Fete After Fete
Brooklyn’s own D-LIFE just can’t stop
If you live in a place where people love Caribbean music, chances are you’ve heard D-LIFE’s unique voice. It might have been on Hot 97 in NYC, Mixx96 in Miami, or Sirius XM broadcasting all over the globe. The talented Trinidadian-born, Brooklyn-based DJ enjoys a unique partnership with Bobby Konders and Jabba from New York’s biggest reggae sound system Massive B. You can hear D-LIFE with Massive B on their weekly Hot 97 show, Fire Sundays. Fans catch him live weekly at the Fire Sundays party in Brooklyn, where he plays soca, hip-hop and reggae, adding a Trini touch to the jam-packed festivities.
Recently he has added another remarkable achievement to his repertoire, joining forces with the Queen of Soca Alison Hinds as her official tour DJ. “It was my honor when I was asked to become her DJ ” he says. Touring with Alison, D-LIFE’s has captivated audiences throughout North and South America and the Caribbean. “He brings an energy to my performance…and I love his musical creativity,” said Hinds, who has had over twenty years of hits, including the recent remix to Bruk It Down, with Mr. Vegas.
D-LIFE has also achieved success in the production world. Along with Beenie Man and Fatman Scoop, he was first featured on the 2005 remix to Soul on Fire by KMC. In 2007, D-LIFE penned an album deal with EMI Records/ Penalty Records and produced Extreme Soca: Volume 1, a CD-DVD compilation that received recognition from Billboard Magazine and remains on Amazon.com Top-10 Caribbean albums to ever be sold. He later co-produced the soca remix for Kanye West and Estelle’s smash hit American Boy for Atlantic Records – an infectious mix that continues to fill dance-floors and Ipods. He continues to be a highly sought-after producer for remixes and features.
Many credit D-LIFE with breaking hit records like Turn Me On, Soul On Fire and Nookie that provided Kevin Lyttle, Rupee and Jamesy P. with major record deals. D-LIFE supported Alison Hinds’ “Roll It” record, which entered daytime rotation at Hot 97. However, D-LIFE has not forgotten his roots: he held a longtime residency at Brooklyn’s Club Nocturnal and can be found at Carnivals across the world—from Caribana in Toronto to Cropover in Barbados. Crossing borders and bringing the music—whether hip-hop, reggae, soca or r&b—to the people; that’s what D-LIFE specializes in. “I just can’t stop,” he says, adding “I love the music; music brings people together.”