The Jillionaire, 36 – New York City, USA
– I am a DJ – I have always been excited by music. As a child, I remember staying up late at night, listening to mix shows and recording songs off the radio onto cassette. I began DJing in my late teens, and my parents were convinced that I had some kind of drug addiction – we would keep all the gear and records at a friend’s house, and they had no idea what I was doing with my money!
I love to entertain – I guess I get it from my mother. During the holidays in Trinidad we would have parties at our house and I would invite all my friends. She would cook and everyone would come over to ‘lime’ – our word for hang out and have a good time – sometimes over a hundred people would show up! To this day my friends still ask me, “Chris, when is the next party at your house?”Hopefully when I get off tour I can have a big ‘lime’ at my house, just like old times.
I ran a bar in Trinidad for a few years, and despite the long hours and hard work, they were some of the greatest days of my life -walking in and seeing the place teeming with people, all smiling and having a good time, putting all their cares and concerns aside for a few hours in the day.
DJing has taken me to the furthest corners of the globe, and now I get to entertain thousands of new friends, every night, in different cities. From Paris to Montreal, from Stockholm to San Francisco, it is such a gratifying feeling to share in other people’s happiness, to know that you touched their lives and were able to make them smile, feel good, and have a great time – it’s indescribable. It’s the thing that encourages you to give 100% every night, whether it’s a big festival or tiny club, first night of a tour or the very last show.
Every night after the gig, whichever local promoter will come to me and ask, “so how was the show? Did you have fun?”, and I’ll say to them, “as long as they’re happy, I’m happy.” –