True talent can manifest in all ages. Enter 13-year-old deejaying phenom DJ Young 1, a student at Culver Middle School, who’s already a member of Real’s Mix Mob DJs and earned a spot iHeartMedia’s Real 92.3 (Los Angeles’ leading urban radio station).
The video game DJ Hero was Young 1’s first foray into manning the wheels of steel. Well, not really, but it did plant a seed that her mother immediately spotted.
"I used to play that a lot," she told HipHopDX. "My mom was like, ‘Jeez, you’re really good. You’re beating the whole entire game.’ Of course, it’s not like real life deejaying. But it’s somewhat similar to it. I was really good at it. So we went to the Scratch DJ Academy located in West LA. DJ Hoppa, Chock, Fortified, Rob Shot—all these legendary deejays are the people that were my teachers. I went there for a year and a half and graduated at 10-years-old, almost about to turn 11."
Two years later, Young 1 has supped up her resume to a standard that other DJs would only hope for. That includes an appearance on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ which caught President Barack Obama’s eye. Soon she was spinning records at the 2014 Easter Egg Roll for a crowd of 30,000 people.
Hear the story from DJ Young 1 in the clip below.