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He has read the entire nine-
part series of Diary of a
Wimpy Kid, loves English
and mathematics, has a ready
smile and a boyish charm.
That, though, is where all things
pre-teen about Tyrese Bartley ends.
He s a 12-year-old dynamo on a
turntable and he knows it.
In fact, it was his bold declaration
to his father at age ten, to be the
most "bada...DJ," which started his
first steps along the journey to real-
Mixing and playing under the
name DJ Tye, he holds the title of
being the country s youngest DJ to
have played on the nation s airwaves.
This he accomplished by placing
second at the Summer of Dreams,
99.1 FM, Next Evolution DJ Com-
petitions during the July/August
As part of the prize, DJ Tye played
for three hours every Saturday for
five weeks, heating up the airwaves
with mixes he enhanced with just
Now his biggest supporter, dad
Brent Bartley said his son s confident
words to him during a trip to Port-
of-Spain, was at first a casual joke.
He admitted that he did not take
his remarks seriously, as he knew
that his son s experience playing
music was isolated to messing
around on his laptop on Virtual DJ.
Little did he know, his son was
already dropping songs and mixing
It was some time later, when
his son presented him with a
mixed CD, that he begun to
see his ambition. It would
appear that to DJ Tye,
a year was enough
for him to live up
to his declaration.
"So I listened and heard the start
of a spark, but then he continued
and still continues to surprise me
with his raw talent. This has to be
a gift," said his proud dad, the
founder of Crafted
meant to pro-
forum for spin-off ventures.
However, he said while he can t
mix or sing a song to save his life,
he was born with an ear for music.
What he would hear one day
while washing his vehicle at their
home in Princes Town, would finally
bring him to the realisation that DJ
Tye was bent on really leaving his
mark in the music industry.
"I was outside just listening to
whatever music was on the radio
and thought to myself, that DJ could
really mix, he real good, has a clean
ability to catch the beat
and knows when to create
his own style.
"So I come inside to
tell Tyrese about this DJ
and he says to me, but
daddy, is I playing that,
yuh know. That s when
it hit me, my son is real-
ly, really good," he noted shaking
his head in amazed recollection.
There was no doubt in his mind
that this was not a case of misplaced
paternal pride, but evidence that
his son was really gifted. To this
day, glimpsing at his son, he is still
amazed by his ability.
It was this same amazement by
chance listeners which propelled DJ
Tye from a young man just messing
around on a mixtrack pro two con-
troller, bought by his father as a
Christmas gift that year, to a part-
time DJ at a restaurant and pub in
DJ Tye recalled that it was the
2015 Carnival season in San Fer-
nando, when he got his break at a
"I remember the man from Audio
Ambassadors telling me not to play
to impress him, but to play like I
was having fun and was being led
by the music on what to choose.
The thing is that s how I always
play, with the music and the vibes,
cause I never really go knowing
exactly what I will mix, it kinda just
comes," said the shy young man.
This uncanny sense of confidence
transferred to his mixing and drew
a massive crowd each day. He said
he knew the element of surprise
was a big factor, since no one
believed it was a mere adolescent
"mashing up the place."
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DJ Tye recalls that it was the
2015 Carnival season in San
Fernando, when he got his
break at a bar..."the man from
Audio Ambassadors telling
me not to play to impress him,
but to play like I was having
fun and was being led by the
music on what to choose."
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