What started out as three friends entertaining themselves at a Gainesville club has blown up into a dance craze with approximately
10 million views on YouTube, a hit single with sales of more than 100,000 on iTunes and a slick video featuring a cameo by Flo Rida. Jacksonville native J. Dash created the moves with pals Fleezy and Chello years ago, but the Stanton and University of Florida grad took it one step further by naming the dance The Wop and writing its theme song. Not that “WOP” is his first foray into music: J. Dash was playing Beethoven on the piano by age 5, formed his own blues and jazz band at 12 and recorded his first hip-hop CD, The Odyssey of a Corporate Looney Tune, in his dorm room at UF.
Here’s some more scoop about the Stereofame recording artist that you won’t hear in his inevitable future Grammy acceptance speech.
• The moniker “J. Dash” comes from the initial of his real first name (which he won’t reveal) and his lightning-fast ability to make beats.
• He works as a computer engineer for a large local company (which he also won’t reveal, not because the business isn’t supportive of his music career but to deter fans who have been known to show up at his job just to meet him). And he performs with local band Fusebox Funk.
• J. Dash’s best friend is Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey.
The two met at UF and were even roommates when Mincey was first drafted by Jacksonville.
• His first-ever solo performance was at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, opening for Damian and Stephen Marley. His second? Opening for Lil Wayne and Fabolous.
• A self-proclaimed “full-on geek”—and proud of it—Dash has been known to design and code apps for iPhones and iPads.
• If he could have dinner with any three people in the world, living or dead, he’d break bread with Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John, former president Bill Clinton and his grandmother, who died when he was eight years old.
• When one young fan at a show in Carrollton, Georgia, told him her mother drove her four hours just to see him perform, he was so appreciative and flattered he offered to give her anything she wanted. First, she asked for his glasses, then his hat. “I asked her if there was
anything else,” he laughs,” And she says, ‘Can I have your shirt?’”