Who is DJ SPARKX you may ask? Well, we are more than happy to inform you here.
His given name is Marcus Jerome Dupree, born in September, of 1973, in a town called Marietta, in Georgia, currently residing in Lakewood, Colorado. Where he happens to be “The Finest, Most Popular DJ in this great nation.
DJ Sparkx began his career in the music industry with the recording deal of his cousin Kaycee Grogan with Columbia Records. This is where he would learn from the best in the business. He began working under Kim Burst, an A&R who also went on to discover Destiny's Child. He would work as a Street Team member, eventually becoming a Promoter. Back then Marcus would head up a street team and have them post fliers all over the city promoting events & concerts. Marcus would fly to different cities weeks before the artists would get there to set up store displays and go to radio stations to provide publicity, so that once the artists arrived, things were already in motion to make an immediate impact. The very first artist he would work for was a very young, little known female singer by the name of Mariah Carey. He was instrumental in helping her get recognized by promoting her arrival in various cities.
When Marcus was only 14 years old Columbia Records provided tutors on the road. when he was in Atlanta, he would attend High school on and off. It is safe to say that since a very young age he's been working in this industry. Marcus was making about 1700 dollars a month at 14 years old. Imagine!
After working with Columbia Records Street Team until the age of 16, Marcus began to express an interest in the recording studio. His first experience was in a studio where he met another very young man by the name of Dallas Austin. At the time Dallas was working with a group called ABC.
Marcus would sit in on sessions with another young intern named Kevin Parker, where he showed a willingness to learn so deeply that Kevin became inspired by Marcus's dedication. This was when another gentleman by the name of Alvin Spikes took them both under his wing to teach them how to engineer.
The very first project they worked on was with Michael Jackson and Biggie Smalls, called “This Time Around” Throughout the next three years they all worked on some of the biggest projects for many well known recording names in the industry, great talents like: Gun's & Roses, & The Foo Fighters,, Marcus worked with Slash, and even got a chance to work with Nirvana before Kurt Cobain died. Marcus went on to work for E.I. Studio's in Smyrna, Ga. where he began engineering on a young singers new album. Oh, the singers name: Usher! He did additional work for The Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon Kings of Krunk, Ludacris, and many others. After a few years at E.I., now twenty-eight years old, Marcus landed an internship with V103, a radio station in Atlanta, but instead decided to work at a New Gospel radio station that was getting started over at 97.5. Here he worked under Ryan Cameron, and Donnie Mcclurkin, and this is where he was taught the art of broadcasting.!