Jamal Reid, AKA DJ Trauma has a passion for deejaying that stems from his coming of age in New York City, the epicenter of hip-hop culture and the capital of the music industry. Trauma grew up in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, where, as a young DJ, he spun at house parties and local events before heading to Washington, D.C., to attend Howard University. In D.C., he further honed his skills by spinning at popular clubs, concerts, and shows.
As Trauma’s career developed, he landed coveted gigs on BET’s 106 & Park and VH1’s Love and Hip Hop. He became the resident DJ at Barclay’s 40/40 Lounge during the Brooklyn Nets’ 2014–2015 season and performed at events for Patti LaBelle, Spike Lee, and Aretha Franklin. His client list has included Adidas, China Airlines, Citi Group, Essence, and MTV. In 2014, he won Global Spin’s “Open Format Breakthrough DJ of the Year” award.
China Airlines, Citi Group, Essence, and MTV. In 2014, he won Global Spin’s “Open Format Breakthrough DJ of the Year” award.
Trauma credits much of his success to providing one-of-a-kind experiences to the people who attend his events. That was certainly the case when he was asked to spin at Al Sharpton’s 60th birthday party, the wrap party for Celebrity Apprentice, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s annual Vision Gala.
With his Traphouse NYC brand, Trauma is now looking to bring a new level of sophistication to New York City events. Traphouse hosts exclusive invite-only parties at secret locations, regularly drawing more than 500 influencers, creatives, and artists such as Manolo Rose, Tyson Beckford & Kehlani all of whom partied at Trauma’s Traphouse in Brooklyn this past year.
In addition to Trauma’s current residencies in NYC, He often travels around the world including Dubai, London & Belgium.