'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.

See Full Article

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



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Scrap 'dangerous' hospital policy allowing workers with COVID-19 back on the job, unions tell Ontario

    Canada News CBC News
    Unions are calling for the Ontario government to reverse a pandemic policy that allows hospital workers to return to work while infected with COVID-19 if a facility's staffing situation becomes dire. "We believe that this whole concept is a dangerous threat to the well-being of hospital patients and to those hospital staff who are healthy," Michael Hurley with the Canadian Union of Public Employees said at a news conference on Thursday. Source
  • 'My absolute dream job': Unique program brings physicians to housebound seniors

    Canada News CBC News
    An animation gif shows physicians Eugenie Phan and Christa Sinclair Mills, and occupational therapist Leslie Coulter, visiting patients of House Calls in Toronto on Jan. 21. (Evan Mitsui/CBC, Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images) Patients of family physician Eugenie Phan don't go to her office. Source
  • Star releasing huge bursts of energy may be 1st of its kind ever discovered

    World News CBC News
    Scientists have detected what appears to be an incredibly dense star behaving unlike anything else ever seen — and suspect it might be a type of exotic astrophysical object whose existence has until now been only hypothesized. Source
  • Children who are severely immunocompromised should get 3rd dose of COVID vaccine, NACI says

    Canada News CBC News
    Children age five to 11 who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should get a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said on Friday. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) issued the updated recommendation on Tuesday, but Tam highlighted it in a COVID-19 briefing on Friday. Source
  • Ontario reports 68 more COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations drop to 3,535

    Canada News CTV News
    Ontario health officials reported 68 additional deaths related to COVID-19 while hospitalizations dropped again on Friday. Of the deaths logged on Friday, 67 took place over the past 13 days – 36 of which occurred this week – according to the spokesperson for Ontario’s Health Minister. Source
  • B.C. spending scandal: More details unveiled on controversial purchase of wood splitter

    Canada News CTV News
    A surprise disclosure temporarily delayed proceedings at the B.C. Supreme Court trial of the former clerk of the legislature Thursday, while a key witness shed light on the controversial purchase of a wood splitter “for emergencies” that was stored at the clerk's home. Source
  • 'In a very dangerous place': Why one expert says the Russia-Ukraine crisis won't be a traditional war

    World News CTV News
    As western governments and intelligence services attempt to figure out what comes next amid growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, whatever escalation materializes is unlikely to be a traditional war, says one Canadian expert. While diplomatic channels are flowing back and forth to prevent what the U.S. Source
  • More than 300 charges laid in investigation into auto theft ring, $11.1M worth of cars recovered

    Canada News CTV News
    Two dozen people are facing more than 300 charges combined in connection with an investigation into what police are calling a “prolific auto theft ring” in the Greater Toronto Area. According to Peel police, the investigation—dubbed “Project High 5”—spanned multiple jurisdictions over a six-month period. Source
  • NYC gives final salute to slain NYPD officer

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Police arrived by the thousands in their finest dress blues on Friday, as a light snow drifted under an overcast sky, to honour a fallen brother -- during the first of two funerals that again brought sorrow to the New York Police Department. Source
  • Prince Andrew gives up membership of prestigious golf club

    World News CTV News
    LONDON -- Prince Andrew has given up his honorary membership of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, one of the world's most prestigious golf clubs, as he fights allegations of sexual abuse that have forced him to retreat from public life. Source