Early DJing and first hit with Cash Out
DJ Spinz grew up in Augusta, Georgia, which is where he began his career in music. "I’ve been DJing since I was probably 11 or 12," he said. "I started doing radio back home when I was 16. I did that and then I graduated from high school, and then I moved to Atlanta to go to school up there."
While he had built a good foundation in his hometown, he felt he needed to move on to bigger things. "Augusta, I had just outgrown it, and it was time for me to get to a place where it was actually moving, where’s there’s a live community of what I’m actually interested in," Spinz shared, suggesting that the ATL was simply the next logical step. "It was gonna be L.A. or Florida, but Atlanta was the closest thing on the map for me and I just connected with that movement a little more."
Coincidentally, he arrived in the city just as a new wave of rappers were emerging, allowing him to build relationships with artists who would grow to be some of the biggest stars not only in the South, but nationwide. "When I got up there I linked with DJ Scream, and got into the Hoodrich mix, started releasing stuff with them. Just doing parties around the city, and just growing up in the middle of that era when people were just breaking on the scene like 2 Chainz and Future. I just happened to be in the middle of that."
At this point, he began to explore the world of production, landing his very first hit with another transplant, Cash Out, who was originally from Columbus. "It definitely was a turning point," Spinz said of "Cashin Out" which climbed to #34 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the Rap Songs chart. "That was at a time that I was still in the clubs and Cash Out was just an artist who was coming to get his music played. We had developed a relationship, and I think that was the second song that we ever recorded. So, it came out of me actually DJing, which is kind of crazy."