Dj Devil On Ice hails from the New Orleans, LA area and was born and raised there for most of his life. Things all started for him when he went out to a night club for the first time. Captivated by the way everything blended together and sounded so smooth, he decided, “I want to do that!” This is how many DJ’s are born, only this DJ didn’t have an identity yet. He had a mutual friend that felt the same way he did and shared the love of music. His friend ended up buying some Technic turntables and an old Radio Shack styled mixer, and the magic started to come together slowly. From there, he bought records to learn with and shortly thereafter, he joined the US Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman. While stationed in San Diego, CA, he found another DJ from California that he would go over and practice at his house and began making Demo “TAPES.” Once he graduated from school in CA, he was stationed in NC. While there his thirst grew for the nightclub business. He got a weekend job with a Mobile DJ company in NC and went everyday to their place to practice and make tapes. One of those tapes ended up in the hands of the manager of Club Rumors in Jacksonville, NC. The manager had a need for a DJ that night and called him in for an interview. Nervous enough, he went to the interview and landed the gig at the more than popular spot for all the Military and civilians. The nightclub had a large collection of vinyl so all he had to do was show up and spin some records. He met many other DJ’s that were locals in that area at the time and landed a gig at another spot just a short drive away at a club called Club 108. Ice played at these two clubs until his time with the Navy was up. During his time in NC he had a hard time coming up with a stage name for himself.
How He Got His Name
Here is where it gets interesting. There was another guy in his company that like to gamble a lot on sports of any kind: football pools, ect ect. This particular day there weren’t many things to bet on except horses, so this guy cut out all the names of the horses and put them in a hat and went around asking if anyone wanted to buy a horse for $10. Devil decided, “Hey why not?” and pulled a horse from the hat named “Devil On Ice.” “ A weird name for a horse”, he thought and went about his day, only to find out later that his horse had won. Excited, he ran back in to the office to tell some of his co workers about his winnings. Everyone knew he was a DJ and were aware that he was still trying to come up with a “good” dj name. One of the guys that worked with him was a Muslim and he turned to Devil and said “see! That should be your dj name , DEVIL cause your white, but on ice cause your kinda cool.” That’s how this DJ was born.
Once he returned home in 1995, he immediately started looking for schools to attend and ended up at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. His nephew was living there and took him out for a night on the town. They ended up at a little place called Bullwinkles Nightclub. The hottest College bar in town by far. He introduced himself to the dj playing which ended up being a local legend today, DJ Dr Suess. The same night he met with one of the owners who asked him if he’d be interested in playing there occasionally or when he needed someone to fill in. He is still there today (1995 to present) and still holds the record for attendance numbers in one night. During his time at Bullwinkles, he developed a working relationship with as many of the DJ’s in and around the city and further to the east in New Orleans. While at NSU, Devil On Ice also had a weekly radio mix show on KNSU, Nicholls State Radio.
He also began playing some late night spots here and there at a little place called Escapades. One of the most memorable late night spots in the city of Metaire to date. Along the way, Devil had been asked by the infamous Disco Donnie to play at 3 different caffeine parties at the State Palace Theater as a main stage opener for DJ’s like : DJ Icey, Richard Vission, Micro, Nigel Richards, Dieselboy, Dara, Tommie Sunshine and John Aquaviva. He played in front of thousands there, and as a result, ended up getting gigs in places like TN and MS as well as Tx. Playing with artists like: Robbie Hardkiss, Skylab 2000, Vicious Vic, Kimball Collins, AK 1200, King Nova, Speed Demon and DJ Fusion. The State Palace days were coming to an end and there was going to be one last party at the palace, where there a movie on that was about Donnie and Devil was on deck to open the party . This is when DJ Devil On Ice played his first remix track ever in front of this crowd titled: Blacklights (Electro City). He played one of the most memorable sets of his career that night, even signing a few autographs. Devil also Played at one of the biggest dance music concerts in the history of New Orleans. Featuring Artists like: Crystal Waters, Quad City DJ’s, Los Del Rio, Lil Suzy, K-5 and other local DJ’s.
In the year 2000 Bullwinkle’s closed to totally remodel and become Last Call. At that time Devil’s then girlfriend was pregnant and things changed a bit. He took a few years off to be with his family and totally got out of the DJ arena. In his words he says: “That was one of the best times and worst times all at once.” His passion for music was still there, but he wasn’t sure if he could even come back to the business. It was then that he decided to start his own mobile DJ service called DeeJays INC: A Professional DJ Service. Still in business today, he is highly regarded amongst his peers and friends alike. A very positive attitude and willingness to help others are some of his attributes.
DJ Devil on Ice has been a staple in the game for quite some time. Known for his diversity in genre and knowledge of music. He has been dubbed the king of all Genres by his peers, but don’t let that fool you. He can focus in on one area of music or play a variety. Whether it be EDM or Hip Hop, Trap, Dubstep, House and New Orleans Bounce or any other genre of good music Devil will throw a proper set down. He has been influenced through many DJ’s today Such as: DJ Jazzy Jeff, (R.I.P.) DJ AM, and many other top echelon DJ’s in the industry. Later in his career he took on many challenges like local DJ competitions: Iron DJ, Louisiana State DJ Championships and Extreme Daq’s DJ Competition, winning almost every single battle. Most recently he has won the “So You Think You’re A DJ” competition on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, which was an EDM styled competition in 2011. He also hosted a live mix show on Gremlinradio.com called Globalize in 2008 a very popular show on the station.
In The Works
His latest projects are: Iron DJ Competition as one of the hosts and Judges of this great competition for local DJ’s, as well as his own works of art. The edits and remixes you may hear in his sets are what set him apart from some of the other DJ’s. He is currently working on many remix projects but has original material on his mind. Recently taking on a spot on www.the-lost-art.com in the multi genre main page. Devil will try to take you on a journey through EDM every Tuesday at 11 am till 1 pm central. His performance at The Metro got great reviews from a local news outlet. Devil is currently featured on VooDoocru.com as one of their DJ’s, one of the biggest and best nightclub photographers in the whole southern U.S. because of his versatility, creativity, and flexibility behind the decks.
As of recent, Devil has played at The House of Blues to open for Trumbone Shorty at a party for Tulane and U.N.O. Devil also played an opening set for Rockell at Southshore Taven in Kenner, LA. He has also played at Decadence at Oz Nightclub on Bourbon street. At Bullwinkles Nightclub he’s opened for Vanilla Ice, Percy Sledge, Louisiana Roux, Doc Roc, Beverly Skillz, DJ Diamond and The Chee Weez.
Notable Venues and states: Club Rumors, Jacksonville, NC. Club 108, Jacksonville, NC. Bullwinkles, Thibodaux, LA. Last Call, Thibodaux, LA. Escapades, Metaire, LA. Pyramids, Metaire, LA. Ampersands, New Orleans, LA. The Metro, New Orleans, LA . Kenny’s Key west, Metaire, LA. Caffiene Parties (State Palace Theater) New Orleans, LA. Legends, Morgan City, LA. AAA Nightclub, Baton Rouge, LA. The Level, Lafayette, LA. Stan’s, Lafayette, LA. The City club Houma, LA. Bar Roussel, Houma, LA. The Piazza Bar, Houma, LA. Grey lounge, Thibodaux, LA. Gators, Houma, LA. OZ, New Orleans, LA. Bourbon Heat, New Orleans, LA . Dirty Dogs, Baton Rouge, LA. The office, Baton Rouge, LA. Southshore Tavern Kenner, LA House Of Blues, New Orleans, LA Dragon’s Den, New Orleans, LA
Length of career: 1990-present
For booking info
Wayne Polkey (985) 860-9664
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