'I just like to make people dance': 9-year-old Canadian is world's youngest DJ

While his elementary school peers study the violin or clarinet, Brandan Duke is finding his musical talent in scratching and blending beats.

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The nine-year-old is studying the art of DJing, a form of electronic music performance usually restricted to the nightclub crowd.

But age doesn’t let Brandan stop him from doing what he loves.

“I just like to make people dance … to see the energy coming back from people,” Brandan said. “It’s just an awesome feeling.”

At a very young age, Brandan, who goes by the stage name Dextrous One, starting playing around with his dad’s turntables.

“I was just fooling around, I didn’t know what I was doing,” Brandan said.

His father, Ryan Duke, says his son tried to emulate other DJs.

“He would imitate these mixes by using household items like books,” Ryan Duke said. “He turned them into his imaginary DJ system.”

Brandan’s instructor Francis Felice says he’s a natural.

“I would say that he’s probably better than a lot of the adult DJs that I come into contact with,” Felice told CTV News.

When he performs, Brandan wears a “@6” on his shirt because at age 6, he played a nightclub in Toronto.

It’s a feat acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records. “The record that I currently hold is for the world’s youngest DJ,” Brandan said.

It’s also a moment his father remembers well.

“It was incredible just to see a six-year-old child in front of thousands of people that he’s never met before,” said Ryan, adding his son has the ability to “just command the crowd.”

Brandan’s personal favourite so far? A version of Canada’s national anthem that he remixed at age 7.

Brandan currently takes DJ lessons after school.

As for the future, he’s not shy about what he’d like to do with his skills: “Make money.”

But when he gets older, Brandan also plans to pass on what he has learned to the next generation of DJs.

With a report by CTV’s John Vennavally-Rao



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