We head to Lutz, Florida this week as we have a chat with the larger than life legend, DJ Chris Craze!
Where are you from and where are you living now?
I was born Bad Cannstatt, Germany. I currently live in Lutz, Florida, which is 20 minutes north of Tampa.
How did you come up with your DJ name?
Around 1993 my DJ partner at the time and I decided to choose names for each other and thus, Chris Craze was born!
What’s your equipment list?
My streaming rig:
1- OBS RIG: INTEL i7–10700 ; 32GB Ram ; NVIDIA 2070 Super
2- Resolume/Visuals Rig: INTEL i9-9900 32 GB Ram ; AMD PRO W5700
3- Serato Rig: Mac Mini M1 2020 16GB Ram
4- Ableton Rig: INTEL i7-10700 ; 32GB Ram
5- VR/Gaming Rig: INTEL i7-10700 ; 32GB Ram ; GeForce 1080Ti
(2) Technics 1210 M5G Turntables
(2) Pioneer CDJ3000 Media Player
(1) Pioneer DJM S9 Dj Mixer
(1) Pioneer DJM V10 Dj Mixer
(1) Pioneer DJM 900 NXS2 Dj Mixer
(1) Pioneer DDJ1000-SRT Dj Controller
(1) V-Moda Crossfade M100 Headphones
Midi and Audio Devices:
Presonus AudioBox 96
Roland VT3 Voice Transformer
Shure SM7 Mic
JBL 308P II Studio Monitors
Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors
JL Audio E-Sub e112-GLOSS Subwoofer
Behringer Monitor USB 2 – Monitor control
Cameras and Capture:
(3) GoPro Hero 4
(2) Logitech C920
(2) Generic 1080p Cam
(1) GVM Camera Slider
(2) Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder
(1) Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2, Internal Capture Card
Where did your musical journey begin?
My father was a musician. I grew up on Oldies, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Freestyle and all forms of dance music. As a child I used to record music off the radio and make my own tapes.
What made you decide to take up DJing?
I always wanted to be the guy in the radio. I was the “Boombox Kid” at summer camp. The weekly radio DJ mix shows on the radio, and watching some djs at a party, I knew I wanted to mix records.
What are some of your interests/hobbies/passions outside of streaming/DJing?I love cooking, traveling, the outdoors, water sports, sight seeing, electronics, and making music.
When did you start streaming on Twitch?
My Twitch journey began on March 28th 2020
Is there anything you really hope to accomplish in your life, whether it be related to music or not?
Help those in need, help the homeless, those with mental issues and disabilities.
Invent something useful to mankind and the planet.
Who are some of your favorite streamers? Why?
Brisk – Very clean streamer and studio. Great music selections. Always happy to see us.
ThaPhlash – Authentic, groundbreaking, cool
Blklght – Amazing dj, epic selections and mixing skills
SteveDiscoNewsome – Amazing selector , great Friend, community Driven
What is your favorite genre to play? Why?
It depends on the room, venue and crowd. I love how Breaks has so many pockets to add other things. House Music too, because It’s so universal.
What are some of the most memorable events you’ve participated in or streamed?
The 1990’s Rave scene in Central Florida.
iClub – Shanghai, China 2011 (guest DJ Set)
Laser Pen Fighting with Ferry Corsten at Floyd’s Night Cub, Tampa, Florida
Meeting and Interacting with People from all over the world on Twitch, including viewers, dj’s and artists we would have never talked to without Twitch.
What does Team Brisk mean to you?
Worldwide streaming family. Community. Good Vibes.
What’s your favorite thing about DJing on Twitch?
Playing the music I truly love, exploring new genres. Finding new djs and music
What is a challenge you’ve faced as a DJ/streamer?
Sticking to my schedule, trying to find balance in the streams.
Do you have any special projects, streams or events you would like to tell us about?
I’m played at EDC Orlando in November 2022. It was a dream gig of mine!
Is there anyone you’d like to shout out and/or thank?
Everyone for being openminded and helpful.
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