I found out the news about TRP on a Monday night; I got the email just as I was finishing one DJ gig and heading to another. It was a busy day and I was already physical and emotionally drained, so I vowed to put it out of my mind until I could give it the attention and consideration it deserved. I woke up the next morning and read the email again. And then I read it again, and an overwhelming sense of sadness washed over me. Just as DJing isn’t just “a thing” that I do, TRP wasn’t just another passing pitstop in the journey I’ve been on since I first bought my own turntables in October of 2014. It’s been such a significant part of my growth as a creative and as a person, and I will miss it as dearly as many of the other people, places and things I’ve had to say goodbye to over the last few years of my life.
I can’t think of any one single thing that has impacted my DJing more than TRP, and especially in such a short period of time. My first show was February 16, 2016; since then I’ve done 13 shows and there’s been so many “firsts” throughout the journey. From being trusted by people to be the first to play their unreleased music, to playing music that I never thought I ever would, from learning how to use CDJs — all of these things happened because of TRP. These last 13 shows have helped me massively in honing in on the kind of music and sounds that I want to be a part of pushing out into the world. I never thought I would want a career in radio but this whole experience has made that one of my number one goals. Who would have thought?!
With that being said, this isn’t the end of the road for me and radio. I honestly have no idea what the future holds or where to even start looking, but if there’s anything I’ve learned over the last few years it’s that we need to try to hold onto whatever makes you feel creative, makes you feel inspired, makes you feel challenged, and makes you happy. Doing my show every other week did all of those things for me, so I’ll hopefully be able to continue it on in some capacity, whether on another station or through a podcast. Another thing I know for sure is that no matter how disappointing a goodbye or a story’s end can be, it truly is the opportunity for a new hello, a new chapter and a new beginning — if that’s what you choose for yourself. I’m going to miss TRP and Hundreds&Thousands so much, but I’m taking this as a sign it’s just time to grow and evolve.
I would regularly listen to TRP on my own time, and being a part of a community composed of such creative, smart, innovative, progressive, open-minded and downright nice people is one of my greatest accomplishments since moving to Toronto. To be able to call everyone involved my peers and colleagues has been a huge honour, considering many of the hosts are people and artists that I look up to. I have to say a huge thanks to the staff —and especially Curtis—also, for your dedication and care in making sure the station ran smoothly. To all the people who came on my show as guests—hrmxny, Yung Suga Kane, Freeza Chin, DJ Heebz, Ivan Rankic, Itzsoweezee, Kutcorners, James Redi and Mike Roc—thank you for taking time out of your lives to be a part of TRP as well. To Jermane, Jimmy, Donnie, Derek, Quincy, Marvel, Kutcorners and everyone else I might have forgot who gave me your music before anyone else — thank you for your trust. Most of all, I want to say a huge thank you to Michael and Frazer who have done so much tireless and thankless work to build something beautiful, the experiences from which I know I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I truly think that when I look back five years from now and try to pinpoint a turning point in my career in music/DJing/radio or whatever it may be, I’ll know that it was that period of time in 2016, and I’ll know that it was because of TRP.
The last Hundreds&Thousands will broadcast this coming Tuesday, August 16 from 2-4PM EST on wearetrp.com. It would mean the world for you to lock in, one last time.