Mississippi has a rich history of producing some of the greatest musical talent in the business, and DJ T-Swan is looking to add his own name to the long list of successful artists and performers. Trae Swan from Long Beach, MS has already made a name for himself along the Gulf Coast working shows that span from Slidell, Louisianna to Tallahassee, Florida and include many popular hip hop artists of the day such as Lil Wayne and Wacka Flocka.
His career began early; at age twelve he was DJ-ing at a skating rink in his hometown, playing the usual skating classics, as well as, “…Run DMC, the Commodores, a little bit of everything.” By fifteen he was getting a taste of the club scene, trying out his skills in local clubs alongside a few older DJ’s he knew. As he got older he started making friends with radio personalities and was able to spend time in professional studios seeing how mixing and scratching were really done. “After me and my big “brother” Mixx Maestro started hanging out, I went from CD players to Technics [laughs], so I would have to give it up to him for showing me how real DJs do it on VINYL.”
Now twenty-five, DJ T-Swan has racked up an impressive resume in a short period of time. He has worked several shows hosted at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi (Lil Boosie and the Trill Fam in 2007, Rick Ross in 2012, and the AMS Music Conference & Model Search in 2012). He has also done an incredible list of shows in some of the most popular clubs in the region, including Yo Gotti at Club Memories in Hattiesburg, Travis Porter at Club 228 in Gulfport, and Trina/Kevin Gates/K Michelle at the Slidell Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell, LA. His rising popularity and expanding reach into the DJ mainstream has helped boost several local careers including Trill Fam, Dollah Dae, Party Boyz and 2 Chainz. He is also a part of a few DJ crews composed of the best DJ’s in their respective markets: Slip N Slide DJs, Southern M Pire DJ’s, and Defenition DJ’s.
Although most of his shows have featured mainly hip hop artists, DJ T-Swan does not want to be seen as just a hip hop DJ. “I cover all music genres, hip hop, top 40, electronic, Latin, country, and Christian. I guess the reason I DJ is to expose people to new music from all over the world and all genres of music. I never want to be a DJ just known for hip hop or top 40. When people mention T-Swan I want them to think of me as, ‘that DJ that does it all.’” His inspiration came from watching music-oriented stations on TV such as BET, MTV, and VH1. The defining moment occurred when he was checking out new local radio stations and stumbled upon The Mix Show. “I believe it was DJ Sgt. Rock, he had me amazed at the music he was banging out.” But when he heard DJ Crazy Ivan on the pop station 1071 The Monkey, “I knew right away that I wanted to be the mixing king.”
And he is well on his way to seizing the throne. He hopes to one day get a call from the Core DJ’s who hosted the Core DJ Retreat in New Orleans this past year where DJ T-Swan was also in attendance. “I’ve been working hard for these guys to recognize what I’ve got going on.” He also hopes to be the featured DJ on BET’s 106 & Park, and have a chance to one day be on stage with some of the best national ranking DJs like DJ Khaled and DJ Drama.