The second annual Monster Energy College Outbreak Tour came to Cal State Long Beach on Wednesday, with more than 100 students showing up to listen to five DJs spin their best tracks.
Campus DJ and Idol Roc Entertainment collaborated for the event, which sought to find the best Disc Jockey in the region while providing a fun time for students, Campus DJ Spokesman Kyle Banuelos said.
“I think it’s very rewarding for aspiring musicians,” Banuelos said. “It’s a great opportunity for these DJs to show their music and give them an opportunity to gain national exposure.”
DJ B-Rokk opened the show spinning a mix of hip hop and top 40 tracks.
Overall, students said they were impressed by the show.
“I’m a big EDM fan. My favorite [DJs] were the first and last,” undeclared sophomore Zamir Pasqual said.
The DJ participants were judged on a number of factors, including energy, originality and their potential for professional development, according to Banuelos. Each participant was given 10 minutes to perform.
The DJ battle was emceed by high-energy Flulap Borg, a native of Germany, who said his start emcee started by accident.
“A man said, ‘We need a host,’ and I said, ‘Will you pay me?’” Borg said. “He paid me one hard drive … It was 500 GB. All the gigabytes later, I am still enjoying it.”
DJ B-Rokk, a freshman biology major at Cal State Long Beach, described the first struggle he encountered while performing.
“In the beginning, I was kind of nervous. It was my first battle,” said Rokk. “As I was getting into it, I saw a good crowd reaction.”
In the end, University of California, Los Angeles’s DJ duo, ABC, stole the crowd and won the competition. As a regional winner, the duo received $500 and a time slot to play at the National Final to be held at Avalon Hollywood.