DJ Precyse was living in Houston when 9/11 happened. It was then that he decided he needed to be closer to family, so he moved back to Waco. He’s originally from Hillsboro but had lots of family in Waco, and this is where he ended up.
Precyse, whose real name is Devin Patton, has been a DJ at 94.5 FM The Beat for 11 years, working mostly the evening shift. He also does sales for the radio station; has a DJ business on the side playing parties and other events; and, when needed, helps out a friend who has a moving company.
What Precyse particularly likes about working at The Beat is the flexibility he’s allowed in choosing the music for his shows. He has DJ friends at stations in major markets across the state, “and they have a playlist they have to go by.”
“They have the top 100 songs they have to pick from. They can’t just go freelance like we do,” he said. “We’re blessed to be able to just program-direct ourselves and play what we want to play. As long as it’s clean and it sounds good, we’re able to play it.”
Precyse played his first gig when he was a teenager at Club Bedrock in Hillsboro, in a DJ battle that also featured Scratch Master T, a renowned DJ from Houston. T won the competition.
“He came out and did some stuff I had never seen in my life,” Precyse said, “like set the records on fire and [the audience] just went crazy.”
Precyse finished second, with his signature move of putting an Adidas sneaker on his hand and scratching to a Run-DMC record.
His second DJ gig was at Club Jealousy on Franklin Avenue in Waco, which was owned by DJ Batman, who also works at The Beat. Precyse would carry in crates of Batman’s records, set up equipment and then play a short set before Batman — also known as Waco native James Lewis — would come on for his headlining set.
Music has been part of Precyse’s life for as long as he can remember. When he was growing up in Hillsboro, his mother, Delois Robinson, owned a beauty shop that was connected to their house. When she had customers, she would tell her son to “go ahead and put that Frankie Beverly & Maze record on right quick, and I’d run in there and put it on and people were jamming and going crazy,” he said. “I’m like, ‘I like this.’ That’s how I really became a DJ.”
Robinson lives in Bellmead now, and Precyse has dinner at her house at least once a week.
“Every Sunday, my mom cooks,” he said. “That’s the spot for the family to come and eat. She loves giving people a good meal. We go out there and hang out every Sunday. She kept up the tradition of my grandmother who has passed on.”
“Tite @ Nite”
“Tite @ Nite Crew with DJ Precyse” can be heard from 6-10 p.m. weeknights at 94.5 FM The Beat or at centexbeat.com. The theme of the show varies each night. He starts off the week with Motivation Monday. Texas Tuesday features music strictly from Texas artists, and then there’s Wild Out Wednesday. “We just wild out and have fun,” he said. “We may throw a country song in there and mix it with hip hop.” Throwback Thursday is followed by Freaky Friday, a happy hour mix Precyse does with DJ Batman. At 7 p.m. on Sundays, his show “Street Beats” features music from up-and-coming artists.