If you've been to a sporting event with the Cincinnati Reds, the Bengals, or the Bearcats recently, you may have noticed a new DJ spinning incredible mixes to amp up the fun. That's Cincinnati-native Eddie Traynor (AKA: DJ Etrayn). He's a DJ and media personality rising in the local media scene, and we wanted to learn a little more about how he got his start, his love for the Queen City, and where he sees his career going in the thriving arts Renaissance Cincinnati is currently experiencing.
Cincinnati Refined: So tell us a little bit about your story and your journey to where you are now.
Eddie Traynor: I started out doing events and being a part of event planning, promotion, and DJ’ing about nine years ago around the same time that I met my now best friend and manager, Sean Herron. I loved the musical and performance aspect of it all, so I started chasing my passion. I started out testing the waters with DJ’ing in the basement, watching other friends and DJs performing.
When I started—as it always is when you start doing something new—I wasn't great. I was playing my own favorite songs instead of what the crowd wanted, and as I practiced more and got more involved in the culture, I understood how to read the audience and cater to the energy they were putting out.
From there, I got more involved in the local events and things skyrocketed. Beginning with smaller events, and then moving into larger-scale athletic events and charity events (including Usher's Super Bowl Party), and I've had the opportunity to work in radio as well. I've also been involved with touring artists, and I'm most recently getting heavily involved in the sports and brand-world where I'm at now. I do work for athlete's charity events, sporting events, corporate events for P&G, Kroger, and Verizon, and much more!
CR: Those are some incredible partnerships, a lot of which are local. How do you perpetuate partnerships like this in your work, and what are your goals with them moving forward?
ET: I'm incredibly into partnerships when it comes to my work. I want to build connections with other people and think of how I can enhance their event to make it better for them, but also get to have fun and continue a strong partnership, and growing together with multiple local businesses. I'm incredibly blessed to be working with companies and teams that I'm passionate about, especially in the sports world, because this is the community that I grew up with, have been inspired by, and have aspired to be involved with.
Being able to partner with the Reds, Bengals, and Bearcats is incredible since I've always had the dream of working in sports. As a kid, I always wanted to be a SportsCenter Anchor, and having grown up in Cincinnati I always loved the teams I'm working with now. Recently my work has expanded from just music performance to a hybrid of DJ’ing and being an on-camera host. I'd love to grow this element of my work, and be more involved as a media personality in that way as well.
I want to continue to be a part of this incredible city that I was born and raised in, and be able to contribute to the amazing work that's going on in the entertainment world here.
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Want to know where DJ Etrayn will be performing next? Or are looking to collaborate with him? Check out his Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates on his recent and upcoming work, and visit his website.