Dubbed the "Remix Kid," DJ Baby Yu hails from Toronto, Canada and is a prominent remixer, tour DJ and radio DJ. He got his feet wet in Atlanta radio with the "Ryan Cameron Morning Show" on at 7 a.m., Monday-Friday, "The Big Tigger Show" at 5 p.m. daily and his own "Mid-Day Motivation Mix" on Saturday's, all at Atlanta's V103 Radio. Baby Yu is also a resident DJ at the popular Alex Gidewon's Reign Nightclub, Tongue & Groove and Halo Lounge.
Known for his remix skills, Baby Yu lent his creative prowess to Kanye West's "Watch The Crown Tour" and is a top-pick for events and parties with the likes of Ne-Yo, Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri, Lil' Wayne, Jay-Z, Kevin Hart, Rihanna, Akon, Chris Brown and Diddy. His DJ events and parties also included Rick Ross, Trey Songz, T.I., Black Eyed Peas, Drake, Lebron James... And his tour dates include superstars such as Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, The Game and now rapper Young Jeezy.
Taking time from his business schedule, DJ Baby Yu gave us some incite in his world and how emphatic he is about eating healthy.
Coming from Canada, how did you make your way down to Atlanta?
I knew it was time for me to go into the US market, and since I had a good relationship with top club owners and promoters in ATL, I made the move.
How was your experience working with music greats, Jay-Z and Kanye West? Of the two, who did you enjoying working with the best?
Actually, to clarify, I only worked with Kanye. Jay-Z was able to cosign that is all, but I was grateful to be recognized by both. Kanye and I had done a mixtape together before his first album came out, so we had a little bit of history. This time, he wanted to pick my brain on how he can improve his "Watch the Throne" tour with Jay-Z. We talked for at least three hours. He is very talented and intelligent, it was a surreal moment.
Growing up, did you know deejaying was what you wanted to do? Who inspired you growing up?
No. I had plans of going to Japan since I had ice hockey scholarships offered to me by several universities. My Japanese culture is very important to me and to live there was something I wanted to do. At the time, I wanted to be in the international business field but later fell more in love with music and here I am today. If I were to change professions now, I'd get into culinary arts.
Having worked with many people in the industry, who inspires you now?
My father will always be my biggest inspiration because he taught me how to be patient and diligent in anything I do. Other than that, I think there 're so many people in my life that inspire me, so I am grateful for that. From my boss at the radio station, my friends and family, Jeezy, who I DJ for, my colleagues and even the fans I meet and get to know, they all inspire me. My friend Kenny Burns said it the best. Appreciate everyone that comes into your life because it is all about having good relationships with people, and he is right. Since then I am able to take in any relationship and make it into an inspiring one.
What is the Eat Like A Baby campaign and how has that motivated you since its beginning?
I was reminded by an inspiring family friend that "you have nothing if you do not have your health." It is so true. To increase your efficiency in whatever you do in life, you have to be the healthiest you can be. I am just trying to encourage that onto people. I find that people in general aren't educated enough on this subject, so this is where I come in with the cook. Education is the key.
What is a Baby Yu’s daily menu, especially because you keep such late nights?
I eat a lot of greens and juicing. Don't get me wrong, I am still a foodie and love everything, but I have good self control.
You said, "being healthy is very important, but as a club DJ, you keep late hours and then have to get up early for the "Ryan Cameron Morning Show" at 7. How do you work through those sometimes-sleepless nights?
Sleep is very important, and I get seven to eight hours every day; I just sleep at different hours. I work til 7:30 a.m. and sleep til 3-4 p.m. I live in a different time zone! Lol.
How did you get the opportunity to work with Ryan Cameron and V103?
Ryan and I had connected before I got on the station. He asked me what my goal was, and I told him I wanted to be on his show. A month later, after I had my Saturday show on V103 FM, I started with Ryan Cameron. We've always been a fan of each others work, so it worked out.
Who would you like to work with next?
Definitely Iggy Azalea and Rihanna.
What is one of the craziest things a person did to get you to spin their record?
More like what the crazy thing I wanted to do to the person who was annoyingly requesting a song over and again. Us as DJ's hate that so much, lol.
You are the tour DJ for Young Jeezy. What’s the experience like going on tour?
Amazing. He is so very talented, and business sense is on a million. I'm very inspired and grateful to be working with him.
Do you have any upcoming projects? Who are some of your collaborations?
Right now I am working on some remixed collaborations with other artists and DJs. In the meantime, I'll be releasing other mix-tapes as well. Production is priority to me right now and my goal.
Please finish the statement?
Being in the industry, you have to be business savvy and look out for… new opportunities to evolve.
To my fans and colleagues and to you guys for having me.
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