If the first thing you know about Craze is that he’s the only solo DJ to win the DMC World Championships 3 times over, prepare to get yourself schooled.
From day one, every uphill battle Craze faced was met with intense adversity; every kick while he was down only served to help him rise up even stronger. You want proof? Fine.
His family fled Nicaragua for the US when he was 3 in the midst of a civil war and suffered through Hurricane Andrew in ’92. Craze was a total nerd through his teenage years. But while others would chalk this up to a lifetime of hurt, Craze let it fuel his passion.
By age 20, Craze had won his first DMC World DJ Championship. Two more consecutive wins later, he was (and remains to this day) the only three-time winner of the world’s most respected international DJ competition, the DMC World Championship – earning the attention of TIME Magazine who proclaimed him “America’s Best DJ.”
From Jamaica to Australia, Japan to Nicaragua, Craze has toured the world over, stunning audiences and DJs alike with his top-notch showmanship and masterfully genre-bending sets. One of those worldwide treks happened to be Kanye West’s 2008 Glow In The Dark Tour, where Craze accompanied West as his stage DJ across the globe.
Always evolving, Craze founded Slow Roast Records with Kill The Noise, an imprint of the infamous Fool’s Gold Records (A-Trak, Kid Cudi, Danny Brown) in 2010 and then headed out for a full US tour with Yelawolf in 2011. With two releases in 2012 – the Selekta EP, and Deeper with Codes, he’s hasn’t taken any time to slow down, instead focusing on a battle record with arguably the greatest scratch DJ of all time… Q-Bert.
Always humble and putting the performance above all else, Craze has earned his place as an international ambassador of the art of real djing.
So when someone asks you, ‘Whatchu know about DJ Craze?”, feel free to let them know a thing or two.