Tuesday, October 11, 2011


It’s no fluke that this DJ has become renowned in his market and crossed over to be a consistent party rocker for a good number of years and continues to bring people together on the dance floor weather it’s in sunny Florida, balmy Montreal or the sultry heat of Jamaica, Leighton Paul Walsh "Walshy Fire" of the Black Chiney Family continues to challenge himself and his followers.I am mostly impressed by his tenacious desire to pump positive message on the dance floor, which correlated to the way he lives his life. Not only do I have a good amount of respect for him, I am proud of his ability to deliver musically.  Take a minute to get to know him a bit better.

DJ NAME             Walshy Fire  
AREA/REGION:      Miami  
AFFILIATION (S):   Black Chiney   
CLAIM TO FAME:   Host of Guinness Sounds Clash


1. When did you start Djing

2. How did you get into DJing?
Hung around a crew called Changez and just started to hold the mic. Saw the ladies liked it and kept wit it.
3. What type of music did you fall in love with first?
Soul; Sam Cooke, Otis Redding

4. What was the first gig that put you on?
I believe it was a college party

5. What’s your favorite memory so far behind the 1’s and 2’s?
DJing in Guyana in Front of maybe 5000 people; incredible

6. Have you been able to make DJing a viable career?
Yes been unbelievable how I can sustain a life off this.

7. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish in the industry?
It changes every time I accomplish something. Now it’s to put out a riddim.

8. What do you DJing program do you use?

9. What have you done with your Vinyl collection?
Sigh, sold them just in time before there was no where to sell them, but I have the classics

10. What’s the coolest record you own?
Damn I cant remember what records i have.

11. Who has been the best show/concert you’ve ever seen and why?
Capleton. He made people light their clothes on fire. Simple

12. If you’re a radio DJ compare radio to being a club DJ. Likes/dislikes?
Radio allows for the selection of music to be broader. Party people inna club came to party not to hear a song u a try buss or that u dug up

13. Do you feel like you can break a record I your market?
Yes and I have

14. Have you thought about producing?

15. How do you balance family life and DJing?
 It’s rough but family first.


16. Do you think it’s possible for someone to be in your life and understand your lifestyle?
Yeah but it’s a rare rare rare person

17. How do you keep upping your own bar?
The drive of wanting to stay ahead and relevant fuels that

18. Who are your musical idols and why?
Musical idols to many to name honestly. Burning spear, Tubbys, Prince Busta too many.

19. What are your long-term goals?
To retire soon and open things for the community. Do music when I feel not cuz i have to

20. If your child/children wanted to start DJing and or being the music industry would you go for it?

Leighton 'Walshy Fire' Walsh  is hosting the Sounds of Greatness alongside Shemille Blake every Saturday from 9:30-10:30 p.m. on TVJ check your local listings.Listen to Walshy Fire Weekly Podcast at Walshyfire.podomatic.com  follow him on Twitter at WALSHYFIRE

Interviewed by Zeeta Maharaj
Photos courtesy of Rogerbstillz

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