Originally from Toronto before he spent six years in the Atlanta music scene and then headed to his current home base of LA, DJ Baby Yu gets around. He just started playing Las Vegas this year, making his Strip debut at Omnia in the spring, and after a gig at Tao this weekend he’ll begin a monthly residency at the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay in January.
“One of the things I love about Vegas is that you don’t know what to expect every time you go,” says Baby Yu, who can be heard regularly on LA’s 97.1 KAMP-FM and Atlanta’s V-103 FM. “It’s exciting for DJs to see new faces all the time instead of having a residency in your own city and seeing the same people every time.”
Baby Yu’s career exploded when he spent more than three years touring with Young Jeezy, but he eventually had to come off the road to focus on his own endeavors. “It’s a great job to have that kind of experience, but it’s almost like living someone else’s life,” he says. “If they have a show come up tomorrow, you just have to go. Now I can concentrate on myself more.” He’ll release his own music in the first half of 2017.
Expect the style and sound he has cultivated in his travels to be reflected in his upcoming release, “a diverse EP that’s not just one sound, that combines hip-hop to trap to pop to EDM, not fusing them all together but having those different sounds in one thing. … I come from Toronto, which is so diverse; that’s why I flourished in Atlanta. If you’re an EDM or pop DJ there, you can never step foot in a hip-hop club. But I could do everything.” DJ Baby Yu at Tao at Venetian, December 2.