Jeff Larrimore: From oil changes to entertainment as disc jockey DJ Whisper

 

LAUREL — Life for Jeff Larrimore has been something of an ongoing race.

Jeff Larrimore

In his younger days it was sled-dog racing.

“I was lucky enough actually to race sled dogs – Siberian huskies. My dad had 37 of them. We lived out by Trap Pond and he raised them,” said Mr. Larrimore. “We raced them. We didn’t race down here. We traveled, to New York, New Jersey, Long Island, different places. I did finish first both years I raced. I only raced sled dogs a couple years.”

Then it was onto go-karts.

“We were just involved in racing all of the time,” he said. “I raced go-karts for like 14 years.”

Now, the 53-year-old Laurel man is often in race pace with his job as manager of the Valvoline Instant Oil Change in Seaford and in his moonlight gig as disc jockey DJ Whisper.

Remaining a husband, father and family man factors as an important lap in his race.

Born in Seaford, Mr. Larrimore’s family moved to Laurel when he was kid. He is a member of Laurel High School’s Bulldog Class of 1984.

Moonlighting as DJ Whisper keeps him busy. He says he’s basically booked through the rest of this year and already booking for 2019.

His disc jockey work encompasses a variety of venues including: weddings, parties, bars, restaurants, school dances, karaoke, and various specialty events. He’s done school dances, special holiday parties like Halloween costume and Christmas Ugly Sweater contests, the Hyatt hotel, major community events such as Rock the Choptank in Dorchester County and Apple Scrapple at Jeff’s Taproom in Bridgeville as well as charitable events.

“So, I have done all types plus playing bars,” he said.

Will’s Carnival for a Cause organizer Will Kenney presents an appreciation plaque to Jeff Larrimore (disc jockey DJ Whisper) at the 2017 Will’s Carnival for a Cause.

DJ Whisper will be the music/entertainment provider for the 5th Will’s Carnival for a Cause, set for Sunday, Oct. 14 at ChickBerry Farm near Laurel.

“I have always done stuff when it comes to charity events to help people out. I’ve done Relay for Life twice, last year and this year,” he said. “And Will’s Carnival for Cause, I have been doing from Day 1.”

Mr. Larrimore and his wife Lucy reside in Laurel just outside the town limits. “So, I’ve got a lot of things I can buy that say, ‘I Love Lucy!” Mr. Larrimore says with a smile.

There are four children in their family.

In this week’s Person to Meet spotlight, Jeff Larrimore/DJ Whisper.

Work history

Formally the Oil Spot, it’s now Valvoline.

“I’ve been there 24 years this November. I started out as a regular technician. I was there probably a year, and I became assistant manager. And probably two years after that I became the manager and I’ve been there ever since,” said Mr. Larrimore. “I am the safety coordinator also, for the Mid-Atlantic. I am responsible for all of the safety in all of the stores. I have to make sure everybody does the proper forms and stuff safety-wise. I do store visits, so I travel a little bit. We have nine stores in my area, from New Jersey and Pennsylvania all the way down to Salisbury.”

Previously, he worked in the industrial park in Georgetown. “I worked there when I got out of school, for 9 ½ years. It was called CST Office Products,” he said. “We printed computer paper back then.”

Disc jockey gig?

“I have always enjoyed music. I had been doing it for a while. I really took off with it probably in 2010. I started before that, but I never really pushed it. And I still don’t really push it, believe it or not. “

The name: “DJ Whisper”?

“I have always been quiet and shy. Somebody made a statement about me being quiet and shy. I searched for years. Every name I typed into Google, somebody had the name. I wanted something different. I searched and ‘Whisper’ was only used twice; once in Texas and once in another country.

“That is one of the reasons I picked that name. Everybody said, ‘Why don’t you go with Jazzy Jeff.’ Well, Jazzy Jeff is famous. I don’t want to have the same title.”

Fun Fact

Recently, connections through Valvoline set the table for a dining engagement with 20-year-old NASCAR star William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“It was at Pocono, June 3. It was through our uniform company through Valvoline,” he said. “I sat right up in the booth with them, with the scorers.”

Big NASCAR fan?

“I used to follow it. I used to follow it very heavy and then I kind of faded out it a little bit.”

Leisure time

“I don’t know, I work all of the time. My wife is Filipino. So, I have been to Philippines three or four times. Other than that, we go to Virginia Beach. I like going to the beach. And taking my son, Xavion, to movies, for quality father-son time. He is nine.”

Retirement someday?

“I keep saying, one day I am going to retire. But it’s just hard to just walk away. I am just not ready, I guess. And I enjoy it. The disc jockey, I really do it because I just enjoy it. I don’t do it as a job. I like having fun.”

“I have always done stuff when it comes to charity events to help people out. I’ve done Relay for Life twice, last year and this year,” he said. “And Will’s Carnival for Cause, I have been doing from Day 1.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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