It’s not often you hear the words DJ and country music in the same sentence but top touring DJ/remixer/producer Dee Jay Silver, of Spring Hill, flawlessly melds the two music styles.
Silver became the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville label. His 2013 EP, Country Club, features creative and rhythmic country mash-ups of some of the format’s most popular and beloved artists, including Alabama, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen, and Love and Theft.
His talent has landed him gigs with Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell. After meeting Jason Aldean in 2010 in Las Vegas, he’s been on tour with the country superstar for nine years as his resident DJ.
While he might spend a lot of time on tour, Silver will play close to home Friday night. Silver and his family have called Spring Hill home for the last five years and he plays a hometown show tonight, Friday Sept 7 at Bridgestone Arena, opening for Jason Aldean.
“Always a good day when you play Nashville…especially Bridgestone. Everyone we know and work with will be there…Friday night should be one for the books,” he said.
Dee Jay Silver’s Origins
With his Texas roots, going country was not a far stretch for Silver.
“Growing up in Texas, country music was all I ever heard. I was very versed in country music, so I’ve always mixed it in. I’m so happy to see that ‘Country Remix’ is actually a genre now. Music and DJing to me are about being creative and relating to your crowd. No matter what song it is, people will dance if it’s presented right. If they’re familiar with a song, that’s what makes them more comfortable to have a better time.”
Silver began DJing while attending college in Arkansas and later moved to Springfield, MO where, while working as a doorman for a club, his interest peaked and he began opening up the dance floor until the headlining DJ would come on. “One gig turned into the next,” he shares of his early beginnings. “Back in the day, you didn’t have computers, YouTube, or schools to learn how to DJ. If you were going to DJ, you had to learn from another DJ.”
As Aldean’s tour is coming to a close, we asked what was next for Silver and it seems there’s no slowing down for him anytime soon.
“Several Vegas dates and touring with Chris Young & Dan and Shay in the fall. I also have my radio show “The Country Club” I do weekly…maybe take a vacation sometime in between that!”