DJ Open Format
DJ Wah-Heed was born in Brooklyn, NY and has been playing records since the age of 1. He is greatly influenced by his late Caribbean parents’ love of music, playing everything from World Beat to Funk, Gospel, Jazz, R & B, Motown, Rock, Reggae, Soca and oldies. Around 1979 after Wah-Heed heard King Tim III (Fatback Band) at Brooklyn’s Labor Day Parade, Hip-Hop took over and Rap music was included in the family record collection. Knowing no DJs personally, Wah-Heed in 1980 taught himself how to scratch 45’s and started learning how to deejay in 1984.
Once he was able to convince his father to buy some turntables for Christmas, he spent many days after school learning various DJ techniques inspired by Grandmaster Flash, Africa Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Grandwizard Theodore, Grandmixer DXT, Mix Master Ice, Marley Marl, Red Alert, Chuck Chillout and the numerous DJ pioneers of that era. Wah-heed has been playing at parties since 1985 and even started producing in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s as a creative outlet. He has also competed in many DJ battles, becoming the 1999 Mars Music Spin-off champion in Catonsville MD, winning 1st place in the 2003 Baltimore Guitar Center Spinoff, and placing as a top ten finalist in DMC for the 2003 D.C. Regionals and 2005 Baltimore region.
But for several years his focus has been primarily on reaching as many people as possible through music as an open format DJ. Wah-heed served as the DJ at a VIP Party for the legendary Harry Belafonte. He also opened for various acts on the main stage at the 2009 Inaugural Peace Ball hosted by Andy Shilah, owner and founder of Busboys & Poets at the National Postal Museum in D.C., and the 2013 Inaugural Peace Ball at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage. He opened for Sweet Honey In The Rock, Sahel, and Yasin Bey f.k.a. Mos Def. He is currently the co-host of Party, Life and Music Radio on blis.fm every Tuesday from 6-7 PM (EST) and serves as Music contributor to www.onthegroundshow.org which airs every Friday 11am-12pm on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington DC.