Austin-born Ri-yan Dolan is only eight years old -- he turns a ripe nine on August 25 -- and holds the title of the world's youngest DJ, spinning under the name DJ Baby Chino. At a time when kids half his age can operate iPads and iPhones with ease, it should be no surprise that Dolan was only five when he took to the decks.
I first witnessed DJ Baby Chino playing at a shoe store on Austin's Sixth Street this past March during SXSW. With his buzz-cut and black glasses, he immediately attracted a crowd of gawkers, watching him mix it up on a pair of turntables and a Mac. I thought he was the world's smallest DJ, but a quick Google search while standing in front of him, I found out he is the youngest.
"I love music and thought the turntables looked awesome. I asked my parents if I could try it out and it turns out I am really good at it and I love it," he says, answering from the road. Chino has a busy schedule of parties and appearances, keeping him occupied 200 days out of the year.
DJBC hits the House Of Blues tomorrow night for a Sports Rapp gig in the main hall, sharing the stage with Doughbeezy. He will stay in Houston until Sunday night for the H-Town Sneaker Summit afterparty at Warehouse Live, with Chief Keef and Le$.
Like I said, he's a busy kid.