UCF DJs bring music to students' ears
"You spin me right round, baby, right round like a record."
While their party patrons mix drinks and break loose on the dance floor, UCF DJs mix music and spin records to make sure the party lasts as long as possible.
DJ Chizzle, known outside the DJ booth as Chad Indictor, is a UCF senior studying pre-clinical health sciences. Indictor began his DJ career in high school after his boss, a DJ himself, took Indictor under his wing and showed him the ropes, persuading him to get his own equipment.
After coming to college, Indictor kept practicing and perfecting his craft, DJing at Greek events, local bars and clubs and even downtown, as well as pool parties, before getting noticed by UCF and Knightcast.
Thanks to his involvement in Knightcast, where he is currently employed, he has DJed homecoming events such as Spirit Splash, several UCF basketball games and is now the official DJ for the Orlando Predators Arena Football League team. Indictor also DJs on Fox 35 News during the morning show and has even been on live TV in the past few months.
But the fame, fortune and notoriety aren't Indictor's motivations for DJing: It's the effect his music has on the crowd.
"Think about it: You go out and everyone knows words to a song, grabs somebody and dances to a song [by] somebody they don't even know," Indictor said. "Everyone listens to music and it's always around you."
For those looking to make a name for themselves as DJs, Indictor recommends, first and foremost, doing your homework.
"Research the people you like — other DJs — before you get started," Indictor said. "You want to learn the game before you step in."
Having done gigs in Tampa, Gainesville and Miami, Indictor said he is looking to get a booking agent in the future so he can really expand his music and his business all around.
But Indictor isn't the only one thinking of making it big in the music industry. L!VE LLC, an off-campus-based entertainment agency, is also looking to become a successful staple in the music industry.
Launched roughly a year ago, L!VE also started off with Knightcast, but after receiving requests for off-campus gigs and after the zero-funding of the campus music organization, the company decided to branch out. Since then, it has done everything from college and Halloween events to bat mitzvahs and weddings.
"There wasn't a company that actually put something together and that's what I wanted to do," said Brian Tewes, a recent UCF graduate and the president and co-founder of L!VE. "I wanted to form something and find a niche in the market. It was a learning experience."
Like Indictor, the crowd's reaction is the biggest benefit for the group, which includes Joshua Ospina, the entertainment director for L!VE.
"We're doing this because we love it," said Andres Rodriguez-Campbell, a UCF junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies and focusing on engineering and entrepreneurship.
Rodriguez-Campbell is also the production and technical director for L!VE.
"We're just trying to bring good times to everybody," he said.
But those good times might not just be from music in the future, Tewes said.
"Within a year we want to be a full entertainment company, from lights to sounds to performance … everything," Tewes said. "We want to hit almost any kind of entertainment [market]."
To stay updated with what L!VE, LLC is up to, follow them on Twitter (@WeAreLiveEnt).
For all the latest news on Indictor, follow him on Tiwtter as well (@DjChizzle) or on his website, www.chizzlethedj.com.