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Young, savvy, sexy and deadly on the turntables, DJ Dames Nellas is that new wave you’ve been waiting for. Bringing a musical IQ and range far beyond his years, every Dames Nellas set is amplified by his intuitive showmanship and blatant star quality. In only three years, he’s gone from interning at Flow 93.5 to headlining their one and only “Live Remote” event every Friday. With eight, count’em eight, national tours under his belt, DJ Dames Nellas has reaped the benefits of sharing the stage with the world’s biggest acts from Akon to Busta Rhymes to Keyshia Chante. He’s served as official DJ for Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden and Peter Jackson, anchored a prime time radio show for two years and in 2012 won DJ Mixtape of the Year. A rare combination of music, marketing and a relentless business mind means “The Official DJ” is becoming an increasingly notable brand. On whatever platform he chooses, Nellas creates unmistakable atmospheres. Dames Nellas is the DJ of tomorrow today.
Nellas bought his first set of decks at 15 and started making cassette mixtapes for his peers at school. It went from playing around with mixes after school, to mixing all day instead of school. At 15, he started spinning at house parties and envisioned a life behind the boards.
By the time Nellas finished high school he was finding his voice, often spinning and hosting parties, a skill he attributes to being a naturally outgoing, sociable personality. In 2005, he attended Niagara College for Radio, Television and Film. When it came time to find an internship, Dames went straight for Canada’s only urban radio station in Flow 93.5FM. After years of listening closely to the mixes of names like DJ Starting From Scratch, Spex, DJ Jason Chambers and more, he was finally up close and personal. He had an opportunity to learn from the city’s best and took full advantage, soaking up as much technical knowledge available
Nellas returned to radio in 2009 and solidified his presence in Canada’s largest urban center as the resident DJ for Off Da Tracks Radio every Monday night from 8-10pm on 88.1FM. Working as both DJ and co-host, Nellas’ polished delivery and energizing music sets made him twice as valuable to one of Toronto’s only hip hop specialty programs.
Shortly after, Nellas joined Toronto MC Peter Jackson on the road and became his official DJ. To date, Nellas has anchored 8 national tours, learning from the greatest showmen in music including; Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Akon, Slaughterhouse, Tech N9ne, Ghostface Killah & D-Block. While touring with Slaughterhouse, both Joe Budden & Royce Da 5’9” recognized Nellas’ ability to energize and electrify crowds. When the time came for each artist to hit the road solo, Nellas got the call to be their performance DJ.
While participating in these tours, Nellas’ business mind went into overdrive. Searching for any opportunity to gain exposure and revenue, Nellas shifted his focus to mixtapes. He released 5 volumes of his I’m Official mixtape series before morphing it into a syndicated weekly mixshow. Before long, popular cultural brand Hip Hop Ain’t Dead It Lives In The North came knocking and Nellas delivered three mixtapes. The last volume broke out and earned him his first Stylus Award in 2012. Ladies Love Cool Dames released in 2012 and was his first all R&B effort. This project was received with open arms by his large female fan base. With his clean but cultured look and charismatic style, he was a natural fit as DJ for AUX TV’s hip hop battle competition The Ultimate MC. The show spanned 16 episodes and four cities, yet Nellas was selected to DJ the finals in Toronto.
The Official DJ Dames Nellas is now recognized as one of Canada’s top shelf DJs and entertainers. His brand’s appeal is as diverse as his technical ability, spanning from hardcore hip hop shows, to corporate events to syndicated radio spots. But despite his many accomplishments, Nellas’ goal oriented mentality has him forever in search of next: the next big record, the next platform, the next crowd to rock.