Interview with Antwuan Cooks (@djpolopolopolo)


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

My love for the music. Since a toddler sounds have fascinated me as well as technology. I am 1 of four brothers and I was called on to installs or fix random technical issues with the Nintendo, Super Nintendo, or the Sega Genesis. Never in a million years did I think I would put them both together and master today’s style of Djing. When I graduated from my undergrad at Alabama A&M University I went to pursue my doctorate’s degree at Florida A&M University (Famu). Quick back story, I’m a Florida native and military brat, so visiting Home (Florid) always felt like a tease. Going to Famu was like a breath of fresh air and a trip down memory lane. As we all know every region of the world has its own unique sound. Florida definitely has its own genre. This sound influenced me, the Dj’s from North Florida to North Miami played a major role in my Growth. Uncle Al, the Jam Pony Express, Sam Sneak, Bo Weezy & Fatboy Rhymer DJ Lucky C, SheJ Hercules & DJ Entice are just a few of the great that have influenced me from a far and lead me to my current path of the present day.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The most interesting story would have been the time I was requested to DJ the Infamous Yo Gotti concert in Alaska that never happens. The promoter wasn’t upfront long story short. Promoter drugged it out all the way to the time the event was to start, then hit us with this bogus line one why this concert wasn’t happening. Just goes to show all promoters ain’t good promoters and TRUST YOUR GUT!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

This has to be a passion/ Hobby! If you look at that manner “Burn Out” doesn’t exist. Play my Dj mix at my funeral. 😁

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My Big Bro. Will! Since I popped on the seen Doggy has had my back!! No one knows this but he and I, but he was the initial call to the club owners to give me my shot in Alaska Clubs, the rest is history after that. Also, Shot-out to J. Reu based out of Atlanta, Ga. J. Reu blessed me with my first DJ drop, the ones fans fell in love with, DJ Polo Polo Polo! If you’re a Serato Dj then you know how vital the “Z” button is.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Of course. Every year in February I support/coordinate and execute and Black History Month 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Fairbanks, Ak. For the youth in the community.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Success is measured not by what you have, but what you have given up”. Very relevant in my life today. It allows me to continue to make sacrifices and give back to the universe, as fill my cup of success not only for me but for My Team as well. Peach & Sunshine!

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I’m very active on IG “@djpolopolopolo” or you can follow me on Twitter “@djpolopolopolo”.

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