Bay DJ takes top honours in Joburg

Lynn Williams  

POPULAR Port Elizabeth DJ Spectrum held the city’s name high when he won a national DJ competition and a lucrative record deal in Johannesburg at the weekend.

Spectrum, whose real name is Chad Smith, 21, burnt up the decks to secure the title of the ultimate Makoya at the Viceroy Makoya Mix Final on Friday.

Not only did he walk away with bragging rights, he also clinched a R100000 record deal to produce his first CD.

Speaking after his win, Spectrum said even though being crowned the winner was still “sinking in”, he was ecstatic.

“When it was my turn to play I was very nervous. When I saw all the people, the cameras and the lights I suddenly realised just how big the competition was.

“As I started playing, my confidence slowly came back. I took a deep breath and imagined that I was doing my set as I usually do at The Godfather Supreme.”

Spectrum said he was excited about recording his first CD, which on completion will be sold in shops nationwide.

Entrants had to download the Viceroy Pulse off the website and remix it to their liking.

The finalists performed their remixes at the final.

DJ Spectrum’s love for music and DJing started at the age of six. He started his career by playing around with digital software and teaching himself the basics.

He was placed among the top 10 DJs in the city when he entered the Miller’s Draft DJ Competition in 2006.

In 2009, he was overall winner of the BayFM DJ search.

Other achievements include playing alongside top national and international DJs like 5FM’s Kent, Roger Goode, Dino Bravo, Euphonik, Fresh, Ready D, Craig de Sousa in Cape Town, Roland Clark (of the US), HHP and DJ Codax.

Spectrum is currently a resident DJ at the Godfather Supreme Nightclub where he performs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

He can also be heard on BayFM on The Audio Airwave Attack between 9pm and midnight on Fridays.

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