Deej

Hayward, United States

Dale “Deej” Lafayette began his lifelong exploration of music in the 1960s as a kid living in the East Oakland projects, collecting and listening to any current hits LPs and 45s he could get his hands on.

“I found that I could enjoy a wide variety of music in a single set – playing Chic Corea & Return To Forever right next to Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Grandmaster Flash, The Zombies, and Led Zeppelin. My DJ style became one of flexibility and creative unpredictability, but always with a focus on keeping toes tapping and bodies on the dance floor.

I love old school. I might start a set with MJ’s ‘Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough’ and make my way through the Gap Band, Confunction, Tower Of Power, James Brown, Parliament, segue to some Puff Daddy, Biggie, 2Pac and Beastie Boys, maybe throw in a Will Smith or Daft Punk remix, slow it down with some US3, Hall & Oates, Soul 2 Soul and Sade, then wrap up with ‘We’re A Winner’ by the Impressions. Gotta love it!”

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Dale “Deej” Lafayette began his lifelong exploration of music in the 1960s as a kid living in the East Oakland projects, collecting and listening to any current hits LPs and 45s he could get his hands on.

“I found that I could enjoy a wide variety of music in a single set – playing Chic Corea & Return To Forever right next to Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Grandmaster Flash, The Zombies, and Led Zeppelin. My DJ style became one of flexibility and creative unpredictability, but always with a focus on keeping toes tapping and bodies on the dance floor.

I love old school. I might start a set with MJ’s ‘Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough’ and make my way through the Gap Band, Confunction, Tower Of Power, James Brown, Parliament, segue to some Puff Daddy, Biggie, 2Pac and Beastie Boys, maybe throw in a Will Smith or Daft Punk remix, slow it down with some US3, Hall & Oates, Soul 2 Soul and Sade, then wrap up with ‘We’re A Winner’ by the Impressions. Gotta love it!”

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