DJ Baby Yu - The Preferred Spin Doctor of the Music Industry
By: Jenny McClease
The award-winning, Toronto native has a Japanese heritage that he proclaims through his stage name. His innovative style and high-energy performances have been recognized by some of today’s hottest music moguls. As a DJ, he has an impressive resume, but his talent surpasses spinning tables.
DJ Baby Yu has hosted several national television shows (MTV Canada, NBA XL, Much Music, E-Talk Daily) and hosted shows for three popular satellite radio stations (Sirius Satellite Radio, The League Crew Radio and XM Satellite Radio).
Currently, he is a producer and a radio host for V103 FM “The People’s Station” on “The Ryan Cameron Morning Show,” “The Big Tigger Show,” and “Midday Motivation Mix” in Atlanta. Additionally, he is the Radio Mix Coordinator for CBS. DJ Baby Yu has extensively traveled across the globe, performing at various nightspots and special events.
During the course of his nearly 17-year career, DJ Baby Yu has thoroughly mastered his craft while developing a signature style that is unmatched. However, he still remembers his first performance.
“My first gig was at a grungy club called “Brooklyn Nightclub” in Toronto, Canada. I was the opening DJ, and had 300 of my high school friends come and support me. It was a blast!”
Photo above: Baby Yu and Jeezy
DJ Baby Yu’s phenomenal deejaying talent and skill has set him apart from the rest. His unique ability to control the energy of a room by harmoniously remixing unlikely song choices and music genres has deemed him as party-starting nobility. When asked, “what type of approach he likes to take when remixing music?” he says, “it's endless.
For instance, at the time when Rihanna and Chris Brown had their issues, I would remix their songs together. It was entertaining to mix two artists that had a story together. Remixing live is actually very difficult because in most instances, the key of the two songs rarely ever match, so I have to consider that and make sure its close enough to be bearable to the listeners.”
Every DJ should enjoy what they are doing in order to rock an event. Their passion and energy should pulsate through their music, to the crowd.
“Just imagine enjoying something that you love so much. Yeah, that feeling,” DJ Baby Yu says about the feeling he gets when he performs. Entertainers and party-goers alike know what to expect at any event DJ Baby Yu graces.
“Originality. I like to keep it different as possible, and also make sure everyone is entertained. I want to make sure that they had a great time.”
However, DJ Baby Yu’s talent, passion and high-energy only takes his events so far; preparation is what brings everything together. “I do my homework like I'm preparing for a final exam in school. When I'm out of town, the first question I ask is, ‘what’s the most popular song here?’ Then, I get the idea of which direction I can go. I would brainstorm a bit and make sure I go in and have fun with everyone else.”
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