TJ Rozdilsky went to college to become a pro golfer, but he left college as a DJ on his way to the pop charts and a Vegas residency. This crazy career of his is all thanks to his desire to party.
“I went to a college for a professional golf management. I was good,” he says. “That was my thing for a number of years.”
He enrolled at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C, after having grown up in Connecticut. His college’s golf team earned the Division III championship.
But TJR (his DJ name) never made the team because he discovered dance music during his first semester.
“My roommate took me to a rave, and I was, like, ‘Whoa.’ Then golf was on the back burner pretty much after that period.”
TJR — a resident DJ at Hakkasan, performing there Sunday — never made it to the pro level. He had friends who did.
“I quickly saw in college what it took to go it to the next level. I was, like, ‘Man, Saturday mornings I am not going to the putting greens and practicing for four hours. I’d rather go out at night and socialize.”
TJR never missed golf team tryouts, because he would have felt guilty if he gave up the one thing he went through four years of college for.
“I would literally party all night, and I would go to the golf course wacked-out of my mind.”
If this is starting to sound like a movie-comedy plot, it kind of is, especially since Methodist University is a conservative school, perhaps as the name implies.
“Everybody would be staring at me. I had crazy hair. It was such a scene, because I didn’t give a (expletive). It was funny, freaking people out,” he says and laughs.
TJR was frequently “very sleepy” on the golf links after a night of raving.
“At the beginning (of 18 holes), I was wiped out. At the end of the round, I was 200 yards behind the group, dragging my bag and barely finishing.”
TJR made good career choices after that. He moved to Los Angeles. He has become a terrific producer and a very well-respected DJ among his peers.
Revelers at clubs know his hits “Ode to Oi,” “What’s Up Suckaz” and his hit with rapper Pitbull, “Don’t Stop the Party.”
And every so many weeks, he gets paid to come to Vegas.
“A Vegas residency is the best, especially if you’re living in L.A.,” he says. “For a monthly gig, it’s so close, and the party’s so good. It’s something really special.”