Get to Know DJ Natty Heavy
DJ Natty Heavy is our regular DJ spinning during Beats and Brunch at Cannon Green, so we wanted to give everyone a chance to get to know him as well as we do! Read our interview with DJ Natty Heavy below.
Q&A With DJ Natty Heavy
How did you get into DJ-ing?
I was 13 years old. My friend Jeremy had a father who owned a speaker company called EAW Speakers, so they had a lot of PA equipment at his house. Jeremy had done a dance with his dad’s gear at his own middle school and somehow landed a gig at St. Augustine. Jeremy asked me to tag along for musical advice. We loaded the gear in Jeremy’s family minivan and his mom drove us to the school and we rocked it. We soon started a DJ company with two other buddies which split when we went to college but I’ve never looked back.
What has been your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my daughter. She’s new to this adventure but everything I do is for her & my wife. I get to keep my family happy, fed & get to dance while I do it.
What do you love about being a DJ?
I love just about everything about this career. I can’t describe how I feel when I know I’m rocking a crowd but I know there is nothing like it. When you have a group of people wrapped around your finger and feel the energy, see the bodies move and the smiles…It’s incredible. I love that I am my own boss. I love that the ultimate goal of my job is to make people happy.
What challenges are you facing as a DJ today?
It’s a lot easier for me to be a DJ than it used to be. I’m luckily in a great place in my career where I can afford a booking agent (Ear For Music), I don’t have to worry about bookings and I have top notch gear. I also have a great support squad. My biggest challenge now is keeping up with the music. I am getting older every year and my crowds aren’t, so keeping up with the trends is my biggest challenge now. Sometimes I catch myself saying “This is what the kids are listening to?” and I make a total Dad face.
What advice would you give to up and coming DJs?
Up and coming DJs need to practice and stop thinking they know everything. I still only know 15% of this job. They need to be extremely nice to people. Networking, the face to face kind, gets you more gigs than anything. If you are a good person, people will give you a chance. Always remember that talent will only get you so far. You have to work on the other aspects of the career. Make friends with other DJs because you will need to borrow a cord or something at some point. Be very patient, like…able to wait years and years for greatness. Remember that no one owes you anything just because you can DJ. Remember that your talent is God given and is free to the world and always should be… but your time is not. Get paid for your time.
What do you love about Charleston and Cannon Green?
Charleston is the best. I moved here 10 years ago and fell in love immediately. You drive for 10 minutes in any direction and you are going to see something beautiful. The lifestyle is chill and the people are some of my favorite ever. Cannon Green is kind of a metaphor for Charleston in that sense. The venue is gorgeous & inviting, the staff makes me smile & the food Chef Amalia whips up is addicting.
What’s your favorite thing about the music in Charleston?
Music in Charleston is really good and getting better every year. Bands & DJs are talented in this area, which is great because there is an obvious need for music here. We are a city that holds a countless number of events, especially weddings and we are blessed to have work for musicians every night of the week.
How does the music in Charleston influence your work when you’re here?
I had to learn a lot of songs when I came down here from Rhode Island a decade ago. I’m lucky to have a wife who is from the area who schools me almost every week on music. I think just about once a month I’m introduced to a regional song that she is absolutely stunned I haven’t heard before. That song usually makes my set.
What’s your favorite item on the brunch menu at Cannon Green?
SHRIMP & GRITS! Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a shrimp lover. I’m good for one shrimp, maybe two in any shrimp-tuation. I spin a wedding almost every weekend so I’ve been around the block that S&G lives on. I crave that dish every Sunday Brunch and I eat ALL THE SHRIMP. That dish is delicious. I don’t know if it’s the grits, the shrimp, bacon or the love Chef puts in it, but it’s honestly the best in the city. Now I want shrimp & grits, this is going to be a long week.
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