DJs to battle Thursday at Wayside for chance to open for Dayglow
Disk jockeys from all over the Midwest have a chance to spin their turntables in hopes of opening up for an upcoming Dayglow event.
A DJ Battle Royale will take place at 9 p.m. Thursday at Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St.
Dayglow, billed as "The World's Largest Paint Party," features music, lights and acrobatics. Its sold-out show will come to Mount Pleasant starting at 8 p.m. Saturday in Finch Fieldhouse. The artists performing will be David Solano and The Devil From Acapulco.
Anthony Lazzaro, Dayglow head event promoter at CMU and Hope sophomore, said the event is a chance for the DJs to gain exposure.
“I wanted to create something unique and create an opportunity for these people that they've never had before,” Lazzaro said.
Lazzaro said voting closes at 9 p.m. Wednesday, and is done by posting the DJ's name on the event's Facebook wall. Voters can listen to the DJs' mixes posted on the event page. The two most popular DJs will compete at Wayside Central in front of a live crowd Thursday to determine the opener for Dayglow.
DJ and Royal Oak junior Ron Sulewski said he thinks the event will be hotly contested.
“It's pretty good competition all around," he said. "Everyone can mix. Everyone knows what they're doing.”
The styles involved will range from dubstep to electro-house.
“With every genre of music comes a different style of mixing” said Troy sophomore Doug Eng.
Eng is competing for the opening slot at the Dayglow event along with nearly 15 other DJs.
“I tend to take my time and blend songs, and I know other DJs like to cut right out of songs," Eng said. "I like to leave the song in as well as mix it."
The event will be filmed by Saginaw senior Jeff Wegner and his video production company, MVMT Media Products. The promotional video he produces will highlight the events of the DJ Battle Royale.
“I'm interested to see what all of the DJs bring," Wegner said. "That would make for a really fun show to have a bunch of people come out and play unique material and unique styles."
He also said the DJs should come prepared to win at the Battle Royale.
“They have to go out there and have no fear and show the crowd why they deserve to win and open up for Dayglow,” he said.