Dancing is one of the things that I do a lot. I see myself as a dancer, I’m still doing that.”
The 28-year-old admits making time for his hobbies has also contributed to a growing career. Though he is yet to release an official album, he is an occasional performer on DJ sets, a stage presence at festivals such as Insomniac: Music Evolved, and is a regular performer on dance parties the likes of SXSW and the Vans Warped Tour.
The DJ has been a consistent presence and promoter throughout the year; the most notable event during the second half of 2013 was the Vans Warped Tour, which drew nearly 1 million fans across the United States and Canada, along with hundreds of thousands in the United Kingdom, Mexico, France and Germany. Even the DJ wasn’t done promoting for 2013, and is slated to make his presence felt next month when his first tour, called Warped Tour 2014, debuts in North America.
In a phone interview to discuss the future of DJing as a career, the DJ admits that there was some concern that his career may have ended.
“I just think about it a lot, and I’m sure it’s not fair… people do this all the time. They do a DJ tour and they just take it from there.”
When asked what it was like promoting the Vans Warped Tour while still maintaining a full time DJ residency, he says he would have loved for that opportunity to come out earlier on.
“It’s crazy,” he says. “But I have to say I was excited for the opportunity. It’s been really fun being able to get the feedback from the fans all over the world, and I’ve heard a lot of great things from people who’ve seen it live. I’m not sure how much I need that feedback.”
That being said, he admits to some jealousy at the thought of being the go-to-guy for DJs all over the world.
“I’m really glad that I get that feedback. I guess I would love to have that kind of respect.”
A DJ, an MC and a musician all in one person? It’s tough to beat. I can’t wait for this one to be released.
(Photo: Vans Warped Tour 2014)
For people already working long hours to pay their bills, the unemployment rate remains well above 7%, but that’s down from a high of 14.8
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