DJ’ing is a part of Black culture that has withstood the test of time. From using old vinyl records to computerizing additional beats, DJs have always and continue to get crowds lit and dancing. Nikalas Graves is a 25 year old Gemini out of Hampton, Virginia known for his interviews, getting parties jumpin, and musical style and taste. In this interview, learn of his inspirations, reaction to COVID-19, and mention of the BET Awards. Nik has a positive influence on anyone who hears what he can do, so why not support Black and support him.
Q: What inspired you to be a DJ?
A: I would listen to other DJs at parties and just would think if they played this song then BOOM! it would hit different. I also have a love for music and being able to have a crowd of people come together and celebrate is what I’m here for.
Q: Do you believe art imitates life or life imitates art?
A: I believe it could go both ways because there are a lot of different art forms and in my art I feel like I paint pictures with my mixing, blends, and personality.
Q: How does DJ’ing positively influence Black people?
A: DJ’ing and music influence Black people a lot. You can always find a song for your mood and that is just remarkable, in my eyes.
Q: What is your reaction to how COVID-19 has affected DJs? What do you think about the use of Facebook Live?
A: My reaction to this pandemic we are in right now is…just a loss for words because me being a DJ requires a crowd. All social medias are great outlets for getting yourself out there now, it’s like everyone who tunes in to your live is at a cyber club with you.
Q: What sets you apart from other DJs?
A: If you have ever been to a #DjNikJefe event you will know I put on a show and you will get your money’s worth. My mixing, blending, and scratching ability also sets me apart. I don’t listen to people telling me what to play, I play towards the crowd, not just a single person and know what songs to play.
Q: What is the biggest goal you hope to accomplish?
A: My biggest goal is to be able to DJ at the BET Awards.
Q: What advice would you give any aspiring DJs?
A: I’ve been DJ’ing for 4.5 years now and any aspiring DJs should know you will not be great at the first mix, but you can keep perfecting your craft and NEVER GIVE UP!! I was at a breaking point one time with DJ’ing, never told anyone, but I was ready to give up, but I knew what I wanted to do in life so I just put my head down and got to it.
YouTube Podcast: #RoundTheWayWithJefe
Support this young brother through his social media, but also, if possible, book him for any and every event that could use some music, he’s more than able and worth it!!