Dez Andrés b2b Rick Wilhite


A house and hip-hop legend, DJ Dez is a certified crate digger. Known for his unique blends and mixes, his skills have taken him around the world to tantalize and amaze international audiences. The Detroit-native seemed destined for a career in music. Dez is the son and namesake of celebrated Cuban percussionist and jazz musician, Humberto “Nengue” Hernandez. Following in his fathers’ footsteps, Dez got his first drum set and began performing publicly at 3-years-old. Later in life, his immersion in the Detroit music scene gave him a valuable respect for the city and led to his major contributions to its musical legacy.

A foundational member of the Detroit Hip Hop scene, Dez is a DJ known for his unique and unparalleled blends and boundless musical knowledge. It was while spending time with mentor Amp Fiddler that DJ Dez was introduced to legendary hip-hop producer, James “J. Dilla” Yancey. Dez spent a number of years as the DJ for Slum Village.

Through his passion for discovering classic tracks, DJ Dez has also become a renowned producer and artist in his own right performing under his middle name, Andres. An artist on Mahogani Music, Andres has released four full-length albums to critical acclaim as well as several popular 12-inch releases and remixes. In 2012, he started his own imprint, La Vida on which he released his classic track, “New for U.” The recording went on to become one of the most highly traded 12"s online and in 2019 was recorded live with a band of fellow Detroiters including Amp Fiddler, Will Sessions, Dames Brown, Ian Fink and Shigeto.

US house and Techno DJ, remixer, and producer from Detroit, Michigan. Influenced by Detroit’s legendary pool of musicians, he entered production studios at the early age of eleven. He began remixing records in 1986 with the group NASA. Additionally, Wilhite worked alongside many electronic music pioneers, such as Juan Atkins and Derrick May. In recent years, Wilhite has established a bond with fellow musicians Marcellus Pittman, Kenny Dixon Jr. and Theo Parrish, now known as the 3 Chairs.

During the 80’s Wilhite worked for Buy Rite Music, which was one of the premiere record stores in the Midwest. He later opened The House of Music record store in downtown Detroit, as well Vibes New and Rare Music, which is also the name of a series of releases that he has curated for Rush Hour Recordings.

He has gone by a host of names: DOC, Tech-12, Working Mixx, and most recently The Godson.