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Disc Jockey Feels the Music to “Hear” It

Posted Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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Featured on Episode 22 of the 2012-2013 season

 

He's an acclaimed DJ (Disc Jockey), who happens to be partially deaf. Robbie Wilde does hear the music.... not so much through his ears but through its vibration. Sarah Hoye talked with Wilde on how he's managed to make it in an industry that really requires hearing.

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IT’S NEW YORK FASHION WEEK AND DJ ROBBIE WILDE IS BUSY WORKING THE EXCLUSIVE PROJECT RUNWAY DESIGNER REUNION PARTY.
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WILDE LIVES IN A WORLD OF RHYTHM AND BASS.
HE JUST CAN’T HEAR IT.
EAR INFECTIONS AS A CHILD LEFT WILDE COMPLETELY DEAF IN HIS RIGHT EAR AND WITH ONLY 20-PERCENT HEARING IN HIS LEFT.
Reporter: Did you ever feel sorry for yourself?
DJ: Never, no. I would even forget sometimes myself.
ALTHOUGH HEARING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SENSE IN A D-J’S LIFE, WILDE WAS DETERMINED TO MAKE IT.
HE GOT HIS FIRST SHOT TO PERFORM AT HIS FATHER’S RESTAURANT NEARLY A DECADE AGO AND HASN’T LOOKED BACK SINCE.
I still consider it as a hobby.
I really do love it.
I don’t see it as a job and that’s the best part.
If you love something you don’t consider it as a job, you’re happy to go work.
WILDE WENT TO DJ SCHOOL TO LEARN THE ART OF TURNTABLISM.
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AND ALSO RELIES ON HIS COMPUTER TO SEE THE MUSIC AND FEEL THE VIBRATION, LITERALLY.
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HE’S DUBBED ‘THAT DEAF D-J’ BY CLUB-GOERS AND PROMOTERS AND IT’S A MONIKER EVEN HE USES.
BUT WILDE SAYS IT’S MORE THAN JUST ABOUT HIS DEAFNESS.
I don’t want you to see me as a deaf deejay, or a deaf kid trying to deejay.
I want you to see me as a great DJ who happens to be deaf.
I don’t want sympathy.
I don’t want, ‘Oh lets get him a gig because he’s hearing impaired.’
HIS SKILLS GOT NOTICED BY HP AND EARNED HIM A SPOT IN A COMMERCIAL THRUSTING HIM ONTO THE WORLD STAGE.
It doesn’t matter that I can’t hear the music. (Signing): “Because I can touch it.”
He’s doing it through touch without being able to hear the music, is a wonderful thing.
BESIDES, SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT UNHEARD, HE SAYS.
There’s a lot of sounds out in the world you don’t want to hear.
I like it muffled.
I like who I am.
I’m proud of who I am.
WHEN HE’S NOT DEEJAYING, WILDE IS IN THE STUDIO PRODUCING MUSIC.
Reporter: What’s your message to those trying to chase a dream just like you?
Honestly, just never give up.
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SARAH HOYE, CNN, NEW YORK

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