We had the good fortune of connecting with Mario Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mario, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am originally from Brooklyn, NY and a first generation graduate from University at Albany. With a Jamaican family they taught me to have grit and to never limit yourself. Along with this i learned to work for what you want it will never just be given to you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
With Dj’n I make sure none of my performances sound the same. Yes, i may freestyle and go off the crowd reaction but i make sure that none of my sets sound repetitive. I am proud that i am not scared to step out of the box and try a new song, transition, sound effect because it is all trial and error: if it works keep it & if not try again. Becoming a DJ was not easy because i had to make the transition from promoter and party attendee to being the person in control of the vibe. With consistency and patience i made my impact and slowly gained my respect in a short 6 year time span. Some lessons i have learned along the way is that you must wait your turn and not every opportunity should be yours so don’t get jealous but just be patient and ready. I want the world to know that being a DJ or being in the entertainment ‘Its More Than Music’ it is making impact on peoples lives without even knowing it & that power should never be taken for granted.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ironically enough, I would ask them where they want but then again i like to wonder and find new things that we both can experience at the same time.
Buckhead saloon is a favorite of mine. (Met boosie badass there my first time going haha)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
BIG shoutouts to my mother. She always worked long hours when i was young and when i was an adult it dawned on me on the sacrifices she made to get me where i am today. My mother entered me into multiple extracurricular actives to keep me busy as a child, This kept me from getting into any trouble but also instilled a lot of traits that are my strong points today like team work, sportsmanship & leadership.
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