5 Producers Who Started Their Careers In College
Word has it that you’re always 50 feet within a DJ these days, especially when you are on a college campus. With the exuberant party scene that the environment offers, up and coming DJs have a lot of opportunities to practice their skills and perfect their setlists at local bars and night clubs. Claiming EDM as the music of our generation, an ode to the young – leaves us wondering – when did the Producers/DJs that rule the scene right now start their careers? Here is a compiled list of 5 Producers who started their careers in the college days:
In 2014 Norway’s Kyrre Gørvell-Dahl, aka Kygo, gained tremendous fame via Soundcloud and Hype Machine due to his unique tropical house sound. A year later, he struck a major deal with Sony and landed gigs with festivals such as Coachella, Ultra, Tomorrowland and many more. The 27-year-old is now a regular feature on the radio and is the mastermind behind numerous hits like Happy Now. Thus, Kygo is a perfect fit for our 5 Producers list.
Next up on our 5 Producers who started in college list is 3Lau. Back in 2011, Justin Blau(3Lau) was a proud student at Washington University in St. Louis studying Finance, churning his dorm room remixes into Las Vegas club bangers. He went on to work a Wall Street job but quit, later on, to make a career in the dance music industry. Now he is steadily climbing the charts with notable mentions of his career – signing with Dim Mak and Revealed records.
Bass house’s rising star Jauz started out as a film major in college before heading off to Los Angeles’ Icon Collective music production school. He now has produced beats for numerous famous rappers including Childish Gambino, Riff Raff, and the A$AP Mob.
#2 Michael Brun
Michael Brun started out as a student at Indiana’s Culver Military Academy – studying medicine on full scholarship when his musical career took off. In 2011, the 19-year-old released his first single, “Dawn,” on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings – catching much attention in the scene and eventually reached the ear of Dirty South. He signed Michael Brun’s next single, “Rise,” and invited him to open at a series of Miami shows.
#1 Justin Jay
Signed under Claude Vonstroke’s home label, Dirty Bird, Justin Jay finishes up his education at the University of Southern California. At the age of 22, he has released 4 solo EPs and played at a series of venues.