Written By: Ms. In The Know of Houston TREND
In life, inabilities extend only as far as you are willing to reach to achieve your goals. For Robyne Williams, better known as DJ Teddi, her reach is extensive. Born and raised in Houston and growing up in 3rd ward, Teddi always loved music, but because of her inability to sing, wanted to find a way to get her “voice” heard without offending ears because of her lack of vocal talent. She decided to use music as an outlet and took to researching and gaining skills to become a DJ. “It was something I always wanted to do, I just didn’t know how.” While attending school in Tyler, TX, Teddi was presented with an opportunity to intern at the local radio station, 102.7 The Blaze, as a board operator. It was the perfect opportunity for her to learn the skills necessary to begin her career. She began watching resident DJ, DJ Brain and within three months, she was hired as a DJ.
She started DJing at The Blaze part-time on the weekends, and by October of that year she would be commuting to the Dallas area showcasing her skills at local clubs there. “It was a great transition from Tyler especially since it wasn’t that far away. I was able to showcase my talents to a bigger market and I was well received.” Since that internship Teddi’s career has taken her to Tennessee, Las Vegas, New York and throughout all areas of Texas.
Traveling across the U.S. has given Teddi an opportunity to meet many DJs and emcees within the industry. Some of her favorites and inspirations include DJ Kahled, DJ Drama, Michael 5000 Watts, DJ Chose, and DJ Mr. Rogers. Teddi noted, “DJ Mr. Rogers is one of my favorites because he is versatile, intellectual and his DJ skills are awesome!!”
When building her brand, DJ Teddi chose a great team to build with. She took the phrase “You’re only as strong as your team,” seriously. Consisting of a small group of friends that she has known for years and that share the same interests, Teddi stated, “When people are real, they will support you and the attraction will bring others with interest.” Watching them in action, you can tell that they have a great relationship with each other and that helping Teddi achieve her goals is more than just a job for them. They’ve also helped her maintain the stability she needs to continue her education and by the end of 2012, she will have graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in Radio & Television.<
When asked about being faced with adversity within the industry, Teddi stated, “If you want success as bad as you want to breathe, you’ll be successful!” she also admitted, “I’ve missed opportunities because some people feel more comfortable with a male DJ. They are skeptical until they see what I do. I DJ, emcee and keep the crowd entertained!! I come better prepared and work harder than most, but I’m not worried about the stereotype! I’m just interested in breaking barriers.”
And breaking barriers she has. In 2010 and 2011 she was nominated for Best Female DJ in the South (International DJ Awards), 2011 and 2012 Nominated for Best Female DJ in the South (Southern Entertainment Awards) and also in 2012 Nominated for Hottest Female DJ (Salute the DJ Awards). And since the inception of her career she has been featured in six publications, four mixtapes and on three radio shows. The future for DJ Teddi is bright and with her ambition and strength behind her brand, she is a force to be reckoned with.