The explosion of dancehall and reggae music in the American mainstream over the years inspired DJ Madout to follow his musical pursuits. The New York based disc jockey has transcended his artistry beyond boundaries, rising to the top of his game.
DJ Madout was not known as a musical geek who was always “extra early and always in front” when it came to music classes. Professionally trained on the saxophone and trombone, his ear for music began to grow and mature with sounds, beats and notes.
An avid musical connoisseur, DJ Madout found music through all aspects of life. Influential reggae greats like Sizzla to alternative bands like Green Day greatly impacted his musical style. The hard work he put in has paid off in a big way.
He was once the touring DJ for the late international rhythm and blues singer Natalie Cole. He has also worked with former G Unit rapper Lloyd Banks, rappers Gucci Mane, Ace Hood and Juelz Santana as well as homegrown stars Shaggy, Sean Paul and the Marleys. He has also done work with Macy’s Sophora.
Born Jermaine Ricketts in Bronx, New York to parents who originated from Jamaica, he has made a name for himself in hip hop circles having racked up credentials doing gigs with Hot 97’s Who’s Next and VH1’s Black Ink among others.
DJ Madout recalls his journey was far from being perfect.
‘I went through a lot of no sleep, no eating, locking in and practicing my craft day in day out. Networking was important for me. A lot of hard work, prayer and dedication’, he explained.
DJ Madout is without a doubt the best reggae DJ on the party and club circuit in the tri-state area. His style of playing music is one which he has perfected over the years.
‘I bring a difference to any event that I am playing. If I’m on the set, you definitely have to dance and enjoy yourself. If you come to the party after having a bad day, it’s my job to ensure that you forget the bad day’, he added.
He is the nephew of respected tour and artiste manager Copeland Forbes.
‘I got the name DJ Madout from high school days because I always went the extra mile on anything that I do’, he explained.
DJ Madout also promotes events within the tri-state area.
‘My second love is promotion. I keep one of the biggest parties each year in New York City’, he said.
In late 2015 he played at the Welcome to Jamrock cruise, a gig he is passionate about. He has also done gigs in Jamaica. Additional gigs include countries such as Antigua, Australia and Mexico.
DJ Madout was nominated for the Global Spin Awards for Best DJ.
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