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At just 16-years-old, Joe Davis already knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. Music was his passion, and being raised in a home where the radio was always on certainly fostered that love. Growing up in West Virginia, music was a bit delayed. However, Joe was lucky enough to live next door to a DJ from New York City who introduced him to new music through mix tapes. DJ-ing started as a hobby, but as his calendar began to fill up in July 2008, Joe easily turned it into a full-time gig. Commonly known as DJ06 (that's pronounced zero-six), Joe spreads his love of music all over Charlotte by working everything from private events to Club Tempo.

What is the most rewarding part about being a DJ?The network of people that you connect with. I meet so many different people and the concessions that are made available to you because you DJ for them are just incredible. It really boils down to giving good customer service because then it flows over into promotion by word of mouth.

What is your favorite type of event to work and why?Weddings, by far. I love weddings. At a wedding, the expectation that the DJ is going to create a WOW factor isn’t that high. They anticipate smooth, soft music, but when you have DJ come in who totally intensifies the evening, people get excited.

Where did the name DJ06 come from?It originated as an acknowledgment of my fraternity I am associated with, Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. Our fraternity was founded on December 4, 1906. When anybody hears my name, they immediately say ‘He’s got to be an Alpha!’

What is your favorite genre of music and why?I love old school R&B. It’s good music to dance to and it had a message -- let’s go out and have fun, dance without a care in the world, meet some people and just have a good time.

You are obviously very passionate about music-what do you believe it can offer to people?Music marks time. You have the typical songs from the radio station playing every day, but when you can have an experience where a DJ can play a song that marks a past moment that was favorable, then not only do you have the memory that emerges, but you also have feel good music encouraging you to forget about what lies ahead. Certain old songs will bring back good memories for people.

What is your favorite song/piece of music/musical artist of all time?Michael Jackson -- there was attitude with his music, there was fun with his music, it was up-tempo and it was exciting. My favorite song by him is Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough.

What is your personal philosophy about being a DJ?When it comes to DJ-ing, my science to it is, out of the hustle and bustle people go through day to day, this is an opportunity to entertain people and totally isolate their minds from things that worry them. Totally give them an experience of fun and excitement. If you can successfully do that, people will keep you working every day.

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