Music fanatics in Southeast Texas are very familiar with nationally known spin guru Dee Jay Silver. In fact, Silver cut his teeth in Beaumont, Texas by spinning music to thousands of those who came to dance at the Dixie Dance Hall on Crockett Street.
Now, Silver has moved up in the DJ scene with residencies in Las Vegas playing such hotspots like LAX in the Luxor and Rehab Pool Party at Hard Rock Hotel, while becoming the first artist in his realm to sign to a major Nashville record label contract with RCA Nashville/Sony Music.
He even has his own nationally syndicated country radio show called “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver,” which can be heard on 80 stations across the country, including many of the iHeartMedia stations.
Now you can see him perform for one night and one night only and dance along with his genius music mixes at La Roux in Houston on Wednesday, Dec. 28. La Roux is Houston’s newest ultra upscale nightlife destination in the heart of Washington corridor.
“I starting DJ-ing in college to make a little money,” said Silver. “When I finished college, they offered me something like $21,000 to teach. I was like, ‘Forget this, I want to DJ.’”
But Silver isn’t your normal EDM DJ that will strictly spin dub-step or breakbeat. He mixes in country music as well.
“No matter what the trends are, I try to do something different,” he said. “No matter where I was at, whether New York City or Las Vegas, I was playing country music in my sets.”
What DJ in their right mind would mix Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight” into a performance at a nightclub? Silver, that’s who.
“Country music is cool again,” he said. “Plus the country music fans seem to be much younger now. This first ‘mashup’ (which is an ugly word) I did was the country song ‘Dust on the Bottle’ by David Lee Murphy and J-Kwon’s rap song ‘Tipsy.’ That was me with two turntables doing that. At that time, I was a resident DJ at 13 of the top clubs in the world. People would lose their minds when I did that mix. One night, a music director ran up to the booth when I started the mix and asked me what I was doing. I turned the music off while he was complaining and the crowd continued to sing the entire song. I still get people asking me to do that again.”
Silver became so popular, he caught the attention of country music superstars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley and was invited to go on tour with them. Silver recently finished the Six String Circus Tour with Aldean.
Earlier this year, Silver wrote and released an original song this year, “Just Got Paid,” that features the vocals of Austin Webb. Silver became the first DJ to release an original single in the country format, similar to the likes of Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers and Tiesto.
No longer are magicians and well-known singers the buzz of Las Vegas. The hottest and most sought after shows on the strip are DJs who play venues such as Hakkasan, 1 Oak, Tao, Omnia and Marquee.
“It goes to show you that it’s just a faster pace in this world,” Silver said. “I have been playing Vegas for a lot of years and I have some big things planned there next year. I love where the Vegas club scene is heading. The days of a DJ walking into a big club to perform with a flashdrive and playing 15 songs while standing there are going to end. You are going to have to earn your money. It’s heading to an open format where you are going to have to play every song. I’m excited for that.”
If you’ve never seen Silver, expect high energy.
“Any chance I get to come back to Texas, I take it,” he said. “It’s going to be a great time.”
La Roux is located at 4011 Washington Ave. Tickets are $10 for the 21-and older show. Call (713) 232-9685 for more information.