David Issacs DJ David

Record players have come a long way since the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Somewhere near the end of the century, enterprising music lovers figured out ways to beat match, mix, and scratch vinyl records on Technics 1200s, and the cult of DJing was born. DJing, however, has always tread a fine line between art and craft. Not quite a radio disc jockey, and not quite a live performance. The DJ as a musician—and turntables as an instrument—are in a grey area that oscillates between becoming an art or a craft.

Becoming a great DJ takes years of practice and dedication, and the partying community can spot a good DJ from a bad one a mile off. But what about a “successful” DJ? The category itself is already problematic in its definition, and lend itself for extensive debate on all levels.

This week on People Profile we are delighted to have as our guest, DJDavid. Welcome to People Profile DJ David.


David Isaacs

Dr. C I am extremely happy to be featured on People Profile and I am certainly one of your biggest fans. I must admit that when you reached out to me regarding this interview i thought it was a prank and wasn’t sure how to respond lol.

Dr. C
Yes David, People Profile is about us, the everyday, regular people. Rest assured my friend every individual has their place in the Universe and certainly needs to be respected and appreciated. I know that you are a highly recognized DJ in Jamaica and i gladly uses this opportunity to congratulate you on your success. Please share with us David, how the journey all began?

David Isaacs
Indeed Dr. C, it all started when I was younger. Growing up there’s always music in my surroundings. My mother was an avid partier and a party promoter herself; so the love for music came from her initially. Through High School, (Dunoon Park Technical High) they usually host a few Mediocre Dj Competitions and that’s when I became enthused about Djing.

Dr. C
Ok cool, I recognized Dunoon Park Technical as one of those schools from the east. But where did the name Dj David comes from? Why not, David the musical maestro? Lol

David Isaacs
Lol…well, my real name is David Isaacs, (Government issued….LOL) and I wanted to use my birthright to become a staple in your ears (DWL). However, I did try using a previous handle “Dj Bugsy”; that didn’t take off so well and that’s when I decided to continue using my birth name and become Dj David “El Jefe” (El Jefe in English means The Chief or The Boss) and I verily believe with the skills and experiences I’ve acquired over the years have made me one of “El Jefe” of Djing.

Dr. C
Wow! “El Jefe”…..Nice! So David, sorta whisper and tell me who is throwing the best parties at the moment?

David Isaacs
C’mon Dr. C…..I am certain the promoters would appreciate me saying it out loud lol. The best events to date are being hosted by Jamaica’s elite Promoters such as Wright Image (Dreams Weekend); KGN8 Events (Color Festival Series, Pepper Seed & MVP Fridays); Big Dreams & Kubanz Entertainment (KGN 5 Uptown Street Dance); David “Squeeze” Annakie (Fiction Fantasy Club Series); TNS & Yung Kings Entertainment (Sandz Jamaica [A quarterly Beach Chill Series]); Also, there is the SPF Weekend along with Utopia to name a few.

Dr. C
Nice! I can just imagine the fun one will be having at these parties. Are you planning on touring outside of Jamaica?

David Isaacs
Currently, I’m only touring in Jamaica. However, plans are being made to do Tours in New York, Miami, LA, Canada and some parts of Europe and also island hopping in the Caribbean Region.

Dr. C
That should be fun. What was the first record you bought?

David Isaacs
The first record I bought was Sean Paul’s “Strategy”. As a youngster growing up, that song resonated with my sentiments towards a certain lifestyle (being a “gallist”) LOL.

Dr. C
Lol, go easy with me David, “gallist”? I take it that that terminology means well? Lol.
Out of all the tunes you have, which one ‘never fails David?

David Isaacs
Taurus Riley’s “She’s Royal never fails. At any event, function or gathering. Always on point (depending on how you transition into the track).

Dr. C
I see, I guess I was expecting something of a hip hop nature but as usual I am way out of touch! Please share with us David, what’s the competition in the Dj world?

David Isaacs
There’s a lot of so called Djs out there who takes up a laptop loads up a Dj software and few tracks and suddenly they’re a Dj. These are the “Undercutting” Djs who will charge way less than what a professional Dj (like myself) would charge for the services; who have not been through the struggles of becoming self-made and mastering the craft. Djs like these makes it hard for some of us who are actually skilled and thus making the competition stiffer on the market.

Dr. C
Yes in fact I do have virtual Dj on my laptop, does that makes me a professional? I doubt that. When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?

David Isaacs
This sometimes (if not most.. lol) is my favorite part of the night/day. When all becomes quiet and I’m satisfied I’ve done a great Job; I will sit in absolute silence and traverse through my mind the highlights of that particular event and see where I went wrong or what I could’ve done better.

Dr. C
All crucial ingredients for being the success you are. I know that most current Djs refrain from using a vinyl collection. How big is your collection? What do you think of CDs

David Isaacs
Surprisingly, as a professional Dj I should have an extensive Vinyl collection. However, I came in the business when technology was transforming the music business and Dj culture. I believe CDs are outdated, given the direction the culture is moving. But, I also believe that Djs must be talented and very skilled to have the competence to mix with CDs in this modern day and age of musical entertainment.

Dr. C
Absolutely, what are your feelings on the microphones? Are you a talker?

David Isaacs
Yes, microphones plays an integral part in any Dj set. This allows you to interact with your audience and gain an instant feedback from them. For me though, I don’t use the microphones unless it’s absolutely necessary. It depends on certain genres that I would use said microphone or repeat a particular punch line in a track/song. I may also use the microphone to shout out the “High-Rollers”, VIPs and a few brethren..lol, at the event and announce future events.

Dr. C
So if I am at one of your event I should expect a shout out seeing that I am a high roller? (wink, wink). What do you do outside of the dance/music scene?

David Isaacs
Indeed! yes a huge shout out would be in order Dr. C. This is my favorite part. Many don’t get it and understand how and why? I tell them I’m an unorthodox human being (LMAO). Outside of Djing, I’m a Paralegal, professionally for almost a decade. Currently with a Law Firm going on Six (6) years where I Report directly to two (2) practicing Attorneys with broad ranged responsibilities that encompass the timely and complex preparation of legal documents and proceedings; Liaison between Attorneys, Clients, Insurance Carriers, other Law Firms, Government and Quasi Government Agencies; Ensure open lines of communication and satisfaction of deadlines through execution of dated correspondence. Perform computerized and law library research to obtain and gather relevant legal data and materials; Drafting and preparing legal documents in the areas of Commercial Law, Conveyance, Family Law and Contracts; and most importantly upholding the ethical standards of the legal profession.

Dr. C
That’s a lot of work for a person who is also a Dj. When you play at parties, do you normally uses a pre-planned set?

David Isaacs
Ever since I considered myself a professional Dj, I’ve never played at an event with a pre planned playlist. I have such a passion for the music that it envelopes me during my set, thus creating that spiritual bond between me and my audience. This is where I am able to deliver a rock solid performance though each one of my sets.

Dr. C
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a Dj

David Isaacs
Nadine Webster a close family friend was the first person who saw that I had a love for music and encouraged me to the point where she invested and bought me my first set of Dj equipment. Because of her, I am the Disc Jockey that I am today and I am forever grateful to her to this day.

Dr. C
Tell me about a party or an accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

David Isaacs
The highlight of my Dj Career to date happened recently in the week of August 1-6; Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence week, and now it has also become Jamaica’s PRIDE Week. I was given a platform to share my beliefs and sentiments towards a specific minority group in Jamaica through the art of Musical Entertainment and I strongly and firmly believe that the message was well received due to the fact that at the end of the event I was commended for my efforts, courage and bravery and even up to a couple weeks thereafter. The message was about discrimination, equality for all in a safe, cohesive and just society.

Dr. C
If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?

David Isaacs
The teams favorite would be Corned Beef and Rice (if it’s a Saturday). Sundays I would turn it up a bit by throwing on some Curried Goat and/or Stewed Pork with some Rice & Peas with a side of Pasta Salad and fried Ripe Plantains (yummmm) lol.

Dr. C
If you could add 5 Djs including yourself to Mount Rushmore who would it be, why?

David Isaacs
Dj Captain Colin Hines (Fame Fm Jamaica). Colin Hines better known as “The Captain” is one of my biggest inspiration. He’s been a broadcaster at Fame 95 FM for approximately 18 years and I grew up listening to him over the air waves. His versatility in scratching is flawless.
Dj Private Ryan (International Dj Trinidad) Like myself Private Ryan grew in the environs of music and we share the same versatility of understanding the preferences of a divergent crowd and being able to play and mix multiple genres. Also, his style of mixing and transitioning between songs and genres are priceless and I admire that a lot. Others will include Squeeze from back in the days according to my mom who used to attend “teen jam’ and believes he was god sent, lol. I would also include Merritone and Mickey T for their experience and skill set.

Dr. C
Yes Squeeze would definately be included on my list as well. David, If you could play a song for the President of the USA what would you play?

David Isaacs
This would be Bob Marley’s “Don’t Worry About A Thing”. Why? It was proven that the President (Mr. Barack Obama) is a big fan of Bob Marley. On his two day visit to the Island April 2015; The President’s first stop was at the Bob Marley Museum.

Dr. C
What does your Dj resume looks like Dj David?

David Isaacs
– Currently The Resident Dj at Abar Restaurant & Lounge
– Previously Played at Fiction Fantasy Night Club (Market Place) & Club Privilege (New Kingston) for their weekly Club Series
– Frequently plays at Club 808 (Liguanea Post Mall)
– Toured with Jerry D (RJR Cross Country Road Show)
– Toured with Claro (telecommunications company) “Claro Move Up Tour”
Associated Personalities:
– Elva (Comedian)
– Dufton Shephard (Comedian)
– Jerry D (Radio Broadcaster)
– Ishawna (Recording Artiste)
– Bounty Killer
Professionally I am a Paralegal but I have a passion for Music; hence “Paralegal By Day & DJ By Night); Its “A Love for Law & A “Passion for Music”
DJ David having perfected his craft for over 10 years is solely dedicated to treating his audience to a musical experience that leaves you breathless.
DJ David is nothing short of an Entertainer. His mission is to provide perfect solutions to his Clients entertainment needs and to achieve optimum results. DJ David is dedicated to achieving this mission by building long-term relationships through the provision of quality service and the continuous implementation of new and creative concepts and ideas that will exceed the needs of his Clients.
Winner of the Caribbean Vanity Fair Award for 3 consecutive years; being Rookie Disc Jockey of the Year(2008) Disc Jockey of the year (2010) and Star Jock of the Year(2012) respectively.

Dr. C
Dj David, People Profile appreciates your passion to serve others though music and we wish you all the very best in your pursuits.

David Isaacs
Dr. C it was certainly a pleasure speaking with you on People Profile and I certainly hope to be a part of the 2016 People Profile Awards. Thank you sir.

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