We were at the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park, San Diego where we covered the Lights Out event sponsored by A Warm Hug Foundation featuring DJ Childs Play. Here is a quick recap of the festivities that night.
Last week we did a Q&A with former Padres DJ, DJ Artform. Now check out this highlight video of him in action. Enjoy!
We are thrilled to sit down with DJ Artform to get an exclusive Q&A. We have worked with him in the past at weddings and parties and he has been amazing to work with. Who is DJ Artform? Read more and find out.
Where are you from?
"Born in Poway, raised in beautiful San Diego."
What was your childhood dream job?
"My childhood dream job was to become a Professional Baseball player for the San Diego Padres."
What were your interests in high school?
"My interests in High School were always centered around Baseball, Family, & Music for the most part. If I wasn’t playing Baseball, I was watching Baseball. If I wasn’t watching Baseball, I was more than likely having out with my family in the Imperial Valley & Mexicali."
How did becoming a DJ spark your interest?
"Music has always one way or another been in the background throughout my life & once I ended my Baseball career Deejaying definitely filled the void that was there after hanging up my cleats. Music was extremely instrumental throughout my playing days & it luckily allowed me to translate that passion into becoming a DJ."
What was the moment that made you realize this is what you want to do for a living?
"The moment I realized it was what I wanted to do for a living was when I came to realization that I no longer wanted my time to be wasted by an employer. Time is precious & I knew I had to take a quantum leap if i wanted change in my life."
How many years experience do you have in the music industry?
"I’ve been deejaying for roughly 7-8 years. I practiced on vinyl for about 2 years before buying a laptop to DJ, while dedicating time to honing my ability to play in public. After feeling comfortable in my approach in mixing & reading a crowd, I then ventured into doing Weddings, Private & Corporate Events, Sporting Events, Lounges, Bars, Art Shows…you name it. Music is always essential in adding a soundtrack to a memory."
What is your favorite music genre?
"My favorite genre of Music has always been a battle between Hip Hop & Spanish Music. I’m very eclectic at heart though."
Who are some of your favorite artists?
"The Roots, Maná, A Tribe Called Quest, Celia Cruz. Just to name a few."
What are your some of your favorite songs from your work out playlist?
"My favorite workout songs would probably consist of some Gente De Zona’s “La Gozadera”, Maino fea. T-Pain’s “All The Above”, Martin Solver’s “Intoxicated” always seem to spark the fire. Always depends on the level of motivation I need for the workout."
What gig to date have you been most excited about landing?
"Landing the San Diego Padres Official DJ gig was by far been the pinnacle in my career at the moment. Truly an honor to have earned to the position."
Has working as a DJ led you to any travels? If so, where to?
"Luckily, Deejaying has given me the opportunity to spread my style of music to amazing cities such as New York San Francisco, Mammoth & Los Angeles."
Any advice you'd like to share to new DJs?
"Stay patient & understand that it takes time to achieve a genuine dream. They seem to get caught up with with they see on social media or any other visual outlet for that matter. Amazing things take time to build, which should only give them the understanding the stay hungry and humble."
Advice for brides - What is important to talk to your DJ about before the big day?
"My advice for Brides before the Big Day, would simply to be transparent & communicate with the DJ as far what style of music they feel would suit the wedding best. Our goal is make the night as fluid as possible as we guide through the sequence of events throughout the day."
Where can we find you? Any residencies or places you frequently DJ?
"I DJ monthly at the Rabbit Hole & for the most part pepper myself around town doing Weddings & Events. At the moment, I’m building some prospective monthly’s & can’t wait to announce them soon!"
Where can we find you on social media? Twitter? Instagram? Facebook? Website?
"You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud & Facebook as DJ ArtForm. You can always check out more information on gigs and updates at WWW.DJARTFORM.COM "