Today we’d like to introduce you to DJ Daddy Duffel #DJofATL support black business
DJ Daddy Duffel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Well, I’m just a country boy from Opelika, AL. My love for music started in church(Apostle C. F Johnson,Community Church of Jesus Mt.Vernon, Ny) Like church,church not the show they put on today.I’m talking that Holiness with the good tarrying service that lead in to real praise breaks.I started playing drums at my step father’s church, Bishop Daddy. From there, it has been up and stuck. In middle school, I played the euphonium in band. I was good too, lol first chair and all. I was super lame, smh, I used to walk around school carrying this big odd orange shaped case. My euphonium had that curve horn lol. I experimented with the organ, but I want to learn lead guitar one day.
As far as DJin, my biological father “DJ Daddy” ignited that spark. He is a legend back home in Lafayette, AL. It’s pronounced “Lafelt”. My father, JV Express is the coolest man I ever met. He beat COVID 19 and cancer. After growing up in the church, seeing him as a true hustler enticed me to follow suit. He used throw all the best parties anywhere from young to old. To answer your question, DJ Daddy left me in the booth at a high school party one time. My cousin Ketra (@prettygirlsloc on IG)and I were the hosts, and we would bring both “Lafelt” & Opelika together. At this particular party, DJ Daddy took forever to come back, and my thirsty ass took the opportunity and ran. Back then, we used CDJs and Kazaa was the trend. So, I already had several spools of mixed CDs burnt and the crowd were already my peers. My career started from there, the Alfa Building. DJ Daddy had me around other Legends like DJ Twilight, DJ Cold Chillin, Sweet Daddy Soul, Costee, Daryl E, and DJ Nard where I continued to grow. He taught me to be a student and learn something from everybody. I had other influencers like DJ PC, DJ Headache, DJ Hollywood, DJ Big Show, and DJ CP also.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Some days it’s the lyrics, others it’s the melody; either way music is my solution. Has it been a smooth road? Not in the least. Hell, music is the reason I’ve been able to persevere. First off, I had to sneak to even listen to anything other than gospel growing up as a pk. Even though I had great run in High School, Bishop Daddy charged me to graduate and not to DJ while I attended Miles College. When I lost my Ma in 2014 music was the only option. Matter of fact, I started back up that day after hearing one of her friend’s (Corlynn) reflections about the music my Ma had taught me.
Since then, I use music as a tool to help build others up and a weapon to keep bad vibes away.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Right now I’m a graduating Senior at Miles College majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Former president Dr. George T. French got me back in right before he began his tenure at Clark Atlanta University and I’m so grateful. Graduating is my current focus
All my family would agree I am EXTRA. Primarily I DJ, these days that don’t mean much unfortunately. I would say I specialize in range, I have an old soul so I have to pull out a classic every now and again. As a company, I am proud to be from Opelika, Alabama. I have aggressively presented myself most of my opportunities by simply being mannerable. My country background gives me the upper hand on most folk just by knowing how to handle people. What sets me aside is favor. I am not the best per se but what God has for me no one else can do.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
God gets all the glory, honor, and praise. I was raise to first give honer to God. As far as my DJ career, it’s collaboration for me. I could not have the experiences I’ve had alone. From my Global Mixed Gender Basketball family working with Master P, Ice T, Lisa Leslie, Carlos Boozer, Bay Bay, Tamar Braxton, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Truck Daddy, Laura Govan to the opportunities with the late Julian introducing me to Lovely Mimi, Lil Scrappy, and Moma Dee. Then there’s just being here in Atlanta I broke black twitter with Mayor Kiesha Lance Bottoms election party. Also I have worked with Don Julio, Lil Keed, Lil Gotit, Dae Dae, Fronstree, Russ, Quicktrip, Lil Buke, Dungeon Family, Cascade, Desi Banks, Pullup Quan, DC Youngfly, Davido, Fabulous, Nelly, OT Genisis, Lil Bankhead,P Brown, Moneybagg Yo,Essence Monroe, Mellooowee, Gutta, Miss Deb, Casino, Fabo, Pastor Troy, T Hood, Mulatto, Zaytoven, Curtis Snow. Opelika had some epic shows too Rocko, Pastor Troy, Blac Youngsta, Lucci, and my favorite Peewee Longway. Outside Atlanta I’ve DJd Howard University, UNLV, Truth Lounge Tampa, and Wynwood Miami. Makin it Magazine booked me in Austin for SXSW. I even DJd Puerto Rico thanks to @bentleyshairxx. Anyway, there’s nothin better than the parties back home though ”Da Roc” is legendary, Duvals, Club Ciroc, Ayden Lounge, Sportsman Club, and the Alfa building. My favorite client is Dr. Bobbie Knight at Miles College her staff has spared me countless times. I haven’t always had permission to set up in the cafe but it booked the basketball teams with Charles Barkley and this upcoming football season. To be the DJ of any HBCU is an honor. My Black Ink family has rode for me since day 1. I was happy with @blackinkatlanta but I have been exposed to 9mag in Chicago and the entire brand. Ceas is a FaceTime away and I don’t take that as an opportunity. As Nino Brown once said “always business, never personal” I’m learning how to build an empire and we can all agree Black Ink is a movement. Regardless of who I’m working with it’s still family over everything! My Ma put me on lol. She introduced me to Prince. She even had me and my sister Keyaffa acting out skits way before TicTok. Outside of her, my sisters Ke’Yaffa and Jicorya,my Aunt Kat, Aunt Cynthia, Favorite Uncle Leon, Uncle GI, Aunt Candice,Grandparents Leon Carter SR, and Mae “Bae Emma” always singing praises to God, the push from an army cousins, (together we mean every word of Lucci’s Documentary)traveling experiences, even Bishop Daddy with his gospel and hymns. Traveling introduced me to other cultures like Louisiana has Bounce Music or the GOGO from the DMV. I’ve remained a student learning from everybody and everywhere. DJs I acknowledge are DJ CHOP, DJ Hustleman, DJ Livewire, DJ Block, DJ ROCK YA BODY, Spiffy the DJ, DJ Smack, DJ KOA, DJ Nutt, DJ Mouse, DJ Dirty Vegas, DJ Walt Chamberlin, DJ TEE Y, DJ Tuty, DJ SAVB, DJ Kool, One Strucure DJs, and DJ Lucky Calhun if 112.
DJ Hollywood deserves his own suit of questions, I could go on all day about him. He has formed me into a well-refined professional DJ. He has shown me the back office to the craft. I appreciate Hollywood for being approachable. Yea, I could say I have the dopest mentor. As a friend DG (@iiamdg) constantly challenges my character. Artist development is my strongest resource. Anyone around us would think we hate each other. Real friends keep it raw and honest. My tribe J-Dub, Ty, Bruda, Jon Jon, Lawson, Bam, Ladiya, Cool, Erica, Keli, Big Rob, Yaya, Leah G, Vince, and Ray the Great. We all started out at Miles College since then it’s been business over bs.
- Address: 5894 Jonesboro Rd
- Email: DADDYDUFFEL@GMAIL.COM
- Instagram: @he_so_extra & @cooltelly
- Facebook: DJ DADDY DUFFEL
- Twitter: @DJDDUFFEL
- Yelp: @COOLTELLY
- Other: @DUFFELTV ON YOUTUBE
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