Puffy: beyond the boundary
Ever met a @deejaypuffy who is down to earth, ridiculously fun-loving and sporty? No? Then meet Andre DJ Puffy Parris.
At 22 years old, DJ Puffy is pushing all limits and taking the big world of deejaying by storm.
“I don’t believe in boundaries whatsoever. I don’t believe in limitations, no matter what they are. Whether it is where you come from, what you like, where you want to go on life . . . ,” he said.
And because of that belief, Puffy now gets to live a life others mainly dream of.
“I work very hard and I push all boundaries. Mindset is everything. I believe that thoughts become things,” Puffy said.
After being discovered at Taboo, while deejaying and event, Puffy’s life has never been the same. But he doesn’t mind.
“I was at Taboo playing a Saturday night and King Bubba and Simply Smooth heard me, and Simply asked Bubba, ‘Who is this guy playing?’. So he asked my friend, and the day after, I got a call from Scratch Master, and he said, ‘A friend of mine heard you and we want you to come in and do a demo’. . . and the rest is history,” the smooth-talking deejay said.
And he has been blowing up the airwaves on Slam 101 FM for the last three years.
“It’s been great here. The ball has been rolling steadily and I love it here. We have state-of-the-art equipment here, and I would say we have the best studio in the Caribbean. It is great to work here. No limitations here. I can be me and that’s most important,” he told Bajan Vibes.
But Puffy admitted that he did not always want to be a deejay. But he is going where the path is taking him.
“Nah, I did not always want to be a deejay. Honestly, I wanted to play tennis. I was big on tennis. I played for the country a couple times Didn’t quite work out. I had a real passion for sports. I don’t play any sports now; I’m probably really unfit right now,” he said with a chuckle.
But since following this new path, Puffy’s life has changed for the better, notwithstanding some ups and downs.
“I don’t want to be sentimental, but it has. I’ve met a lot of people. I love meeting people. I’ve lost a lot of people because people have a hard time understanding that you really don’t have the time to hang out. It kind of gets in the way, and I’ve lost certain relationships. Hopefully, I can mend those in the near future but stuff happens.
“I have to learn to be really patient because a lot of things don’t happen overnight. You have to put in your 10,000 hours. This is something practical. Nothing that you can study in a book and then it automatically makes you qualified for whatever it is. I’ve had to learn to eat, live, breathe and sleep my profession and my career. This is me 100 per cent –– 24/7. This is what I do,” he explained.
Puffy howver stressed that without his family none of it would be possible.
“My family drives me. My two brothers, my mum. Watching her raise us from the time I was young, that was a big driving factor for me. I don’t even have to say any more,” he said on a more serious note.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes during his shift on Slam, a very relaxed and down-to-earth Puffy said he did not intend to limit himself to just deejaying, but wanted to
do it all.
“I don’t only want to play music; I want to go the full nine yards in terms of management and from the business perspective.”
And because he believes that thoughts become things, he looks up to the greats, constantly thinking of how to be better.
“Man, you have to emulate the greats if you want to be one of them. I look up to a whole heap of people. Some like Scratch Master, Daddy Plume, Andrew Denny, Peter Coppin, John Doe, King Bubba, Hypasounds, DJ Fuzz, Jay Z . . . . I could go on . . . . Those guys are great, man,” he said.
While he may be lonely at times, Puffy still enjoys the comfort of a few close friends.
“It is hard to keep a lot of friends. I have a couple of friends and they do support me in everything that I do; and I love them a lot,” Puffy said.
He even sees himself as a role model now.
“It is added pressure. Certain things you can’t do, to say the least. You have to be very careful. You have to think not only for yourself, but for them as well. You have to be wary . . . . You definitely have to do a lot of thinking . . . ,” he added.
And, yes, he is young, and good looking; so girls will rush him. But Puffy says his head is firmly screwed on.
“I am a very friendly guy. I don’t mind talking to everybody, saying hi; but you just have to know what you want in life and know whats for you . . . ,” he observed.
Unfortunately for those who may be curious, he did not reveal if he was romantically yoked.
As for the future, Puffy, who is a part of the Dream Real Team with Matthew “Fewwture” Ashby, said he was looking forward to big things.
“There’s a motivational and inspirational movement that I’m forming called Black Boy Fly. That should be pretty big. We are looking to promote a lot of entrepreneurs, a lot of young people who might not be getting the recognition that they might need . . . .
“They’re a lot of people out there doing a lot of big things for Barbados. And people don’t know. That’s what the movement is all about: just highlighting those kids pushing to get out of their little envelope to make our country proud.”
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