DJ Jayceeoh Emerges as SMIRNOFF’s True “Master of the Mix”
I don’t want to say I’m psychic, but I totally am. About three episodes into SMIRNOFF’s, Master of The Mix I knew that DJ Chris Karns and DJ Jayceeoh would be in the final. Ok, so considering they were clearly the most technical and talented DJs it probably wasn’t that much of a stretch to assume one of them would win it, but which one? After a long, tough road, the remaining three, Chris, Jayceeoh and Incrediboi squared off and stepped tot the boards one last time to prove why they should be Master of The Mix.
Chris was first to the boards, and with some seriously dope technical display and heterogeneous song selection, it was business as usual. The highlight came when Chris stepped out in front of the boards and played “Bulls On Parade” by Rage Against the Machine on the drum kit. While a noble effort, DJ Jayceeoh’s set was just a notch above, thanks to his ability to weave tracks together, his braggadocios style on the mic, and an arsenal of effects and lights that gave the set a concert feel; a true showman. While it was a virtual toss up between Karns and Jay, it was Jayceeoh’s showmanship that won him the title of Master Of The Mix.
Since DJBooth was pulling for Chris, we, naturally, were a little bummed, but don’t worry Boothies, I had the chance to chat with Jayceeoh—who is actually a good friend of Chris’ and was humbled (and a little scared) to compete against him—and he gets the DJBooth seal of approval. DJ Jayceeoh might be a versatile spinner, but his roots lay in the hip-hop world. A transplant from L.A, Jay grew up in Pittsburg and even attended the same high school as Wiz Kahlifa and Mac Miller, two Steel City staples; it was here when he discovered his love for DJing. Jayceeoh, a big fan of Action Bronson, Mac Miller, and Ghostface, went to college in Boston and built a relationship with Boston emcees like Mr. Lif and Edo G. He left the Bean a as an underground, battle DJ and headed for New York to expand into the party rock scene, giving him a more diverse style and even catching the eye of Sammy Adams, who had him as a tour DJ.
He is indeed a jack-of-all-trades, showing his EDM skills on the Half & Half challenge as well as his trap-sponsored sound on the Remix challenge. In fact, that challenge was his favorite set. As a DJ who is looking to try his hand at producing, getting to work with Estelle and getting her seal of approval meant the world to him On the subject, the Steel City scratch-er told me, “winning the production challenge was big for me,” adding, “having Estelle approve my remix was really assuring.”
Jay plans to keep that steam going, I talked to him about his plans for what’s next, and while he is quite busy touring and being SMIRNOFF’s DJ, he plans to use all of his free time to produce. Of course he will have to take some time out to showoff that new car he is planning buying on as well as upgrading his studio (although I think he should write that off as a business expense). In addition to production Jay is also looking to get into the festival business. That factoid makes his answer to one of my questions all the more fitting. I asked him if had the chance to spend some of the winnings on a concert, which artist, living or dead would he pay the most to see and how much would he pay? His answer; $1,000 dollars for tickets to a Jimi Hendrix show; a man who is the face of the legendary Woodstock Festival.
Now that he has a full head of steam, look for Jayceeoh, to become a household name (if your family is super hip). As he makes his way in to the production world, it will be interesting to see how his MOTM title helps him. I’m sure we will get some Master Of The Mix flashbacks, as he plans on working with the likes of DJ Loczi and our man Chris. Jay said, “winning the challenge means everything to me”, and I suspect it will mean a whole lot to the emcees out here looking for new DJ/producer. In fact, with remixes like the one he did recently of French Montana’, Mavado assisted cut, F**k What Happens, I suspect plenty of emcees will itching to get him on a cut or two. Congrats Jayceeoh, Chris, and all the other DJ’s for a great season and I look forward to seeing all of you mixing and scratching your way to the top