Ryan the Dj

Based: Johannesburg

Born and raised in Durban, Ryan has always had a passion for music since the early days of his youth. His early exposure to the DJ culture had been introduced by his older brother which led him to generate a lot of interest into the art of deejaying and turntablism.

At the age of 16, Ryan began deejaying at house parties and club gigs that he was able to secure being under the legal age for entry! He created and distributed mixtapes to his friends and colleagues, wanting to enable the public to hear his unique talent. Developing his technique with years of dedication and research into turntablism, Ryan mastered a unique scratch method which had impressed many and had secured him his first club residency. Ryan soon competed in the ‘East Coast Radio’ and ‘MTN’ battle of the DJs competition, which had been judged by South African superstar DJ: Ready D, being crowned the winner in the Hip-Hop category.

The ‘East Coast Radio’ DJ Battle earned Ryan a DJ slot on ‘East Coast Radio’s’ ‘Late Night Vibe’ show with ‘Trevor Williams’ and ‘Sekza.’This would not be Ryan’s last radio showcase as a year later he landed a spot as a mix-show DJ on 5FM’s ‘Friday Night Fix’ with ‘DJ Fix’ (Fikile Moeti) which had opened the porthole to larger opportunities for his DJ career.

In 2012, Ryan was crowned the ‘5FM Ultimix at 6’ DJ competition winner. He had beaten over 150 entrants and had entered the next level of his DJ career. Winning the competition, Ryan was awarded a residency on South Africa’s largest radio station 5FM for the country’s most tuned in radio slot: ‘The Fresh Drive’ with celebrity radio DJ: ‘DJ Fresh’ (Thato Sikwane). The Ultimix position has led Ryan on to featuring at various events/festivals and shows with the country’s leading DJs as well as earning an endorsement deal by Denon DJ South Africa.
Ryan has also been showcased to play alongside internationally acclaimed Artists/DJs such as: DJ Big Syphe (Power 106 LA/Pitbull Tour DJ); DJ Biks (Jay Sean Tour DJ), DJ Kayper (BBC Network DJ) & Fatman Scoop to name a few.With his popularity now reaching new heights, further success was earned and he had been asked to feature on various South African television shows which include: SABC 1’s ‘Yo TV Wildroom’, ‘LIVE’ and The Big Breakfast Show. Ryan has also featured in publications such as: Get It! Magazine, The Sunday Times, Rising Sun, The Daily News and Sun International Magazine.Over the years Ryan’s strive for excellence and dedication has seen him grow from strength to strength enabling him to become one of the most prolific DJs in the country. Ryan is a crowd pleaser and his performances.

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