DJ Jay-C’s love for music started at an early age. When he was 10 years old, his mother bought him a used Michael Jackson turntable from a garage sale that he hooked to some PA Speakers. During the Summer, Jay would host his own radio show through his bedroom window taking requests from a group of college co-ed neighbors that used to party on the roof of their apartment building. Creating a party atmosphere for these College students laid the groundwork for what would become a career in DJ’ing.
When he became old enough, Jay-C started dj’ing local college parties free of charge to make a name for himself. A club owner in Portland, Maine happened to stumble upon one of DJ Jay-C’s early mixtapes in his girlfriend’s car. Upon hearing the mixtape, the club owner contacted Jay-C and offered him a weekly college night slot at one of Portland Maine’s first hip hop clubs. Working the turntables with some of New England’s best dj’s, this launched a DJ career that has spanned over a decade! DJ Jay-C has been known on the New England music scene as an innovator crossing the bridge between hip hop and electronic dance music.
Nominated as Best DJ by the Portland Pheonix in 2011, 2012, and 2013 DJ Jay-C has held a residency at almost every major nightclub in Portland. He has also opened for numerous recording artists such as J. Cole. Jay-C is endorsed by some of the hottest electronic DJ’s in the country such as Diplo, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, and Yellowclaw. He is the Saturday resident of one of Portland Maine’s hottest nightclubs Pearl.
“From Pakistan, to L.A., to Boston,” and now Portland, DJ Pup Dawg is one of the more powerful DJ’s in hip-hop. His talent and credentials represents his monumental accomplishment, but only reflect a small portion of his personality. DJ Pup Dawg has opened up for the very talented Alicia Keys, Akon, and Common, just to name a few. He has contributed greatly in the success of two well-known radio stations (92.3 The Beat in LA and Jamn 94.5 in Boston) and worked with countless celebrities. However, don’t let his resume make the impression; Pup is as humble as a puppy. His personality can be described as determined, strong-minded, hard worker, creative, adaptive, yet reliable, honest, funny, warm, and charming. Listen to Pup in the mix on Hot 104.7 every Friday night from 10pm – 11pm and for his full event calendar check out www.djpupdawg.com
“For over a decade, DJ Jon is Portland’s favorite DJ, with credentials spanning from radio, clubs, and television. He is also a double platinum award winning engineer who has worked with many major and local labels and artists. DJ Jon can be seen spinning live at Bubba’s Sulky Lounge every Friday and Saturday as well as many other events, charities, film festivals etc.”
Music is a fundamental part of Bonics’ genetic composition, and it is intrinsic to the local culture of Philadelphia, the city in which he was raised. When he was growing up there in the 80’s and 90’s, the music scene was fuelled by local radio.
“Radio in Philly was everything at the time,” he says. Bonics childhood heroes were the titans of hip-hop on Philly radio. “I grew up listening to DJs like Jayski, Touchtone, and Cosmic Kev. And that was even before I had inkling of wanting to DJ.”
In 2010, he was asked to open up for the Blue Print 3 Tour where he shared the stage with Jay Z and Trey Songs. A little later that year, he beat out seven Pittsburgh DJs and become the Redbull Thre3style Competition regional champion. He went on to represent the ‘Burgh at nationals in Denver, but soon after 1st 3style event the he got ask to represent Pittsburgh in ways he never dreamed were possible.
Shortly after the Redbull competition, Bonics was asked to join local rap sensation, Wiz Khalifa, as his official DJ. After seven years at KISS, Bonics left the career that made him a local celebrity to help his friend, Wiz, become an international hip-hop icon.
Grooves is the Program Director in San Antonio, Texas at Energy 94.1 He also produces the nationally syndicated “In The Mix with Grooves” every week. The show airs on over 30 stations around the country every week. He’s interviewed celebs like Meek Mill, Eminem, Fergie, Ne-Yo, Waka Flocka, T.I., Plies, Ray J, Mike Posner, Trey Songz, B.O.B., Lupe Fiasco, New Boyz, Eve, Jason Derulo, Akon, Ciara, Chingy, Soulja Boy and many others! Grooves loves deejaying clubs and has opened up for several artists including Wiz Khalifa, Sean Paul, 50 Cent, Juelz Santana, Cassidy, Mobb Deep, Noreaga, Method Man, Freeway and Sheek Louch. He travels quite frequently to spin and has appeared in cities like Norfolk, VA, Minneapolis, MN, Washington, DC, Detroit, MI, Louisville, KY, Grand Rapids, MI and many others. He also has several weekly club residencies.