Locals: VRZZ Interview

Where can we find your music?

Who are you? How old are you?

Hey guys, my name is Jean Varrazzo, otherwise known as VRZZ, and I am 20 years old.

How many months/ years have you been Djing / producing?

‘ve been DJing for almost 2 years now. The journey up until now has been a fascinating one, with many ups and downs. From opening myself up to the techno community, to really understanding what this world of music is all about. It all started when I bought a DDJ-200 from a guy I knew, and plugging it into my PC, not knowing how to use this piece of equipment. Everything was very new to me, but it didn’t discourage me from learning more about how to use a controller and DJ software. Weeks after weeks, I’ve learnt how to blend and mix tracks in the most simple way possible, but it worked! Sure enough, I recorded a one-hour set and posted it on my soundcloud account, which was very exciting for me at the time. From then on it was just learning more about the art, and really finding my sounds and staying true to them.

Mention an artist that inspired you to become a DJ/producer?

Dax J for sure due to his versatility when it comes to song selection (seriously, the dude’s a walking library), and also local talent Yazmin for her signature grooves behind the decks, and for bringing back the hypnotic yet groovy sounds of techno.

Is there a local artist that you look up to and love to see play at events?

Most definitely! Yazmin and Echofaze, collectively as Chaos System; Ozzinu, a close friend and an amazing DJ and Producer who never disappoints both behind the deck and in the studio; Silk, another local DJ who blew me away with his confidence behind the decks when he opened for Regal last year. Last but not least, Liquid Club residents like INVERTED and Reactant never cease to amaze me and everyone that attends their events.

What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?

I think every DJ should be able to communicate emotions using the music he or she decides to play in their sets. Another important skill for a DJ is to really utilise his choice of songs when it comes to crowd reading and interacting with the rest of the people through their music.

How do you stay up to date with the latest music trends?

I don’t believe in such things as following trends, as I hate the idea of copying another DJ, or seeing which tracks are popular at the moment. I believe that every DJ should stay true to their sound, while experimenting with other styles of techno so as to create a new sound, or a new blend. However, I would say that I search for songs with specific sounds, and then find other music that has more or less the same feel. In that way, I stay true to my sounds, while also discovering new styles which I can incorporate in my library and overall taste when it comes to Techno.

What would you say is the most rewarding part of being a DJ?

The most rewarding part of being a DJ is the fact that you get to play the music you love, and have partygoers reciprocate the same energy and emotions that you give to them while providing an amazing vibe throughout the night.