The 2020 Breakthrough DJ Competition is now well into Round 2, so we’ve decided to catch up with each of the Top 16 to learn a little more about them 👀We’ll be speaking with all of the Top 16 in the coming days.
Next up is AJAX, the last mix to make the deadline for Round 1! With only a short time to promote his mix he gathered an impressive amount of support which didn’t go unnoticed.
Hi AJAX, well done for making the Top 16! You really smashed it on the promo considering you was last to submit your mix! No mean feat…
So first, introduce yourself?
Well my passion for DJing was ignited on the dancefloor by the underground dance scene in London and Brighton back in 2015. Immersing myself in many events, I quickly gained an ear for electronic music which I like adding to my sets as I like energy and groove on the dancefloor.
We like your sound, to be honest. Tell us your favourite genre to play and your favourite track right now?
Ahhhh this is like asking a parent who their favourite child is… Recently I am drawn to Minimal, which is a sub genre of House & Techno, but my ‘guilty pleasure’ would be Melodic House and Techno, think of Hot 82, Solomun etc. Plenty of this in my recent submission! My favourite track right now would be ‘Copernico’ by Alejandre DJ and Santiago Bejarano (which features in AJAX’ mix) but if I had to choose a track that is guaranteed to get a crowd fired up it would be ‘Mas Pito – Marco Lys Extended Remix’!
Cool, so how long have you been behind the decks?
I bought my first controller about 5 years ago, but only started taking DJing seriously about 3 years ago. There is so much more to DJing than just mixing these days, so I’ve been working really hard over the last year to try and breakthrough.
Sure, persistency is key! Met any big names in that time?
For those that know who PAWSA is (from Solid Grooves) then they know how tall he is! I met him in Vietnam and I never realised how tall he actually was until he went to the toilet and he actually had to bend down to get through the door – he is a giant but also a smooth criminal behind the decks!
Nice! We love hearing different stories like this. We’d like to know who each of you aspire to?
Ellie Cocks – this girl has been my inspiration since day one. She is actually the reason I decided to take up DJing! Ellie is from the town I live in and some friends of mine took me to her gigs about 5 years ago, then at one of them in Coalition in Brighton, Ellie played an amazing set to a packed out club, I was up behind the decks and just felt the energy she created on the dancefloor – I wanted to create that, so I made the decision to learn. So, seeing how Ellie has progressed over the years and made it has really inspired me as an artist.
Fair play – seeing as you’re often on dancefloors, if you could play at any party or venue, where would it be?
Time Off Festivals of course ;) Epizode Festival in Vietnam – there is a stage called the Frizbee stage which is a circular dancefloor, on the beach, all open plan with no walls. The DJ booth looks out on to the beach and goes through until midday the following day – no better sight than the sun coming up, raving away to electronic music! The energy is something I haven’t experienced anywhere else in the world, so to play there would be a dream!
We wouldn’t mind being there right now… Before we wrap up, is there anything you want to share with everyone?
Support your friends – a simple like or share goes a long way.
Preach! Ok, last question: what’s your opinion on phones on the dancefloor?
As with anything in life, there are pros and cons. The pros are that the DJ gets exposure, so do producers when for example, Jamie Jones plays an unrealeased banger from a bedroom DJ and everyone is like “ahhh Track ID Track ID”. That’s another good point, the power of social media can get you a track ID within minutes. However, the cons would be that some people are glued to their phones and missing the true moment whilst recording, never to watch their video ever again. I personally record bits throughout an event, but I have my own personal ‘etiquette’ to ensure I am not ignorant to others or to the DJ ie. DO NOT USE FLASH.