About DJ Nique…
Who does this guy think he is anyway???
“I want to be a DJ,” are the words 8-year-old “DJ Nique” told the neighborhood record store clerk after seeing a “DJs For Hire” sign posted outside. It is with such young passion and early conviction that Nique went from standing on a chair to scratch Sesame Street records on his dad’s stereo system to opening for headliners like Fat Joe, Bobby Valentino, Juelz Santana, Teairra Marie and T.I.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Dominican-American Nique grew up on his older brother’s Hip-Hop and the sounds of classic Merengue. While his brother would play artists like A Tribe Called Quest, The Ghetto Boys, and Gang Starr on his boombox, his dad kept Fernando Villalona, Johnny Ventura, and Wilfrido Vargas in constant rotation on the ‘82 Honda’s tape deck. This early cross-cultural exposure embedded in Nique a sincere appreciation for all aspects of music, and would lead to his ultimate goal: Contributing to music through the element of DJing.
The contribution began immediately.Once Nique was accepted into the High School of Art and Design, hehappily made the 45 minute commute into Manhattan for a chance to thrive among break dancers, graffiti artists, rappers, and fellow DJs. Every Friday after school, Nique scoured the city’s record labels to collect the hottest promo vinyl giveaways. His persistence and dedication paid off - a two hour wait at Arista meant an advance copy of Usher’sNo. 1 hit, “Yeah!” and a Def Jam afternoon led to a chance encounter with Jay-Z.
Nique went on to receive his B.A. in Broadcasting Communications from Buffalo State College, where he became the Hip-Hop Director of 91.3 FM WBNY, the campus radio station. Frequently DJing high profile events as a part of Class Entertainment, Nique had the opportunity to play in Buffalo’s hottest venues such as Town Ball Room, Birchfield’s, and The Buffalo Convention Center; Eventually becoming a resident DJ at Buffalo’s most popular night club, Level (Currently Pure).
Since college, Nique has DJed at infamous New York City venuessuch as Touch, M2 Ultra Lounge, Plum, The Yard NYC, Banc, Sin City and Crazy Horse. He has hosted a radio show at 88.7FM WARY in Valhalla, NY. When he’s not spinning, Nique keeps busy with a number of MC events, stand-up comedy, and his blog, Sniquepeek.com; which features a podcast that he produces himself called Snique Peek Radio. By day, Nique works at Music Choice, a company that programs dozens of audio music channels.
For booking information & other inquiries, contact DJ Nique: DJNiqueNice [at] Yahoo.com