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Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

A San Jose native, DJ Goldenchyld got into DJing at the young age of 12. Getting exposed to DJing at school dances and hanging around the older crowd, he soon found himself on the other side of the turntables. Having won many accolades in DJ battles like DMC San Francisco in 2001, he knows how to rock a crowd. Catch him at The Red Bull Thre3Style SF DJ battle event on February 24th at DNA Lounge. Among the competitors will be Bay Area favorites Platurn, Jeffrey Paradise, DJ Dials, and the world-famous DJ Jazzy Jeff is serving as one of the judges.

SF Station (SFS): How did you come up with the name Goldenchyld?

Goldenchyld (G): Well, I was the only white guy in a group of Asian DJs. I thought it was kind of funny and ironic to call myself the Goldenchyld. Aside from that, the movie "The Golden Child" was one of my favorite movies growing up.

SFS: Tell us how you connected with the FingerBangerz, whom have recently signed a merger with winners of America’s Best Dance Crew’s Jabbawockez.

G: We all, for the most part, grew up together. A bunch of us went to school together at Silver Creek High School. We all shared a passion for DJing and wanted to be the best we could, so that's what we set out to do.

SFS: How did you guys link up with the Jabbawockez?

G: The Jabbawockeez and the Bangerz have been connected through music for a long while now. We put out an album called VI.R.US in 2001 and they were dancing to our music long before winning the title of America's Best Dance Crew.

It started out as a loose affiliation and got more involved as time went on. We loved how they were able to put a visual to the music that we made, and they loved that they had something that was completely left from what everyone else was dancing to at the time. We began making custom music for them and then went on to score their show MUS.I.C. in Las Vegas. Go check them out at the Monte Carlo if you get a chance. The show is incredible.

SFS: How was touring with comedian Carlos Mencia?

G: Touring with Carlos Mencia was an incredible experience. It was definitely a challenge as well, but Mencia was awesome and had great ideas on how to implement me as a DJ into his show and make it work out great.

We actually came up with the idea to do a DJ tribute to the comedy greats like Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, George Carlin, Andrew Dice Clay, Chris Rock, and so on. I basically put some of their iconic comedy routines to music, and scratched up their vocals.

SFS: Since you've done DJ battles quite a few times, what is one of your most memorable moments?

G: Battling was always a way to get respect to do more of the things that I wanted to do. Battling in itself is tough because you have a small window of time to show people what you’re all about.

My most memorable moments haven't really come from battling but from times when I've been able to express myself and play the music that I really wanted to. That being said, one of my most memorable moments has to be when my group The Bangerz and I got a chance to perform with San Jose Taiko at the SubZero festival. It was a huge turnout and I felt like we were really doing something interesting, and the people loved it!

SFS: What do you think is an essential element for a scratch DJ?

G: I think the essential part of DJing is doing your musical homework, so to speak, and knowing your musical history and having a firm grip on what's happening now. If you're too heavy on either side, you're sort of selling yourself short.

SFS: You're DJing the Redbull Competition on February 24th. What are you looking forward to?

G: The great thing about this DJ battle is that they've selected DJ's from a wide variety of scenes and styles. It's not just a hip hop battle like we've all seen in the past. This battle is about expanding on styles, and it forces DJs to take risks musically. I love that about this battle.

I just really enjoy a platform to get to do what I love to do and that's play incredible music. Here, there will be no drunk people making requests, it's just going to be a great window of opportunity to let people know what I'm about musically.

SFS: What's in the works for you this year?

G: My crew the Bangerz, along with the Jabbawockeez, will be releasing an album/soundtrack to the Jabbawockeez show in Las Vegas titled MUS.I.C. The album will be released on March 1st and will be available on iTunes. That's a big one.

Other than that, I will be rocking shows all over the Bay Area and beyond.

Goldenchyld performs at the Red Bull Thre3Style San Francisco qualifier at DNA Lounge on February 24th. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.