Interview with DJ Chris Cross
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
During college, I often collaborated with fellow disc jockey colleagues within the Southern Tri-State area, gained a presence and notoriety and gained recognition from promoters, and expanded my brand and name. I remember DJ’ing my first gig back in 2014 in it made me realize how much of an impact I had within my own demographic of an audience at the time. I would consider it as a “Great Awakening” moment, and since then, I knew I had to apply more pressure than my competitor or anyone who said they were a DJ. My style itself distinguished its own category, and I’m elated to still be willing to learn.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
During college, I often collaborated with fellow disc jockey colleagues within the Southern Tri-State area, gained a presence and notoriety and gained recognition from promoters, and expanded my brand and name.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I specialize in numerous things, but I would say my ability to mix is pretty impressive also; my style and song choice can tend to be unorthodox. One moment you can go from your most lit, and I could mix something with that same song and take you back to a nostalgic pastime. I envision the DJ’ing industry increasing in demand and becoming more booming than ever. More and more products are being released and making the art easier and simplified a bit easier for a user’s experience. For example, Kanye West basically created an interpersonal device, “Stem Player,” for creatives to explore millions of variations of their favorite songs within a handheld device, similar to how a midi controller took dominance over the renowned 12-inch turntable—subsequently ushering a new era challenge against streaming.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I’m thankful for my son Caiden. Since the birth of my son, it has become a breath of fresh air for me to become inspired on being determined on my goals. He encouraged me to become active and willing to become more focused on a bigger picture larger than myself. Without any hardships, the journey that I currently am exploring wouldn’t have been worth it. The main struggle, I would say, is the importance of valuing time and actually applying yourself. No one will feel your inner struggles, but you and only you can save yourself.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I’ve done countless acts of community clean up, feeding homeless in the city of Memphis, TN. I’ve used my goodness by becoming an active voice for my community and expanding my brand and services to show others it is possible to be a kid from Memphis and successful and have an on-foot presence both locally and nationally and potentially globally.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others” ― Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power. I can recall people not wanting to book or reach out, but when I started to bubble within the social scene, promoters noticed that the people were gravitating toward me and wanted to associate with my brand and me.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Your readers can reach me via Instagram @djchriscross_