By Laura Ferreiro
Earlier this summer, the first-ever Campus DJ event kicked off with a hotly contested competition at the Avalon Hollywood which saw the country’s most talented college DJs battling it out to be crowned the very first Campus DJ champ.
The DJs weren’t just spinning to pump up the crowd and get everyone dancing – they were also spinning for some great causes. Music for Good partnered with Campus DJ on Spinning for a Cause, in which a generous cash donation from Chegg, the Student Hub, and ticket sales proceeds from the event were given to the cause of the winning DJ’s choice, based on a list of four non-profits selected by Music for Good, Chegg, and the Electronic Music Alliance.
After an insanely fun night that ended up in a non-stop dance party, Nick Perloff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Columbia University known as DJ Flaxo, was crowned the Campus DJ champion.
Flaxo chose to donate to 826 National, a renowned non-profit organization dedicated to giving students ages 6 to 18 the opportunity to improve their writing skills and offering free after-school and in-school tutoring programs.
We caught up with Flaxo, who attended 826 Valencia – the San Francisco branch of 826 National – to learn why it meant so much for him to be able to give back to this great organization. Check out the video interview here:
“Shout out to Spinning for a Cause for giving me the opportunity to show love for an organization that really helped me along the way,” Flaxo said. “I chose it because I went there between the ages of 8 and 11. I was really into both expository writing and creative writing and there wasn’t necessarily an outlet for that where I went to school. So 826 Valencia in my hometown San Francisco really cracked my world open. It’s really awesome to give back to an organization I was part of a long time ago.”
In addition to giving back to 826 National, Flaxo won a tour package from Live Nation, and drove away with an amazing prize – a 2013 MINI Cooper S Countryman.
Now that the new school year is underway, we’re excited to announce that the Second Annual Campus DJ competition will kick off in January 2014 with returning partners Monster Energy and Chegg, and will be even bigger and better than the last one! College DJs should get their chops up now to compete in Spring 2014.
Music for Good will partner with Campus DJ once again to present the 2014 Spinning for a Cause competition, which gives college DJs the chance to spin in support of some amazing causes.
Check out some of the highlights from the 2013 Campus DJ competition:
Keep an eye out for more details about the 2014 Campus DJ competition and Spinning for a Cause. In the meantime, get inspired by DJ Flaxo’s remix of Henrix & Jakob Liedholm’s “Close Your Eyes.”