Meet Akeem Scott of Deejay Keem From Upbeat Entertainment
I was born and raised in Portmore, Jamaica. Growing up in the island, you are surrounded by the art of music. The mixture of music is typically always brought to us in the same way, through a mix by a DJ. No matter the genre I was surrounded by this and I took a liking to it from a young age. I was introduced to the DJ program, Virtual DJ, at the age of 11 so I took time out to study and learn how to use it. At the age of 13, I migrated to America, few months pass after the big move and I finally got a laptop of my own. The first thing I did was download Virtual DJ and went back to practicing. I always DJ for fun around my young age and never really looked at taking it serious. I would make CDs for friends and family but thought nothing of taking it any further. I even used to link up with my friend from school Deejay Shaneo to practice a little bit. I kind of put DJing to the side and began to pursue rapping. I was about 15/16 at the time.
Not that the whole rapping thing didn’t work out for me but I always felt like that wasn’t something I wanted to do. DJing was always my first and life forced me to stop ignoring it around the age of 17. I was at house party and a close friend of mine DJ Jon Jon called me up and asked me to take over for him because he got tired. In that moment, Deejay Keem was born. I was still in high school but me and Jon would get small gigs here and there, always working together. We then graduated and Jon went away to college on a track scholarship but I stayed local and continued DJing.
My freshman year in college, I threw one of the biggest pool parties in palm beach county and this is what led to everyone knowing who Deejay Keem was. I was getting booked more now on the local party scene but was decided it was time for me to level up. I picked up the Serato DJ program and moved on from Virtual DJ. I wasn’t as efficient with the new program as I was with Virtual DJ. With knowing this, I took a few months to be mentored by my brother/partner DJ Slim. I practiced under his guidance for months until he gave me the approval that i was ready. We began DJing together basically as a duo. 2 years passed, then Slim and I decided to expand and make an entertainment group. 2016 marked the birth of Upbeat Ent, this consisted of DJ Slim, DJ Luga, Deejay Keem, DJ Flvko & VeeEazy, we started doing great work together. Few months later DJ Flvko ended up moving to Orlando but we still kept trucking. We collaborated with my long-time friend Deejay Shaneo, whether it was splitting gigs, booking each other or just simply hanging out practicing having fun. During this time, I picked up graphic Designing as well and got really really good at it.
I graduated from Palm Bach State college in 2017, I was their on-site DJ for all events but it was time for me to say goodbye. I then took my studies & talents to FAU. This is where I worked more with my good friend, DJ Redwood. We became like brothers after a while, and he introduced me to the south Florida crowd of Dade & Broward county. We became great partners who work together from time to time similar to me and DJ Slim but different. The relationship between me and DJ Redwood is like a Tony Stark – Peter Park while me and DJ Slim is Goku and Vegeta if that makes any sense. A year passed and my long time friend, Deejay Shaneo ended up passing due to a car accident.
I wanna say Oshane’s passing drove me to be a way better DJ than i ever was before. This was also an inner transformation for me which is why I started using the name Deejay Keem instead of DJ Keem anymore. I want to continue DJing while carrying the fire he always had.
Smooth? no definitely not. I’ve faced really hard times with DJing. Lots of times was out there where I wanted to give up because I was either being told i sucked or I wasn’t getting any bookings like that. I had to come to an understanding that there will be weekends I won’t be booked and I’ll just have to be okay with that. I wasn’t the best DJ running out the gate but hey is anyone good at their new venture when they first start out? I take time and practice a lot, I invest time into what I do and I’m now satisfied with who I have become. I’m not gonna always have a great set or do awesome every-time because everyone has their days you know? Best thing is that I never let my mistakes define who I am, I always just make sure i learn from them.
Alot of people didn’t really believe in me starting up but I’m not mad at that. Not everyone is going to believe in you. Even to this day, alot of people don’t believe in me but I never let that hinder myself or what I can do. I go out there and do my best and even though I might not have everyone’s belief as a DJ, I do have their respect.
I am Deejay Keem, the graphic designing DJ. I am the co-owner of Upbeat Entertainment alongside my brother DJ Slim. I am an awesome graphic designer and an electrifying DJ/MC. I am known for the energy and creativity i bring to anything i do. I try my best to be unique in everything that i do while making sure everyone I am servicing is happy and elated. No matter who I work with, i always try to make it an unforgettable experience. We throw really great events that’ll always leave someone with an awesome memory. I am really proud of how far I’ve come, not just even me but everyone i have come in contact with and grew with. We all came from a “nothing to something” background. That is something truly amazing to see, the growth, the evolution, the persistence, the grind; literally everything is completely indescribable. Every-time i think about it i get emotional and just freeze up because i am all but grateful at where i currently am standing.
Success to me is seen through genuine happiness. Yeah you get money and notoriety but true success is seen through satisfaction. If my friends can’t win with me then i don’t really see it as a win. Looking at the face at every client or patron and seeing that warm smile of satisfaction is more than a sense of accomplishment for me. You can do an okay job where everyone was feeling just fair while you still get paid for your service, but i guarantee you that you will not go home and fall sleep feeling accomplished. “Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Buddha