Queens isn’t just the birthplace of rappers like Nas and Mobb Deep; it’s also where Mixmaster DJ Yonny honed his craft by seamlessly blending records. Raised in Delaware, the nitty gritty of New York City is once again his home and the epicenter for serving his brand of beats to the masses. At 28, he’s already scored a coveted position as producer of a major league morning radio show, currently lays claim to three mixshows on 92.3 NOW, and travels the world rocking house music in locales like Canada and France.
With a résumé that boasts beatmaking props for artists like Nina Sky—he produced their track “The Other Side,” among others—and a highly regarded mixtape series titled This Is My House, it’s no surprise he’s scored a slot as a contestant on the second season of BET’s “Master of the Mix.” This genre-bending DJ, who looks to Donald Trump and DJ Jazzy Jeff for inspiration, never lets his needle off the record.
Read on as the winner of the 2011 Latin Mixx Award for Mixtape of the Year shares his vision for success, explains why one Miami-bred rap star has the dance world on lock, lets loose about a goal he’s set on achieving, and reveals the one party record that supersedes everything.