Everyone has seen the clips of DJ Marley circulating on social media and all wonder who this young, vibrant and beautiful DJ is. We got a chance to catch up with DJ Marley and get to know her a little more.
Hayti Overload: DJ Marley, please tell us a little bit about yourself?
DJ Marley:I am 8 years old and I was born in Delray Beach Florida. My dad was born in Fort Lauderdale, but his parents are from Haiti and my mom is white and she was born in Boca Raton. I have loved music since I was a little kid.
Hayti Overload: At just 8 years old you have taken the internet by storm and we know this is just the beginning but how did it all start for you?
DJ Marley: It started by watching DJ’s at a tailgate getting people hyped and also seeing YouTube videos of DJ’s. I got excited and asked my dad for DJ equipment and started going from there. I watched a lot of videos teaching people how to DJ. I also got help from a couple DJ’s here in my hometown that my dad and uncle know.
Hayti Overload: Who or what is your biggest aspiration?
DJ Marley: My biggest inspiration is my whole family. They work hard and support each other.
Hayti Overload: At such a young age how do you balance school and Djing?
DJ Marley: My parents make sure I balance all that. They do not let me DJ too long and since both of them work at schools they make sure I am sticking to my studies.
Hayti Overload: What has been the biggest challenge you have faced since Djing and how did you overcome it?D
DJ Marley: Biggest challenge was DJ’ing in front of 60,000 people at Dolphin stadium. I was getting really really nervous and sweating. My dad told me to just block all of it out and just play like I’m at home. And I did.
Hayti Overload: There’s so much music out there, how do you decide what songs to play in your sets?
Dj Marley: I listen sometimes to what my parents are listening to. My dad is big on listening to 90s and 2000’s music. I play music certain type of music based off of who I think is listening.
Hayti Overload: How important is it for you to also play Haitian music in your sets?
DJ Marley: It’s very important. I may not understand a lot of it, but my grandpa and grandma love it. A lot of people including non-Haitians love it.
Hayti Overload: Besides Djing, what else are you passionate about?
DJ Marley: Traveling, making videos on TIK TOK, also acting. Before DJing my cousin and I had and still have a Facebook page call “The Marley and Alayah Show.
Hayti Overload: Recently you got a chance to work with DJ Khaled, how was that experience like for you?
DJ Marley: It was awesome. Its someone I look up to. He told me to keep working hard and that he loved my energy. I got to meet his son Asahd and his wife Ms. Nicole. They were all awesome.
Hayti Overload: Are there any other DJ’s you would like to work with one day?
DJ Marley: I want to work with Marshmello, DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Hayti Overload: What festivals would you like to play at one day?
DJ Marley: Ultrafast, Rolling Loud.
Hayti Overload: What advice would you give to children or anyone out there who aspire to be a DJ one day?
DJ Marley: Don’t let no one tell you that you can’t do it. If you put your mind to it, you will be great.
Hayti Overload: How can we follow you online?
DJ Marley: You can follow me on Instagram and twitter @DJMARLEY954 and also on Facebook too.