Speaks with his hands 

Remember that old DJ sample, where the artist says to the crowd, "Can the drummer get some? ’Cause the drummer ain’t had none in a long time!" DJ Marquis is that drummer, and the "some" he hasn’t had are the props he truly deserves.

DJ-producer-artist Marquis is a quiet fixture in Detroit’s hip-hop and club history. He is also the first DJ to bring Latin freestyle dance music to radio – via WDRQ – where he currently spins.

"I used to buy music as a kid," Marquis says. "I started DJing in 1984. When everybody was in the toy store, I was picking up the new James Brown or Barry White. Then the videos started coming out. And seeing the mixing and things kinda got me into it."

Marquis says a good DJ knows more than just how to mix. He or she knows what records to play, who to play them for and when to play them. Even at his regular gigs, at Macomb County’s Lipsticks and Lagos nightclubs, these theories hold true.

"I would say I’m one of the pioneers," he says. "I started with the old school and I’ve been around to see the changes. I remember, back in the day, how hard it was to get a DJ mixer. Now you can get a DJ starter kit in a box." Indeed, Marquis hails from a school that includes Gary Chandler, Stacy "Hotwax" Hale, DJ Fingers and Jeff "The Wizard" Mills. He owns two record labels – Nu Flava, a hip-hop label, and Mixx Flava, a dance label – and released "Mega Mix," a club favorite, on the latter. "That was like wine," he says. "People still look for it, and it’s been getting better."

His Web site keeps local fans informed of current projects; and a new 12-inch, "This is Now/Detroit Party," hits stores in mid-March.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Hip-Hop/R&B,

Read the Digital Print Issue

May 5, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation