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How DJ Bamboozle went from unknown to NBA party essential

DJ Bamboozle, who has been dubbed the unofficial DJ of the Los Angeles Lakers, went on vacation to the private Four Seasons Island in the Maldives in April as part of a small team led by LeBron James.

The group included LeBron, his wife Savannah, his chief of staff Ernie Ramos (real name Randy Mims), and Klutch Sports COO Farah Leff. There was a stop for the night in Dubai, and then to the islands in South Asia.

“It was like heaven on earth,” DJ Bamboozle, whose real name is Jeremy Adams, told The Post about the private island.

There were about 30 people in the state, which greatly exceeded the number of visitors.

“There is a 24-hour masseuse. There is a 24 hour cook. There are jet skis, boats – whatever you want, you will get. There is nothing they would never give up. It was the best hospitality I have ever been a part of,” he exclaimed.

DJ Bamboozle in the Maldives with LeBron James and crew.
DJ Bamboozle in the Maldives with LeBron James and crew.
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James has been flying in a private jet for many years, but it was such a long trip – and probably very expensive in a private jet – that they flew on an Emirates flight.

“It’s really funny because LeBron hasn’t been to a commercial airport in a long time,” Bambuzzle said. “Going there for me was an experience for him. People saw LeBron James at the airport – you pick up your bags yourself.

“It was great to recalibrate and become normal. LeBron wasn’t at Target or Home Depot [in ages]. I find it funny that he has to go through a security check with the TSA. He has no pre-screening or Global Entry, but he does have a LeBron James stamp that is better than both of them. They took him right through.”

DJ Bamboozle told The Post how he got into NBA circles.
DJ Bamboozle told The Post how he got into NBA circles.
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Bambuzzle grew up close to Jared Dudley, a former 14-year NBA veteran who played on the Lakers’ championship team and is now an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks. It was Dudley who connected him with the Lakers.

Before the pandemic hit, Bumbusle, now 36, faced the Lakers on the road 15 times during the 2019-20 NBA season.

The DJ looked over their schedule and realized that it made sense for the team to stay in the city where they were playing that night. It is imperative that they do not have a game the next day as they try to avoid parties the night before games as much as possible.

When they stayed overnight, they wanted music. And Bamboozle wanted to play for them.

DJ Bamboozle and LeBron James celebrate the Lakers' 2020 NBA championship.
DJ Bamboozle and LeBron James celebrate the Lakers’ 2020 NBA championship.
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DJ Bamboozle and Anthony Davis after the Lakers won the 2020 NBA Championship.
DJ Bamboozle and Anthony Davis after the Lakers won the 2020 NBA Championship.
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“I looked at their schedule before the season came out and then rated my own,” he said. “I wanted to be where the Lakers are now. They are a show. They are Hollywood. They are synonymous with success.”

The types of venues for his performances were varied.

In a city like New York, he arranged to play Marquee while they were in town. But perhaps only a dozen US cities have nightclubs of this caliber that the Lakers would like to go to. Let’s say in Salt Lake City they can find a private lounge where Bamboozle can spin around and players can relax.

Although these results are impossible to verify, he proudly claims that the Lakers went 15-0 on the days he faced them on the road.

Their collective fortune would continue in the NBA bubble, where Bambuzel was one of the few people other than the players, their families, coaches, team staff, owners, and members of the media who were allowed to enter. The Lakers won the NBA title by defeating Miami. Heat in six games in the final.

DJ Bamboozle with the Larry O'Brien trophy.
DJ Bamboozle with the Larry O’Brien trophy.
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Thanks to a series of recommendations, he gradually entered the elite circles of the NBA. He proved his worth as an independent player and the players saw that he could succeed without any connection to them. Time goes by and you are inside. You belong.

“Being close to the Lakers, playing music and striving for excellence, I was able to look across the table at dinner, see how far they’ve come, and try to mirror my success in the music industry after their success — going to work every day. day and try to get better,” Bambuzl said. “Other people saw, ‘This guy works. He doesn’t need us, but it’s nice to be around him. He reads the room correctly.

“When you reach these positions and you are humble, people wish you success. When you’re loud and flashy and cocky, they’re like, “Wait, why is this person around us? How did he get here? I was like a little brother. This includes vacations, lunches and birthdays. All these types of things.

DJ Bamboozle performs several nights in Las Vegas in July.
DJ Bamboozle performs several nights in Las Vegas in July.
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Coincidentally, the first professional show he ever played had a big connection to the NBA and also led to his moniker DJ Bamboozle.

About a decade ago, Adams was on Facebook looking for “demands” in ads for someone who needed a DJ. JW Marriott in Palm Springs, California. was looking for one for what he described as a massive party.

He answered the ad and spoke to B.B. Ingle, an event producer who sadly died of prostate cancer in 2020, and told him, “I’m your boyfriend.”

Ingle hung up “in the middle of a conversation”. The trickster continued to talk about his day, mortified that he had missed the opportunity, until 15 minutes later his phone rang and Ingle was on the line.

“I have a good feeling about this. I want to hire you,” Ingle said.

When the conversation turned to compensation, Bamboozle quoted a price of $500. Ingle agreed so quickly that the DJ thought he probably should have asked for more.

“I didn’t care, I was so happy. Now I would never become a DJ for $500, but at the time I was so poor and so glad someone would pay me,” he recalls.

Ingle asked him what the name of his DJ was. Thinking on tiptoe, he replied, “DJ Bamboozle” – as if he had just fooled the promoter by pretending until he did.

It ended up being a massive party for 2,000 people at the JW Marriott. There was also an exhibition match between the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks at Indian Wells, the famous tennis stadium.

This meant that the audience for his first DJ performance included Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Amar’e Stoudemire and Mark Cuban.

Bamboozle performed the song “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars, and Cuban started stalking her.

DJ Bamboozle at work.
DJ Bamboozle at work.
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“He runs out on stage while I’m DJing and starts singing at the top of his voice, ‘I so fucking want to be a billionaire. Ironically, he has been a billionaire for many years now,” Bambuzzle said with a laugh.

The Post asked the DJ a few more questions about his music career:

Q: What upcoming shows do you have that you’re excited about?

BUT: I have three nights ahead of me in Las Vegas in July. Hakkasan at the MGM Grand, which was once recognized as the best club in the world according to Playboy. I’ve been there three times now and it seems to me that Bamboozle rules the summer this summer. These shows are always exciting. I also do Tao and Marquee in Vegas in July.

AT: I recently went to Tao in Vegas as part of a group for an Indian-American bachelor party. It was a very diverse crowd – blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, etc. Do you think clubs have become big melting pots in recent years?

BUT: I think 100 percent. You think about the nightclub industry and how many times different people have been successful and want to celebrate somewhere. The first place you would mark 5-10 years ago would be a restaurant.

DJ Bamboozle's dream is to win a Grammy Award.
DJ Bamboozle’s dream is to win a Grammy Award.
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Now it’s like, “Hey, let’s go to a nightclub. Let’s take a few bottles. Let’s have a great time. Let’s post it on social media and show everyone we’re having so much fun.”

I think it’s ok. It has become very, very diverse. I remember a couple of months ago, dad and son flew in from Brazil for their son’s 21st birthday and spent $150,000 on champagne.

AT: What are your goals? What do you want?

A: One day I want to win a Grammy. As a kid, when I first started DJing and going to all these clubs, I never thought that I would want a Grammy. But I want to win a Grammy one day so I can come back and tell people how you do it. I went to the show when I was 21 and sat in the back the whole way. I want to go on stage, accept the Grammys and say that I did the right thing.

Q: What’s your favorite 98 mph fastball song to stir up a low energy crowd?

A: Drake & Rick Ross – Money in the Grave

2 Chainz – I’m different

Pitbull and Ne-Yo – Give me everything

DJ Bamboozle is the unofficial DJ for the Los Angeles Lakers.
DJ Bamboozle is the unofficial DJ for the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Q: What steps do you take when an NBA player or other influential friend wants to come to your big club?

BUT: What I like to do when someone is next to me is invite them to sit with me. The DJ booth usually holds about 10 people. If anyone else lends a hand, like a friend of a friend of mine, I’ll put them in touch with the CEO or club owner and say, “These people are really important to me, but they’re not going to sit with me because they’re going to have their own celebration – can you make sure they have a seat as close to the booth as possible so we can chat?”

I try to make sure that everyone sits where they are supposed to, and that they are comfortable. I don’t want anyone on the third level where they couldn’t see me – or couldn’t get inside at all in the middle of a hectic night.

Q: What is your favorite international city?

A: Sydney, Australia. 100 percent. A few years ago I was on the show for the seventh anniversary of Marquee. When I landed, it was electricity. I hoped that they would accept me just as I did them. I spent two nights there and can’t wait to get back when Australia reopens. That city accepted me as a native. I felt like I was coming home to play there.

I played in Bali, in Poland, in Tel Aviv… in beautiful places.

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