We here at Hip Daddy HQ love some basketball, and we also love some Miami heat- in more ways than one. So who better to feature than the man of Miami himself, DJ Irie. As the official DJ to the 2006 NBA World Champion Miami HEAT (among many other things), DJ Irie has also been featured in USA Today, Access Hollywood, MTV, ESPN the Magazine, Playboy Magazine and Ocean Drive to name a few. And more importantly, Irie is also a Dad, and yes, a Hip Daddy #nodoubt. Please enjoy the “show”…
Tell us about your kids. What’s it like being a Dad?
I have a 9 year old son by the name of Jaiden. He’s the most fun loving amazing and appreciative kid a parent could ask for. He is a really great student and loves sports as well. Being a Dad is truly a life-changing experience. Once you get over the utter shock that you’ve created and are now responsible for a living, breathing human being (which takes a while for 1st time parents btw) it’s the most incredible experience of life. It’s crazy how all the things I learned from my parents just automatically kick in for me to guide my son. The experience of seeing him learning to be a young man from me is just priceless.
Talk to us about your parenting style.
I think I’m a very “open” parent. We talk about every and anything together and I enjoy relating to his interests. Whether its watching his favorite YouTubers “Skylander Boy & Girl” together or riding the neighborhood on hover boards, we have fun like he would with his friends. But I also take discipline very serious and don’t hesitate to reprimand him on any kind of bad behavior. We are tight, but he can never forget that I am his father and what I say goes.
What’s the one thing you cannot live without as a Dad?
Honestly it’s knowing that my son is okay. Whenever I hear about him going through something at school or facing a problem I just want to magically appear and fix it for him. As much as I know adversary is always going to be a part of his life and he has to learn to take those things head on and overcome them, it just kills me to know he’s dealing with that burden.
From the first NBA team DJ with the Heat to an amazing entrepreneur and businessmen, what’s the latest with DJ Irie?
I feel truly blessed to work in a career that I’m most passionate about and one that has afforded me some of the most amazing life experiences thus far. I’m really excited about the strides my team and I have been making at the Irie Foundation. We are increasing our capacity to serve more and more at risk youth each year and we just reached a milestone in 2015 by completing the first of many projects in rural South Africa. On the business tip, the next big project is launching our full service marketing agency. I’ve learned a great deal over my many years of working with some of the best companies in the world and feel like I can bring a unique perspective on how companies can utilize the entertainment space as a marketing platform.
Miami is a top Hip Daddy destination. Tell us about some of your favorite spots (with or without kids.)
I could go on for days talking about all my favorite Miami spots, but to name a few that are kid-friendly include Jungle Island, Xtreme Action Park, Zoo Miami and the new coming attraction, Frost Science. As for my spots to check out sans kids- Soho Beach House, FAENA, LIV Nightclub, Wynwood Walls, Komodo, and Prime 112.