Justin “Deejay Juice” Patterson is one of the most well-known Deejays from the area. It doesn’t matter what kind of event, Deejay Juice is the life of the party. We wanted to know who is this Deejay Juice, that kids and adults are so crazy about. Area Magazine sat down with Deejay Juice and this is what he had to say:
LaKeisha: Who is Deejay Juice?
Deejay Juice: Deejay Juice is my night life. That’s my stage name…my character – all into one. So, basically, it’s the life of the party. It’s a totally different person from who I am on a daily basis. At night is when I transform into Deejay Juice. I am versatile. I can adapt to any party environment, and I can play any type of music (any genre). I have been doing this since I was eleven years old.
LaKeisha: Who is Justin?
Deejay Juice: Justin is pretty much who I am right now (the person you are interviewing)…just laid back. I’m a family guy as well as.
LaKeisha: How did you get into Deejaying and what inspired you?
Deejay Juice: Well, I come from a long line of musicians. That pretty much sums it up. But there’s a lot more to it, though. There was always something about music. It has always been inside of me. As I child, I was always able to remember different songs, the year they came out, and what was going on at that time.
One day a friend and I got together and collected a whole bunch of tapes. There was a party down the street for this little girl, and we just started playing tapes. Then, CDs came out. We use to borrow CDs from people who had them in their car. Then we started playing them at parties. Then somehow it just grew on me from there.
LaKeisha: What is a typical day (or week) for Justin and/or Deejay Juice?
Deejay Juice: On Sunday mornings, I am a drummer at the church. Then, I’m a dad for the rest of the day until night life at about 10:00PM. Monday through Friday throughout the day I am a special needs teacher. I work with kids from pre-k to sixth grade. Tuesday or Wednesday night, I may Deejay. It could be at a lounge for happy hour or college night. When the weekend comes Friday to Sunday, that’s it. I really don’t get to see anyone. Sometimes I don’t get to answer the phone. I have no physical time. It’s fast moving…It’s like (snapping fingers)… until Sunday 2AM. Then my week starts all over again.
LaKeisha: How was your first Deejay experience by yourself? Were you nervous?
Deejay Juice: Nah, I wasn’t ever really nervous. I was a kid. I was having fun.
LaKeisha: Are you often compared to other Deejays?
Deejay Juice: Yes…at one point I took a lot of criticism from different people who would come hear me play for certain reasons. As far as I’ve known, I have always been the most popular Deejay around because of the way I mix, the image I carry, and the followers I have. At one point people believed that I was the Deejay that started all of the fights just because everywhere I went, everyone was always there and something would always happen. But I was able to change that and rebrand myself. But yeah, I get compared to a lot of Deejays. It only motivates me to push harder. I’m always pushing for more.
Allen Craft: You said that you were compared to other Deejays. What Deejays have you been compared to?
Deejay Juice: The famous DJ Poppa from New Orleans, He’s a cool guy. We’re good friends, though. But there’s always a space you keep between you and your competition. He’s in a bigger city and much higher market. That’s the market I’m trying to get in and surpass. I don’t let being from the country Gray / Houma / Thibodaux hold me back and make me feel like I’m not as good as others.
Allen Craft: You said you are trying to surpass. Where do you see yourself going? Do you want to be in the higher market or stay local?
Deejay Juice: For the past 18 years, I have been doing really well locally. Being that I’m from Gray (from the 985 area) I am more comfortable here than anywhere. I look at It like this…Everyone has this vision of climbing to the top and being something they want to be. But the thing is with me, I feel like I’m at the bottom of a hole. It’s like I’ve been digging this hole for years. But I’m not really too concerned with digging to the top because everything I need is in the hole.
LaKeisha: Who has been your greatest influence in your life?
Deejay Juice: My father…Everything that my daddy did when I was a child, I’m doing right now. He was a music major at USL. Everything I can remember him doing I do, like going to work every day, going with his band at night, coming in the mornings, then going play the organ at church…It’s like I share that same cycle.
Allen Craft: Who’s your favorite Deejay?
Deejay Juice: Well…That’s a hard question because I respect every Deejay’s talent and craft. It’s only a few that really have impressed me. For example, DJ Bam from Colorado and Kool DJ Supa Mike from St. Louis. DJ Bam is younger than me but I don’t look at him as if he’s below me by any means. He turned me on to a lot of different things that I didn’t grab on to. As long as I’ve been Deejaying, I’ve never really respected the craft until about 5 years ago when I met him. Another Deejay I enjoy is DJ Beverly Skillz, a female from New Orleans.
Allen Craft: Do you see yourself as a mentor and/or instilling your musical skills into your sons?
Deejay Juice: I want them to do what they want to do. My dad really didn’t steer me into music. He was in my life; however, he was always working. He was the provider. It just seemed that God led it to be already in me. Whatever my boys’ passions are, have and/or want, I’m behind them.
Allen Craft: What would you prefer, the Deejay or the educator?
Deejay Juice: Well, I’m torn…I have a big passion for both.