Telem’s Kevin Hanson wins Soggy Sounds DJ CrownPOSTED: 07/27/12 12:18 PM
Cash prize goes to daughter’s account and DJ equipment
St. Maarten – “I didn’t expect to make it out of the first round; this was my first time ever participating in a DJ competition and some of the other DJ’s were asking who is he?” They won’t have to ask any further because Kevin Hanson, aka DJ Chubs, – who is quoted above – wowed the crowds and the judges on his way to winning the first edition of the Soggy Sounds DJ Competition series last week. He took home a cash prize of S$2, 500 courtesy of Heineken and a season’s gig as the resident DJ at the popular Soggy Dollar Bar.
DJ Chubs said he will deposit part of the cash prize on his daughter’s account and use the rest to purchase some speakers for his DJ equipment.
The first time he ever deejayed was at a house party in 2006 while he was still studying in Tallahassee. His friends encouraged him to do the house gig seeing that he had so many “good sounds”.
“I borrowed one of my friend’s laptop and played; the people enjoyed it.”
Indeed, that was how he approached the Soggy Sounds DJ Competition: as a house party. And what a party it turned out to be for him!
“I didn’t even know about the competition; some friends told me about it.”
Chubs entered for the fun of it and at his very first attempt, took the crown. In addition, he also won a smart phone from co-sponsors, Telem and the opportunity to host one night at the Heineken Regatta next year.
“I think my advantage was my mixing technique across genres moving seamlessly from zouk to bachata or from soca to dancehall,” he said.
The participants were judged on their mixing and technical skills as well as on their music selection and crowd response. The judges included some of the island’s foremost DJ’s – DJ Nachum Frank, Party Dude Jason and DJ Outkast.
“I admire most of the local DJ’s,” the first Soggy Sounds DJ champion said
DJ Chubs has never had a mentor but is an avid reader of books written by famous DJs
“I read about different stuff; about what they did and how they did it. It helps me to improve as a DJ. It feels like hard work really pays off,” Chubs said
An accountant by profession, the Telem staffer didn’t even mention that he was participating in the competition co-sponsored by his company.
“In the finals, some of my colleagues showed up and encouraged me. I really appreciate that,” he said.
“We are mighty proud of DJ Chubs’ achievement; he competed like a real pro. He did us proud,” Suraj Ramdas, who represented Telem at the competition, remarked.
Congratulations have poured in from the management and staff of Telem who are beaming with pride that one of them was able to win such a prestigious competition through his hard work and undeniable talent.