Most Viewed Stories
Local DJ dreams big
BARSTOW • Barstow High School graduate and aspiring DJ Jonathan “DJ Nutron” Medina is striving to become well known and has entered a radio station contest seeking the “next big DJ.”
Medina, 27, entered the Los Angeles-based radio station Power106 contest, where the winner will receive a guest DJ appearance on the Arsenio Hall show as well as on the station.
Eight years ago Medina turned to becoming a DJ after suffering an injury to his elbow, forcing him to stop break-dancing.
It was then Medina turned his passion for music into an artform.
“Now days, so many people are a DJ, you have to really stand out,” Medina said. “When I started there weren’t very many; now you have to make your own music, have to use different styles, you just really have to be different than the next guy.”
Medina said mastering the craft of being a DJ requires dedication to getting better and also staying active. Getting out and networking to establish a following is key to making yourself a better DJ, according to Medina.
Having played in clubs throughout Los Angeles, Lake Havasu and Las Vegas, Medina is now focusing on his dream of being a regular DJ on Power106.
The station’s contest is seeking a DJ that is stylish, creative and unique with their song mixes, qualities that Medina feels he has.
The grand prize winner receives two big DJ appearances, a Pioneer DDJ S1 Digital DJ Controller, Apple Mac Book Pro, Beats by Dre Headphones and other prizes. But Medina doesn’t care much about the other prizes — he’s mostly interested in being on the Arsenio Hall Show and on Power106.
Contestants uploaded their song mix on the station’s website to be critiqued on originality, creativity and execution. An independent panel of judges will make up 50 percent of the judging, while the other 50 percent is online voting. As of Wednesday, Medina was in 77th place with a 2.39 ranking.
Too say Medina has a lot on his plate would be an understatement. He works a 9 to 5 job while making time for school, improving as a DJ and, most importantly, his 1-year-old daughter.
Medina said he couldn’t do any of it without the support of his parents and his girlfriend.
“It’s been tough, but at the end of the day, I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for anything,” Medina said. “If you have a dream, follow it; don’t ever give up. It’s your dream so never give up.”
To vote for Medina visit whosnext.power106.com/contest/in-the-mix-2013#page=1.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.