Paul DelVecchio, better known as DJ Pauly D, started out as an ordinary kid from Providence who wanted to make it big in the music industry before he became a reality TV celebrity.
The former Jersey Shore cast member is now performing considerably larger concerts and will be returning to New England for a special event at Foxwoods on the Fourth of July.
For him, “it’s almost like returning back home,” he says. Having the opportunity to entertain close loved ones is something I cherish. Find out why DJ Pauly D calls the Jersey Shore of Rhode Island home and what else he had to say about growing up in New England.
1. He’s Sick of Defending His Claim that He Hails from Rhode Island Rather than New Jersey
Some people may mistakenly believe that I was born and raised in New Jersey, but that’s not the case. When I tell people I’m originally from Rhode Island, I have to repeat myself several times before they finally understand where I’m from. When people ask me where I’m from, I have to explain that “No, Rhode Island” is an actual place.
2. He Got His Musical Start at House Parties and School Performances
Just in that one little state, where he was a DJ virtually every night of the week, he became rather well-known. He was performing in a wide variety of bars and playing a wide variety of musical styles.
That’s why I’m so versatile: He’ve been to clubs that played just rock, only hip-hop, and only dance, and even those played a wide variety of genres. The state of Rhode Island is largely responsible for my development as an open-format DJ who can cater to a wide variety of listeners.
3. He’s Moved on From GTL
The GTL dance routine is well-known to all Jersey Shore viewers. The performers repeatedly clarified to the audience that the initials “GTL” stand for “gym,” “a tan,” and “laundry,” the three mandatory activities on any “guido’s” day.
Pauly used to be very routine-oriented; he cared deeply about his appearance at the club and how it would be received by the women there, so he worked out frequently, tanned himself, and always arrived in a clean outfit. His life has changed a bit as of late. He still fits in the gym, maintains his tan, and does his laundry, but PBC has become his top priority.
4. Back to Reality
Even though he is a famous DJ now, Pauly D has never abandoned reality television (or actually, even slightly). He has appeared on EFamously !’s Single, MTV’s Marriage Bootcamp: Reality Stars 11, and MTV’s Double Shot at Love, in addition to reuniting with his old castmates on the relaunch of Jersey Shore, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.
5. The Start of a Love Story
In recent episodes of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, viewers may have picked up on Pauly D and Jenni “JWoww” Farley‘s growing chemistry. Pauly D thinks it’s only a matter of time until he and JWoww take their friendship to the next level now that she’s free to date again after her divorce from Roger Matthews.
In a recent episode, he told the camera, “When I get that green light, me and Jenni – we are going to hook up.” Friends say, though, There’s little chance of these two being together permanently. “They’ve always had a pretty flirty connection but they’d never truly date each other,” an insider told HollywoodLife.
They truly love one another and care for one another as if they were blood-related. Pauly has a strong desire to keep Jenni safe. Whatever happens, she can count on him to be there for her.
6. Bobby Shmurda Is Currently His Favorite Musician
Everyone seems to go crazy whenever they hear the beat, so perhaps there is some sort of hidden meaning behind the dance itself. People he didn’t know were coming up to him during interviews and doing the dance with him.
I recently lost it after watching a video of a 5-year-old singing the entire song. While literally dying from laughter, I posted it to Facebook with the remark “I’m dying.” There’s no way a 5-year-old could know all those words; I don’t even know all the words and this kid knows them all. He enacted it, and I thought I was going to die. That thing is taking over the planet, I swear to god.
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7. Dj PaulyD Is Also Popular in New Zealand
It’s true that at the end of September I’ll be performing at a festival in New Zealand. Because my previous trip to New Zealand was also a surprise, this one is especially exciting.
People at the hotel were like, “I think I just saw Pauly D.,” which was embarrassing because I was in New Zealand for a corporate gig and nobody was supposed to know I was coming there.
It didn’t come as much of a surprise to me that they called the radio station once they realized I was present. This time, at least, I won’t have to hide the fact that I’m leaving. This means that I may finally visit the area and take in all the attractions for myself.
A craze sweeps New Zealand. That came as a surprise to me when word of my presence there got out on the radio. To add to the surprise, they even created a hashtag to encourage Pauly D to phone the station, but I was too busy hiding out in New Zealand to participate.