DJs are the oftentimes forgotten heroes of the Hip Hop industry, as they are truly the heart and soul that keeps everything moving behind the scenes, while not always getting the immense fan dedication of a solo rapper. Behind every world-class MC is a world-class DJ, and it is time to give a spotlight to a DJ that has quickly risen through the national and international music ranks.

DJ Diddy Official (no, not that Diddy), is a 21-year-old DJ who was born in the Bronx and raised in Galloway, New Jersey — one that has actually made a name for himself around the world. For this piece, I reached out to DJ Diddy Official (real name Anwar Gavilanes), who supplied me with both information on who he his and why he is the next big thing, as well as some samples of his work. Let’s just say that DJ Diddy Official is a name you will be hearing a lot in the future.

Anwar Gavilanes officially began DJing himself in 2014, after being a lifelong fan of Hip Hop DJs and cultivating a fierce desire to become a world-renowned DJ. Things took a life-changing turn for Gavilanes when he was asked to perform at the Life in Color and HyperGlow events, which led to a few gigs he “could never have dreamed of” prior, eventually leading him to become one of the youngest but still highly respected DJs on the national scene.

But DJ Diddy Official has dreams far beyond just the national scene: his current world tour, the expressively named “Do You Get Ass” International Tour, has already taken the young DJ to Tel Aviv, Israel, and has upcoming dates in Germany, Lebanon and Paris.

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Ending 2018 overseas.. International Way ✈️ #GetAssGang

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I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that DJ Diddy Official is an early riser—a fact that he is very proud of, oftentimes working on his craft from sunrise to beyond sunset. This drive for success has attracted mainstream attention and has led to DJ Diddy Official touring and performing with major Hip Hop artists like 6ix9ine, PnB Rock, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Juice WRLD.

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