THE HUSTLE IS REAL

“It’s like Thelonious Monk said : Do your own thing.  In 15, 20 years, people will catch on.”
-Jamison Harvey, aka DJ Prestige

THE HUSTLE IS REAL is a story about creating your own lane to make money doing what you love and the hustle and grind that goes along with it.

 “If you have to work, you might as well do what you love”

DJ Prestige makes a living as a DJ spinning 7” 45 rpm vinyl records.  He’s also a freelance writer, graphic designer, and champion of all things vinyl.  “I’m really a working-class DJ”

His lane is music that has soul, music that moves you.  Funk, jazz, soul, hip hop, latin, disco, and more are what he delivers at his DJ night.  Whether it’s in the lobby of the ACE Hotel in NYC, the SHAKE party in Brooklyn, behind the decks at various venues on the beach in Asbury Park, NJ, or as a guest DJ at Boston’s SOULELUJAH,  Prestige is known for his impeccable selection that controls the vibe and moves the dance floor.  

 “90% of what I play people don’t know”, but, they get down and dance anyway because it’s good music.  It’s the beat, the sound, the vibe, all from vinyl records collected over many years. “A lot goes into getting these records”                                                
                                                                    
His site, Flea Market Funk, has been keeping people up to date on recent releases, re-issues, and DJ culture via daily reviews and interviews with other DJ’s from around the world for over 12 years.  Featuring his on point, honest, writing and visually pleasing graphic design, each feature represents the passion and love of the culture.

             
  “I want to be in control -that’s what’s going to make me stand out. I want to control the name, I want to control the vibe, I want to control the visuals”

It’s a full-time job getting the gigs and promoting them, let alone doing the gigs. The hours are crazy and there’s very little downtime.  Jamison is swimming against the current every day in a job that’s off the beaten path.  But, he’s doing what he loves…

“I just wanna evolve as a person and a DJ. And I’m gonna do whatever it takes…and whatever it takes means working harder than the next guy”

                                                        …“The Hustle Is Real all the time”

A short documentary by THOMAS DRAUDT.
Edited by MARK CHESAK
Actual Size Productions © 2019

  • THOMAS B DRAUDT
    Writer
    The Typewriter Repairman
  • Thomas B Draudt
    Director
    This Old House TV
  • Thomas B Draudt
    Producer
  • Jamison Harvey
    Key Cast
    "DJ Prestige"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Video/Sony&Canon
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
    November 14, 2019
    Best Short Documentary
Director Biography - Thomas B Draudt

Thomas has been making short films since the early 1980's.
An EMMY award winning producer and 3-time EMMY nominated director, Thomas brings a deep toolbox to every project he’s involved in. “I’ve been at this for a long time and the joy of pulling all the opposing forces together to make a coherent film is extremely gratifying.
This film is a tribute to everyone who pursues their passion no matter how high the odds are stacked up against them.”

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Director Statement

“Normally, I don’t choose subjects that I know a lot about or have a strong connection with because I am forced to examine the subject without bias and approach it with a healthy dose of naivety.
In this case, knowing a lot about the subject was crucial because the subtleties of DJ culture can be easily misrepresented or batted-foul quite easily. As a vinyl record collector, bedroom DJ, and lover of many styles of music, my conversation with this subject was informed in a way that allowed the film to be legit with several audiences, including DJ culture.”