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DJ Irie headlines parties all across the world, and also accompanies Jamie Foxx on his shows. When he’s not on the road or in the skies, Irie rocks the airwaves on 99 Jamz, hypes up Miami HEAT games, and keeps the nightlife going at Miami’s hottest clubs. Where can people catch you spinning during Memorial Day Weekend? I’ll be in Miami for a party I have with Chris Brown on Thursday night at MIA. Friday we’ll be at Play Nightclub. That party might be with Usher. Then Saturday I go to the Bahamas, and I’ll be back on Tuesday. I’ll be on 99 Jamz Thursday and Friday for the Drive at 5. I think Sunday we’re gonna do a mix-a-thon on the radio. What’s it like working with Jamie Foxx? It’s the best thing ever. If I had a choice to work with anyone, I would choose Jamie. Not only because he’s a talented performer, but he’s an incredible person. It’s a family atmosphere. And he keeps us laughing day and night. How were you able to break out of the local scene and get a nationwide name? I can’t pinpoint the exact moment. But I’ll attribute the national exposure to things like working with the Miami HEAT and working with Jamie. There were a lot of things that gave me national exposure, but I really credit myself for taking my craft seriously. Exposure is one thing, but having a promoter want to choose me for an event, I call that traction. Anytime I was doing something in Miami, I made sure people knew about it. I built my mailing list and social networks to let people know they could have the same quality in their city. How do you keep up with the flood of new music nowadays? The game has certainly changed. Before, the listeners and fans got new music from us DJs through our mixshows and mixtapes. Now with the internet and mp3s, the same access I have to music, outside of personal relationships with artists, is the same access everyone

else has. Sometimes a listener will come to me with [new] music, and they’re not even in the music business. As a DJ, you have to keep your ears open at all times. Before you could expect to get new music from the label or artist, but now there’s so many ways of getting new music. To be on top of your game, you have to keep yourself open for all the outlets like music blogs, people Twittering new music, or links on a Facebook page. It’s coming from every different direction. Who are some new artists you think have the potential to blow up? One artist in particular is an artist out of New York named Mickey Factz. He has some music out but he’s not really recognized by the masses yet. He’s dope; he has a unique sound. I think he signed to Battery Records. Also, I’m sure you know Brisco, out of Miami. He’s been around for a while and has been paying his dues. He has some amazing new music coming out. It’s about to be his time to break out. Do you have any other projects coming out or things people should check for? We’re gearing up for the 6th Annual Irie Weekend June 25th-27th. That is my effort to give back and raise money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters and Make A Wish Foundations. We do a big concert Friday night at LIV Nightclub, and we have a golf tournament and comedy show. The website is www.IrieWeekend.com. OZONE MAG // A-17

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