Taylor Austin James was born on May 15, 1987, in Baltimore, Maryland. Taylor James, also known as DJ Tay James, works as an American DJ and MC. In 2005, he signed with Unruly Records. After performing in clubs in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore for a few years, he started touring as Justin Bieber’s DJ and MC in 2009. He released several mixtapes and currently works as a radio DJ on WPGC-FM since 2012.In July 2014, DJ Tay James received the HBCU Top 30 Under 30 recognition.

Taylor James Quick Info

REAL NAMETaylor Austin James
DATE OF BIRTHMay 15, 1987
BIRTHPLACEBaltimore, Maryland

Taylor James Net Worth

Taylor James boasts a net worth of $350,000. Earning $98,261 annually highlights his ongoing progress and success in the industry. He has two years left on his current contract and a gross salary of $196,522. When he was only 16, he took the chance to display his talent as a DJ at a birthday party and made $300. At this crucial moment, Taylor decided to leave his job at Burger King to focus entirely on his music career. Taylor performed at a Louis Vuitton runway show and made up to $30,000.

Taylor James Net Worth
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James Early Life

Taylor Austin James was raised in Columbia, Maryland and then relocated to Bel Air, Harford County, Maryland. When he was twelve, he watched DJ Scribble on MTV, so his father got him a pair of turntables for Christmas. His brother taught him how to use them, so he began DJing parties for his sister and friends.

James Early Life
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He started interning at Unruly Records, a club music label in Baltimore when he was 15. Upon graduating from Calvert Hall College High School, he signed with Unruly Records and started DJing at CD listening parties and clubs.

Taylor James DJ Career

During his time at Unruly Records, James learned from local DJs like K-Swift and Claxton, and received guidance from DJ Alizay. He also joined DTLR. He spent three years at Unruly before departing to study at Hampton University in Virginia.

During college, he focused on business management and kept DJing at clubs and parties. During weekends, he drove 130 miles to DJ at Love, a bustling club in Washington, D.C., which attracted 8,000 attendees regularly. For three years, he DJed birthday parties for Chris Brown and Bow Wow, as well as an afterparty for Beyoncé while working at Love.

Taylor James DJ Carrer
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In addition, he performed at various Washington clubs like Ibiza and Park, and served as a guest DJ for Barack Obama’s inauguration. In 2009, he earned a BS in business management from Hampton University. In 2012, he hosts a live broadcast on D.C. radio station WPGC-FM every Friday night.

He keeps dropping mixtapes regularly, having released more than 77 by 2012. These tapes have sold over 150,000 hard copies in the mid-Atlantic region.

Taylor Touring With Justin Bieber

In July 2009, James received a call from his former classmate DJ Boogie while getting a haircut. DJ Boogie was working in Atlanta with R&B artist Sammie. Justin Bieber’s team in Atlanta requested a DJ recommendation from Boogie. They interviewed James and brought him to Oklahoma to meet and tour with Bieber.

Taylor Touring With Justin Bieber
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When James was hired, Bieber had only performed in public twice. James performed Bieber’s third show without auditioning. They performed at a water park in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were the main act after Sean Kingston canceled. At that time, the act included only James, Bieber, and two dancers. James kept performing at concerts before the main act and touring, all while flying to D.C. for different gigs.

He performed in every show during the “My World Tour” in South America. He DJed and MCed for Bieber’s “Believe Tour. James added scratching to the song “Right Here” on Justin Bieber’s album Believe, reaching #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. He and Bieber improvised on the 2010 humorous song “Omaha Mall,” featured on an episode of We Know the DJ, which currently has five seasons.

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