DJ Fati: New York’s Niche Albanian DJ

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Fatmir Doda, popularly known by his stage name DJ Fati, is a renowned DJ, musician, and entertainment director with Albanian roots. DJ Fati has worked tirelessly to make a name for himself in the music and entertainment industry. Coming from an Albanian background, DJ Fati’s name literally translates to “lucky”, yet his success is more attributed to his unique drive of going against the grain and believing in his own self-worth. No one could predict just how lucky he would be when he decided to follow his heart instead of following what others thought was best for him. With over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, DJ Fati is not finished making a name for himself.

Growing up in Williamsburg Brooklyn, one of the worst neighborhoods at the time for gang violence in New York City during the 80s and 90s, DJ Fati stayed out of trouble and has always been passionate about audio as a musician. When he was in junior high school, one of his upstairs neighbors was a musician and he learned how to set up audio equipment from him. For DJ Fati, it would later become his destiny when an unexpected opportunity presented itself to him. 

One school day, he happened to be at the right place at the right time when no one could set up the sound system for the cheerleaders at practice. That’s when DJ Fati came to the rescue. Impressed by his resourcefulness, the cheerleading captain who didn’t even know his name, instead just categorically dubbed him “DJ” each time they would call on him to get the sound going. That fateful moment marked the start of DJ Fati’s future career as a renowned DJ.

DJ Fati wanted a career he was passionate about. What motivated him to get started was the feeling of the reaction from the crowd, exploring what makes people dance and have a good time. He doesn’t have a specific genre he restricts himself to and instead focuses on his crowd and their frequency.

DJ Fati bases his music off of frequency and says, “Frequency is energy. There are certain songs that make you feel a certain way.” He lets people know he doesn’t take requests, a big challenge for him in the industry. “You can’t change the tone of the music just for one table, you have to understand your audience but people get upset,” says the DJ. Today, DJ Fati has a strong niche Albanian following and knows his market very well.

Through hardwork and dedication to the game, DJ Fatmir Doda has certainly created an impressive career for himself  Overcoming a long battle with Covid that threatened to keep his venue away from him, DJ Fati has now opened up his own venue space with his liquor license. DJ Fati also uses his role as an entertainment director and has a team of DJs and musicians he sends out to multiple venues that only work for him. Above all else, DJ Fati is determined to give back and has plans to start a nonprofit towards helping young artists and musicians. “I already achieved my success,” says DJ Fati “and I want to be able to give back to my local community.”

Keep up with DJ Fati and what he’s up to next by following him on Instagram: @official_dj_fati.