DJ DMD's Background in the Music Industry
Dorie Dorsey has been playing around with music since he was a little child. His father loved the music of his day; so he maintained a large record collection and had many of the top pieces of stereo equipment to play his records on. By the age of nine, DMD began playing his mother's 45's---with his favorite at the time being Peaches & Herb's, "Reunited". By age 10, he was playing drums in the elementary school band. By 13, he was one of his middle school's best concert percussionists. It was around this time that an artform would arrive on the scene that would capture his heart and attention and become a passion he'd find hard to live without...hiphop.
At age 15, DJ DMD and a few neighborhood friends began exploring the elements of the new phenomenon sweeping the country. From break dancing to graffiti to deejaying to MC-ing, he and his buddies embraced the culture and thus have been affectionately called in their hometown "the ones who brought hiphop to Port Arthur, Texas." It was at this age that his gift of mixing records began to emerge --- culminating when he was "crowned" king of the deejays in the area and began an 8 year run as the area's most popular disc jockey. If DMD wasn't playing the records at your party or event...it wasn't "official."
Graduations and different desires began to separate the original crew, but Dorie had fallen in love with the artform by then so he decided to try to make a career out of it. This led to adventures in production for indie labels; continued when he and a few friends signed a recording contract with an indie label for one album; and culminated in landing production and feature credits with up and coming rap group, the UnderGround Kingz (also from Port Arthur).
This collaboration with UGK --- who would become one of hiphop's most influential acts --- set DJ DMD on course to venture out into the music industry on his own. So in 1994, he and a few friends started Inner Soul Records and began the journey that would forever change his life's course.
In 1996, DJ DMD released his first album, Eleven, independently. The album featured the now-deemed-classic release, "So Real", which featured up and coming Houston hiphop artists, DJ Screw and his Screwed Up Click. In 1998, DMD and Inner Soul released, Twenty-Two: P.A.Worldwide, on the heels of the explosion of the album's first single, "25 Lighters" which featured southern heavyweights Lil KeKe and the late Fat Pat and would become one of southern rap's most known and sought after anthems. Twenty-Two went on to help Inner Soul garner national attention; which led to one of the largest indie-major deals of its time with the now-defunct Elektra Records. Words from "25 Lighters" would ultimately find their way into the 2012 song, "I Gotsta Get Paid" by the legendary rock-n-roll Hall of Famers, ZZ Top. In 2001, he and Inner Soul released the critically-acclaimed, Thirty-Three: Live From Hiroshima (...Hiroshima was the name of the state-of-the-art studio Inner Soul built as a result of the success they were having at the time) . The album contained another one of DMD's revered and influential rap tunes, Mr.25/8. He would only release one more secular rap album, Forty-Four: 3rd Coast Classics Vol.1 (released independently in 2002), before making one of the hardest decisions he says he's ever had to make: to leave his family, friends, and business because he felt his life was going in the wrong direction. So in October of 2002, he moved to Dallas and shortly afterwards to Houston - where he was hired to help try to turn another local indie label into a success. That deal lasted four months due to the label folding; leaving DJ DMD without a deal, a studio, and any direction for his future.
Then in early 2003 things began to change. Dorie and his then ex-wife reconciled; and she and their kids moved to Houston to be with him so that they could begin again. After his spiritual awakening, DMD made the decision to not worry about his career in music but to focus on rebuilding his family's faith in him and concentrate on "growing up." He developed a passion for the Word of God; so much so that before he knew it 7 years had gone by. Then, while attending one of his church's financial seminars, he says he heard "THAT Voice" again. This time It was telling him to reconsider doing music again. So, after taking time to pray, meditate, and wait on confirmation regarding "the assignment", he took the leap of faith and on May 14, 2010, DJ DMD officially started e5 entertainment.
Since starting e5 entertainment, DMD says, "I've watched God take a revelation from 2Kings 4 and, piece by piece, provide for the necessary things and people needed to bring our first project to fruition. From musicians, to studio owners (...seeing I didn't have or have access to one), to artists, to financial backers, I've seen God prove His Word faithful time and time again. No wonder He'd inspire us to make our first release a song about His Word and Its life-changing power, #25BiblesOnMyDresser." The single, which also features a new version of his deeply inspirational "Mr. 25/8", is intended to introduce DJ DMD to the Christian Hip Hop genre, reacquaint him with the business he loved so much, and re-introduce himself to a fan base that continued to promote his secular works while he was learning to grow as a man.
e5 entertainment's mantra is to provide God glorifying music and "edutainment." More music, videos, a mini-documentary, and mission work centered around ministering primarily to young people are all things you can expect in the near future. DJ DMD, with his new direction of wanting to positively impact people, is making it abundantly clear: he does not want to go down in history as...Mr. 25 Lighters.