La vida local

Miami DJ featured on VH1 reality show


Spinning records on TV: The premise sounds like something out of a dance movie.

On the VH1 reality competition Master of the Mix, 12 disc jockeys compete in various music challenges in front of judges like DJ Kid Capri — and throngs of people ready to dance. The top prize is $250,000 cash and a year-long contract with Smirnoff as brand ambassador.

Among the contestants is South Florida’s Rahsaan Alexander, better known as DJ Fly Guy.

“You basically do what you normally do in a club, but in three minutes,” the reality star said. “Being on national television, it’s a lot of pressure.”

The contestants perform in actual club venues. Fly Guy said that you cannot keep everyone happy on the dance floor.

“If I have 298 people dancing, there are two that are standing around,” Fly Guy said. “I want to know ‘Why are they not having fun?’ ”

That’s why he always has back-up content prepared.

“Generally, a DJ has a back-up song or a back-up list of surefire hit records,” said the native of Guyana.

Fly Guy uses his Caribbean background in his music selection in the clubs and on the show. In one challenge, the competitors had to tell their life story through the music and “speak with their hands.” He played soca-inspired tracks, indicative of Guyanese culture.

At 16 years old, Fly Guy lost his father. A year later, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

He uses the music as his remedy: “I represent my culture all the time. It’s just second nature.”

Fly Guy originally moved from Brooklyn in 2009. He entered the DJ sphere through his two older brothers, also in the same profession, after starting out as a rapper. One brother was also editor-in-chief for The Source magazine, enabling Fly Guy to go to many concerts. He developed an appreciation for music, listening to artists like the Wu-Tang Clan and Jay-Z.

At one point, Alexander even studied journalism at Florida A&M University before dropping out.

He first started playing at Love Hate, a bar on Miami Beach, moving up to do sets at Cameo and Mokai Lounge. Fly Guy is now at Story nightclub on Thursdays and Room Service Lounge on Fridays.

“I was exposed to a lot of people who would come and hang out.”

Fly Guy draws inspiration from a certain celebrity seen courtside at Miami Heat games, DJ Irie. On last week’s episode, which was shot in Miami, Irie served as a guest judge.

“He epitomizes what a top DJ career potentially could be,” Fly Guy said. “He kind of sets the bar to where I want to be.”

On the show, Fly Guy has learned that there are no set rules.

“Each of us is so different in technique,” he said. “There is no wrong way to do it, as long as you’re making the crowd move.”

Anthony Cave

“Masters of the Mix” airs on VH1 Mondays at midnight.

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • Celebrity birthdays on Aug 2

    Director Wes Craven is 75. Singer Kathy Lennon of The Lennon Sisters is 71. Actress Joanna Cassidy is 69. Actress Kathryn Harrold is 64. Actor Butch Patrick (“The Munsters”) is 61. Actress Victoria Jackson is 55. Actress Apollonia is 55. Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 50. Director Kevin Smith is 44. Actor Sam Worthington is 38. Actor Edward Furlong is 37. Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 22.

  • Scene in the Tropics

    Sean Connery loves soccer (and Caffe Abbracci)

    Sean Connery had dinner Monday night with a group of friends at Caffe Abbracci. Connery greeted and shook hands with fans as he entered the room and was overheard chatting with restaurant owner Nino Pernetti about the World Cup, saying he regrets that his native country Scotland did not qualify and that England was eliminated in the first round. He did concede that Germany was the rightful winner. Connery also told Pernetti that what he enjoys most in life after making movies is ... soccer. The ex 007 left the restaurant, saying “Cheerio,” to the owner and his starstruck guests.

  • As seen on TV

    Starz' ‘Outlander' brings novels to life

    Prepare to bend your mind. Premiering on the Starz network on Saturday at 9 p.m., Outlander is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular novels. Claire, a lovely British Army nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept from 1945 back to 1743, plopped into a strange and alien existence, including marriage to a dashing Scottish warrior, even as she struggles to return to “modern” times and the husband she left behind.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category