In this exclusive interview Lime Magazine caught up with Nathan Lindsay otherwise known as DJ Houdini who tells us all about Blaze it Up Entertainment.
Starting out as a young teen, DJ Houdini donned his name from a friend, and teamed up with DJ Cee-Six to create a sound, playing r&b and hip hop at top London venues. Houdini talks to us about moving on to bigger and brighter things, youth workshops and making their name heard in the rest of the UK.
When did you start out as a DJ?
Well I started DJ’ing from when I was about 15/16. My brother’s a DJ, so I suppose since he started I’ve always been interested in it. I started going to his events and stood alongside him and I used to help bring the equipment and just learnt basically.
Who taught you how to mix?
The person that taught me how to mix was a guy called Collin at a youth club I used to go to and he taught me how to mix everything. So it started from there.
How did you decide on your DJ name?
I had another name first; which was DJ Shades that came about because of my purple tinted sunglasses. Later my friend gave me the DJ name Houdini. Houdini stuck with me from there.
Has playing music always been your sole career?
I do youth work; I do music workshops, in Putney for 10-18 year olds. There are a lot of young people that are aspiring to be DJ’s, but they don’t have people to talk to for advice on how to go about it and do it. You don’t have anyone guiding you to tell you the dos and don’ts.
What kind of music do you prefer to play and what would you say is your favourite genre of music?
I’ve always been interested in r&b and when I first stared it was ragga not bashment; they were the main types of music I started from. My favourite genre is probably r&b, I can play r&b all day long. I’ve always been a fan of Mary J Blidge, Donnel Jones and R Kelly. For the reggae probably, Sanchez.
What does Blaze it Up Entertainment do?
We do events; we do raves, showcasing new talent. We mostly play at Clubs and bars, and family events like weddings and christenings. We try and make everything individual to the person that we are playing it for. Blaze it Up entertainment do various things. There are two of us DJ Cee-Six and myself. I also do a radio station called On Top FM based in south London, been doing that for three years. I do two shows on Tuesday between 10-12pm called ‘Swagger Overloaded’ which is strictly r&b, hip hop and slow jams. We showcase UK talent with interviews. The Sunday Show which is called ‘Take me back Sundays’ is rare grooves and old soul; tunes that you don’t hear anymore. There were originally three people that where in my sound. We were called ‘THD’ stands for The Horny Devil’s; it was me and three of my close friends. The sound kind of fizzled out.
What can we look forward to seeing from you this year?
We want to try and move out of London because we’ve done a lot in London. So we want to make our name heard a bit more and branch out. We have a new website launching later this year, too.