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Under the Radar: DJ Cymba of HUEY


Meet DJ Cymba of HUEY

BIO | DJ Cymba of HUEY hails from the Bronzeville neighborhood, and is both a DJ and event coordinator. He’s the official DJ for the music collective HUEY Gang and Militia Entertainment. Starting out as an artist [formerly known as] Cymba Bridges, DJ Cymba began DJ’ing at different open mics around the city, including but not limited to: Lyric Lagoon, Friday Night Lites, and FLOW (Fresh Lyrics on Wednesday). He’s hosted multiple house parties across the city and DJ’d for some of the most talented artists coming out of Chicago.

STYLE | DJ Cymba describes his style as, “rebellious, but a wild card.” He says, “people usually compliment [him], saying how they love the fact [he doesn’t] play what people want to hear, but what they need to hear.”In other words: #WhatIsARequest? At the same time, he identifies as a wildcard, because he could be playing some of your favorite songs, followed by something you’ve never heard before, all while simultaneously creating something new.

What makes DJ Cymba unique? Being unpredictable. A lot of people tend to feel that if they know what the DJ is going to play, then the party/event is not as fun. (Because let’s be honest, who wants to hear a repeat of the radio all night?) Being the wild card that he is, he is able to create so much more space for people to enjoy the moment, enjoy memories, and enjoy each other. How? By creating his own setting for the event.

GOALS | Create safe, fun spaces.

“My life and career goals go hand in hand, which is to help create safe, fun spaces. I’ve always been one to help or lend a hand in anyway that I possibly can. I’ve always wanted to help my neighborhood, city, and the different communities I’m involved with, but never really knew if there was something I could do on a larger scale. Since I’ve been DJ’ing, that vision has gotten more and more clear, the more I grow in my craft. I want to create/host events where people can 100% of the time enjoy themselves and being 100% safe.”

INFLUENCES | Chance the Rapper, Tupac, DJ Manti, Phenom, and DJ Mike P

SOCIAL MEDIA | Follow DJ Cymba on Twitter @djcymbaofhuey – word on the street is that he’s yo mama’s favorite DJ anyway, so you might as well check him out and book him for your next event!

Written by Subria Whitaker

Subria A. Whitaker is a J.D. Candidate at The University of Chicago Law School. She received her bachelor's degree with honors and Distinction in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her master's degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University. Subria became a TrueStar in 2010, and is a graduate of Morgan Park High School.


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