DJ Puffy, born Andre Parris, is an international disc jockey from Barbados and 2016 winner of the Red Bull Music 3Style World DJ Championships.. He competed as a wildcard entry in Santiago, Chile, making it the first time the Caribbean has ever been represented in the finals. It would also be the first time a Barbadian has qualified and won a qualifying round.
Andre was born on November 20, 1991 in Barbados to Grenadian singer Denise Williams and Barbadian Curtis Parris. He is said to have been interested in turntables from the age of seven, and credits having grown up in a musical household with sparking his initial interest in music. Prior to entering the music industry, he was a model and tennis player
Before becoming a recognised entertainer, DJ Puffy began Prime Time, a long-running bi-weekly podcast featuring present and past hits, and potential chart-toppers from around the world. His major launch into the local spotlight came at a carnival party in 2010, when he acted as an emergency stand-in when organizers could not find a deejay. There, he captured the attention of event promoter Matthew “Fewwture” Ashby, who soon launched Dream Real Projects and signed him.
Red Bull Music 3Style World DJ Competition
On December 17th, 2016, DJ Puffy entered and won the Red Bull 3style competition in the event’s sixth year. It was the first year in which countries without national final events could be represented, making him the first Barbadian to enter, and the only deejay from the Caribbean to ever make it to the finals of the 3style competition.
In the qualifying stages, participants are required to showcase at least 3 different genres of music within a 15-minute set. Red Bull requires that deejays deliver their sets on "2 players (2 turntables or CDJs), 1 mixer and a maximum of 2 midi devices”. The 2016 competition judges were Nu Mark, Mix Master Mike, Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip, Skratch Bastid and Craze.
DJ Puffy performed his set with a DJM S9 mixer and PLX 1000 turntables supplied for the finalists by Pioneer DJ.. He told press he traveled only with his laptop and headphones, with his most lethal weapon to the competition being his “Caribbean music". He was among 21 national winners and three wildcard selections in competitive rounds, and won his round to advance to the grand final where he defeated finalists JFB (United Kingdom), Trapment (Canada), Beastmode (Australia) and You-Ki (Japan) at Estadio Nacional in Santiago
Puffy was part of the winning time of Toronto’s 24Hours/24DJS competition after being invited by Dr Jay de Soca Prince of Canada to join his team. The competition was streamed live by the Vibe105 radio station at York University in Toronto, Canada. Each DJ was given an hour to create a live exclusive mix, to be voted on by an online audience.
In 2017, his mix for Destination Africa, a show with Nikita Chauhan & DJ Edu was aired on BBC 1Xtra and selected as one of the best guest mixes of 2017.
Puffy's production work includes remixes for Caribbean soca artiste, Machel Montano, including Waves (2017) and Showtime (2018).
In August 2017, he released “Bangalang”, a reggaeton featuring Barbadian rapper Teff Hinkson, which reached international airwaves and was featured on BBC Music. DJ Puffy also appeared in the “Bangalang” music video.
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