Music is forever changing but through the years something has been constant – the DJ. Hardly recognized but ever present, the DJ contributes to both the music and entertainment aspect. The Global Spin Awards has become the Premier DJ Award & Ceremony.
The first ever GSA commencement was held, November 19th, 2012, and has been classified as the Quality Standard of DJ Recognition by music industry executives and tastemakers. This November, the awards returns to honor the world’s most dynamic and talented DJs for their contribution to the culture of music and entertainment. In this week’s installment of the GSA profiles, we speak with GSA Tour DJ of the Year nominee E SUDD.
HHW: DJs have been always been in music, but not always an acknowledged talent. What is the importance of DJs in 2013?
E SUDD: It is not something that will stop. It will always be important. Somebody has got to press play and get the party started, you know what I mean? That is something that is very important- It is a key thing for every event whether it is a party, show, cookout or wedding. It can go on forever.
HHW: The GSAs honor some of the most talented DJs in this industry and you are nominated as “Tour DJ Of The Year.” What does it feel like to be recognized by such a big ceremony?
E SUDD: Honestly, I can’t do anything but be honored by it. It is such great recognition. I’m up their as a nominee with some OGs, some big dawgs that I have always looked up to and still do. Like I said, if nothing else I just feel so honored.
HHW: How did you really sink your teeth into DJing?
E SUDD: I got serious with it in 2005-2006 when I was graduating high school, that’s when I got real serious. In high school I was doing house parties and would DJ at parties at the armories and stuff, but I was using like a dual deck CD player. I had belt drive turntables but I didn’t know exactly what to get. I got like two sets of belt drive turntables before I ever knew what direct drive tables were. It was a whole lot of trial and error. I like to learn from my mistakes, but that is a part of starting from the ground up.
HHW: How were you able to turn things around from doing parties to making this your career?
E SUDD: It was a natural thing. Before DJing I would throw parties. Any major football game, or band competition, I would be throwing the big parties after. I’d be renting out the YMCAs or armories and that money started to double every week. I was doing what I loved and being able to make a few dollars off of it- I thought that was dope. As time went on I got more educated about the business, and more opportunities came and one opportunity led into the next. I’m looking forward to what the future is gonna bring.
HHW: You are a relatively young cat in the game, but there are folks that have been tryna grind since before you were born. What is it that has caused you to grow and begin to stand apart from the rest and ultimately be recognized by the GSAs, the premier awards for DJs?
E SUDD: Just being myself. I stayed true. I’m from High Point, NC, right by Greensborough- I was able to do the college parties while being in school but I would still do the street events for the hometown. I’m doing it for love, not for business and I’ve just been doing what I do. I would always go to Atlanta to build and network though. I would drop my mixtapes off. Me and the big homie 2 Chainz were under the same management team and things popped off good and I became his DJ. All the dots lined up and connected right. I stay hard at work, and stay focused- making sure I’m in the club and keep those mixtapes coming. I’m just praying to keep it working.
HHW: The 2013 Global Spin Awards Show will take place on Monday November 18th at the New York Times Center in Manhattan. Will you be in attendance?
E SUDD: Of course, no doubt about it. I booked my room a few days ago as a matter of fact. Yeah, I’m in the building. It’s not even about winning because it’s great to be recognized. It’s such an honor to be announced with the big homies. Everybody is working and I’m happy the GSAs recognized that.