DJ Bizzy’s passion for music and the turntables originated in Philadelphia, starting his journey towards creating a signature sound heard all over the globe for the last decade. DJ Bizzy has been around music all of his life. Born as Mark Smith of Greencastle PA. He is the son of legendary musician Dwight Smith, best known as a leading swing drummer from the 1950’s and 60’s, Bizzy was immediately influenced by the beats and music surrounding his childhood. Living a life immersed in music, Bizzy started MC’ing and performing as a hype man at the age of 15 for clubs in Pennsylvania and Maryland. His love of DJ’ing took shape while watching such iconic artists as QuickSilva, Cee-Lo, D.J. Milk and Shmoove at parties in D.C. and Baltimore and such DJ’s as Jazzy Jeff, Jay-ski, Touch Tone, Adam Bomb, and Ghost in Philadelphia. From this exposure, Bizzy decided it was his calling to take the lessons of music and drumming learned from his dad and mix it with what he loved most – hip-hop.
In Philadelphia Bizzy became part of the Gathering, the city’s longest running hip-hop event. The monthly event was held at the Rotunda, a well-known art venue on Penn State’s campus. Hosted by I-BE 4 Eva, M-Ski, Tu-Phace (Mike Taylor) and Sara Green, The Gathering was a free, all-age multi-media experience that focused on all aspects of hip-hop culture, from dancing to spinning. During his run in Philly, Bizzy also hosted and DJed on a local pirate radio station on the west side called 92.9 Street Radio, which had a strong west Philadelphia following. Soon after, he also started interning at Q 102 and Wired 96.5.
Upon graduating from college, Clear Channel offered Bizzy a mixing and hosting position with a station in Detroit, Channel 955. Being a huge fan of Detroit art and music scene, he jumped at the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s greatest musicians and producers in the field. Soon, Bizzy was an on-air mixer with his own mix show and a live broadcast every Saturday night from the State Theater, the largest nightclub in Detroit and one of the most lively parties Biz had ever encountered, rocking 2,500 people with an amazing sound crew and system. He got to perform with special guests along the lines of Eminem, Proof, D-12, G-Unit, and Obi-Trice.
Within two years of creating a profile as the top mixer and co-host on the #1 ranked night show in Detroit’s highest rated Top 40 station, Bizzy decided to start a new career promoting some of the artists he’d met on his travels. To date, the artists he has championed that have since garnered recording deals are Pittsburgh Slim, Young De, Tangled Thoughts, and Brilliance, with still others in the pipeline.
“I want to make all types of music,” Bizzy said. “I want to create music that educates, music that makes people move their feet, music that makes people remember, music that makes people forget and above all music that makes people have FUN.”
After being a staple in the Detroit and Philly hip-hop scenes, Bizzy now makes Los Angeles Ca his home. Continuing to nurture his passion for spinning, he is still unleashing a signature sound for some of the city’s hottest celebrity events at all types of clubs and venues. Today, Bizzy’s client list includes several major Hollywood studios such as Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount, Open Road, Disney as well as such popular culture leaders as the National Academy of Recording and Arts, Clear Channel, Kenneth Cole, Details Magazine, Def Jam Records, Sprint, Coke, Redbull, Patron, and Nike. In addition to performing for an extensive celebrity guest list, his presence has also rocked such legendary clubs as Greystone, Bootsy Bellows, Avalon, Emerson, Sayers Club, Greenhouse, LAX, Hyde, Catch, Finale, MGM, The Ivy and many more.
Bizzy has become the go to DJ for Hollywood’s elite!
“Music is the creative outlet I have used to express my art to the world,” Bizzy concluded. “DJ’ng is the way that I have decided to reach out to my generation as well as the ones before and after and joining us all together by cuts, scratches, and mixes, using bass lines, and beats from every genre and era.”
Currently Bizzy has been touring with Juicy J (Taylor Gang/3-6 Mafia) since May 2014. The combination of J’s down south lyrical artillery and bass heavy speaker rattling beats mixing in with Bizzy’s west coast scratching and east coast cuts on the turntables has made a formidable combination and a sound to be remembered. Bizzy also performed at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Official Premiere Party, opening and closing for Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys and Hans Zimmer. Bizzy’s list of movie premieres and red carpets that he has performed at is exstensive. Recently and on all seperate nights, Bizzy has opened for Prince, Common, Estelle, and Stevie Wonder at The Sayers Club in Hollywood Ca where he is a resident DJ playing with the likes of musicians Keith Harris, The Regiment Horns, and Tony Royster.
If you haven’t heard, Bizzy is the sound of today…and beyond.