Locals: DJ Giovanny takes the reins of Kareem Jackson’s hip-hop party, Get Right

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By Columbus Alive
From the September 5, 2013 edition

Resident DJs Detox and Johnny Cashola became synonymous with the monthly hip-hop dance party Get Right over the past six years, but they didn’t start out as regulars behind the decks. So when both jocks announced plans to leave Columbus — Detox for San Diego, Cashola for NYC — Get Right founder Kareem Jackson never considered shutting the party down.

After all, Jackson, 30, a Washington D.C. native who came of age in that city’s vibrant club culture, started Get Right mostly because Columbus lacked nightlife options to his liking.

“The void is still huge in Columbus,” Jackson said.

The departure of Sweatin’ promoter Scott Niemet hasn’t helped matters, he said. For Jackson — who co-owns the Short North boutique Milk Bar and organizes the recurring parties OGEE, Righteous, Pinned and For All Mankind — the alternative to throwing his own events is boredom.

Enter DJ Giovanny, 27, a club and mixtape DJ who hosts the Radio One Mixshow on Power 107.5. He’ll take over as Get Right’s resident DJ when the party returns to Long Street this Friday. A pre-party called First Base precedes Get Right at the campus-area warehouse space Dude Locker.

While growing up on the Northwest Side, Giovanny discovered everything from Anita Baker to Led Zeppelin to 2Pac through his mother. He picked up guitar, drums and harmonica as a kid and, upon hearing Common’s “The Light” during his tenure at Bishop Watterson, acquired a pair of turntables. His first DJ gig was a private party at Muirfield, “a house party full of preps.”

He made his way into the club scene and nabbed a residence at the late Brewery District nightclub Major Woody’s, only to be dismissed because his song selection was “too urban” — ironic given that the club was later shut down after being declared a public nuisance for underage drinking, flying beer bottles and a man being shot on the dance floor.

Since those days, Giovanny landed the radio show, collaborated on projects like P. Blackk’s Friday, A Prelude mixtape and spun at clubs all over Downtown and the Short North.

In keeping with his diverse resume, Giovanny said he hopes to infuse his sets with newer, fresher music and expand the stylistic palette while staying true to Get Right’s roots in hard-hitting trap rap.

“I’ve been going to Get Right for years,” Giovanny said. “If you like hearing rowdy s--- in a cool environment, that’s the party to go to.”