Q: Please state your name, age, location and occupation?
A: My name is John Andreoni and I am 16 years old. I live in Melville, N.Y., which is on Long Island. Currently I am a full time high school student as well as a DJ and music producer.
Q: When did you start DJing?
A: I began DJing when I was eight years old. I had a love of music from an early age and became interested in DJing around the age of seven. My parents bought me a used controller and things just took off from there.
Q: How did someone so young get into the DJ and music scene?
A: Ever since I was little, I was always drawn to everything music. When I was about seven years old I was at a friends communion and there was a DJ playing there. Being so young and never really seeing a DJ before, I thought that it was so cool. The image of being the guy who gets to control the music stuck with me and I realized that it was what I wanted to do. I eventually got my first controller and began learning from there. The interest only progressed as I learned more and continued experimenting on my own.
Q: Have your parents always supported your dream? How have they helped?
A: Ever since the beginning, my parents have supported my dream of being a DJ. They helped me get started by funding some of the equipment expenses and booking parties for me. They have always been there to give me rides to gigs and to help with roadie equipment.
Q: Who are your favorite musicians and what DJs do you love?
A: Some of my favorite DJs and musicians that I look up too are Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Deadmau5 and Hardwell.
Q: Is this what you want to do full time in the future?
A: In the future I hope that DJing is something I can continue doing and it would be amazing if I could do it full time. I also hope to pursue music production, drumming, and other interests that I have in music.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: In my free time, I like to work on my own original music, as well as projects that I’m working on with other artists. I also love to drum, and usually try to practice a few hours everyday.
Q: Do you have any friends who also DJ?
A: I have a bunch of friends that I have met over the years who also DJ, and some of them are even my best friends!
Q: When booking a minor, how does that work exactly?
A: When booking me, its just like any other DJ company. There is nothing else required for booking me unless the venue requires something specific. My mom helps manage my business so she is the adult listed if a venue requires an adult on premises.
Q: How did you hear about NAME Entertainers?
A: I was told about NAME from a friend who has been apart of the association for years now, and he highly recommended I join.
Q: Why should someone sign up as a NAME member?
A: There are many benefits to being a member of NAME including having access to excellent insurance coverage as well as discounts and keeping informed on the industry happening through the monthly newsletters.
Q: Where are you DJing next?
A: With Covid, gigs are pretty tough to find but the next place I’m scheduled to DJ in is Freeport, NY of a party boat for a Sweet 16!
Q: Are people surprised to see you behind the turntables? What do they say to you?
A: When I was younger many people were shocked to see me DJing. I DJed my first wedding when I was 11 and looking back now I can see why people were so taken back. The main question everyone would ask me is “How did you learn how to do all this?!” Now that I’m older it’s not as surprising to most people since DJing is becoming more and more popular with teenagers.
Q: How can people find you online and on social media?
A: People can find and contact me on Instagram, Facebook, and my website. My website (jramusic.com) also has links to my Mixcloud and Soundcloud pages which include my original productions and mixes.