DJ Silent-J on How He'll Cause "O" Faces During His Set at Sound Wave Block Party
Attention local EDM junkies: If you're planning to roll into tomorrow's Sound Wave Block Party sometime around the late afternoon or the early evening, your asses are gonna miss out on a few cool things. Like, say, the "Bad Bitch Anthems" of she-jay Brazzabelle inside Maya Day and Nightclub, the adrenaline-inducing mixes of Brass Knuckles on the main stage, or epic sets by a slew of hometown selectors.
DJ Silent-J is scheduled to perform on the main stage of Sound Wave Block Party on Saturday afternoon.
That includes the Valley's Silent-J, who won Sound Wave's annual local DJ contest and earned a main stage slot at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. We got a chance to chat with the local club scene regular about how it's one of the top gigs of his career, what sort of sounds he will be dropping, the etiquette that all opening DJs should follow, and whether or not he plans on pulling out a cannonball after his performance.
Name: DJ Silent-J
Preferred genres: Electro-house, Dutch, dubstep, hip-hop, mash-ups.
Is this going to be the biggest gig of your DJ career thus far?
I would say it's definitely in my top [five], next to opening for Sidney Samson and playing alongside Steve Aoki, Angger Dimas, Bam Bam and Skrillex.
When did you open for Skrillex?
I played the same card as him a few years back when he had just started getting big at an event called Whiteout. Pre-Grammys.
Have you been stressing about your set?
I wouldn't say stressing, but I'm definitely getting the anxious jitters over performing. That's how I know its gonna be a good show is if I get the nervous feeling before I go. As far as what to play, I just let it come to me and it works out how it does.
I try not to plan too much just give myself a wide range to work with and play what moves me and what i read from the crowd. I hate when some performers just plan their whole set and don't read the crowd.
You also worked last year's Sound Wave. Is there anything you plan to do differently this time around?
Yes. My style has changed considerably since last year. I pay more attention to harmonic keys and what sounds flow with others and a balance of vocal tracks and hard hitters. My structure is focused on becoming more artistic each set, which is my overall goal.
How much work did you put into the mix that won you the opening slot?
Three days of planning what tracks to use, but it only took one try recording to get it done. Sometimes when I get in the zone I just go.