By Desirae Contreras |Staff Writer|
Being a disk jockey is not just about music. It is about knowing yourself, multi-tasking and knowing how to please a crowd.
Disk jockey Walter Martinez not only juggles his responsibilities as a full-time student studying mass communications, an AV tech, a DJ for the Santos Manuel Student Union and a member of the Underground Music Society, he even works with ASI here on campus.
He graduated in February 2012 from Scratch DJ Academy in Los Angeles and is now working on pursuing and branching out in his career in the music industry.
“Before I didn’t know how to combine styles and utilize [them] in a powerful way that can jam for everyone but now I can give all the credit to Scratch DJ Academy for mentoring and supporting me,” said Martinez.
Martinez’ passion for music started at a young age and as he got older, he was inspired by some of his favorite DJs to be the best that he could be.
“Hapa and Choc from Scratch DJ Academy inspired me everyday. I love their creativity and I feel like their favorite part of performing for a crowd and knowing you have the crowd in the palm of your hand is the exact same feeling I get in my performance,” said Martinez. “I [admire] them because they were with me at every class and they’re ‘real’ humble DJs.”
It’s been three years now since Martinez bought his first DJ set up, and DJ Wall-E has already established an image for himself, from local gigs and high school dances to on-campus events. Martinez is spreading like wildfire.
“Growing up, everyone always told me I had a good ear for music and when I turned 18, I got birthday money and went out and bought my first DJ set up and I’ve been mixing ever since.”
Many have come to recognize DJ Wall-E’s stickers all around campus and in the Inland Empire. A cartoon-like sticker similar to an image of Martinez himself can be found on laptops, bumpers, cars, backpacks and folders, all supporting Martinez in his vision of making it big.
There is no denying DJ Wall-E’s significance. He hand picks his mixes, personalizes them to every event and always keeps the crowd anticipating the next track.
“I love mixing genres from hip-hop, R&B, house, gangster rap and indie. It allows me to mix it up and give the crowd something new each time. They never know what they’re going to get,” said Martinez.
Although Martinez is starting to become more recognized, he still remains humble. He gives all credit to Scratch DJ Academy and doesn’t forget where he came from.
“When I went into Scratch DJ Academy, I was an 18-year-old kid and now that I have graduated and learned so much within scratching, mixing and presentation, I know I’ve become a more mature adult and skilled DJ,” said Martinez.
Martinez shared that he entered the academy with a childlike mentality and struggled with frustration. One thing for sure is that Martinez did not give up; he continued to apply himself and remains professional in a cutthroat industry.
“My whole mentality changed because of the academy and the reason I am so diverse with my music now is because they gave me a solid foundation and platform that I can bounce from. They’re my family,” said Martinez.
DJ Wall-E will be performing here on campus May 24 for ASI’s “Poolside Luau” and May 31 in front of the Pfau Library for the first annual “Coyote Karma” event.
Photos by Desirae Contreras