Listen to DJ Tameil - Monday-Friday 1-2p - Old School House Party!!
In order to become best at your craft, not only is it imperative to be blessed with the talent, a certain amount of dedication is also what's important. Fortunately, for hip hop & club music impresario Dj Tameil, he's blessed with the best of both worlds. August 23, 1978 marks the birth of Deshawn Paynes, later to be known as Dj Tameil.
As a youngster in New Jersey, Tameil was presented with his first battery powered turntable that his mother purchased for him as a gift.
An encouraging friend by the name of Reginald Noble, who is now known as the animated rapper Redman, suggested to Tameil , who was only 7 years old at the time that he should deejay at his uncle's wedding, Tameil agreed and instantly thrived off of the audience reactions as he played E.U.'s "Da butt". Tameil used to listen daily and accumulate a sense for counting beats as a few of his uncles and Redman would deejay in the basement of Redman's mother's house. After Redman got signed to a deal and appeared regularly on television and radio, Tameil realized that being a deejay and creating his own music could actually be more than just a hobby. With everything he learned thus far, Tameil felt confident enough to bring his first tape master to a professional agent in Jersey. There, Tameil was taught how to hustle his talent to fellow vendors and deejays who had their own music stands, booths and record stores. In 1995, Tameil put out his first mixtape to rave reviews. After his 10th mixtape, Tameil became a household name in the state of New Jersey.
Tameil also was blessed with the opportunity to deejay his first nightclub gig and shortly thereafter he earned his own place as the deejay for a Kelly Price concert at the prestigious Newark Symphony Hall which featured other such notable artists such as Jaheim, Dave Hollister, and Changing Faces. He has also completed work for artist Tame-One (formerly of Artifacts) and comedian/ actor Jonathan Martin (BET's Comic View) and would also go on to perform on television and at concerts with artists such as Lil' Jon & the Eastside Boyz, Keyshia Cole, Damien Marley, Jim Jones, Max B, Big Tigger, Alicia Meyers, Meli’sa Morgan, Cece Peniston, Christopher Williams, The R&B group Intro and Miss Jones of Hot 97. Dj Tameil has made various appearances on the nationally syndicated Rap city in "Da bassment" and also "106 & Park" Tv shows which feature on BET. He would also go on to appear in various magazines such as "Dazed & Confused (UK)", "The Fader", "Time Out NY", "Spinner", "Philadelphia Weekly", "Urban Magazine & others. Tameil also started his own record label, "Anthrax Records" in 2001 from which he released his own vinyl records.
In 2006 Tameil has inked a contract with Unruly Records which is one of the founding labels in the creation of Baltimore Club Music and owned by Dj Scottie B. & Sean Caesar and is also home to many of the Baltimore Producers whom he looked up to.
In his Journey to captivate minds across the world with his branch of club music, Tameil has traveled to do tours in cities across Europe, United Kingdom and also Canada. "It's Ya Man", which has become the official stamp of Dj Tameil over so many years, will echo upon ears for many more years to come as he travels to more continents and countries abroad. Asked what he would like his audience to get out of his performance, Tameil said he wants them to say: "Dj Tameil is one of the best I ever heard… he just just kept hitting me in the head with hit after hit of the hottest music." Already a profound piece of art, that shouldn't be a problem.