all the changes that occur regularly in an unpredictable industry, one thing
that is consistent is the mega networking event organized twice a year by the
Core DJs and its CEO, Tony Neal. This weekend marks the 12th
semiannual Core DJs Retreat, taking place in Orlando, Florida; May 7th
May 9th, 2010. A setting bringing together todays street and
major DJs, as well as tastemakers and publicists alike, the Core DJs retreat
is a major networking festivity for those looking to promote themselves, product
and/or work along with gaining some knowledge on how to further advance your
career within the industry.
AllHipHop caught up with Core DJ CEO, Tony
Neal to check in to see what can be expected this weekend and future plans for
the Core DJs.
AllHipHop: What are some headline acts that
can be expected at this years Core DJ retreat?
Tony Neal: We got Wacka Flocka, a major act
out of the Midwest. We got Mystikal coming. We got a reggae artist for the
ladies; just a whole lot of stuff. Triple Cs will be out there. We just have a
whole lot of stuff going on.
AllHipHop: The name is very familiar amongst those
in the industry, when did you kick off the Core DJ company?
Tony Neal: February 2005
AllHipHop: With various DJ Organizations starting up
and a lot failing, how have you maintained to keep The Core DJs so successful
with so many DJs wanting to be a part of the company?
Tony Neal: Because its a family, its not a
company. Its an organization, more like a fraternity and its driven off of
everything else we do besides DJ. We utilize the other skills that we have
AllHipHop: Starting off, how many DJs did you begin
Tony Neal: We started off with about 12 DJs, real
small. Started at home, real small about 12 or 20 DJs, and it just spread.
AllHipHop: And youre currently at, how many?
Tony Neal: 531
AllHipHop: Are you expecting them to all come out
Tony Neal: A mass majority of them will be out.
Theres 1,082 DJs registered to be out this weekend, not just Core DJs. The
Core DJs Retreat is just the title but we welcome all DJs to come out and take
AllHipHop: Someone who has never been to a Core DJ
Retreat, what would the gain by attending one?
Tony Neal: A whole lot of networking; networking
with the fellow DJs. Hearing a lot of new music from Independent Artists as
well as Major. A lot of National Artists come out, so its just a big, big
AllHipHop: What are some of the activities lined up
for the weekend?
Tony Neal: We have various panels; copyright panel
and Independent Artists on radio panel. They will be sharing steps to get your
music on the radio. We got Management panels. We have quite a few panels going
on. Theres a pool party going on, an anniversary pool party that the Core DJ
Models are putting together. We got the big party on Saturday afternoon. Weve
got a big full lineup.
AllHipHop: Your future adventures post the retreat,
Tony Neal: Working on the syndicated radio show and
adding more stations to it syndicated like Tom Joyner to where it will reach
different markets on the Core DJ Radio Show.
AllHipHop: Being the CEO of one of the largest DJs
organizations, Im curious as to what your thoughts are to the industry and how
do you see it changing, if there is change.
Tony Neal: I think the industry is being
reconstructed. I think its just starting over, a lot of the older habits are
moving out and a lot of the newer things are moving in. Its a digital age
thats getting introduced to the industry. Its going back to single sales and
downloading. A lot of the things cats industry werent ready for so now its
just being reconstructed.
AllHipHop: In a digital based industry, how does the
Core DJs plan to stay with times and offer things to keep up with the industry?
Do you see your company offering services along the lines of what Digiwaxx
Media as to offer?
Tony Neal: www.moremixshows.com We are working on
www.moremixshows.com but overall we are keeping things under wraps but I can
AllHipHop: How would an Artist get in touch with you
if they are interested in having your company assist with breaking a record or
your services in general?
Tony Neal: Our website is www.coredjs.com or they
can hit me on twitter at @thecoredjs. 877-333-9940 ext 3 is our hotline number.
The Core DJs Retreat 12 will be held at
the World Marriott Center (8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
(www.worldcentermarriott.com) with onsite registration beginning on Thursday,
May 6th at 12 p.m. Pre-registion at