For Florida’s Alex Ducenord, better known to the Hip-Hop community at large as DJ Slym, a lifelong passion for music combined with tremendous persistence and perseverance have led to the music industry inroads he’s always dreamed about.

As a 12-year-old growing up in the coastal Palm Beach County community of Delray Beach Florida, “Lil Slym” had early designs of being a lyricist while falling in love with hip-hop, Dance, R&B and Haitian music, as well as admiring the Dj  skills of South Florida Dj legends like Uncle Al, Slic Vic and the Jam Pony Express DJs.

After releasing a Creole version of “Peanut Butter & Jelly” that gained local popularity and touring with the Original creators of the popular dance song, Slym parlayed his burgeoning reputation into his own DJ position and quickly found a natural fit:

“I started DJ’ing when I was about 16 years old. I called up to this underground radio station ran by Dj Amazin B in Delray every single day for like a month straight until he finally told me to come up to the station. From there it was a wrap. I use to go up there religiously to DJ on air and then practice in my other homie Dj Mookat’s DJ’s garage. Seeing that this was actually something I was really good at inspired me to take it more serious.”

Upon graduating from Spanish River High School in 2002, Slym enrolled at Valencia State College where he would graduate in 2005 with degrees in Music Production, Sound Reinforcement and Business. It was during this time at Valencia where Slym would become 1st Board Operator at Orlando’s Power 95.3FM in 2004, the beginning of many major moves to come.

Combining his loyal Haitian following with his frequent appearances at Orlando nightclubs such as Club Legends, Roxy, Tropical Magic and Element, Slym was soon requested for some of Orlando’s largest college parties as well as a career-changing concert for 5,000 at the Annual Florida Classic Car Show. Building his resume over the next few years would lead to another game-changer: Being named Young Jeezy’s official tour support DJ for The Recession Tour also featuring rap music mega-stars Lil Boosie, Ron Brownz & Ace Hood in 2008.

While continuing to network with major industry players such as Mr.Collipark and Wendy Day, Slym put his degrees to use in founding Street Buzz Ent Event Promotion as well as mixtape series, along with Noid2Party Teen Events. This hard work did not go unnoticed as he earned profiles in publications such as Riding Big Magazine, OZONE Magazine, and Hip Hop Weekly.

DJ Slym’s knack for making connections would continue in 2012 when he linked up with rap mogul Bryan “Birdman” Williams of Cash Money Records in becoming an official Brand Ambassador for Birdman’s GTV Vodka Brand as well as official tour DJ for Orlando, FL rapper Caskey of YMCMB. Slym would go on to tour the entire US on multiple Cash Money tours over the next few years, stopping long enough for a career highlight of DJ’ing on Sirius XM’s nationally syndicated Sway In The Morning Show alongside Sway himself in 2015.

Taking cues from Sway as well as ultimate DJ multi-taskers like DJ Skee and DJ Khaled, Slym successfully executed 2015’s Network Music Conference & Entertainment Convention, which he also founded in 2012. The 2015 conference included keynote speaker Keith Clinkscales who is the CEO of Revolt TV. But simply working with major players is not enough:

“I want to educate the masses about the entertainment business and build something to the level of SXSW for the state of Florida. I want it to be a catalyst for the state that eventually people from around the world can come to and gain knowledge and network with each other. I’ve traveled the country, but I want to become a leader in discovering new talent out of my state of Florida. I want to inspire a younger group of DJs to do it just as big as I have.”