Hip-hop perked the interest of Detroit’s Craig Gonzalez to vinyl at a young age. When he attended his first Detroit underground dance party in 1994, he knew he discovered something special and decided to get in the game.
“There was always something that I just found really interesting with DJing itself,” said Gonzalez. “Maybe it’s the idea of taking other people’s tracks and forming my own kind of story with them over an extended period of time… it can be pretty powerful if done correctly. It’s kind of interesting to take part in something like that.”
Realizing how easy it was to get started, he taught himself to DJ and built up a name for himself, joining the roster of the Detroit Bachelor DJs collective: a lineup including several prominent Detroit dance music DJs. He soon had gigs at the legendary St. Andrew’s Hall for the “Three Floors of Fun” weekly, residencies at Ann Arbor’s Blind Pig on “Solar” Wednesdays and nights at clubs Industry and the Labyrinth in the 90s. Today he keeps the music going at various gigs around town and at CraigGonzalez.com with mixes impromptu and scheduled, while the sidebar doesn’t neglect his other passion for sports and gaming. When faced with this competitor on the decks, expect a selection of take-you-back tracks with his own spin on the story.
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