From the ‘Yard’ to the Classic

Never playing the same song mixes twice, Chase “DJ Chase” Thompson comes off as modest and quiet. But when the lights are all on him, it’s showtime and the crowd turns up. 

Having only two years of experience under his belt, the young disc jockey is versatile, spins off of the crowd and is the designated DJ for 3 Docs Brewhouse in Ruston every Friday. Wanting to represent him and who he is DJ Chase chose not to be a part of the Go DJs and picked his stage name that described him well. 

“I am in my own lane, and I didn’t want to use nobody else’s own name because I wanted to go my own route,” he said. “The meaning behind the name (DJ Chase) is just me being me. When I come to parties, I keep it live. That is something I like to do.”  

According to many students, he plays the right songs at the right time. Thompson considers having an all around diverse style. 

“I can play for any crowd. I blend and match songs. It’s like watching your crowd; if it is 11 o’clock and nobody is out, wait to play the hit songs,” he said.

Chicago native, Germaine Patterson was one of the students who noticed this trait in Chase. 

“He (DJ Chase) keeps the crowd pumping,” he said. 

According to Patterson, depending on who the DJ is, determines if he goes to a party or not.  

Sidney Moore, sophomore Little Rock native, considers the talented DJ as “trend setting” with true dedication. 

“DJ Chase is hard working, inspirational and honest at all times with that drop ‘ShakeBack Music baby’ live in the mix!,” Moore said. 

Having a never-ending list of knowledge about music from coast to coast can leave many mistaking for as a DJ from the big city like Dallas; however, DJ Chase was a product of Gonzalez, and he was actually reared in Grambling.  

Two years ago, his career sparked when alumnus Glynn Price booked him and mass communication major, Peter “P. Skillz” Dorsey for a sold- out event in downtown Ruston. Because of the success and the charisma between the two working together, DJ Chase asked Dorsey if he would MC at a wedding the next day. 

Since then, the two have made a dynamic team and become close friends. In June 2011 the team then landed the job of entertainment for the popular “grown and sexy” 5 Star Fridays in Monroe for 10 months. 

Other major moves from Chase are the anticipation of ‘Shakeback Music Vol. 5,’ which he is looking forward to dropping before the Bayou Classic.  The mix master might have a chance to DJ for the Greek Show at the Bayou Classic. 

“I am trying to drop it before the Bayou Classic,” the DJ said. “I have two parties for the Bayou Classic.” 

“He also added that for one of the events,  he will be on the 1’s and 2’s during the Classic weekend at the party with the Grambling AKAs and BET’s new host, Miss Mykie. “I might also get to DJ at the Greek Show,” he said. 

When asked how he was chosen, Chase said, “because of Steve Brown.” The comedian also would not return for another event at Grambling unless DJ Chase and P. Skillz were behind the DJ booth according to P. Skillz

“Ya’ll (they) are so d*** good with the crowd,” said Steve Brown at the Tigerfest activities last spring. In the future Chase plans to go on tour with a rapper as his DJ. “It is not set in stone yet, but you will see,” said the self taught DJ. If he could pick a rapper, it would be either “Meek, Wiz or Big Sean.” 

As of now the DJ is currently attending graduate school at GSU and still needs to complete a few semesters. Until then he plans to expand his networking.