Zeke Thomas is a prolific DJ and a longstanding advocate of LGBTQ+ voices and mental health awareness. We caught up with him to discuss his music and “Amplify Voices”, his new show on the LGBTQ+ cable network Revry.
The Knockturnal: What led you to become a DJ?
Zeke Thomas: I became a DJ because of my love for music. I was always burning CDs and making “mixtapes”… then my cousin got a set of turntables and I experimented on them and became hooked! With practice and love for music, I quickly realized not only a love for DJing but also that I could be pretty good at it.
The Knockturnal: What types of music are your favorite to play?
Zeke Thomas: My favorite type of music to play is definitely soul music and Michael Jackson. I love mixing old with new.
The Knockturnal: How does it feel to be on the stage with celebrities like Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, and Ludacris?
Zeke Thomas: Sharing the stage with iconic performers can both be nerve-wracking as well as exciting! I really love to look at it from the student’s point of view and have a front-row seat to study the musicianship and preparation that goes into their performances. Younger artists I encourage you to watch older veterans and learn their good habits, it will help you grow much faster in your career.
The Knockturnal: How does it feel to have your music played across the country?
Zeke Thomas: Across the country and around the world! It’s an amazing feeling. My music makes others smile and nothing makes me happier.
The Knockturnal: Do you have any new songs coming out?
Zeke Thomas: I have begun working on new material during the pandemic and lockdowns. I’m excited to say expect new releases next year!
The Knockturnal: What is it like having Isiah Thomas for a dad?
Zeke Thomas: Having my dad be a basketball legend to most is cool, but having him be an activist in the world’s struggle for equality is even cooler.
The Knockturnal: What inspired you to create Amplify Voices?
Zeke Thomas: Amplify Voices was a show that came together quickly with my production partners. I wanted people to hear from voices they haven’t heard, from both Black, brown, trans, and queer voices. As well as allies who haven’t been lifted up for their contributions to the struggle for equality for all.
The Knockturnal: Do you feel that this show will help open the discussion for LGBTQ+ voices in mainstream audiences?
Zeke Thomas: I do. I feel every bit helps. The mainstream media should take note.
The Knockturnal: Do you think that this show will help people who have gone through similar events to feel more comfortable in discussing them?
Zeke Thomas: Everyone speaks their truth in their own time. I hope that it will allow people to listen more with an open mind and realize that these issues exist and they aren’t just going to go away overnight.
The Knockturnal: What’s next for Amplify Voices?
Zeke Thomas: More episodes!!!