RCA Nashville recording artist Dee Jay Silver has been a top touring DJ/remixer/producer for more than 10 years, having played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. The groundbreaking performer has thrilled millions with his unique country/pop/rock/hip hop mash-ups and remixes, and is a mainstay on country music’s hottest tours and music festivals, as well as at award shows, sports events, day club pool parties, nightclubs and private party events.
Silver began DJing while attending college in Arkansas and later moved to Springfield, MO where, while working as a doorman for a club, his interest peaked and he began opening up the dance floor until the headlining DJ would come on. “One gig turned into the next,” he shares of his early beginnings. “Back in the day, you didn’t have computers, YouTube, or schools to learn how to DJ. If you were going to DJ, you had to learn from another DJ. They’d say, ‘I’ll take you under my wing, but this is what you’re going to do.’ Basically, you’re going to be my whipping boy for a couple of years [laughs].”
His sound has organically evolved throughout his career. “Being up in the Midwest, we looked up to guys like Bad Boy Bill, Alex Peace, Richard Humpty Vission, DJ Irene, and all of those cats in the Chicago area. I’d buy anything they put out. That was where it started for me. It was the hard house from Chicago. Back then, I was playing more hip-hop, house music and rock. Then, it progressed.
“Growing up in Texas, country music was all I ever heard. I was very versed in country music, so I’ve always mixed it in. I’m so happy to see that ‘Country Remix’ is actually a genre now. Music and DJing to me are about being creative and relating to your crowd. No matter what song it is, people will dance if it’s presented right. If they’re familiar with a song, that’s what makes them more comfortable to have a better time.”
In 2013, Silver signed a recording contract with RCA Nashville, becoming the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville label. His 2013 EP, Country Club, features creative and rhythmic country mash-ups of some of the format’s most popular and beloved artists, including Alabama, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen, and Love and Theft.
In April of 2014, Silver launched a nationally syndicated country radio show called “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver.” Each week, the show features up-tempo mixes and mash-ups of hits from country’s biggest stars and newcomers, with an infusion of unique rhythms and occasional tracks from other genres. Over 50 markets including some of the leading country radio stations across America are on board.
Silver has shared the stage with some of biggest artists in the world. Beyond touring extensively with Jason Aldean (including Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour and the upcoming 2016 We Were Here Tour), the non-stop DJ has performed alongside Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Eric Church, Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, and many more. He’s appeared at several major music festivals, among them CMA Music Festival, Rock The South, Faster Horses, FarmBorough, Watershed, Route 91 Harvest, and more, in addition to spinning at football games for the Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys and University of Kentucky’s Wildcats, NASCAR races, National Finals Rodeo events, and was the first DJ to ever play the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) as well as the American Country Awards (ACAs). Odds are the in-demand producer will be at an arena, amphitheater, stadium, club, pool or festival near you.