We had the good fortune of reconnecting with the founder and C.E.O. of Track Masters DJ company in Miami. He is James S. and you can check out our recent conversation below.
Hi James, we’d love to hear more about Track Masters. How did you come up with starting your own business?
Well . . . It wasn’t something I thought I’d ever do. What I mean by that is that it was a process over many years. Things happened along the way which eventually turned into me starting the business. As a small kid, I remember going to McDonald’s to eat with my parents. At some locations, there would be a metal plaque stuck to the wall with a guy’s image on it. At the time, I didn’t give it too much thought although I knew it was about the guy who started McDonald’s (Ray Kroc). When I was in elementary school, I remember one day the teacher had a bunch of large sized cards with pictures on them of people who had done important things in different areas (such as entertainment, sports, civil rights, mathematics, science, business, etc . . .). These cards also had their names and a summary of their noteworthy achievements on them. The one that struck me the most was Walt Disney. Below his name was the word ‘entrepreneur’. At the time, I had never heard that word before and I didn’t know what it meant. The teacher overheard me trying to pronounce the word. She showed me how the word is pronounced and explained to me what the word meant. She said “An an entrepreneur is someone who works for themself”. At the time, I didn’t give it much thought. It just hit me like ‘Wow, that was the real man behind all the magic’. I thought to myself that if I were to work for myself, it would have to be for something that I was really passionate about.
What should our readers know about your business?
Track Masters disc jockey company was founded by me (A.K.A. DJ Prophecy) in 2013. Growing up in Miami (the mecca of party and dance music), I was heavily influenced by my environment. My interest in the DJ/turntablist profession started at a very early age and as time went on, I learned more and more about the music which I’d eventually come to specialize in. I became enthralled by the ‘DJ culture’. I dreamed about becoming a great DJ one day and sharing this passion with the world. I was determined to make this dream into a reality. I began implementing necessary steps such as learning more about music and doing research as to exactly what equipment would be required. My interest and dream of becoming a DJ was taken to the next level in 1998 when at the age of sixteen, I acquired the professional equipment I needed (such as turntables, a mixer, an amp, and speakers). I began practicing on my new pro DJ equipment which I had set up in my small bedroom. Next, I began searching for all the music that I needed. This marked the beginning of a significant vinyl record collection. When I first started to get into DJing and collecting vinyl, I went from having 0 records to having 3 records. To date, I’ve amassed over 3000 records.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d probably take him/her to South Beach, Wynwood, and Fort Lauderdale.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my mom for believing in me and helping me acquire my turntables and other essential DJ gear (in 1998) so I could get my endeavor started. Shoutout to great DJs such as Funkmaster Flex, Tony Touch, Felix Sama, Eddie Mix, Lazaro Mendez, Ballistic Billy, and Zog (to name a few) for inspiring me. Shoutout to people who enjoy and appreciate great music: They’re the ones who help keep this Hip Hop and Dance Music culture alive!
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