A music lover’s prayer by Mut Asheru:
“God. Bless the DJ. May he play something that makes my cares and troubles float away. May he or she Dear God, teach me the meaning of rhythm and dance. May he/she make me awaken my awareness of fresh new talent, vibrant talent, and masterful talent. Bless the DJs hands and ears. Stay with the DJ lord as he/she leads us down the path of all that is good and satisfying in the realm of musical offerings.
Not everyone can be a DJ. In the bigger scheme of things the DJ is master conductor who must keep the party going. Some DJs are good at one genre of music. The genius of Junior is that he is a master of discovering great talent, no matter the genre.
His mission is to bless us with music we may not hear on a daily basis; music that needs to be heard.
Each Friday from 6 to 9 PM EST, Junior shares this passion for independent artistry on Eavesdrop, the radio show he co-hosts with Philly producer Lil’ Dave . The 6-YEAR-OLD show, which is broadcast by Drexel University’s WKDU-FM and airs on Junior’s web site, www.recordbreakin.com, features interviews with artists like King Britt, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ursula Rucker, Dwele, Lizz Fields, Platnium Pied Pipers, Jazzanova, and tracks by hundreds of signed and unsigned musicians. By providing a platform for those outside of the commercial loop, Eavesdrop has attracted a worldwide following of thousands, including ?uestlove, Zap Mama, Benji B (BBC 1Xtra), Rich Medina and Foreign Exchange’s Nicolay.
Junior is a very modest DJ who maintains that education is his underlying cause in doing all that he has done for many artists around the world who may not receive love through conventional channels. What else can you expect from a brotha with a PHD in education who has also worked for the Dept. of Education. Yes education is his passion.
His show and career as a DJ, let Junior tell it, just took on a life of its own. Once he started making his mixtapes, folks eventually began contacting him asking if they could get on. His mixtape “Lend Me Your Ear” recieved distribution overseas in both Europe and Japan.
True to his word whatever is left over from the sales of the CD goes to an educational charity.
“My purpose is not to take,” explains Junior. “But to give.”
Not genre specific, you’re liable to hear a good mix of whatever’s out that’s good. Eavesdrop is definitely a show for those whose ears extend past the box.
“I’m not genre specific, because you limit yourself when you do that. The music I like depends on my mood and vibe. All I ask is that it be soul-full,” he says.
His “o-come-all-ye-soulful” philosophy has paid off big time. His show Eavesdrop is downloaded over 2500 times weekly.
Steadily booked overseas…hey how did he tap into the overseas market anyway?
“I went to visit some friends and they were like hey bring some records. Well I was just trying to visit and have fun, but I brought my records anyway. Before I knew it they had me spinning over there. It just kinda took wings from there.”
Well overseas loves him, but he does have plans to bring his tour stateside and soon. Junior has a lot on his plate. Not only is he booking more gigs and being selected at ‘beat-finder’ for multiple projects, but he owns his own artist development firm.
According to his bio, “…Junior is as low-key as they come, his unique gifts haven’t gone unnoticed, On the strength of his Eavesdrop interviews and the content he writes for recordbreakin.com, Junior was invited to Amsterdam, London, Manchester, and Lisbon where he did a dj tour, guest radio spots on BBC Radio 1Xtra, and interviewed various musicians and producers for various publications. He also pens music reviews for Beautiful Decay magazine, The Philadelphia Weekly and writes a column for Dork Magazine. In 2005, Junior was selected to design a sneaker for ‘Puma’s Mongolian Barbecue’ project. He also began ‘Excursions’, a monthly listening lounge at Philadelphia’s Latest Dish.”
Did we mention that he served as “beat-finder” for Nicolay and Wale Oyejide? He was one of the producers for Wale Oyejide’s afro/broken-beat album“The Afrofuture”and served as Nicolay’s beat finder for “I Love The Way You Love” featuring Darien Brockington on Nicolay’s 2006 album “Here.”
Whew…hope we haven’t missed too much.
Of course theirs more to his story. Check out www.recordbreakin.com.
By: Mut Asheru