We were lucky to catch up with J. Wayne Pringle, Jr. recently and have shared our conversation below.
J. Wayne , looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Let’s jump to the end – what do you want to be remembered for?
One day, I hope when the conversation of Gospel DJ’s is being shared that theStylishDJ is one of those names that is considered a staple. Over the last 25 plus year’s I have dedicated my craft to being the Gospel DJ that spotlights new artist, established artist, and upcoming artist. The goal isn’t to just play songs and have a nice listening session- yes those are great attributes but in this genre the goal is to win souls and bring others to Christ through music. I often refer to being a gospel dj as my ministry- these days with social media and hashtags one of my signatures for this is #digitalministryofmuzik. This symbolizes to those who are seeking both ministry and music that it can be found through this platform.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers
Greetings and Salutations to all.
Thanks for taking time to catch up with me, I appreciate all who have stayed in contact with me and to those who have since become friends, followers and supporters. In my state we always say WELCOME TO TEXAS! It just has a nice ring to it. I am a Dallas native born and raised in the great city of Garland. My family and friends call me J. Wayne Pringle Jr. and a little over 25 years ago, I gained an alter ego named theStylishDJ aka Stylish. My alter ego is a hybrid name that was gifted to me because of my love of music and DJing along with fashion. I have always enjoyed being “different” when it came to style. Over time through conversations and different atmospheres the word stylish would come up. One day a close friend had an idea to change my original DJ name (which I wasn’t really a fan of any way) and thus theStylishDJ was formed.
As a Gospel DJ, the genre alone is one that was not popular for this industry when I first started. Finding music, connecting with artist the whole process was a task- music sites such as Napster and LimeWire were limited to secular music. There were no real social media sites to connect with so the real hard work included going to CD stores, listening to radio shows, and local churches to gain what was popular. Popularity began to grow as well as shared sites began providing music, including the creation of Gospel Record Pools. I remember getting my first online radio show, I was so scared and excited at the same time. As of today 7 online radio shows have theStylishDJ brand that is being represented as well as Facebook Live’s Instagram Live and local residency spots for the Christian atmosphere. In the year of 2021 my social media was hacked, I lost one of my biggest and longest running Face Book lives which had accumulated over 750k views and comments. As my journey continues, theStylishDJ brand is seeking new followers, new contacts and connections to help spread the Gospel through a musical ministry.
Can you open up about how you funded your business?
Radio shack, a store that was popular in the early 90’s that went out of business and is now resurfacing again. This was my favorite electronics store, I bought my first set up for my first event there. On the Saturday before the event I purchased a set of speakers, a receiver and a turntable. This was not a high end setup by any means but it was my first paid event and received $35 dollars for it. I spent more money trying to sound good then I was getting paid to sound good. After that event I was convinced this is something I wanted to do so I started doing research on actual DJ equipment, where to get and what was needed to become the next big mobile dj. 1 year later, I purchased my first controller and professional speakers. During my research I came across places that let you pay as you go which during that time came in handy for a newly married man with 2 daughters. It took me 2.5 years to pay off $2000.oo worth of equipment. To anyone who is on a budget, that is a awesome deal, however since that period I have worked hard on my day time job and events to purchase equipment for cash. Over the last years I have collected so much equipment from pawn shops and superstores that the ability to set up multiple venues or rent out my equipment has become an option for increased revenue.
Are there any resources you wish you knew about earlier in your creative journey?
The one resource that to this day I wish I had access to and learned earlier is Photoshop. Flyers, cd ideas, and mix show covers are and can be created using PS. I have always been the type to say if someone else can do it, then I can do it. I honestly did not get into photoshop until about 4 years ago. The first year of photoshop, I spent on YouTube and tutorials learning how to use and manipulate the program, as of today I get requests to create flyers or logo’s for different clientele. One of the biggest designs that I have been honored to partake in creating is the shield for a Christian Fraternity, Xi Phi Epsilon, to date this shield is the official shield for generations to come.
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- Youtube: thestylishdj