“Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people.” – Unknown
DJ Havin’ Thangs (Bounce and Turn, Entertainment).
What do you do & what inspires you to do it?
I am a Houston event producer (originally started off as a college radio DJ) that works with local rappers, DJs, producers, visual artists and local businesses that support Houston’s diverse music scene. I got started throwing events in Houston because there was too much talent, too many janky promoters and not enough organization behind the scenes at shows.
I love going to a good concert and did not want others to turn their back on an artist, as a fan, just because the promoter or event was awful or a waste of their time. Majority of the music I listen to is Texas Rap so when you constantly get disappointed as a fan you have to do something about it for the next generation of Houston rap supporters.
How do you define success?
Success is doing what you love with the people that you love.
What would you say to motivate a younger you to be successful in life?
Don’t listen to or follow what’s the norm in society because your purpose is out there; just got to go through different experiences to see what motivates you and what you are good at. You are constantly growing and do not need to limit yourself to one job you are good at — you are good at everything if you just try. Self-doubt will get you nowhere in life!
Are you doing now what you’ve always wanted to do or did you have other aspirations previously?
Honestly, I never saw myself in the music industry, but I have been an active concert goer and supporter of artists since I could attend my first Houston rodeo as a kid. I received my Masters in Anthropology (was a TA for an ethnomusicology course at the University of Auckland) and always thought I would end up teaching at a university or working at a museum for the rest of my life.
What’s the best business or personal advice you’ve ever received?
Never make assumptions. Don’t listen to gossip. Just listen, observe and communicate clearly. Follow up with people and be consistent. My own personal advice: Don’t sleep with anyone you work with especially if you are a woman in the rap industry.
What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been a soccer coach on and off for the past 10 years and love working with the youth in my free time. I’ve been on National Geographic once before doing archaeological field work in Tahuata, Vaitahu, French Polynesia. I started throwing rap parties overseas in Auckland, New Zealand during graduate school and love travelling to other Pacific Islands when I have downtime.
Do you believe in a higher power?
Definitely. I’ve had some very pleasant experiences after I’ve lost people very close to me and can’t get over that feeling of comfort and reassurance. Every day I feel blessed beyond belief and can’t help but leave my future in God’s hands because I know *someone* led me into the music industry – not me.
What’s something you can’t live without?
Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
Opening up a Houston Music Museum and throwing festivals across the globe for the great state of Texas. Probably not married with kids, but that’ll come later.
Single or taken?
Forever one deep like a true Aquarian. I’m too busy for most dudes and the other half just want to be my assistants. Also, I don’t date anyone in my industry, so I really have little time to meet guys that seem to understand my late-night work meetings at the strip clubs with rappers.
How many tattoos do you have?
None, but I have plenty of tattoo artist homies waiting to give me my first tattoo.
Name a song you like and artist.
Hi Haters by Z-Ro and Kam Franklin.
Name a movie you like.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like to leave Houston every once and awhile to visit friends/family, but when I’m home I like to go to Dynamo/Dash and Astros games. Hosting BBQs and potlucks with my friends I barely get to see is also something I love.
Where can we find you online?
What’s next for you?
Booking shows at a new venue called The Jar off Washington Ave., DJ Screw’s Birthday Party July 20th, collaborative Houston Rap themed art shows and collecting more sponsors to support Bounce and Turn events outside of Texas.
Photos courtesy of DJ Havin Thangs | © 2019 DRTY ONES™