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Music is in my DNA

17 year old Chicago DJ/Producer,
who is ready to take on the world.
* Dancefestopia DJ Winner
* Robbie Rivera's "Juicy Beach" DJ Winner
* North Coast "Toast of the Coast" DJ Winner
* Windy City Artist Collective/Cofounder
* Examiner.com interview (AXS Feature)
* Future FM Interview
* This Song Slaps interview
* EDM Chicago interviews

A rising talent in the EDM scene at the tender age of 17, SMIIRK is a force that will be present for many years ahead. At age 11 SMIIRK went to Lollapalooza, his first concert, where he saw Deadmau5 perform. It was there he found his calling. SMIIRK got to work on his mixing skills and curated them over the next 4 years.At age 15, SMIIRK won the "Toast of the Coast" contest being the youngest to play North Coast Music Festival. When he isn't performing, SMIIRK is busy producing music. His newest original "BLISS" has had over 12,000 plays on soundcloud and is constantly getting larger everyday.SMIIRK cannot wait for the world to see his Love and Passion for music...

Music page: Soundcloud.com/smiirkmusic
Remix page: Soundcloud.com/smiirk-remixes
Instagram: Instagram.com/smiirkmusic
Twitter: Twitter.com/smiirkmusic

How would you describe your music style, in non-technical terms?

My style is a very sexy and groovy style of Future Bass and Deep House. I bring the feels and emotions when I DJ.

How and why did you decide to become a DJ?

I saw Deadmau5 at Lollapalooza at age 11. I knew at that moment that one day I wanted to create the emotion and love that he brought to people by DJing/Producing music. I told my Dad after the show, that I wanted to become a DJ and the rest is history. Four months later, I got for Xmas a controller and developed my skills for the next four years in my basement. Three years after learning to DJ at age 15, I entered a contest for North Coast Music Festival "Toast of the Coast" which we had to submit an original song. I was chosen out of 600 entries as one out of four to a DJ battle at Concord Music Hall. I won being the youngest to play at North Coast Music festival. The funny thing is that, it was my first time performing in public and to a crowd, when I did the DJ battle. All those years in the basement I had always pictured a crowd and if you can dream it, you can do it.

Tell us a bit about your fans.

My fans are extremely supportive. They have been with me for over 2 years all the while seeing me progress and patient while I curate my sound.

What are your top 3 influences? Doesn't have to musical.

Beethoven for his influence in music. My all time favorite song Fur Elise.
Skrillex for his ability to create in most genres in music.
My parents for always supporting and allowing me to pursue my dreams and letting me take a year off after high school next year to go to Icon collective production school. It has been hard as they are very big into education but they realize that I am one with music and it's part of my DNA.

Any guilty pleasure(s)?

I love to take naps ;) and drink Starbucks!

All-time favorite track(s)?

Gold dust - Galantis
Mind - Jack U
Reverie - Illenium

What is your favorite festival, why?

Lollapalooza because if it wasn't for that festival I would not have the spark that ignited my passion. Also, the fact it caters to all musical genres and brings out great indie acts.

Funniest/weirdest thing that ever happened during a gig?

There was a festival in Wisconsin where there was a girl throwing roses at me during my set. The roses had thorns and was pricking me, hahaha.

What advice do you have for someone looking to book a DJ? Other than "book me!" ;)

Don't be booking for ticket sales... Book talent. Book hard workers. In the end, I think you would much rather say I booked someone with talent that is now touring the world, then your everyday local DJ who hasn't even played out of state or cares about what kind of artist they are. Book people you would invest in. Thats my advice.

Anything else you'd like to share (optional)?

I am big believer that one has to pursue that one thing that they can't live without. I am extremely lucky that I found it at an early age. Some people go there entire life never finding their passion. I'm forever grateful and I want to do this for the rest of my life.