May Pen, Clarendon
DJ Paparazzi is a young, talented turntable technician, who hails from the bountiful parish of Clarendon, Jamaica; home to some of the Island’s most prominent stars. Having grown up on reggae music, he has always been enticed by its melodic call. Whilst attending primary school, he joined the ranks of a local sound system by the name of ‘Ampex’, as an apprentice in 1996. Artists such as Cocoa Tea and Petro Metro frequently featured here.
During secondary school, DJ Paparazzi took a short hiatus from extra-curricular activities, in order to focus on his studies. After graduating with excellent grades, he went on to gain a college diploma in Tourism & Entertainment and a degree in Business Management with a minor in Law.
After applying his wealth of business acumen to a managerial role at a local sales company, this driven young man made a momentous return to deejaying, conquering the airwaves in the process. He played on stations such as www.jahmyspace.com, www.irieexplosionradio.com, www.bigchunezradio.com, www.supremevibezradio.com and www.reggaeempireradio.com. Perhaps best known for his lengthy stint on www.carifun.com, DJ Paparazzi presented a hugely popular reggae/dancehall show every weeknight here from 8-11pm and a Sunday afternoon selection ‘The Sunday Soul Show’. He officially left Carifun in 2012 and sought to pursue other projects. In and around this time, he also presented a show on Flava FM (91.7).
Absolutely enthused by all things musical, DJ Paparazzi has turned his hand to artist development, having worked with acclaimed artists such as Nefatari, Kym Hamilton, Aisha Davis, Caldhino and Dolli Difference.
Shortly after his departure from live radio, DJ Paparazzi kick-started his own sound system ‘Little Beat’, which has toured up and down the Island of Jamaica, providing top quality, rhythmic reverberations for the masses.
What’s more, he also joined the ranks of UK based production house ‘Solid Empire’ (2012) as the marketing manager and continues to hold this position. This company has spawned hits with some of reggae’s leading talent including RDX and Gappy Ranks.
Using his experienced and passionate voice, he has contributed some insightful music articles to double award-winning publication Vision Newspaper (UK and Canada) and was an assistant editor for Issue 24 (Autumn Quarter, 2014).
The year 2015 looks set to be an even bigger and better year for DJ Paparazzi, who is currently in negotiations surrounding yet another fruitful project, which is sure to be unveiled in the near future.
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