[DELUX Mag] Young Dip, Creator of 314 Day, Talks the Meaning Behind the St. Louis Day

I’m from St. Louis and we celebrate 314 day because it’s our zip code. Others recognize the day as “pi day” but us St. Louis folks know what it is.

I sat down and interviewed the creator of the day, Young Dip and he talked the true meaning behind 314 Day. Check out my DELUX Magazine Interview :

Some people may think that 314 Day was something that came out of the blue. Some refer to it as “Pi Day.” Some think of it a just a normal day, March 14, but here not only is it St. Louis’ zip code, but it’s known as 314 Day! For those who recognize the day as that, those people may go to their favorite St. Louis spot, or even eat at their favorite St. Louis restaurant like Imos or even get some Chinese Food or Ted Drewes; BUT that’s not the purpose behind the day. Young Dip, the founder of 314 Day, had and still has a different meaning behind the day and even a vision for it. He sat down with Delux to talk about it.

DELUX: What motivated you create the day, 314 Day?

Young Dip: I remember one of my mentors told me “to keep you a good circle around you.” So, I remember when I was getting the opportunity to do radio, he told me not to go in blind, to have a plan and to leave a legacy and have a lasting impression that’ll leave a foot print in the city. I remember going to the crib and praying on it. Then, this came out of nowhere. I remember thinking that I wanted something that’s going to almost be like a holiday/bring a good vibe to the city; or at least for one day have that feeling when “Country Grammar” came out or for one day no killing, just peaceful and have unity. That’s what I wanted to leave behind for the city and my daughters.

DELUX: What part of St. Louis are you from?

Young Dip: I was in a foster on the Northside, but my original family is from the Westside and Walnut Park, so I was bouncing everywhere but majority on the Westside when I got of age.

 

DELUX: Do you think your upbringing and background motivated you to create such a day of important?

Young Dip: It definitely did. Growing up as a kid in a foster home, you always get the thought of “Why am I here?” “Does anybody love me?” “Does anybody care about me?” In the back of your head, you think “once I get older, I am going to change that outlook.” I just knew I didn’t want to be in that mind state, I wanted to do better and more. I seen other people with other kids and families and that’s I wanted and that’s what I did.

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DELUX: When you first created 314 Day, did you imagine it’ll get this big? Of course, it started out as an idea, but now there’s concerts and original St. Louis spots sponsoring foods.

Young Dip: A lot of people don’t know that they got blindsided by the events, it’s actually bigger. The vision is ten times bigger than that. I’ve been trying to put together the foundation. I have the 314 Day Company, but I’ve been trying to put together the 314 Day Foundation that helps unity in the city, empower and help people’s dream flourish. It was a dream to me, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I always thought to the clouds with everything I did. Once I got people to really understand that the parties were just to get the name out.

DELUX: How big do you want it to get?

Check out his response HERE

http://deluxmag.com/young-dip-talks-314-day-and-the-actual-meaning-behind-it/

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[DELUX Mag] DJ sheBEATZ Talks Being a Woman in the DJ Industry

A few weeks ago, I was granted the opportunity to interview a talented Dj named sheBEATZ and she is a WOMAN, which is still kind of rare in the DJ industry.

Read below my interview I did on DELUX Mag with DJ sheBEATZ below:

The DJ industry is huge, but female DJs are rare to come by. St. Louis has just a few of them and each of them bring something different to their mix. DELUX got the opportunity to talk to one of the few female DJs, sheBEATZ, about her love for music, the male dominated industry, and the level of support there is in the DJ industry.

DELUX: How old were you when you first fell in love with music?

DJ sheBEATZ: I was probably like 5. My parents used to throw basement parties and my dad had a set up of two cassette players. So I could load like four songs and fade the volume–he showed me. I did that for years and I began making mix CDs, making sure the songs fit whatever theme I created. I’ve played instruments and I’ve danced all the way through high school. I stopped being so active in the arts in college but I would always jam out to my old CDs I made in high school.

DELUX: What inspired you to do music/become a DJ?

DJ sheBEATZ: Music is what inspired me to DJ. My love for it. Also, while I was in college I was trying to find a medium. I went into journalism because I thought I wanted to write about it, I got into radio because I thought I wanted to talk about it, and then finally after grad school and going out in STL, I realized I NEEDED to play it. STL was missing my vibe, so I decided to fix that.

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DELUX: What do you think sets you apart from other DJs?

Check out here response HERE

http://deluxmag.com/dj-shebeatz-talks-being-a-woman-in-the-dj-industry-the-support-among-other-djs/

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Miss Caesar Interview

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Lydia Caesar, who goes by the name Miss Caesar, is a talented singer from New York but she’s pursing her career in St. Louis with her husband Wayne, owner of Sauce Records Global.

She has such a beautiful unique voice that reminds you of that 1990’s era, when every voice was strong and soulful. I had the opportunity to interview her and ask her about her upbringing, her music and plenty more. Check out the interview below.

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[DELUX Mag]: HOT 365 Radio: Building the Bridge for Independent Artists

St. Louis is full of local artist but not all of them get enough recognition. HOT 365 Radio is the station that builds the bridge for local artists to get the exposure they need. Check out my interview I did with DELUX on HOT 365 station

 

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The crew of Hot 365 Radio. Red Hat at the top left is Dj 7Duece, below him is Monae Michelle (cohost in the lady Kave for New Heat Show), to the right in pink hoodie is Malorie Stewart (Artist manager and cohost in the lady Kave for New Heat Show), top tight is DJ Speed (cohost of New Heat Show), to his right is DJ sheBEATZ in White top (cohost in the lady Kave for New Heat Show), bottom in black and red plaid shirt is Dj Durrty Burrd (cohost of New Heat Show)

 

Hot365 Radio is the new way for local St. Louis artists to showcase their talent. With music being an everlasting craft, there needs to be platforms for the artists to showcase their music and Hot 365 is one of those platforms. The creator of the station DJ 7Duece believes that “If I can provide an avenue to help somebody, so be it.”

With Hot365 being a station that you can access through an app and online, they provide different shows throughout the week; one of them being New Heat. I had the opportunity to sit in on that Monday night show which is hosted by DJ CU. During his show, he talks about the trending topics that have been going on in the past few days and asks his co-host DJ Speed, DJ Durtty, and the Lady Kave DJ sheBEATZ, artist manager Malorie Stewart, Motivational Speaker/Blogger Mona Michele their opinion on the topics. They have a segment where they play a song from an upcoming artist for their listeners to listen to which also gives artists more exposure because Hot365 has a big following of 200,000 plus listeners, including overseas due to DJ 7Duece being a Navy Veteran and having military discounts, says DJ CU.

 The crew of Hot 365 Radio. Red Hat at the top left is Dj 7Duece, below him is Monae Michelle (co-host in the lady Kave for New Heat Show), to the right in pink hoodie is Malorie Stewart (Artist manager and co-host in the lady Kave for New Heat Show), top tight is DJ Speed (co-host of New Heat Show), to his right is DJ sheBEATZ in White top (co-host in the lady Kave for New Heat Show), bottom in black and red plaid shirt is Dj Durrty Burrd (cohost of New Heat Show) 

DELUX had the chance to sit down with both the creator of the station DJ 7Duece and the creator of show Heat 365 to see what inspired the idea and to get a feel for what more should we expect in the future.

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DELUX: What made you want to come up with the idea of HOT365?

DJ 7DEUCE: It was actually a spinoff of a company of a DJ Coalition called Unified Sound DJ with me and another DJ. Me and him built that up but eventually me and the DJ had a disagreement and I left Unified Sound DJs but I had already been paying for the station, so I told them in advance “look I’m about to end this but I’m taking the station with me because I’m the only one paying for it”. I hooked up with DJ and he does Southern Soul. We got this going and then we had the Kave Podcast going and that grew into more ideas and we thought that we could stream the podcast live. Then we thought “what more can we do?” So, we gathered more DJs then we got the Sheryl Underwood radio show, we picked up Murphy Lee and Big Wills Podcast down in Atlanta. So now “the sky is the limit, now what?” With Malorie bringing in the A&R studio, the concept kept growing. Then with DJ CU specializing in the independent artists, it’s more than what I thought it was. [speaking of independent artists] It’s so much money out here for everybody to eat so let them eat. If I can provide an avenue to help somebody, so be it. I tell people when they send me their music, make sure it’s on point because you never know who’s listening.

DJ CU: When HOT365 radio first started…

Check out the rest of his response here

http://deluxmag.com/hot-365-radio-building-the-bridge-for-independent-artists/

Make sure you download their app HOT 365 and support them!

Danii Gold out!

 

 

[DELUX MAG] Power Couple Empowering the Community

Check out my interview on DELUXMag.com about St. Louis’s Power couple empowering the community and many more!

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It’s one thing to be a couple making business moves together, but it’s another thing to be a couple and giving back to the community. Onnie Bella and LaRonn (The Tycoon) are legit goals, yet they are modest when they hear the compliment. From throwing parties for “young professionals” to living out their passion and goals of giving back to the community.

DELUX was granted the opportunity to interview this busy couple and get to know them better.

DELUXHey you two. Thanks for talking with me and congratulations on your engagement.

Onnie & LaRonn: Thank you so much! We are literally still trying to make time to soak it up. It’s still fresh and new, but we’re super busy and find new projects or community events to start planning almost weekly [laughs].

DELUX: So, let’s get started. How did you all meet?

O&L: So, it’s crazy because I ended up at a party he was throwing, I came with my friends, kicked it, and left. About a month later I get a message from him thanking me for coming out to the event and asking for my feedback on the event. I gave my feedback, which I think was super helpful and constructive [laughs], and from there he asked if I would ever come back, and I think I said something like “If you invite me and I’m free, I’ll come.” I literally meant like free as in have nothing to do, and he thought I meant like didn’t have to pay [laughs], and instantly sent his number like “I can make that happen.” A week later we were texting and the rest is history.

DELUXDo you all have power couple inspirations? Like Beyoncé and Jay-Z of course do music together and Jada & Will own a production company together.

O&L: We don’t have a power couple inspiration. We aren’t all that into idolizing stars or other people at all for that matter. If you focus on what you have without trying to compare it or make it like someone else’s journey, your free to make mistakes, learn from them, and not feel pressured to fit into a box of “how it’s supposed to be.” We’ve made our relationship our own and it just so happens we are a power couple. We do get a lot of “#goals” comments and things of that nature.

Of course, we appreciate it and we’re flattered and that’s a dope hashtag for someone to associate with us, but our hope is honestly that associating us with “#goals” means more than just that. We hope we can remind folks that love still exists, building something concrete still exists, and that it doesn’t have to look like a cookie cutter version of what you see on tv.

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DELUXWhat made you so comfortable with starting a business together? Some couples wait until they’re married sometimes.

O&L: I think the fact we both had done events in some type of capacity made us feel confident about hosting events together. We also have a great balance as business partners. We both bring different things to the table when it comes to our strengths and weaknesses and we complement each other, so it makes for a great team. We didn’t even hesitate over the fact we weren’t married when we thought of going into this together. We both believed in the brand and each other, so we ran with it.

DELUXThat’s so inspiring!! You two make a great team. How did you come up with the name SAUCE for your brand?

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http://deluxmag.com/power-couple-empowering-the-community/

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EXCLUSIVE BWxnda Interview

I sat down with one of my good friends and a talented artist about his music, being a solo artist, moving to a different coast AND new music he has on the way. Check out my BWxnda interview below. 

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The Rxnaways Interview!

I was granted the opportunity to interview two cousins, who formed a music group inspired by eliminating negativity and doing what they want to do—! (Single “Do What I Wanna Do). They call themselves Rxnaways, individually known as B-Wxnda and DoDi.

They’ve traveled to places like Atlanta and California to promote their music and they are the next thing poppin!!

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Listen to their New Singles: “Do What I Wanna Do” and “On My Own.”

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Me with B-Wxnda and DoDI

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