DJ Kreep has been making beats and mixing music religiously for more than a decade. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Kreep spent his earliest days as a DJ performing in punk bands and later diving head first into the electronic dance music scene. Kreep got obsessed with vinyl and quickly began honing his skills at local raves. He officially cut his turntable teeth after interning at 99 JAMZ, where he spent countless studio time with rap royalty DJ Khaled.
Kreep went on to secure residences at Sushi Room, Mia, and Oceans 11 Lounge and Grill. He’s also now appearing at Club Fate, which has its grand opening July 11. Here’s what the Hallandale Beach resident had to say about why his middle school nick name stuck with him, how his music has evolved and why the hustle in his industry can never stop.
What type of music are you spinning now?
“I was a hip-hop DJ but I’m really into house music right now. I love remixing hip-hop songs into house songs. I also do a lot of mash-ups. I’m always working on new music. If I hear something on the radio I like, I'll mash it up into a house song. I have a lot of remixes on my SoundCloud page.”
Tell us the top songs you're playing right now.
1. Wale - "Bad" – DJ Kreep X Viper house remix
2. Khaled - "No New Friends" - DJ Kreep house remix
3. Plastik Funk - "Who"
4. Bruno Mars - "Locked Out of Heaven" - Mad Max what's up suckas bootleg
5. Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" - Ranny Risco bootleg
Who do you look up to in the industry?
“Joe Franco is definitely a man I look up to. He owns Fate, Sushi Room and Oceans 11 and Markus Schulz is very cool. His work ethic is so respectable. He’s huge in the DJ world and remains humble. DJ Khaled will always be someone I look up to because I worked with him at 99 Jamz. I respect what he created.”
Is there a formula for success in the DJ world?
"It's all about your brand and how hard you hustle. You've got to be on it every day. You have to truly love music. There are kids getting turntables and laptops every day. You've got to bring something totally different to the scene to get noticed."
What has been one of the most memorable nights of your career so far?
"Auditioning for Markus Schulz is something I'll never forget. I had to bring my turntables to play for him and his wife at Oceans 11. I set my stuff up early and I just started playing. He's one of the top DJs in the world and definitely not one who's easily impressed. It's a dream to be working with him and his team at Club Fate."
How did you get your DJ name?
"I was in middle school doing graffiti and I tagged myself with Kreep. It just stuck."
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