DJ/Local Music Coordinator/Producer/A&R/Host of “Whatâs Next On The Menu”
Looking at DDT, you wouldnât believe that heâs a 22-year vet as a DJ. Starting at the age of 5, DDT’s love of music began with a huge record collection that his father, an ex-drummer, started for him when he was only 2 years old. From Kindergarten to now, the love of music only grew bigger.
As a teenager, DDT kept his passion for music by becoming a DJ for a rap group, and was often seen banging’ on tables during lunchtime as his peers free-styled or battled in the lunchroom. He took those beat skills and learned how to use a drum machine to make his own tracks (just as dope as what he heard on the radio). In addition, DDT’s popularity began to spread among the high school students at Finney High, where he was hired as the DJ for all house parties.
While in high school, DDT took a radio class at Golightly Career & Technical Center to learn all about radio. While at Golightly, he earned an internship in WJLBs promotion department. Impressed with DDTâs Editing skills, then program director Steve Hegwood brought him in months later to become a producer for the evening show. D knew that being at JLB was an once-in-a-lifetime deal, and learned all he could (DDTâs a fast learner!). He was producer of evening, then afternoon shows, a mix-show DJ, a production assistant (where he made commercials), and an on-air personality.
While at WJLB, DDT stayed in tune with the Hip Hop community and was respected by almost every rapper & DJ in the city. He quickly became friends with individuals who frequented the Hip Hop Shop during the late 90’s. By 1999, he became the DJ for monster group D12 (Shady/Interscope Records)
In between all this, he also took a job as a coordinator for Penmp Entertainment, one of Detroit’s premiere promotions & marketing companies, headed by Rapper/Marketing wonder, T Da Pimp.
DDT became the technical producer for the morning show, where he had a segment every Wednesday and Thursday called DDTâs New Music Report. He now hosts “Whatâs Next on the Menu” with TJ, a/k/a Detroit Streets, every Saturday, bringing unsigned Detroit artists to the airwaves.
Besides hosting “What’s Next,” DDT is now the DJ for Mr. Porter (D12/Mr. Porter Productions/Runyon Ave Records), and is producing music for several artists including P.H.E.A.R. (Runyon Ave Records), Miss Nissa (Runyon Ave Records), and Shard.
Birthday: July 12th
Zodiac sign: Cancer
Hometown: Detroit Eastside (born & raised!)
Hobbies: Producing Hip Hop and R&B music, listening to Jazz (Brubek, Miles, Bird, ect.), and the INTERNET!!!
Most interesting person to interview: “I dunno, thatâd have to be between D12, Bareda, or the Fat Killaz”
Favorite artist: Too many to name!
Favorite color: Black & Blue
Most memorable ’JLB moment: âBeing involved in saving a suicidal mans life, while still on the air!â
Worst radio experience: âA needle breaking on me, in the middle of my mix-show!â
Favorite food: Mexican.
The thing you most believe in: God.