My Nola, My Story: A Parlé with PJ

Title

My Nola, My Story: A Parlé with PJ

Format

Video

Subject

DJ PJ (Patrick Walker Jr.)

Description

An interview with DJ PJ (Patrick Walker Jr.) to discuss his journey to become such an amazing Dj, as well as his future plans.

Creator

Trinity Johnson

Source

My Nola, My Story via Youtube

Publisher

Mass Communication Department at Xavier University of Louisiana

Date

December 10, 2022

Contributor

Trinity Johnson
Patrick Walker Jr.

Rights

My Nola, My Story

Relation

My Nola, My Story 2022 Exhibit

Language

English

Type

video, mp4

Identifier

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfcAfknKgW4

Coverage

A Digital Humanities project by Xavier University of Louisiana's Mass Communication department students, led by Dr. Shearon Roberts.

Original Format

Transcription

Trinity Johnson:
Parties, a large part of New Orleans culture. Everyone knows to have a good party. You need to have good music. And though options are vast, there's only one deejay who can turn it all the way up. We want. We want. We want. We want deejay PJ. So I'm wondering what made you and I know your dad played the piano and you started drums, like, right.

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Trinity Johnson:
But really.

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DJ PJ:
I like noise. I like the noise of Alex. Like, I feel like music is something that just I don't know when you do it, it expresses emotion. So it is something that's pretty pretty deep.

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Trinity Johnson:
Honestly, because I don't know when you're playing and stuff, I just it makes you feel like you're the only person there. Yeah. And it's like you just have this aura of awesomeness around you. Like you're in a movie or something. And that's where who are like. What made you decide to, like, deejay?

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DJ PJ:
Funny story. Well, as it was anyone I saw with Chris Rock as a kid, everybody's crazy. I said it was episode one. Like he was like, Beat it. And it just look cool. I just seen him do it. It was like this all pretty cool. Like, make it look easy, you know? Same. So at Christmas, like I did you to deviate for me.
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DJ PJ:
Okay, so, like, my people, I guess they got it for Christmas and like, it was a private school, and here we are. We are. No, that was 14 years ago. That's crazy.

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Trinity Johnson:
Do you identify yourself as someone who works in the radio recording industry?

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DJ PJ:
I am now. I want to. They're producing, so let me play drums. I just kind of decided that like two months ago. So that yeah.

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Trinity Johnson:
That's awesome. Because I was going to ask you, like, where do you see yourself going in the next five, ten years? What do you think? Oh, I was really cool. How was like, what was your transition from like recreational to professional?

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DJ PJ:
Actually, when I got to college, so it was like my sophomore year, I pretty much started deejaying like I started here as pretty much leading. But then it was just like other schools because it really was pretty slow. So they found it easy to me for my age, just kind of grew and I was like more and more and more.

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DJ PJ:
I really started in the schools and.

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Trinity Johnson:
It was your like first. That makes me really coincidence. Coincidence has a.

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DJ PJ:
Listen.

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Trinity Johnson:
I mean, my freshman year, that's awesome. But you just wanted to I mean, like.

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DJ PJ:
I couldn't really it was in health. And so actually one of my friends, he was deejaying here in August and.

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Trinity Johnson:
Oh, my goodness, I know that.

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DJ PJ:
Guy is so one of my friends, but is his name is Chris. He was big beginning and I was just like, I can tell you, like I got my stuff in the car because I it was like, I just need some it's it's like sort of like a play. So we just had like a mind. He was like, All right, you know, Would you go in there?

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DJ PJ:
Yeah.

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Trinity Johnson:
With his band, Like your favorite party so far at, like, let's say, of this year, unless you have one that really had you like a lot of.

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DJ PJ:
The same epidemic in.

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Trinity Johnson:
The video gym. Yeah. So that would be cool.

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DJ PJ:
Like everybody in the element and comfortable.

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Trinity Johnson:
You know, we were all younger like it was it was a great time. You had to have you all orientation.

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DJ PJ:
It was cool cool clothing.

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Trinity Johnson:
I know that was interesting, but how did you remember the transition back into like less restrictive of society.

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DJ PJ:
Uh, social media? So like over COVID 19, a lot of like social media and like putting on pictures and stuff like that whenever you mix it. I just do like little snippets, tutorials and stuff like that, just kind of playing with it within. It was just like school came back into the of so by school roommates I think it was more like, okay, you're dealing with all these people back together, you know, saying more stuff to like say everybody else that they hadn't like more events and stuff like that.

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Trinity Johnson:
So, so you didn't really have to do too much like they're already free.

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DJ PJ:
To.

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Trinity Johnson:
Do like and during the pandemic where.

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DJ PJ:
You so during a pandemic, I guess it was like, oh, no, there was no question. So but yeah, it was like and kind of slow down. But people having virtual events.

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Trinity Johnson:
As I was like, okay, so you were one of those.

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DJ PJ:
Yeah, one of those like, virtual worlds where even though I did like the set up to make it work and stuff like that.

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Trinity Johnson:
I can't cope.

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DJ PJ:
Yeah.

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Trinity Johnson:
For connections. Yeah. I mean that.

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DJ PJ:
Has like sort of, like the way my room is set up, like I'm right next to the white guy around it, like my roommate. We set up one right there, so. And I, like, make my own and set up and like, make it look nice and stuff like that. So very.

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Trinity Johnson:
Fast. That's cool. You want to hang on, right? How do you think that education, like that education act and education as a whole has no form.

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DJ PJ:
Of what I heard. I'm a nerd. I there are people I mean, some people will hire you and they're like, you know, I'm into a lot of the game. So I guess me saying, oh, it was, you know, academics, you know, like I was a drum major too. So like, you know, to be in a band that has games, stuff like that.

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DJ PJ:
But I just felt like, you know, school was important. Then you got to we're going to college, got to get scholarships and stuff like that. So got to do Crazy team. So you had to, you know, prep a day. So by you getting to college is like, you know, you're ready for the real world, I think when you work on your career then so let me see.

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DJ PJ:
I got my bachelors in 2019, I got my masters in 2021. So feel great, you know.

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Trinity Johnson:
Congratulations. And of course, I oh, I think that's.

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DJ PJ:
That was likely deejaying and music at the same time.

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Trinity Johnson:
And you seem like an amazing role model. I was going to ask like, what is the legacy you want to leave behind? Because right now you represent an educated, you know, successful, just holistically good black male, a very good role model. I so appreciate. It's a lot of positivity.

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DJ PJ:
Like everybody should just be happy, like, you know No. Which is necessary, whether it be who is our friend, you know, says yes, I can appreciate that.

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Trinity Johnson:
Right. So like, what do you love the most about New Orleans.

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DJ PJ:
Your home bone New.

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Trinity Johnson:
Orleans. It's crazy like.

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DJ PJ:
So I've been to a lot of like major cities and it's going to sound corny, everybody. There's no place like New Orleans, but like New Orleans is different. Like you get a little bit of everything.

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Trinity Johnson:
That's.

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DJ PJ:
There. You go to someone's country, you go there, you get a lot of like mixed game, like black. But at the same time, it's like New Orleans has everything in it. Like we have a lot of Carolinas, we have a lot of water. Yeah, Everything new.

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Trinity Johnson:
More Massachusetts representations lacking.

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DJ PJ:
But it's you know.

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Trinity Johnson:
It is so but.

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DJ PJ:
But the food too I mean.

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Trinity Johnson:
The food. Yeah. Oh, my gosh. And the thing is like, I was nervous because I don't really like seafood like that. I have some fish, but, you know, between crab. Yeah, I came here. Even the cafeteria food, it's the season. So this is the way to go back to the clam chowder. That's going to.

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DJ PJ:
Clam.

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Trinity Johnson:
Chowder. That's for sure. But you know, you like to me. Well, he got some, but you. You're not away from foreign. I like the celebrities like that. And you're going to start producing their produce. Like, are you going to stay in New Orleans? Like, I know these are your roots, but yeah, I don't know. I think they're usually going well.

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DJ PJ:
I like I like traveling.

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Trinity Johnson:
Oh, Where do you travel to? Uh.

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DJ PJ:
The last place I went to the South Carolina once I went to the university. And that's pretty cool. And they're traveling out there and the crowds kind of travel work.

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Trinity Johnson:
Bingo track bingo.

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DJ PJ:
Yeah.

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Trinity Johnson:
That's cool. That's really cool. Those are my question.

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DJ PJ:
You know, matter of fact, I got to be. Oh, put.

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Trinity Johnson:
On.

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DJ PJ:
Conference. Your name.

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Trinity Johnson:
We like deejay PJ. Got to follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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DJ PJ:
@ pj_wlkr and www.pjwlkr.com

Duration

9 minutes, 24 seconds

Compression

mp4

Producer

Trinity Johnson

Director

Trinity Johnson

Files

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Date Added
October 27, 2022
Item Type
Moving Image
Citation
Trinity Johnson , “My Nola, My Story: A Parlé with PJ,” MY NOLA, MY STORY , accessed July 14, 2024, https://xulamasscomm.omeka.net/items/show/238.