The Rocks Off 200: DJ Main Event, Kratez Crew JumpOff Man
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.
One of H-Town's most versatile party-rockers is a cool gentleman named Marcus Trejo, known on the turntables as DJ Main Event. After speaking with him on only a handful of occasions, we quickly found his drive and dedication to DJing contagious and inspirational.
Trejo works overtime to be the best, elevating his game to unprecedented levels. As an open-format DJ and radio personality, he has come to truly embody his DJ moniker... Main Event.
Who? Born and raised in Houston, Trejo has two siblings and is father to two beautiful little girls, Jazmine and Lilly. To them he is SuperDad, and for them DJing has become more than something he's passionate about or something he loves. He has been DJing full time for almost ten years, and his focus is the need to keep the lights on and food on the table.
"Like any company or business, I have to operate on all levels in every department," he says. "The Grind has become more heavy than ever. I have to move and function like a business... I AM THE BUSINESS!"
Trejo was born into a family of musicians that had him fascinated with the sound of music at an early age. He tried playing every instrument he could. It wasn't until he was 11 years old that a childhood friend introduced him to the album He's The DJ, I'm the Rapper by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. And that's where it started.
Home Base: We'll allow Main Event to tell you how it is:
I create, brainstorm, practice and cook up all mixes and ideas in my home studio. The studio is my office, my workplace, it's where I clock in and out of. Anything and everything related to DJing, music, radio and production starts here and then gets sent off to the masses.
Whether it be for The JumpOff Radio Mix Show, 103.3 KISS FM in Odessa (TX), Break Free Community Center, Kung Fu Saloon, Brixx on Washington, The Friday Nite Social at Sam's on Westheimer, or even down to a few online podcasts on iTunes, Mixcrate, Podomatic and SoundCloud, it all starts here at home.
I like it that way: in the comfort of my own home.
Why Do You Stay In Houston? "I've visited and spun in many cities and they are all beautiful with great weather, but Houston is home," says Main Event. "If one day I decide to move, it will be due to moving forward in my career. But I will always come back to the city of H-Town. I love it here!"
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DJ Main Event (far right) with The Kratez Crew DJs
Photo by Marco Torres
Good War Story: Again, here's Main Event:
It was 11:45 p.m. and the club was packed! Slammed!! Good vibes all around and everyone was partying. So right at midnight I decided to drop some twerk/trap joints I had in my crates. Now mind you, the joints were all hot. Classics! Like Missy Elliot's "Lose Control," Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up," Mystikal's "Shake Ya Ass," and Ying Yang Twins' "Salt Shaker."
Twerk in my opinion is like EDM meets Southern rap meets Bounce. So all these tracks were Twerk remixed. I mean, everywhere you turn these days, someone is twerking. The term has been around for for nearly 20 years, but thanks to some recent high-profile stories, twerking has officially entered the zeitgeist. Thank you Miley Cyrus for discovering the booty-shaking craze and shoving it down our throats... now it's in the dictionary.
Midnight strikes and I drop the first track "Lose Control" by Missy twerk remix... and... the dance floor clears. I'm thinking WTF!!! So I proceed into "Back That Azz Up" by Juvenile... still nothing! More people started clearing out.
I'm like... damn! I drop maybe three more twerk tracks and no one moves. At this point I am confused. Why isn't this working?
Then the owner of the club walking my way, obviously upset. He proceeded to yell at me at the top of his lungs, in my face. He continues to do so as I am trying to search for another track. It wasn't pleasant at all to be disrespected and yelled as I was trying to fix the situation.
He totally killed my vibe that night. So at this point I'm hella pissed. I came so close to disconnecting everything and telling this telling guy to F*** OFF!
I started to pack my stuff and as I looked up... everyone was back on the dance floor. I was like "OK" So I decided to play another song. Sure enough, more people got on the floor. The partygoers started yelling, screaming and toasting it up. So I said "The hell with it!" and I stayed. I kept playing and the rest of the night was a success. Maybe the crowd wasn't ready for the subgenre twerk/trap. Maybe they just don't understand it yet.
Nevertheless, the night turned out great.
"One thing's for sure," Main Event wraps up. "Don't put a DJ in a bad mood. Don't piss him off. If you want a DJ to deliver and perform well... don't kill his vibe."
Music Scene Pet Peeve: "People who think its okay to pop their cell phone in my face while I'm working, or constantly tap me on the shoulder," he says. "It destroys the perfect execution between songs, that very second."
Five Desert Island Discs:
- Dr. Dre, The Chronic
- 2pac, Makaveli The Don Killuminati
- The Notorious B.I.G., Ready To Die
- Jay-Z, The Black Album
- UGK, The Southern Way EP
Best Show Ever: Trejo thinks back on the week of his birthday in 2009, which he celebrated in Vegas.
"I was originally supposed to see the late, great DJ AM live in person at Club Rain," he recalls. "Sadly enough, DJ AM passed away the same week I was to attend. Due to his passing, they asked AM's good friend and labelmate DJ Scene to spin in his honor.
"Being onstage and seeing the massive crowd as DJ Scene was spinnin' was phenomenal!" he continues. "Thousands in attendance! His cuts and blends were precise [and] the way he controlled the crowd was crazy. Seeing the action from the same stage AM was supposed to perform on was unbelievable.
"DJ AM was a huge inspiration to my career, and to watch DJ Scene as he was spinning in AM's honor was surreal to me," concludes Trejo. "Knowing that I almost had the chance to meet and see AM spin, and also knowing he would have rocked that crowd is bittersweet."
Main Event and his Kratez Crew brothers host the JumpOff Mix show from 3-5 p.m. Fridays on HoustonDJNetwork.com. Executive-produced by the none other than Bun B, it gives DJs the opportunity to showcase free of the restrictions imposed by a club or a station, where there is an expected set list or preference for songs played. The JumpOff does away with all that.
"Our DJs can play whatever they want, and have no problem doing so," he says.
See the rest of the Rocks Off 200, and the Rocks Off 100's 2013 alumni, on the next page.
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