These days, to truly make a name for yourselves in the music industry takes a little bit of thinking “outside the box.” The staff at Sony Music Nashville knows this to be very true, as they have just aligned themselves with one of music’s most unique talents.
Noted DJ/remixer/producer Dee Jay Silver is preparing to bring his country/rock style of music mixing to the masses with the announcement that Silver has signed a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville. As part of an overall deal to help support marketing and production of this project, Sony Music Nashville has struck a deal with Average Joes Entertainment to produce country remix albums of recordings from the Sony Music catalog.
A top concert DJ/remixer/producer for the past decade, Dee Jay Silver’s exciting brand of music has been heard on tour with a variety of artists, most recently on back-to-back outings with Jason Aldean on Aldean’s My Kinda Party Tour and his current Night Train Tour.
How did Silver get his start in the industry?
“I started DJ’ing in college to make a little extra money. Then I realized after a few years that I could make a living doing it, so I quit everything else, and have been touring full time since then – about fourteen, fifteen years ago.”
‘Mixing’ it up is something that definitely has gotten into Silver’s adrenaline flow.
“I play 250 times a year, and I can’t wait to do it every night. It’s definitely one of those things where you wait all day to give the crowd that thirty minutes. You want them to leave with you having made their day. Then, with Jason coming right behind you, I just can’t wait to do it again every night.”
When asked about one of his most memorable nights on the road with Aldean, Silver says it was when he got to shine the light on one of his creations.
“I helped to break ‘Cruise.’ I got the record a few weeks before it came out. We have the same agent, and he said ‘I’ve got this new group. Tell me what you think. If you like it, let me know.’ I ended up doing the remixes for it. I remember we were in Toronto, at the Molson Ampitheatre. It was the quickest country sell out they had ever had. I played for ten minutes before Luke Bryan, just basically introducing myself, then brought Luke on. Then, I did a full set before Jason. I thought ‘What the heck.’ I’m just going to drop this Florida Georgia Line record on them! As soon as I started the track, the audience sang the entire song. I leaned back to Kevin, and said Dude, you’ve got to get out here. You’re not going to believe this. If I could pick one moment that surprised me, that would be it. You can play hit after hit if you’re a DJ, but to play a song that you did the remix to, and they sing every word to your version is unreal.”
How does it feel for Silver now that the ink has dried on the contract with Sony?
“We’ve been working on it for about a year. I wanted a home where I knew something could really come out of it. I needed a good catalog to work with, one with a reputable name. The first time we walked into Sony, I knew this was where I wanted to be. To be the first DJ to ever get a country record deal is amazing.”
What is a Dee Jay Silver project going to sound like?
“I’m just going to take the number one hits from the catalog, and make them modern. We’re not going to change the country aspect of them, hopefully, we’ll just re-cut them with the artist, put them back on the radio, and sell more for the artist. For everything about it, I’m more excited to be doing my original stuff. That’s eventually where I’m going to get to go with that. To get to work with the Chris Young’s of the world, people whom I call friend – what an honor. We’re going to get to do something that has never been done in country music. I’m excited for it. I’m just proud to be a part of it.”
Silver’s first release under the new arrangement will be the June 4th arrival of his four-song EP, Country Club. You can preview on Amazon it here.
Dee Jay Silver EP track listing:
1. Two Black Cadillacs/Jolene (Dee Jay Silver Edit) Carrie Underwood featuring Dolly Parton
Carrie Underwood/Josh Kear/Hillary Lindsey/Dolly Parton (BMI)/(ASCAP)
Original version of “Two Black Cadillacs” produced by Mark Bright
Original version of “Jolene” produced by Bob Ferguson
2. Dixieland Delight (Dee Jay Silver Mix)Alabama featuring Nappy Roots
Ronnie Rogers (BMI)
Nappy Roots appears courtesy of NREG/AVJ Records
Original version produced by Harold Shedd and Alabama
3. Angel Eyes (Dee Jay Silver Remix) Love and Theft
Jeff Coplan/Eric Gunderson/Eric Paslay (ASCAP)
Original version produced by Josh Leo
4. Barefoot Blue Jean Night (Dee Jay Silver Remix) Jake Owen
Dylan Altman/Eric Paslay/Terry Sawchuk (BMI)/(ASCAP)/(SOCAN)
Original version produced by Joey Moi and Rodney Clawson
Country Club is produced by Phive Starr (Jared Sciullo, Justin “DJ KO” Spillner), Shannon “Fat Shan” Houchins, Dee Jay Silver and Jim Catino. Shannon “Fat Shan” Houchins and Jim Catino serve as Executive Producers.
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