Born Damien J Thomas in Upstate NY, Dread was born creatively ambitious and at the age of 12 began watching, studying & taking points from some of his favorite DJ’s such as Jazzy Jeff, Kid Capri, Jam Master J. and Mix Master Mike. He began producing his own remixes at the age of 16 and at the age of 19 began to spin locally. Dread inched his way on to the club scene of Albany, NY, making a name for himself among the huge population of college students of upstate NY with his style of live remix & blends.
Shortly after gaining a residency at one of Albany’s largest night clubs in 2007, he began producing a mix show on 102.3 Kiss FM called the 5 O’Clock Bomb. Ratings for the show quickly sky rocketed which made his name very well known in the 518 area.
When it comes to a show, Dread lets his hands do the talking. He is technically very sound and can adapt to any genre of music. After making the switch in 2009 to a complete video DJ, Dread started using his video edits to put an exclamation point on his turntable skills.
Dread has become the go-to talent in the industry for hosting, opening and DJing major events across the country. He has become known for his versatility in being able to get a party started in any setting. From corporate events to the largest clubs and casinos, any crowd, any venue, any format, he has delivered.
Dread has collaborated and shared the stage with many artists such as Lil Jon, Rev Run & Ruckus, Nina Sky, Salt N Pepa, Pauly D, Clinton Sparks, Steve Aoki, Boys 2 Men, Red Foo, Sky Blu, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dev, ZEDD, Hyper Crush, Bel Biv Devo, Biz Markie, Avicii, DRU Hill, Rob Base, Black Eyed Peas, Jagged Edge, Digital Underground and many others.