The week we head to the City of Angels as we drop in on Californian EDM legend, Swage! Read on to find out more…
Where are you from and where are you living now?)
Born and raised Los Angeles local! Still out here now (surprisingly lol)
How did you come up with your DJ name?
Swage originally was a duo between me and another producer / DJ who goes by Ghastly. His project began to take off and and about a month into us starting Swage he decided to focus on his solo project but we still collaborated and toured together. He’s still a dear friend of mine I wouldn’t be here without!
What’s your equipment list?
I currently use the XDJ-XZ and two Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS to mix. Production wise, I’ve been using Ableton Mive. My camera is a Sony Z10 running OBS on a PC and I use a Playstation 5 during my gaming streams.
Where did your musical journey begin?
I’ve been doing music in some form or another since I was a kid. Doing musical theater and choir into high school and playing in Punk bands. I discovered Drum and Bass and Electronic Music at about thirteen years old and eventually became a festival kid before diving into DJing and music production at seventeen. After that I began owning and managing the Electronic Music publication, YourEDM.com and various record labels whilst in college and pursuing music
What made you decide to take up DJing?
I really enjoyed a lot of Electronic Music I was hearing at festivals and wanted to learn to produce and make those sounds and DJing kinda came with the territory. The production aspect was what really attracted me to DJing though. Producers like Sub Focus and Wolfgang Gartner inspired me to develop my own sound and find music that blended well with what I make.
What are some of your interests/hobbies/passions outside of streaming/DJing?
New Dad over here, so I love spending time with my twin boys and watching them grow up. I’m a big gamer too usually rocking out in Final Fantasy XIV or Horror games. I surf when I get the chance and love the beach. Going to festivals and just enjoying music or just checking out some new anime. I’m a dog guy and a food guy so giving my pup Luna treats or eating ramen or tacos all day!
When did you start streaming on Twitch?
My streaming career started as a hobby DJing in September 2021 before going full time in March of 2022 and been loving it ever since!
Is there anything you really hope to accomplish in your life, whether it be related to music or not?
My mindset is aim high and you’ll probably get somewhere pretty close with hard work! My goals are mainly raising two young gents to be decent humans, making music that people enjoy and making someone’s day better with some positive energy!
Who are some of your favourite streamers? Why?
Musically, I love tuning into Brisk of course. Always learning something new from the bossman. Char is another who always throws down some killer Dnb vibes! For gaming stuff, I always like watching XenosysVex or Sebbywebz.
What is your favourite genre to play? Why?
I mix just about anything but I love me some Drum and Bass and I’m hugely passionate about it. I love producing it, playing it, listening to it at pretty much any minute of the day. Whether its Liquid, Neurofunk, Jungle, Breaks, big melodic pretty stuff, vibey weird stuff, you name it!
What are some of the most memorable events you’ve participated in or streamed?
I’ve performed at some of my favorite festivals like EDC Vegas, Coachella, Nocturnal, Beyond Wonderland, Snowglobe, and have had my music played out at a ton of these festivals by idols of mine so its always a blessing to be included in these. I’ve had some pretty fun streams also but my favorite would have to be the release party stream I did for my single “Osaka Psycho“
What does Team Brisk mean to you?
The Team Brisk family took this scoundrel in a little over a year ago and I’ve been grateful for the community that I’ve been able to make a home in. Musically it fits my vibe and the teammates are some of the best people I’ve gotten to connect with.
What’s your favourite thing about DJing on Twitch?
My favourite thing about DJing on Twitch is being able to interact with viewers and talk about music and gaming while connecting with such an incredible community. I love the convenience of being able to play music for a crowd from the comfort of my home so I can be close to my kids too.
What is a challenge you’ve faced as a DJ/streamer?
Challenging myself to figure out how I can improve my mixes or trying to do something different I always like but streaming as much as I do I try to keep my mixes fresh and finding time to balance dad life with finding new music while keeping up with my stream schedule can be exhausting occasionally but I love it!
Do you have any special projects, streams or events you would like to tell us about?
Mainly still excited about my latest single “Osaka Psycho” that dropped on Steve Aoki’s record label Dim Mak Records. Loved the reception I got from that record and there is a couple things I’m planning that I haven’t announced yet but definitely stay tuned for! I am very excited to put out some new singles and remixes!
Is there anyone you’d like to shout out and/or thank?
Definitely a few people to shout out here! My dude Razrwirez got me started DJing on twitch when I heard him drop one of my tracks in his stream. We linked up and started my path DJing in the virtual scene in FFXIV. Shoutout to the bossman Brisk of course for inviting me to be a part of the Team Brisk family. Big love to DJayyams whos been a great friend of mine I’ve made through streaming. Moonpie and Onuka who help me manage my schedule, I’d be a mess without them! The FFXIV community of course I want to shoutout and everyone who’s had fun watching, subscribing, and spreading positive energy in my streams and community and helping me support my family I have the biggestahluv for!
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