RICK WILHITE B2B ANDRÉS
SATURDAY | MAY 28
A house and hip-hop legend, DJ Dez is a certified crate digger. Known for his unique blends and mixes, his skills have taken him around the world to tantalize and amaze international audiences. The Detroit-native seemed destined for a career in music. Dez is the son and namesake of celebrated Cuban percussionist and jazz musician, Humberto “Nengue” Hernandez. Following in his fathers’ footsteps, Dez got his first drum set and began performing publicly at 3-years-old. Later in life, his immersion in the Detroit music scene gave him a valuable respect for the city and led to his major contributions to its musical legacy.
A foundational member of the Detroit Hip Hop scene, Dez is a DJ known for his unique and unparalleled blends and boundless musical knowledge. It was while spending time with mentor Amp Fiddler that DJ Dez was introduced to legendary hip-hop producer, James “J. Dilla” Yancey. Dez spent a number of years as the DJ for Slum Village.
Through his passion for discovering classic tracks, DJ Dez has also become a renowned producer and artist in his own right performing under his middle name, Andrés. An artist on Mahogani Music, Andrés has released four full-length albums to critical acclaim as well as several popular 12-inch releases and remixes. In 2012, he started his own imprint, La Vida on which he released his classic track, “New for U.” The recording went on to become one of the most highly traded 12"s online and in 2019 was recorded live with a band of fellow Detroiters including Amp Fiddler, Will Sessions, Dames Brown, Ian Fink and Shigeto.
Rick ‘the Godson’ Wilhite has dedicated his life to the music industry; whatever one wishes to know about Wilhite is conveyed through his music. His skill set includes DJ sets of R & B, Hip-Hop, Techno and Reggae but his ‘mojo’ is House and Disco.
A Detroit native, Rick learned at an early age that a career in music takes more than playing one’s favorite records. Multi-faceted crowd control, sound engineering and creative party promotion are what make him more than a Detroit DJ.
With over two decades experience in playing clubs and parties 24-7, 365 makes the Godson one of Detroit’s best and most versatile DJ’s around. His venture to college in the south to Southern University allowed his skills to take the region to another level of Music.
His DJ styles of House, Techno, Rap and R&B helped change the black college music scene across America. Beginning in high school, Wilhite also battled in contests against other well-respected DJ’s. He still impresses audiences today, and retains his undefeated status in the DJ community.
A 30+year professional within the music industry, Wilhite adds Music Historian, Salesperson, and Promoter to his list of accomplishments. During the 80’s Wilhite worked for Buy Rite Music, which was one of the premiere record stores in the Midwest. Buy-Rite specialized in servicing the DJ as opposed to having the DJ serving himself. During the late 80's early 90’s, he soon became one of the most sought-after music professionals in the industry. Equipped with a keen ear for quality music, he embarked on a path of self-proprietorship. He opened The House of Music in downtown Detroit. As well the record store, Vibes New and Rare Music.
Throughout his music career, Wilhite has performed for numerous international and stateside venues. He has gone by a host of names: DOC, Tech-12, Working Mixx, and most recently The Godson. Interestingly enough, each alias describes and symbolizes his relationship to his craft. He has established successful working relationships with city officials, journalists, and media personalities; and has befriended many music artists. Influenced by Detroit’s legendary pool of musicians, he entered production studios at the early age of eleven. He began remixing records in 1986 with the group NASA. Additionally, Wilhite worked alongside many electronic music pioneers, such as Juan Atkins and Derrick May. In recent years, Wilhite has established a bond with fellow musicians Marcellus Pittman, Kenny Dixon Jr. and Theo Parrish’ now known as the 3 Chairs.
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