Meet Weasel, the 19 year-old DJ who consistently collaborates with local musicians and producers. See how he got his start, his thirst for knowledge of music, his influences and help as he continues doing what he loves.
Where did the name Weasel come from?
When I was in Turntable Academy we had to come up with DJ names. My parents and I said I'd be using my weasel paw to DJ so I went with that, DJ Weasel Paw. Now it's just Weasel.
What all would you say you do creatively?
I am continually working on producing beats daily. I collaborate with Aaron Ybarra on our DJ duo Lofi or Die. We do a weekly live stream dj set every Friday. I'm also collaborating with other producers and musicians around town, Scotty Maverick, Nic London, Wikid Woadie, and Monique to name a few. I've imbedded myself at Produce Sound Studios, soaking up as much knowledge and experience that I can.
How or when did you start?
Music has been a part of my life since I was about 6 years old. I used to play the saxophone in the Chula Vista / Metro Elementary Band. Then in 2011, I took my first DJ class with El Dusty at Turntable Academy. My parents gifted me turntables the following year and I've been DJing for various events around town ever since.
Who have been your biggest influences?
Biggest influences are my mentor El Dusty, my mom -who's been managing my DJ career since I was 9, Grammy Award Winner Mariano Herrera, Meta, and Aaron Ybarra.
Who all have been your biggest help?
My mom (again), she's helped me navigate EVERYTHING; my pops who drove me to every DJ gig for last 10 years and was my roadie; and of course, Dusty. He's been kicking my butt into shape for a minute now.
What's something you wish you would have known when you started?
I was so young when I started. I was just doing what I loved to do. I still am.
What's success to you?
I think I'd feel successful if I'm ever able to afford to buy my mom a house. Until then, I'm going to keep on working at that goal.
What are your dreams?
I'd love to be able to open my own studio someday.