Photo of Dee Jay Silver by Jamie Vess
Megan (M): Because you have a country background, you take country music, and you’re kind of putting a new spin on it. Do you think you could tell me a little bit about that?
Dee Jay Silver (DJS): Yeah, actually I’ve been a nightclub DJ my whole life, and I’ve always played country music. In order for country music to go over in big nightclubs, I’ve had to put a different beat behind it and kind of sneak it in. Once you get it in, people know it; it’s familiar. It’s just when you hear people saying, “Oh, you play country in a nightclub, I don’t know about that,” but once you do it, they’re like, “Oh, it worked, absolutely,” because you know, all the women liked it. That’s what a nightclub’s about, you know?
M: So do you feel like you’re getting a pretty good response to what you do?
DJS: For the most part. Of course there’s always a person in the group that doesn’t like it, but God bless, you know?
M: Yeah, and I mean, I would think that the most important thing is that you are enjoying what you do.
DJS: Oh, I love it. I can’t wait to do it tonight. You know, last week we did nine straight days in Canada, and we hadn’t been home for two weeks. I got to go to Austin, Texas, last night, did a show, came here, then I’m flying to Fresno tomorrow. It’s just been a, you know, [I’m] very blessed to do what I do for a living. I can’t wait to do it tomorrow night.
M: So cool, that sounds like a blast for sure. I looked at some of your songs, and some of the music that your organizers sent me, and I thought they were really cool, really fun, and I noticed you have remixes of Carrie Underwood songs, Taylor Swift songs. What inspires the song choice behind the songs you choose to remix?
DJS: A lot of times I’ll hear a song, and I’ll be like, “Wait, this is awesome,” you know, I’ve got a radio show called “The Country Club,” and hopefully you guys will be hearing a lot more about it pretty soon, and I wanna incorporate that in my mixture. So I’ll take the song, and I’ll remix it, and sometimes the songs are given to me, like the Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton…and I just fit it together. Most of the time, I just hear a song and I really like it, and I wanna play it, I wanna put a mix to it and make you hear it a different way.
M: That is so cool, so it’s just based on what you like, and you’re just kind of playing around with it.
DJS: Oh absolutely, if I don’t like it I don’t play it. I don’t mean to be rude, but if I can’t relate to the song and pull it off, I just don’t play it.
M: I also think that the way you get to mix songs and change them up a little bit, have you noticed that that maybe makes it more entertaining for people who wouldn’t necessarily be into country music?
DJS: My whole thing is, I’m just adding energy to the song, I’m not changing the song, I’m adding energy, and I’m maybe speeding the tempo up, maybe even a little of both. The thing is, country music, I’m so proud to be part of country music, and anybody that says, “I don’t like country music,” it’s kinda like people that say, “I don’t like eating sushi,” they’ve really never tried it. And once they try it, you’ve got a fan for life. So all I’m trying to do is give people a chance, that have never listened to country music, to come over and see that it’s not all about lonely people and your dog runnin’ off. It’s a good time. It’s a way of life you know?
M: In a couple days, you’re going to hit the Save Mart Center in Fresno. Like you said, you’re hopping on a plane and coming over here. Are you ready Silver?
DJS: I would move to California, if I could. I love California. I’ve spent a lot of time in Fresno, a lot of time, all the way up and down the coast of California, got a lot of friends out there. I don’t know if students are involved in Instagram or Facebook, but I put on there, this is a big West Coast run we’ve been looking forward to all year, good people out there, crowds always come to get down, and like I said, if I wasn’t from Texas, I’d be in California.
M: Well everyone here is excited for sure. Just kind of a fun question: If you could do your life over again, would you take the same path that you’re on now? If you were talking to a college student, and they asked you if you could do anything over again or anything differently, would you change anything?
DJS: I mean, there’s always things that you would have changed. I would have listened more, you know what I mean, but I would’ve definitely followed my heart. As far as music-wise, I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve been doing this my whole life, I’ve been told no my whole life. Finally, now what you hear and what you see, it works a little bit. All the people that tell you no are asking you to come do [shows]. I was talking to the University of Nebraska the other day, and what I like to tell people is just, you know you’re gonna make mistakes, trial by error almost, and you’re gonna learn what to do by [mistakes], but you’re not gonna learn unless you make mistakes. So as far as making mistakes, I think that’s part of it. I wouldn’t change anything of it, but I’m just really happy to where it’s leading today, and I can’t wait to see where it’s gonna go tomorrow, you know?
M: Very cool, well Fresno State is looking forward to the concert! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. Anything else you would like to add?
DJS: Yeah, you can find me on my website at deejaysilver.com, it’s got my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all this stuff. It’s got stuff from my radio show called “The Country Club,” my album, everything’s on there, so please stay in touch with me. And I respond. There are other people that do run my Facebook and Twitter and all that, but I respond to everything.