DJ Fly Guy is a visionary, a dreamer, and a burst of raw talent in the music scene. Blending impeccable taste with a feel for the moment, Fly Guy channels his unadulterated passion through his musical performances, bringing a surge of energy to any room he plays. Celebrating 10 years in the business in January 2019, We caught up with him to find out what sets him apart from other DJ’s and why he is one of the DJ’s to watch for in 2019.
When did you realize you wanted to be a DJ?
I’ve been a rapper since I was 15 years old. Writing and recording music, performing in front of large audiences; finding a home on a stage. When I left Brooklyn in 2008 and moved back down to Miami, I was having a tough time figuring out what I was going to do with my life. At that point, I had never really made any money being an artist, and there weren’t many outlets for Hip Hop acts to get known down here, with the exception of MIAMI LIVE. My daughter was about to be born and I needed to figure something out, quick. To pass the time, I would hang out every Sunday night at this small bar on South beach called Love Hate. That’s where I met and established rapports with DJ Self Born, Mark Gordon, and Johnny Walker aka Ferg Fresh. It was literally music to my ears because what was being played was Old School hip hop, funk, r&b, reggae, and soul. That night/party became my place of refuge once a week. Every week, like church service.
Even though I have two older brothers who DJ’d as well, this was the first time I was able to have a bird’s eye view on what it was like to control a room people with music selections. It was at that point in December 2008 when I said I want to do THAT. Those guys gave me my first opportunity to get my feet wet and learn how to move a room of people on the “fly.” It really was trial by fire and on the job “training.” For me, it was a natural evolution from MC to DJ, since those are two of the 5 elements that make up Hip Hop culture. And I am a child of Hip-Hop. I thought about guys like Run (RUN-DMC) who started out as a DJ then became a rapper. Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, who Raps and DJs, D-Nice, Questlove, and the list goes on; so many people who embrace different parts of the culture and reinvent themselves. I felt like I could do the same. And do it well. 10 years later… here we are.
Where did the moniker “DJ Fly Guy” come from?
Circa 2006/2007. I was still living in Brooklyn, and my friends and I were throwing these very popular parties in Washington D.C. One of them, my man Scottie, aka G4 Scott, went to law school out there and he became known for having incredible house parties. Those shindigs later became club/lounge parties, and we were known as the G4 Crew: We Only Fly with a Few. Every Friday we would leave NYC, bound for DC, throw the party on Saturday, then come back to NYC on Sunday. One weekend, we all decided to dress for the party in tuxedos with jeans sneakers. I added a Yankees fitted hat to my ensemble with some red Marc Jacobs sunglasses. When we got to the venue to set up for the night, our door girl stopped me as I was walking in and said to me, “you know something, you’re a really FLY guy.” The light bulb went off. A few days later when I was back in Brooklyn, I bought the domain name aflyguy.com and launched a blog site. Even on my rapping mixtapes, it would say RAHSAAN aka “A FLY GUY.” So I was Fly long before I ever became a DJ. But when I started deejaying, I didn’t want to use my government name like I had been using for my rapping; so I decided I may as well use my blogging name.
Who were your musical influences growing up?