There’s no party without Puffy.
That’s the word on the entertainment scene in Barbados, where DJ Puffy was born André Parris on November 20, 1991.
About 20 years later, he has become an in-demand DJ who has mastered radio and the club. He is unquestionably a prodigy.
Puffy’s resume includes nearly every major event to hit Barbados in recent years. On the Caribbean island where celebrities flock to experience sun-drenched beaches and lavish living, his audiences have included Amber Rose, J. Cole, Jeremih, Rihanna and the cast of Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club.”
Not only has he played for a who’s who crowd but he has also opened for many of them. Puffy has shared the stage with Chase and Status, the UK music-producing duo; Omarion; Rick Ross and Hed Kandi deejays, Andy Norman and Krystalroxx.
With all the attention he gets, it is hard to imagine that his fans almost never knew him. One night, just a typical teenager, he volunteered to play at a carnival party after the rostered DJ couldn’t make it. That’s when he caught the eye of Matthew “Fewwture” Ashby, who later signed him to his agency, Dream Real Projects.
Since then, Puffy has gone from undiscovered to celebrated. The young artist has evolved into an established entertainment icon, hosting parties, producing nightlife events, and ushering in a new era of DJ fandom across Barbados and beyond.
In 2012, Puffy was part of the inaugural Caribbean DJ Honors in Tobago. That same year, he broke into the Trinidad market, playing parties on the college circuit there. A few months earlier, he rocked R.E.D., a wildly popular party on Antigua, months after accepting an invitation from Universal Motown artist, Shontelle, to play at her birthday party at B.B. King’s in New York.
Even off the stage, Puffy delights fans. He has rolled out a series of mashups and mixes, which online music lovers can’t seem to get enough of. With a stroke of genius and a sharp ear, Puffy has mastered fusing Caribbean genres with Top 40 hits, and mainstream chart toppers with underground tracks. “Prime Time” is the most popular mix of them all, racking up three volumes and then some.
While balancing touring, playing for celebrities, and sharing the stage with international artists, Puffy holds down a DJ residency at Sugar Ultra Lounge in Barbados and a high-energy evening slot on Slam 101.1 FM.