A few weeks ago, CrazU had the opportunity to play in Miami after he won Wavo’s Miami Pool Party DJ Invitation Contest. He won the chance to play a set during Ultra Music Festival Weekend and hang out in the VIP room with the likes of Bynon, the EC Twins, and Rebeeca & Fiona. Wavo asked CrazU a little bit about this life changing opportunity and what he’s been doing since then.
CrazU performing his set at SLS Miami
Wavo (W): Congratulations on winning the SLS Pool Party DJ Invitational Contest! How did you feel when you got the news that you won?
CrazU (C): Getting word about winning the SLS Pool Party DJ Invitational Contest gave me mixed but positive feelings! I was in the studio by myself when I got the email and immediate became emotional, then hysterically laughing and cheering with uncontrollable excitement. It was definitely the highest point in my musical career.
W: How did you get into DJ-ing? What’s your history with music been like?
C: Since the age of 4 I have been involved heavily in music. My parents signed me up for piano at a local studio where I became proficient with classical and orchestral composition. After performing countless recitals and charity events in my later teens, I realized that if I was going to “make it” in the music industry, I couldn’t do it through piano, I had to find something else. Some of my friends started DJing and I quickly became fond of the art of turntablism and on the spot mixing. I worked odd jobs in the summer of 2002 to afford my first DJ-In-A-Box kit that included Two Gemini Belt Drive Turntables and one basic Gemini 2-channel mixer. Began mixing in the basement of my parents home and did high school house parties all over my neighborhood on the weekends to gain a legit fan base. I went on a three year hiatus to pursue my 1st passion, [becoming] a professional soccer player, but fell short. I turned back to music because it was my escape from negativity and was accepted to attend The Los Angeles Recording School in Hollywood where I received an Associates in Recording Arts and Music Production. It wasn’t until I started producing my own originals and remixes that I found out that in order to succeed in the industry, YOU HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT.
W: You’ve been DJ-ing for over ten years. That’s a long time to finally just get your first big break. What’s kept you going and inspired all this time?
C: Yes it was, and I have many more years to come hopefully! Through the years, what has kept me motivated is my will to win! Playing sports my whole life I always thought: “Don’t Give Up! (even have a tattoo of that on my arm) There will be times you will be dead last and there will be times you will be at the highest point of your life, just know that by giving up, you are surrendering your heart, your love, your passion, to someone else who is more dedicated and more persistent than you!” (Those were exact words from my father, my mother always said “I will support you in whatever your heart desires.”)
W: Do you have any DJs who you view as your inspiration or motivation? Which artists or genres influence you?
C: Of course! Without inspirations we would not have a thought or a vision of what we love. I am an obsessive music fan in general, there isn’t a single genre that doesn’t inspire me one way or another, but the artist I first saw rock a main stage and changed the way I viewed electronic dance music was Tiesto. He is the ultimate reason why I started producing and performing. My best friends got me DJ-ing and mixing, but Tiesto took me to another level I didn’t even know existed.
W: Tell us about the experience at SLS. Who did you meet?
C: My experience at the SLS was unforgettable. Amongst having to cough up $2000 to get out to Miami during Ultra Music Festival weekend, the experience and the connections I made were priceless, something I can never take back. I got to hang out with Bynon, the EC Twins, and Rebeeca & Fiona in their VIP area and chat with their people, Gareth Emery, Michael Woods, and R3hab all gave me amazing advice and fantastic feedback on what to do from this point on. Danny Avila and EDX were kind enough to take a couple seconds to snap photos with me. It was all unreal yet felt normal, like I belonged there with them.
W: How has Wavo jump started your career?
C: Wavo is a great company that helps platform upcoming talent and put them in situations where they can make the best of their career. The contest are a test to see how bad you want it. I was lucky enough to win back-to-back competitions (Miami DJ Invitational & unEarth Euphoria Festival), and by [doing] so, I realized how much true fan support I have, how talented my creativity can be, and [how] well my parents have taught me to be honest to yourself and the things you love.
W: Do you have any advice for DJs who aren’t getting the breaks they need?
C: Honest advice that I can give natural talent out there trying to get their big break is to never give up. Just because you don’t win, or you fall short doesn’t mean you are a loser, it just means it is not your time yet. If you stay true to yourself, get a positive and honest following (not bought!), and produce your own music, then you are bound to achieve greatness. Being persistent is always a good thing, BUT being persistent without professionalism and proper etiquette is just annoyance. In other words, don’t bad mouth the industry, respect it!
Thanks to Wavo and a great team of his supporters, CrazU will be performing on the main stage at the Euphoria Music Festival in Austin, Texas April 10-12, but prior to that he will stay true to his monthly residency at the UFC Gym in his hometown of Torrance, CA on April 6th.
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