DJ Trauma

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 
Tayari Mcintosh, I am from New York City and was born in June 1973.

I grew up in Manhattan loving music especially hip hop. My family played music all the time so it was ingrained in me to be a music lover. I remember always playing, Stevie Wonder’s album, “XXX”, all the time.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
I started DJing in 1990 but my professional career really started in the cafeteria at Clark Atlanta University in ENTER YEAR. From there I went on to DJing at clubs and events, which led me to join Hot 97.5/ Hot107.9. I eventually became an influencer in the new hot Atlanta music scene. As a natural extension from DJing, I fell in love with making my own remixes and eventually producing.  In 2002, I signed a deal to become a producer at Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def records. I co- produced the song on the floor on Frankie J’s platinum album “The One”.

I founded the influential DJ crew called the World-Famous Super Friends who ran the Atlanta club market as well as toured with several big hip-hop and R&B artists like LIST 2-3 ARTISTS. My love for the road all started when I toured with Ciara DJing for her in 2008. Because I loved traveling so much I found a way to start djing events around the world from Africa to Asia. In 2013, I started DJing for Dave Chappelle and entered the comedy circuit, which was different than what I was used to but I love every minute of it. Everyone is always laughing and happy so it was refreshing to be around. Dave and I really hit it off and I’ve been rocking with him ever since. After touring with him for a while and traveling the world, I started to want to get back to my producing roots to create music that appealed to people on a global level.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 
I wanted to create a song that can live in all parts of the world where I DJ; a song that immediately felt good and would make people dance.

I wanted the video to stay true to the song which is about having a day to yourself doing some of the things that you like and I wanted my new home city, Los Angeles, as my back drop.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 
As a musician everyone has ups and downs and I was always pulled between DJing and being a good producer. It was hard to do both. Producing takes a longer time to make money while as a DJ I was one of the hottest DJs in the country.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 
I coproduced “Take Me High” with Needlz and Donut. These two helped me to take my vision from being in my head to being a good song. And I met The Dan during the Grammy’s and loved her vibe and her voice. So I enlisted her to bring the song to life.  We recorded the song between Needlz and Donuts’ studios.

The video was shot in two days with a drone and two cameras by Nick Brazinsky, a veteran underground video director. We had a small crew of three people and we made it happen.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 
I have been in the music industry for over 20 years. I moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles to become more than just a club, radio and tour DJ but to be a worldwide celebrity DJ/artist. I feel like I started to reach my goal this year. I DJed Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s baby shower, Serena Williams’s wedding and released my first single.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 
I want people to feel good and have a good time.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I don’t know if I have any secrets to making a hit song as this is my first single and I’m still working towards making it a hit.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 
Life can sometimes be hard, stressful, etc., but music always makes it better. It almost transports you to another time and you need that sometimes.
If you come to see me play, we are going to party and have a great time!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 
My advice to upcoming artists would be to study the music business, read books, challenge the status quo and above all be creative and stay true to yourself.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 
This is my first single as a DJ/Artist but I have been a DJ for over 20 years.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform. 
My song is playing on my Home radio station (V-103).
I have been featured on Billboard.com, OKplayer.com, Haute Magazine, Bossip.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 
Kanye, Raphael Saadiq, N.E.R.D, Jay Z, Major Lazer.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 
Djtrauma.com

Instagram.com/djtrauma

Twitter.com/djtrauma

Facebook.com/iamdjtrauma

Snapchat – @djtrauma

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dj-trauma/1138343111

https://open.spotify.com/artist/733KHlWluPPsim3sasvzDj

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/DJ_Trauma_Take_Me_High?id=Bsughqflx6epaxyvsgoe5hl6zhi

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 
Happiest day of my life is my 30th birthday which was one of the first times I felt like a success in my career. It was a small party with some of my best friends and a few celebrities like Jemaine Dupri, Terrell Owens, Joi.
The saddest day of my life was finding out that my mom had passed after I got off stage at Radio City Musical Hall with Dave Chappelle which was also one of my happiest moments in my career.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 
I would give a quarter of it to foundations that support the education of kids and for lupus, two things my mom cared about.

Another quarter of it to my family. I would take a 100k and splurge on travel, a new camera. I would take the rest and invest in businesses and real estate. I am into wealth building.

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