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EP. 076 - DJ Cast (My DJ Story Podcast)


Name: Erick Castillo

DJ Name: DJ Cast

Website: linktr.ee/djcast_

Instagram: @djcast_

Primary Genre: EDM

Other Genres: Hip Hop, House, R&B, Reggae, Latin, Pop


Transcript

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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's going on everybody Darrel Frater TheClub CEO here and we have another amazing episode of the My DJ Story Podcast brought to you by TheClub App.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: The number one online Community for DJ we can build your career online and today we have my brother, DJ cascade as tell his DJ story brother, can you please introduce yourself to the people who you are and where you're from.


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Erick Castillo: A they're out, thank you for that great introduction, my name is Erica co bye good bye name of DJ cast and i'm over here in Los Angeles California.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Wonderful brother so we're super excited to hear your story know take us to the beginning tell us you know what brought your interest to DJ and how you got started.


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Erick Castillo: um what got my interest in teaching was going to my first ever electronic music festival, so my biggest mistake that I did was my biggest ever festival was etc 2015.


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Erick Castillo: So from there on going to that seeing how all these DJ is we're making the crowd move everyone was.


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Erick Castillo: jumping having a good time that kind of motivated me and then the one DJ stood out to me and blew my mind was Calvin Harris and.


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Erick Castillo: And during my college days, because I was still three years in three I needed three more years to graduate so I joined the radio station.


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Erick Castillo: Like I always like if you're having an interest in music, you would pursue something that is related to that, so why not join the schools, radio and then there was DJ is there and then I started.


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Erick Castillo: hanging out with the more they started telling me downloads Rato DJ so I started doing that I didn't have a mixer so I spent hours just getting familiar with the software adding cue points.


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Erick Castillo: And, by the time, one of the DJ was selling their mixture I bought it, it was like the s6 to back then that's extreme didn't come out, so I got it for steel 500 bucks only thing was that the.


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Erick Castillo: jog wheels screen was kind of crack but that thing I mean through so many gigs like when I had to upgrade to another went to upgrade to s3 I kind of teared up a little bit because I just remembered all the gigs I did with the but from there on I just started like.


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Erick Castillo: Learning I will lock myself in my room like maybe.


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Erick Castillo: Five or six hours a day and i'll just learn how to transition makes do everything by ear and not rely on the screen as much.


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Erick Castillo: And then from there on I kind of met my DJ buddy Jesse where he's going by he goes by the name of Jesse works and then he's a turntable list so.


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Erick Castillo: He would DJ on turntables and then our first gig together, like my first ever gig like this was like one month into like hardcore like five six hours a day, one month of just teaching.


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Erick Castillo: Just by myself, like knowing no come in, you just see me with headphones just like messing around we played at the 66 night market which is like a little.


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Erick Castillo: Food and based so beer, but mainly food, where you go and try out different foods and they have a little side stage and that's what I did that I did.


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Erick Castillo: I performance side stage and then me and Jesse just switch back and forth, and he started taking me on more of his gigs because he was a mobile DJ and then.


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Erick Castillo: Back then, I was just hardcore electronic music that's like no i'm just going to edm edm but then he taught me that no you got to be open format, where you know how to play.


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Erick Castillo: hip hop music you got to know how to play it I get done you got to know how to play like rockin spaniel because most of our gigs.


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Erick Castillo: Whereas we're mainly Hispanics where we did keen says we did wedding so.


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Erick Castillo: That kind of branch me out of like you know what I can just stick to edm I started branching out to different genres like I already knew like fun crock because of my dad.


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Erick Castillo: Right get done because of my sisters like are we are we was hearing out already so that kind of like made me like Okay, I know how to I know the astronomers, how can I make my sets interesting.


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Erick Castillo: And we started going to beat junkies which is some people aren't familiar with beat junkies these guys were like famous turntable list in the 90s like they competed in a dmc as I know.


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Erick Castillo: They were affiliated with DJ craze a track DJ one of my instructors was DJ chuck and he was known for being a power 106 so.


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