The young duo on the nightlife scene, Wayne Johnson and Tony Perry Jr., better known as Wayne and Tony of WT Nightlife Marketing Group, are here for the taking! The dynamic duo became acquainted with each other through mutual friends and having a passion for entertaining and entrepreneurship.
Beginning with campus parties and evolving to the birth of OverAchievers, Wayne surrounded himself with some of the well-seasoned promoters in the city. Simultaneously, Tony embarked on his journey of D.C. nightlife by way of the Avenue hosting 18 and older parties. While moving and shaking, networking and building, the two Prince George’s County natives put themselves in the same conversations as their predecessors, the former ‘Batman and Robin’ of nightlife, Marc Barnes and Taz Wube, affectionately known as Marc and Taz.
Once the twosome aligned themselves with their “claim to fame” party at K Street Lounge on Sundays, it was the beginning of their five year reign. While dominating their age bracket in promotions, the team matured and blossomed to be hosts of one of DC’s consistently thriving nightlife events at Capitale. The moment that solidified the efficiency of their business was just last summer when Wayne and Tony sold out all seven of their parties.
It has not been all bottle popping and twerking. In the earlier part of their career, circa 2009, the second party of their career at Pure was a fail. No one attended. “We definitely [have] learned a lot,” is an understatement, from both Perry and Johnson. In their moments of growth, they have cultivated notable relationships with will.i.am, Drake and a host of local celebrities.
Throwing parties and having a good time is on their to-do list, but not as high as you might think. Wayne and Tony would like everyone to know that they have “worked hard to get here” and if they stop it will be on their own accord. Being a few of the youngest on the scene, they both agreed that their biggest challenge can be the politics of the industry, however, being amicable and agreeable with the understanding that everyone has their own agenda, keeps them in ‘good graces’.
Having fun comes with the territory in this line of work, but Wayne and Tony’s main precedence for their business is to thrive and operate with efficiency, keeping in mind that the livelihoods of their constituents are at stake.
Put on your freshest threads and bring your woes to stop by and see Wayne and Tony at Capitale and other hot spots around the city, or catch them on their ‘Gram (@wayneandtonydc), Twitter (@wayneandtony), or website (www.wayneandtony.com).