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A DJ and A Producer! How Covid 19 forced me to re-invent my brand.

By Taryn St. Louis, 2nd April 2021

Music carries with it a magical energy and most music lovers can identify with the emotional highs and lows they’ve experienced while listening to their favorite genres. Any one who enters the music industry with the hopes of having a successful career must themselves carry an internal energy that their fans can identify with. Music is not so much heard as it is felt. A DJ for example, must be able to ‘move the crowd’. Playing popular tracks and shouting into a mic every now and then just wouldn’t cut it. An artiste can get on a stage and sing a verse that everyone knows and loves, but at at some point the audience must connect with their presence. What is this ‘energy’ that I speak of? It can only be described as an unseen connection that awakens the spirit so that one connects with the music in a spiritual way.

BJ (Blashford Wilkins Junior) carries that energy. Because of this, he has accomplished much as a young DJ hailing from the Caribbean Island of Antigua where he first fell in love with the art form. It all started with him downloading a virtual DJ program and watching some insightful Youtube videos. A 15 year old BJ became quite fascinated and asked his mother for his first set of DJ hardware equipment. As most mothers would be, she was hesitant because teens often change interests with every new trend that comes on stream. BJ was determined, so eventually he was granted his wish. This began a plethora of practice sessions, sometimes for 20 hours daily with short breaks between and this musical obsession became his career. BJ became DJ Quest.

Now 24, he reminisces on the journey from being an Instagram/Facebook DJ and getting booked for school events to regional carnival bookings and opening for Grammy Award Winning Jamaican Artist Koffee, UB40 and Masicka. He was booked for lover’s Choice in New York and as one of his biggest accomplishments to date, he entered the Redbull 3 Style Caribbean Finals in Panama where he placed 2nd among some top hitters in the industry. What sets this musical prodigy apart? He doesn’t force his energy or his vibe. The Magic that moves him comes naturally, and his audience moves right along with him.

” I’ve always thought to myself go big or go home!”

DJ Quest has suffered many of the same insecurities as those in careers that depend on a motivated and accepting audience, but his fear of not being accepted as ‘the new kid on the block’ didn’t stop him from staying focused. With a determination to succeed and a love for music itself, he perseveres. He also credits his level focus to the support of his parents and a few select friends who have been his rocks of support. For amazing visuals on his major projects he applauded the creativity and ‘top tier’ guidance and support of @chaso_media. For inspiration, he singled out regional DJ’s like DJ Captain John from St. Vincent, Travis World from Trinidad & Tobago, DJ Puffy from Barbados, DJ Ovadose from Bahamas, Selectah Kerry & Precision Production also from Trinidad and Di Genius from Jamaica. On the International music scene, he admires the creativity and musical excellence of Timbaland & Jon Bellion – “their approach to the music is really really dope.”

His energy and positive outlook are amazing, and as an Antiguan based publication, we are thrilled to learn that DJ Quest has big plans for the island’s music industry. His main mission is to grow the interest in Antigua’s talent regionally and internationally. “Whether it be DJ’s, Producers, or artists, I would really like to see people from my country be included on the main stage in music across the Caribbean music circuit. I want people to know that Antigua is a real force to be reckoned with as it pertains to talent.”

Covid 19 happened to all of us, whether we were infected with the disease or not. For DJ Quest, Covid caused a major delay in many of his plans including bookings he was in the process of lining up in New York, Miami and St. Lucia and his homeland of Antigua. Instead of losing his spark, he pivoted and transferred his energy into music production.

On all platforms this April 7th, He drops his new EP of Antiguan Dancehall called “HomeGrown”. It includes 7 songs he’s produced or co-produced with other Antiguan creatives. We can look forward to energetic collabs with producers like G Slixx, Chippy G and Gozie. It also features songs from Niqko Wyld West, Di Melody Kid, Jay Abnormal, TayNova, Anjie Blacks, Mula Million & Gozie.

He left us with some valuable advice for other black creators like himself:

” Be genuine, and don’t force the energy or vibe. Keep working on your goals and in time it will come around. Be able to take criticism both negative and positive but take negative criticism, assess what’s being said and try to sift through what may actually be true and address it and most importantly, BE HUMBLE, don’t just say you’re humble, but BE it as well.”

Dj Quest

Find DJ Quest on the radio on Vibz fm (92.9fm) in Antigua and on social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook and Youtube.

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Young Jamaican/Antiguan Artist exposes quality Hip Hop from the Islands

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, SEPTEMBER 8th, 2020

He’s only 23 but has already had the pleasure of participating in a few musical events in his present twin -island home of Antigua & Barbuda, including the ever- popular Antigua Sailing week and “Wadadli Kingz, Just Got Started.” Christopher Howell grew up in the reggae-centric Caribbean island of Jamaica, where he earned the moniker ‘Young Luiy’ because of a small Louis Vuitton bag which he donned in primary school. The name stuck and he has grown to infuse his unique and authentic tastes into his music.

Chris got his introduction to the world of Hip Hop in his hometown of Jamaica, when his childhood friend, a hip hop artist himself, introduced him to the recording studio. He immediately felt at home. When placed in front of the mic, he imagined himself among the hip hop greats that he admired such as Lil Wayne and J Cole.

Young Luiy is confident that his love for music was fortified by the rich musical culture of Jamaica where he grew up. Jamaica has spawned a plethora of internationally renowned artists like Beenie Man, Chronix, Sean Paul and Koffee, to name a few. Reggae is the most widely known genre of music in Jamaica and it was popularized by the legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers in the 1960s. Soon, the selection of genres expanded to include dancehall and dub.


With the introduction of sound systems, American music found its way into the households of the islanders. According to worldmusic.net, sound systems were an extremely significant development in Jamaican music, and helped to develop the Jamaican record industry. When radios finally became affordable to the majority of Jamaicans, there was a boom in the popularity of American R&B, but it did not stop there.

Did you know that Hip Hop has inherent ties with Jamaica and Reggae? Reggae was the most influential figure in the development of Hip Hop. Although Hip Hop wasn’t exactly discovered in Jamaica, The dubbing and toasting techniques used in reggae directly influenced America’s techniques of emceeing and scratching.

Reggae!

Rrrroots, rap, reggae!

And we don’t stop

It’s like that y’all, and then we’re ready to play

It’s no jive, it’s live, and it’s reggae.

These famous lines are in Run DMC’s “Roots, Rap, Reggae” and reflect the influence of Jamaica within hip-hop. Read more on how Jamaica’s place in Hip Hop was recognized.


Many use my outer exterior as a means to figure out who I am, but in retrospect if I wasn’t an aspiring musician, I could have been your favorite chef, your favorite technology teacher or even your most courageous journalist.” However, I love what I do. I am an artist.

Young Luiy

Grateful for his multi-cultural background, Young Luiy credits this quality for his ability to speak to and entertain both his American and Caribbean Audiences. His musical style is upbeat, raw and explicit in some cases. His tracks can all be found on his YouTube Channel, IamYoungLuiy. There’s no doubt that this artist is has an incredible ability to incorporate his native ‘twang’ into his Hip Hop verses. One of his latest singles, Bragginz/Benz, highlights this artist’s versatility. Listen Below, and be sure to subscribe!

His advice to upcoming artists

Stay being you and true to whom you are, never let your worth be defined by the stereotypes of the world or what you see on social media. Being black and authentic is a great privilege which will bring forth great scrutiny and hate, but never let that hinder you from accomplishing the big dreams you are aiming for”. 

Throughout history, black culture has been known to influence all genres of music. Having had such an influence on the very musical cultures of our oppressors, only to be targeted by those influenced, should only give you even more courage to stand with your own and cement your very will to exceed all expectations within the music industry. Young Luiy has taken this thought to heart as he sets his sights on future projects.

What’s Next for this island artist?

Growth. His hopes are to continue expanding his platform both regionally and internationally. He is also the father to a 2 year old son; his heir and driving force, Aahron Howell. Chris is on a mission to bring the international spotlight to Hip Hop and R&B music in the Caribbean. He is confident that one day, the world will acknowledge the hard work and dedication of talented artists in this corner of the world.

“We are so much more than just Dancehall, Reggae, and Soca. There is so much more here than beautiful vacation spots. It’s time the world knew that we have so much more to offer.”

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