I was in Chicago early this year for a Drupalcon conference (I know, don’t ask). Me and a couple friends linked up and headed out to a private event held at the Underground. That’s when I saw the mohawk, DJ Rock City. He dropped a Daft Punk track and the kat with the Hula Hoop rocked it. I had a blast and the music was tight. Check out this weeks featured Artist Profile, DJ Rock CIty.
From celebrity events (Public Enemies feature film premiere, Pamela Anderson A Muse Fashion Shows, Playboy 50th Anniversary party, and many more) to the hottest clubs across the country, DJ Rock City is constantly on the move. He quickly became the most sought after DJ in his home base of Chicago after performing his high energy sets across the Second city.
With an unmistakable silhouette and an arsenal of versatile and often unexpected music, Rock City gets the crowd hooked. His high powered performances keep them craving more. DJ Rock City has made A-list celebrities such as Johnny Depp, David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Kanye West, Eminem and Jamie Foxx and clubheads all over America stand up and take notice, and they aren’t sitting down anytime soon. With his prominent Mohawk and signature style, you can’t mistake his presence at all the hottest events and nightclubs.
DJ Rock City’s journey began in the Midwest where he was merely a young kid with a passion for music. When he began spinning at local parties and family gatherings, his unique style and energy got people listening and quickly led to his own weekly club spot, “Adrenaline Rush,” at a very young age.
DJ Rock City (Mohawk)
Boasting a repertoire of sounds from hard-house to hip hop to Motown and everything in between, Rock City is redefining the 21st century DJ in style. His undeniable stage presence won him the coveted position of Maxim Magazine’s 2007 Spring Break DJ in Acapulco, where he dazzled over 20,000 screaming fans and opened for names like DJ AM, DJ Vice, DJ Green Lantern, T-Pain and Lil’ Flip.
Today you can find Rock City spinning and holding down residencies at some of Chicago’s most exclusive nightclubs, a scene that he dominated within six months of his arrival. He has since been voted #1 DJ in Chicago. It is his obvious confidence, distinctive style, and insane skill set that enables DJ Rock City to build lasting relationships with his audiences.
In 2011, Rock City will be taking his talent overseas, where he’ll be touring venues in Europe, Asia and beyond. All international club-goers who get a chance to rock with the famous Mohawk are in for an unforgettable experience.
crossfadr: Where did the name come from? DJ Rock CIty: From Michigan, loved the movie Detroit Rock City.
crossfadr: Which other countries have you played? DJ Rock CIty: India, Mexico, Canada.
crossfadr: Do you currently have a residency? If so, where?
Underground Chicago, Studio Paris, Sub 51
crossfadr: What’s the best venue/event you’ve ever played? DJ Rock CIty: El Abreje (Acapulco), opened for DJ AM, 8,000 people.
crossfadr: Which genres do you prefer playing and why? DJ Rock CIty: I Really love playing all styles of music if the crowd is feeling it.
crossfadr: How big is your vinyl and/or mp3 collection? DJ Rock CIty: Well over 100k, I stopped collecting Vinyl.
crossfadr: When you play, are you sets pre-planned or off-the-cuff? DJ Rock CIty: Never pre plan.
crossfadr: Are you currently in the studio producing? If so, what are you working on? DJ Rock CIty: I am working on a Calvin Harris Remix and some original productions.
crossfadr: So what’s your opinion of DJ scene at the moment? DJ Rock CIty: Right now DJ’s are becoming rock stars. Don’t like that every celebrity thinks they can DJ; kinda discredits all the hard work some DJ’s have put in to make this our careers
crossfadr: What do you think about the digital DJ movement? DJ Rock CIty: Love hate relationship. I enjoy not have to carry around 8 record cases. Hate that everyone thinks they are a DJ.
crossfadr: Name some other DJs you are feeling? DJ Rock CIty: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Jazzy Jeff
crossfadr: What advice would you give to up and coming DJs? DJ Rock CIty: Pay your dues, respect the game and remember its an art form, any fool can play a song but a DJ know’s how to rock a party
crossfadr: What do you think about fashion and DJing? DJ Rock CIty: They go hand in hand. you should stay on top of both.
crossfadr: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? DJ Rock CIty: Still DJing and producing.
DJ Rock City Recording Studio
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