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Campus DJ Crowns First-Ever Top College DJ

Flaxo (Columbia University) awarded 2013 MINI Cooper S Countryman, Live Nation Touring Package, and more at Avalon Hollywood

June 28, 2013 -- Santa Monica, CA -- The final battle in Campus DJ's nationwide search to find the best college DJ in America was held in Los Angeles last Thursday, June 20 at the historic Avalon Hollywood, presented by MINI USA, Dubbler, Chegg, Jabra, and the Monster Energy Outbreak College Tour.

Flaxo, a rising sophomore at New York City’s Columbia University, took the title and prizes including a 4-door 2013 MINI Cooper S Countryman, a touring package with Live Nation, a branded filter of Flaxo’s original music on the Dubbler app, plus additional prizing from Chegg, Jabra, and Monster Energy.

“While there are other DJ competitions, this is the only one fueled exclusively by college DJs," Campus DJ co-founder Evan Shapiro said. "We're lucky to have great sponsors and prizes to have supported the first-ever national finale for college DJs --- Being able to award a brand new car to the winning college DJ was incredible!”

National finalists included: DJ Courtney (Emory University), DJ Munition (Arizona State University), Flaxo (Columbia University), DJNT (Columbia College), DJ Caraya (Oregon State University), Alexbustamove (UCLA), DJ Crank (Diablo Valley College), Sokko (University of Oregon), Brostradamus (Rutgers University), DJ +One, formerly known as DJ Smoltz (Michigan State University).

The tournament-style battle at the Avalon was full of dramatic moments. Brostradamus, a national Wild Card, advanced twice with his high-energy performances to make it to the final round of three DJs, along with Alexbustamove, who showed strong all-around DJ skills, and the eventual winner Flaxo, who’s originality was his strongest area with the judges in both of his performance rounds. Standout energy from DJ Crank, and a great set from the only female national finalist DJ Courtney, made for memorable moments in the hotly contested competition. Check out some of the event photos here.

The event featured a special guest headlining performance from pop music producer The Cataracs, who also attended college at SFSU early in his music career, along with a guest appearance from Columbia Records ‘hip-pop’ star T.Mills.  

An all-star judging panel including:  Ken Jordan, one half of legendary electronic music duo The Crystal Method, Amanda Cerny of Dirty Dutch, EpicEDM, and Playboy Playmate fame, EDM innovator DJ Reid Speed, and Damon Ranger, Academy Award-winning songwriter (“Life of Pi”) and multiple Emmy Award winner. The event was co-hosted by college-favorite hypeman Flula Borg and DJ/personality Mick (formerly known as Mick Boogie). The DJs were judged on Originality, Energy, and Presence through the lens of overall potential.

What’s more, the DJs were Spinning for a Cause at the National Finale. Winning DJ Flaxo got to choose to donate ticket proceeds and a generous cash donation from Chegg for Good to one of four non-profit organizations selected by Campus DJ with partners Chegg for Good, Music for Good, and Electronic Music Alliance's Play it FWD. Flaxo chose 826 National, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving students ages 6 to 18 the opportunity to improve their writing skills and offering free after schooland in-school tutoring programs. He was excited to support 826 National because he attended his local chapter, 826 Valencia, growing up in San Francisco. “826 Valencia opened my world to the whole genre of writing,” comments Flaxo.  “It’s really awesome to be able to give back to an organization that I was part of a long time ago!”

Check www.CampusDJ.com and Campus DJ’s Facebook page for info about a mix tape release featuring original and remixed tunes from the finalists, and announcements about the 2013-14 Campus DJ competition. Shapiro added, “We’re already getting great sponsor support for the next season and we’re looking forward to making the tour bigger and better with even broader college DJ, industry and school participation.”

A Look Back at Campus DJ’s Nationwide Tour

Campus DJ, a sister event to the national College Battle of The Bands, kicked off on March 30th in Atlanta, GA, and continued to travel all around the country with select tour stops hosted by college-favorite hypeman Flula Borg and DJ/personality MICK (formerly known as Mick Boogie), and special guest headliners from the Monster Energy Outbreak College Tour including: 3LAU, Carnage, Wolfgang Gartner, Wale, Ab-Soul, Youngblood Hawke, Jhene Aiko, and more. All Regional Finalist DJs have been prized a pair of Jabra REVO headphones and exposure on the Campus DJ and Dubbler networks.

"With an increasing number of DJ submissions to College Battle of the Bands, and the overall rise of DJ culture in the student community, it was time to create an event just for the DJs," Shapiro said. 

Campus DJ will run annually each Spring Semester, with College Battle of the Bands now running in the Fall Semester. Go to www.CampusDJ.com for registration, voting, complete rules and prizes.

 

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Website: www.CampusDJ.com
Facebook: facebook.com/campusdjofficial
Twitter: @campusdj

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For more information on Campus DJ or press requests, please contact Lauren Worthington at lauren@theory-x.com.

To contact Campus DJ directly, please email Kyle Banuelos at kyle@campusdj.com.

About Campus DJ & College Battle

Campus DJ is a sister event to the national College Battle of the Bands, the popular collegiate-music competition that has produced notable finalists including: Mike Posner (Duke), Local Natives (Pepperdine), Rozzi Crane (USC) - the first artist signed to Adam Levine's 222 Records, The Lonely Biscuits (Belmont U) - who went on to win the first ever MTVu College Woodie award in 2013, The John King Band (UGA) - recently signed by Black River Entertainment Group, Raquel Rodriguez (USC), and many more.  The company is excited to expand its platform with the launch of the first national college DJ competition - Campus DJ - this Spring 2013, and the return of College Battle of the Bands for its 5th annual competition this Fall 2013.  In conjunction with College Battle of the Bands and Campus DJ, the tour also produces concert events with leading brands such as Chegg, Live Nation, and Monster Energy Outbreak College Tour where top college artists open for national acts.  Headlining acts to date have included: Avicii, T-Pain, Big Sean, Dev, Theophilus London, Chiddy Bang, 3LAU, Wale, MNDR, Big Boi of OutKast, and many more.

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About MINI USA

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About Chegg

Chegg, the student hub, is transforming the way millions of students learn by connecting them to the people and tools needed to succeed throughout their high school and college career. The company offers an array of required and non-required scholastic materials including millions of textbooks in any format, access to online homework help and textbook solutions, course organization and scheduling, as well as college and university matching tools and scholarship connections. Students nationwide use Chegg 365 days a year to make learning easier, more accessible and more productive. As a part of the company's philanthropic efforts, Chegg is dedicated to its Chegg for Good program, which empowers students to be catalysts for change while on campus, in their communities and around the world. From starting as a textbook rental company to evolving into the student hub, Chegg is enhancing education for millions of students by saving them time, saving them money and helping them get smarter.

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About Jabra

Jabra is the brand of GN Netcom, a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S (GN) - listed on NASDAQ OMX. Jabra employs approximately 900 people worldwide and in 2012 produced an annual revenue which amounted to DKK 2,355 million. Jabra is a world leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of a broad range of hands-free communications solutions. With a reputation for innovation, reliability, and ease of use that goes back more than two decades, Jabra’s consumer and business divisions produce corded and wireless headsets, plus mobile and in-office speakerphones that empower individuals and businesses through increased freedom of movement, comfort, and functionality.

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