Insomniac & Nightculture Present
@ The Austin Music Hall
208 Nueces St
18+ Welcome 21+ to Drink
And Local Artists Tba!
This Event Is 18+
DJ BL3ND didn’t start out with hopes of being an online star.
“When I was 15 I started DJing at school, and then I bought my own equipment and started DJing mobile parties, weddings, little kids parties,” he says. “I enjoyed it, but I wanted to play music that I liked, so I looked for club that would let them show them my skills. My goal was to be a club resident, but no one ever gave me a chance—they denied me, told me they already had a DJ.” That’s when DJ BL3ND started streaming DJ sets online.
“I’d get one to four viewers per day. It was kind of sad, but I was happy for my four viewers,” he says. I started watching YouTube videos to improve my skills, but I noticed they would focus just on the turntables and hands, and the videos weren’t that entertaining. So I found this mask—I wanted to be as crazy as I wanted without people knowing my identity.”
His breakthrough video, the DJ Bl3nd Club Mix 2010, has now earned more than 22 million plays. He still focuses on mixing other people’s music—his favorite artists are Afrojack, DJ Chucky, the Swedish House Mafia and the Bloody Beetroots - but will release an original electro-house track later this year. He’s also planning a world tour—but the mask will stay on.
“BL3ND is a mystery to a lot of people,” he says. “No one knows my voice, my age—all anyone knows is the character.”
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