The art of DJ'ing has come a long way from its early days in the
80’s where style distinguished a DJ and technique was crucial.
Today, DJ'ing represents being a part of that long and deep-rooted
culture of hip-hop where style still distinguishes a DJ and
technique enhances their skill and separates the good
from the great. Mixing and scratching with vinyl is also
a trait that is an art form in itself, which few DJ’s
today know how to do and do it well. For DJ
Ingwell learning this skill from an early age of
11 from his eldest brother, who also is a DJ, not
only enabled him to learn the art of mixing but
also created his love for hip-hop.
Throughout the years his eldest brother continued
to teach him and his youngest brother the basics
of scratching, along with being influenced by
major turntablists such as DJ A-Trak, DJ Craze,
and DJ Qbert further cultivated his understanding
and passion for scratching and DJ'ing. Later on,
mainstream open format DJ’s such as Vice, Z-Trip
and DJ AM inspired Ingwell to mix more on a
mainstream level that broadened his music
stylistically and expanded his knowledge about music.
Now in the 21st Century with technology flourishing, programs such as Serato has enabled new generations to become DJ’s with ease. While the technology of Serato has made it easier to create mixes, the technique that past generations of DJ’s have mastered has been a lost art. DJ Ingwell recognizes the technological advances in Serato and appreciates the creative possibilities it has to offer but still manages to instill the old school techniques of mixing and scratching. The ability of integrating the past and future puts Ingwell above the rest when it comes to DJ'ing.
While being constantly surrounded by music, whether it’s creating new sets, practicing new scratches, or producing original music, Ingwell realizes that music is constantly changing and growing. DJ Ingwell encompasses the growth of all types of music and continuously learns and expresses it through his great ability to mix the different genres together so that everyone can learn and appreciate it as he has.
When not rocking the airwaves of L.A's biggest hip hop radio station Power 106 FM, Ingwell can be heard at one of his numerous residencies in the Los Angeles area (Hollywood, Long Beach, Hermosa Beach) performing his signature sets where he cleverly blends Top 40, Hip Hop, 90's Gangster Rap, Electro/House, Dubstep, Rock, and 80's. “I always try to tastefully incorporate some of my turntablist foundation in my club sets without taking away from the music. Just in case there are other DJ's in the club, I want to make sure they know I can get down on the cuts also haha.” - DJ Ingwell
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