DJ Relly Rell knew he was destined to work in the music industry since he was 9. Growing up in between New York City and Connecticut, Rell witnessed how the average DJ could manipulate crowds of any size at any time. That’s when he knew that making music would eventually become his passion. Once he finished studying music engineering at the University of New Haven, Rell used everything he learned and put it towards building his career as a DJ and a well-known producer.
In 2015, Relly Rell’s next major placement will be one of his biggest accomplishments yet. Not long ago, Hot 97’s DJ Drewski invited him down to the Heatmakerz studio to play some of his recent work for The Diplomats while they were working on their upcoming reunion project, which is hosted by Funkmaster Flex.
“I went through [the studio] and played a few joints,” said Rell. “They picked out a few joints so we’ll see what happens. Nothing’s locked in yet but they did pick four beats that they liked. It was a good vibe man. For me to slip my way into that placement for their next project is dope. It’s one of those things that’s off the checklist.”
During his early years, Rell was spinning at events for major names like Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, J. Cole & Big Sean. In 2009, Rell landed an internship at Hot 97 and was assigned to Funkmaster Flex’s show. As a DJ, Rell’s skills improved and led to a regular gig way after his internship was finished. As of now, Rell spins on Hot 93.7 in Hartford, CT. As he grasped the DJ game in the palm of his hands, the buzz surrounding his production skills continued to grow significantly.
“I’ve been producing for about 10-15 years now,” said Rell. “I started taking it more seriously after I finished college.”
He wasn’t playing around once he started taking producing seriously. In 2013, Rell received his first major placements as a producer for Slaughterhouse and Emilio Rojas. From then on, Rell’s name grew as a producer after working with more artists like Wale, Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$ and most recently Fabolous’ “Gone For The Winter” off his Young OG Project.
In our exclusive interview with Rell, he speaks about his come-up as a DJ and a producer. He explained how he got his position at Hot 97 with Funkmaster Flex and how he grew from an intern to producing several tracks for Flex’s 2013 mixtape Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself. He also shared how he felt when Fabolous chose his beat for “Gone In The Winter” and the amazing accomplishments Joey Bada$$ achieved with his debut album B4.Da.$$.
Watch the interview here.