practices have landed me quite a few opportunities with promises of many more. It’s why Fathom Dj leads and Abston Consulting is following. I am proud to be able to represent an underrepresented group in African American women as DJs and entertainers, seeking to do better business and mentor those both young and older who are aspiring. Energy and faith set me apart. These are things that can be referenced and acquired by all.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes, I do. Chicago lacks support. Black people specifically have seen successes in music, business in general and hospitality, here that suggests many more can achieve said success. Yes. As of yet, I don’t have enough data to speak to necessary improvements, though there is always room.

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